Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. is recognized as one of the leading trial firms in Massachusetts. With nationally respected lawyers committed to teamwork, professionalism, clients’ needs and the improvement of the legal profession and society as a whole, the firm has a history of achieving impressive results for its clients, while striving for outcomes that create positive change in the community and society at large. MBBB’s attorneys employ a collaborative team-approach to their cases, with each one bringing his or her own strengths and areas of expertise to each case.
For twenty-five years, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. has handled cases that have helped their clients, changed the law and improved society. The firm obtained a $28 million settlement of the case involving the tragic death of Milena Del Valle, who died when a three-ton ceiling panel collapsed on top of her car while she and her husband were driving through Boston’s Interstate 90 Connector Tunnel (“the Big Dig”). The suit involved sixteen defendants, including Bechtel Corp., the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, and other companies responsible for the management design, construction and inspection of the tunnel, as well as the manufacturers and distributors of the epoxy used to hang the ceiling.
In 1999, the firm won a $26 million judgment against Chrysler Corporation in a case involving its poorly designed brake system in the early “mini vans” released into the market. The faulty braking system led to a tragic accident and the deaths of the plaintiff’s wife and three children, and resulted in a significant decision on Massachusetts products liability law, Santos v. Chrysler Corp., 430 Mass. 198 (1999). In a recent Supreme Judicial Court case, Commerce Insurance Co. v. Ultimate Livery Service, Inc., 452 Mass. 639 (2008), MBBB fought to expand the law of third-party liability for harm caused by drunk drivers. The case established the legal precedent that when a limousine service allows its passengers to become intoxicated, it has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to transport them to a place of safety, rather than simply dropping them off where they were picked up, particularly if it is foreseeable that they may then drive. The case involved an intoxicated passenger who immediately drove after being dropped off near his car - and was then involved in a collision that killed an off-duty Boston police officer and caused other personal injuries.
MBBB’s cases have also resulted directly in bettering our society. For example, in addition to $7.7 million in settlements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the FIJI fraternity arising out of the death of a college freshman following a dangerous hazing ritual, the firm obtained a commitment by M.I.T. to build sufficient on-campus housing for freshmen and to cease categorizing off-campus fraternities as acceptable freshmen housing, and a commitment by the fraternity to produce a professional anti-hazing/binge-drinking educational video and program.
Lawyers at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow are also influential in bar organizations and other professional activities. Founding member Leo Boyle was named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2007 as one of the most influential lawyers of the last 35 years. Lawyers Weekly USA recognized Attorney Boyle in 2001 as one of ten “Lawyers of the Year” for his leadership as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and he is the recipient of the American Association for Justice’s Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement award. Managing Partner Michael B. Bogdanow is Chair of the state-wide Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, and author of the treatise Bogdanow, Massachusetts Tort Damages (Lexas Legal Publishing). Valerie A. Yarashus is President of the Massachusetts Bar Association. MBBB’s other attorneys are also deeply and actively involved in the legal community, and all full time attorneys at MBBB have been regularly included on the “SuperLawyer”s® lists.
In summary, Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow has earned the respect of clients, lawyers, judges and other members of the legal community at the local and national level because of its successful team-approach to helping the victims of personal injury, its professionalism and high ethical standards, and its commitment to the improvement of the profession and our society.