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Craig Levey Named “Up and Coming” Attorney by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by admin

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Bennett & Belfort, P.C. is pleased to announce that Craig Levey has been selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly to receive the Excellence in the Law Award in the category of “Up and Coming” Lawyers.  The “Up & Coming” category is a salute to the rising stars of the Massachusetts Bar who have been practicing for 10 years or less, yet have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law.  The 26 award winners were selected based on achievement in the legal field, high peer recognition, community activities, and civil involvement.

 

Outside of his thriving law practice, Attorney Levey is on the Board of Directors of the Boston Police Foundation, a non-profit organization created to raise financial support for needed resources for the Boston Police Department.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teenage Pregnancy, a non-profit organization that advocates to increase opportunities for youth, and empower young adults to make wise decisions on relationships, parenting, and life.

 

Attorney Levey is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s (MBA) Labor & Employment Section Council, where he is co-chair of the 2017 annual conference.  At the MBA, Levey co-founded and currently co-moderates the “Feed Your Mind: Legal Lunch” series, a monthly program that discusses commercial litigation topics.  Levey is also an active member with the New England – Canada Business Council, an organization that assists to facilitate relationships between businesses in New England and Canada.

 

The Excellence in the Law Award dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.  The ceremony will also recognize individuals in the following categories: Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Firm Administration / Operations, Marketing, Paralegal Work, and Pro Bono.

 

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly will publish interviews with the award winners in April in both print and online at www.masslawyersweekly.com.

 

 

 

Attorney Belfort Chairs MCLE Employment Law Seminar on Damages

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by admin

2013-david-b-photo-150x150On March 27, 2017, Bennett & Belfort P.C. partner David E. Belfort again chaired and presented at a seminar entitled “Proving & Valuing Damages in Employment Cases” at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s (MCLE) Boston conference center. Joining Attorney Belfort on the panel were his respected colleagues Attorneys Robert S. Mantell, Esq. of Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP, Mary E. O’Neal, Esq. of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP and Honorable Kenneth W. Salinger of the Superior Court, Business Litigation Session.  Mr. Belfort moderated the panel and presented an overview of employment law damages, proving wage and hour cases and issues involved with spousal testimony as to emotional distress injury.

Here is a list, of general topics, that were discussed at the Seminar:

  • How to Value a New Case and Identify Claims That Have Potential for High Awards/Exposure-and Manage Client Expectations Concerning Damages;
  • Whether and How to Effectively Use Financial or Medical Experts at Trial;
  • How to Effectively Introduce Damages Evidence in a Failure to Pay Wages Case;
  • Effective Strategies for Advancing and Rebuffing Attorney Argument as to Specific Monetary Damage Amounts (MGL c231 s. 13B);
  • Dealing with Front Pay Damages-How Long is Too Long;
  • Proving Emotional Distress-The Efficacy of Spousal Testimony;
  • How to Deal with an “eggshell” Plaintiff and the Admissibility of Plaintiff’s Psychiatric History;
  • When Should Counsel Seek to Bifurcate a Trial to Separately Address Liability and Damages- and How Should Employee Advocates Respond?
  • How to Minimize the Impact of Damning Liability Evidence When It Comes Time to Defend on Damages? Are There Ways for Defendants to Avoid or Minimize Punitive Damages?;
  • How to Craft a Favorable Jury Verdict Questions;
  • Should Unemployment Benefit Payments be a Set Off to a Damages Award?;
  • Tips for Filing and Opposing an Attorneys’ Fee Petition; and
  • How to Advance or Oppose a Motion for Remittitur.