McDonough, Hacking & Lavoie, LLC, Counsellors at Law, Boston, Massachusetts

McDonough, hacking & Lavoie Practice Areas

A number of our lawyers have had longstanding relationships with owners, general contractors, and subcontractors involved in construction matters.  We have extensive experience in construction defect claims, including original construction and redevelopment.  We have represented Redevelopers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in disputes involving all types of buildings, including residential and commercial buildings, schools, courthouses and other public and private structures. Our work also encompasses contract drafting and interpretation, including indemnification and additional insurance provisions, property damage suits and defense of personal injury claims.  We have handled construction matters in both court and arbitration proceedings.

Our Firm has defended many general liability claims, in a broad spectrum of cases, including auto accident cases, trucking accident cases, elevator and escalator accidents and complex products matters.

Our lawyers have experience with insurance policy and coverage matters and the litigation related to these issues.  The Firm has assisted clients in policy interpretation, preparation of coverage provisions, and defense of bad-faith claims pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 93A or Chapter 176D, as well as handling declaratory judgment actions in both state and federal courts.

Lawyers in this firm have handled cases involving personal injury and property damage resulting from exposure to alleged toxic substances, including asbestos, mold, silica, carbon monoxide and lead paint, to list a common few of the variety of cases handled.

Lawyers in the firm have handled cases involving fires in motor vehicles, homes, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, hotels and construction sites.  The cause and origin of the fires have included electrical, chemical, boiler and gas explosions, arson and other alleged causes.

Our lawyers have handled malpractice claims for healthcare, legal, accounting and A&E professionals.  Our representation has extended to lawyers, insurance brokers and agents, medical professionals (including social workers and psychologists), real estate brokers, accountants and architects in a variety of matters.  The work in these areas often involves complex insurance coverage litigation, and counsel have handled matters in this area through trial and appeal.

Lawyers in the Firm have represented employers in investigations and public hearings by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, EEOC and in trials in the Massachusetts Superior Court and Federal Court.  The Firm also has experience in the defense of other civil rights claims, as well as false arrest, false imprisonment, misrepresentation, defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  More recently, we have handled cases involving the improper dissemination and use of electronic communications (emails) and privacy concerns.

Our lawyers have been involved in all aspects of environmental claims.  We have represented insureds and insurers in personal injury and property matters, including complex, multi-state litigation.  Our practice in this area also includes the defense and prosecution of coverage actions connected to the applicability of key policy provisions and exclusions, such as the pollution exclusion and the determination of an "occurrence" to trigger coverage.

Our firm has represented a number of real estate owners, management companies and commercial tenants in premises litigation involving claims of personal injury and property damage, including claims involving slip and falls, snow and ice cases, negligent security cases, cases involving mold or other toxic substances on premises resulting in bodily injury, as well as claims involving hazardous conditions on premises as well as ultra-hazardous conditions alleged. The firm has also represented these entities in property damage cases involving contractors and/or product allegedly causing or contributing to property damage, including fire, flood, vibration, mold and other property damage.

We have represented large domestic Tour Operators involving passenger accidents and injury claims internationally.