James A. Toomey

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

Town Counsel to the Towns of Hanover and Scituate, and general counsel to a number of other municipal entities as well as general counsel to a number of school committees and private schools,  Mr. Toomey's practice focuses on municipal, educationcorporate and labor matters and related litigation. A veteran in the field of municipal law and education law, Mr. Toomey's expertise covers the full range of legal matters affecting municipalities including land use and zoning, environmental and public health issues, licensing, procurement, labor and employment, public education, and related litigation. He is a Past President of the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association and a member of the National School Board Association's Council of School Attorneys and the School Attorneys Group of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Mr. Toomey has successfully represented clients in significant appellate cases before both the state and federal courts. In addition, he conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of legal topics. Mr. Toomey is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School.

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St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Katherine Hesse introduced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the annual St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester event which was held at the Westin Copley Place.  Ms. Hesse currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children which focuses on offering innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty.  As Governor Baker noted, the St. Mary’s Center has been known for “healing” for well over 100 years.   According to Attorney Hesse, “of the many charities in which I have been involved over the last 40 years of my professional career, St. Mary’s is closest to my heart.”  Other highlights of the evening included Lorrie Higgins receiving the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence based upon her advocacy of and commitment in helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Over six hundred individuals attended the event, which raised approximately $500,000 for the women and children who rely upon the center.  

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

In a much anticipated ruling,the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued a decision recognizing a potential claim for disability discrimination if an employer terminates or otherwise takes an adverse employment action against an employee who uses lawfully prescribed medicinal marijuana while off-duty.   In short, this decision prohibits blanket restrictions on the off-duty use of marijuana and requires employers to engage in an interactive process to determine whether the off-duty use of lawfully prescribed medical marijuana may be a reasonable accommodation under Massachusetts anti-discrimination law, M.G.L. c. 151B.

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