Brandon H. Moss

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: bmoss@mhtl.com

Mr. Moss concentrates in the public/municipal law, employment law, and litigation/appellate practice areas.  Mr. Moss’s experience includes, but is not limited to, land use/zoning, conservation and wetlands, eminent domain, telecommunications, local legislation, municipal liability, governance (Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, and Conflict of Interest Law), enforcement, airport, contract/procurement, waterfront, and gaming issues.  Mr. Moss has also argued appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Supreme Judicial Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. 

Representative examples of Mr. Moss’s work include: securing summary judgment and trial victories upholding decisions of local zoning authorities under the Zoning Act; advising municipalities on surrounding community issues under the Expanded Gaming Act; successfully defeating a motion for injunction by a filed sub-bidder that sought to enjoin a high school renovation project; obtaining substantial settlements for municipal planning boards for incomplete subdivisions; advising a regional school district on a multi-million dollar owner-construction manager at risk contract for a high school; obtaining summary judgment for a municipality in a public way defect lawsuit; and representing a town in a third party’s development of affordable housing project on town-owned land.  He also advises a municipal airport, including commercial permits, leases, easements, and construction and design contracts.

Mr. Moss has been a speaker on a number of issues involving public entities, including: “Public Records Law” (Massachusetts Municipal Association New Selectmen’s Training Seminar, June 2009); “Public Records” (Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement Systems, June 2013); and “Update on Local Authority to Regulate Adult Entertainment” (Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, August 2013).  He is co-author of the chapter entitled “Remedies Available Upon Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions” for the Massachusetts Administrative Law Manual (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender, 2014) and author of “Suitability Challenged: The Judicial Creation of Suitability Standards for Firearms Licensing” (Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, June 2014).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Moss was employed as a litigation and municipal law attorney in Massachusetts, including representing public entities, individuals, businesses, and insurers.  He was previously employed as a Judicial Law Clerk with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, where he was involved with the licensing of nuclear facilities.  Mr. Moss is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Moss received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (cum laude) from The George Washington University and his Juris Doctor (With Honors) from The George Washington University Law School.  During law school, Mr. Moss served as an Articles Editor and Staff Member of The Public Contract Law Journal, as well as a Writing Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program.  Mr. Moss authored “Can a State Avoid Higher Prices Incurred Under Long-Term Power Supply Contracts? A Study of California’s Situation Following Its Energy Crisis,” a Note that was published in Volume 32 of The Public Contract Law Journal (2002).

Mr. Moss is a member of the Quincy Rotary Club, the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA).  He is also a member of the MMLA Amicus Committee (Chair, 2014-15 and Member, 2013-14) and is serving on the Public Law Section Council (2013-15) for the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Mr. Moss volunteers with the Norfolk County Bar Association’s Evening Legal Clinic, where he provides legal assistance to members of the community.

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