Lauren Clifford Galvin

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

Lauren Galvin practices in the areas of litigation and municipal law.  Ms. Galvin has successfully represented municipal clients at a variety of court proceedings including injunction hearings, civil contempt hearings, dispositive motion hearings and trials in the Superior Court and Land Court.  She conducts all states of litigation including initiation, discovery, trial preparation and appeals.  Recently, Ms. Galvin successfully argued the landmark case at the Supreme Judicial Court which established the standard of review for Conservation Commission enforcement actions and established the standard for extending deadlines set by the Wetlands Protection Act.  Additionally, Ms. Galvin regularly advises municipal clients on a wide range of issues that arise in the context of land use, eminent domain, local legislation, elections, public records requests, open meetings, conflicts of interest, trustee process, bankruptcy, licensing and contracts.    

Ms. Galvin graduated from Boston College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.  She received her law degree from Emory University School of Law.  While in law school, she was a Managing Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.  Ms. Galvin was also a legal intern during law school for the Massachusetts Attorney General and the DeKalb County Public Defender.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Galvin worked as a litigation paralegal at Hill & Barlow and Goulston & Storrs.

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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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