Attorneys & Professionals

Peter L. Mello

TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: pmello@mhtl.com

Mr. Mello practices in construction law, municipal law and general civil litigation, including in the areas of construction, land use and zoning, wetlands, employment and school law, among others.  He has practiced before state and federal courts and state agencies in Massachusetts, and has successfully represented clients at trial and in appeals.  He has advised governmental entities and private clients regarding numerous and diverse issues, including with respect to zoning, land use, wetlands, public construction, alcohol and other licensing, public procurement, public records, Open Meeting Law, conflict of interest, energy-related agreements and issues, and numerous others.  

Mr. Mello earned his B.A. in Politics, with a Certificate in Legal Studies from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. While at Boston University School of Law, he served as a staff editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Mr. Mello is the Vice President of Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association.  He has written and presented extensively on wetlands, construction and labor issues for organizations such as REBA, the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr. Mello was recognized as a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers magazine.

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St Florian & Feeney Named By Board of Bar Overseers

MHTL is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been named by the Board of Bar Overseers to serve as Hearing Officers for the 2019-2021 term. Alisia St. Florian is a Partner in the firm’s Education Department. Focusing her practice on the representation of public school districts and collaborative schools in matters pertaining to special education, student discipline and civil rights matters. Matthew Feeney is an Attorney in the firm’s litigation department, having served as an Assistant District Attorney prior to joining the firm. Matt has extensive trial experience with close to 100 jury trials in his career. MHTL is honored to be the only firm having two of its attorneys serving as BBO Hearing Officers for this upcoming term.

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes [Again] Increasing Salary Minimum for Federal Overtime Exemption

As you know from prior Client Alerts, in 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed, among other things, increasing the “salary level test” for exempt employees from the current $455 per week (or $23,660/year) to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $970 per week (or $50,440/year).  The DOL also proposed increasing the “highly compensated employee” exemption from the current $100,000 per year to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $123,000 per year.  After those changes were memorialized in a Final Rule, these proposed changes were challenged in court and essentially abandoned by DOL after the 2016 election.

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