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Stimulus Bill - Tax Relief for Individuals and Businesses

Read tax attorney Michael P. Duffy's article on the new Stimulus Bill.

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The CARES Act: What Business Owners Need to Know - PART 2

Read PART 2 of The CARES Act: What Business Owners Need to Know by Fletcher Tilton attorney Elena Despotopulos.

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The CARES Act: What Business Owners Need to Know

The CARES Act: What Business Owners Need to Know. Click here to read the latest article by Attorney Elena Despotopulos on surviving the CORONAVIRUS. 

Surviving the CORONAVIRUS: An Employer's Guide - PART 2

The CARES Act: What Employer's Need to Know.

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Surviving the CORONAVIRUS: An Employer's Guide - PART 1

Chair of the Fletcher Tilton Labor & Employment practice group Joseph T. Bartulis, Jr., Esq. offers the following important information for employers in the midst of the current environment.

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U.S. Immigration Updates Related to COVID-19

Read Immigration Attorney Brian Coughlin's article on U.S. Immigration Updates Related to COVID-19.

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Open for Business in a Whole New Way

A quick update for our friends and clients as we adhere to Governor Baker’s Stay-at-home advisory. Click here to read more.

Attorney Adam Ponte Speaks to BU School of Law

Litigation Attorney Adam C. Ponte spoke on February 6, 2020 at BU School of Law’s “Bench Meets Bar” event for BU Law School students. Prestigious attorneys and judges addressed the following topics:
  • Pro’s and Con’s of mid-size firm practice.
  • What makes an effective lawyer in the courtroom (opinions from counsel and opinions from judges).
  • What are common pitfalls by counsel in the courtroom.
  • How we became partners and establish books of business.
  • How we became litigators.
Says Ponte, “It was refreshing to go back to my alma mater and chat both with distinguished members of the bench and the bright, eager young law students. We were all in their shoes once and it’s a pleasure to advise them at this important time in their lives.”

Fletcher Tilton Attorney Mark Donahue helps Edgemere development in Shrewsbury move toward ground breaking.

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Attorney Michael Duffy Elected New Board Officer of Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England has elected Michael Duffy, Esq., Secretary for the 2019-2020 term.

Click here to read more in Worcester Business Journal's "Movers & Shakers."

Attorney Adam C. Ponte appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to Judicial Nominating Commission

On October 8, 2019 Governor Charlie Baker appointed FT Civil Litigation attorney Adam Ponte to the statewide Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission “is a nonpartisan, non-political commission composed of distinguished volunteers, appointed from a cross-section of the commonwealth’s diverse population that will screen applications for judges and clerk-magistrate positions,” according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Victory in Northampton, MA

FT Litigation attorney Adam Ponte helps a group of Northampton-area retailers retain their right to sell traditional, unflavored tobacco products. In the wake of recent MA state legislation to ban sales of flavored vape and tobacco products, convenience stores and gas stations are already hurting. They are not only losing the sales of flavored tobacco and vape products, but also the add-on sales of groceries, gas, lottery tickets, etc. On top of that, to ban entirely the sales of traditional unflavored tobacco products would have surely caused many stores and gas stations to go out of business.

As Attorney Ponte points out, “There is no legitimate data at this time evidencing that youth are purchasing or otherwise using traditional unflavored tobacco products. In fact, federal and local data establishes that retailers in Northampton enjoy a success rate of more than 93.5% for youth compliance checks. To ban these products, which are used by legally purchasing adults, would simply be a punishment on adults.”

Fortunately the Northampton Board of Health saw the light and resisted the urge to dictate further what residents may or may not consume.

“We are fighting for the rights and dignity of adult-age consumers to make their own choices and the rights of responsible retail store owners to do business.” says Ponte.

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MetroWest Chamber creates new service award to honor Attorney Peter Barbieri

At the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce’s 124th Annual Meeting Nov. 7, Senate President Karen E. Spilka presented the first “Service Above Self” award which was created to honor longtime Chamber board member, Attorney Peter Barbieri of Fletcher Tilton.

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Metrowest YMCA Annual Auction

Fletcher Tilton attorneys Peter Barbieri and Faith Easter are photobombed by NESN’s Tom Caron at the October 30, 2019 MetroWest YMCA Annual Auction which the firm sponsors annually.  Mr. Caron served as emcee and auctioneer, helping the MetroWest YMCA raise funds for its programs. Inspiring young adults who grew up with the Y spoke about how the Y improved their lives.  The guest speaker for the second year in a row was Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Marathon. Fletcher Tilton donated copies of his new book Running Across America as table prizes.  “We are proud to work with and support this terrific organization,” said Faith Easter, “The MetroWest YMCA truly helps young people find a good path for their lives.”

Five Fletcher Tilton attorneys have been designated as SuperLawyers® for 2019.

From left to right: Richard C. Barry, Jr., vice-chair of the Trust & Estate Department; “Rising Star” Brian J. Coughlin of the Immigration Department; William D. Jalkut, chair of the Litigation Department; Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., chair of the Trust & Estate Department; “Rising Star” Nelson L. Santos of the Real Estate and Civil Litigation Departments.

Congratulations to all!

Worcester Educational Collaborative 10th Anniversary Celebration

Fletcher Tilton attorneys Scott Regan, Elena Despotopulos, Michael Duffy, and Bill Jalkut attend the tenth anniversary celebration at Mechanic’s Hall for the Worcester Educational Collaborative on October 29. They were treated to an inspiring and eloquent speech by former Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr. about how a great teacher can change children’s lives.

Team Fletcher Tilton Runs the "Klepto 5k"

Team Fletcher Tilton runs and walks Sunday, October 20, 2019 in the 9th Annual “Klepto”5k to benefit the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to honor the life of Major David Brodeur by providing Auburn public school students with scholarships and grants for academic, leadership, community and extra-curricular activities. Brother to Fletcher Tilton attorney Todd Brodeur and son of retired Fletcher Tilton attorney Larry Brodeur, Air Force Major David L. Brodeur died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Major Brodeur was an F-16 instructor, Flight Commander, and Weapons ADO for the 18th Aggressor Squadron. He was a Senior Pilot with more than 1600 flight hours in fighter aircraft and he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal. Major Brodeur was given pilot handle “Klepto” because of his reputation for staging elaborate pranks. He was a true American hero.“I am grateful for the support of my colleagues,” says Todd Brodeur. “They turn out every year to support this event—what a great group of people.”

In the photos: Bill Jalkut, chair of Fletcher Tilton’s Litigation Department, attorney Chris Yates, and paralegals Kerry Gorham, Sue Thorbahn, and Jennifer Zaparaskas.


Attorneys Rick Barry and Collin Weiss Speak to Mass Society of Enrolled Agents

Fletcher Tilton Trust & Estate Attorneys Rick Barry and Collin Weiss spoke about Estate Planning in front of the Massachusetts Society of Enrolled Agents on October 17 in Waltham MA.

Fletcher Tilton attorneys regularly make educational presentations to groups of professionals and consumers on a variety of subjects such as Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Labor & Employment, Taxation, Immigration, Business & Corporate, and Real Estate.

Interested groups should contact Christina Lamb, Director of Marketing at to arrange a presentation.

FT Attorney Dennis Gorman Grabs Headlines for His Classic Rock Band

Eight years ago our own Dennis Gorman formed a rock band named the In-Xpensive Winos in honor of Keith Richards’ side project, The Expensive Winos. Dennis’ band is playing a benefit concert on October 18 at Fiddler’s Green in Worcester. All ticket sales will benefit WICN, a non-profit jazz radio station which also provides educational and training opportunities for students of broadcast and the arts. More details at

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Fletcher Tilton attorney Pamela Massad featured in New England Real Estate Journal in their 2019 Spotlight on "Women in Commercial Real Estate."

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Attorney Fred Misilo Attends Event at the Kennedy Compound

In his role as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Fallon Health, Attorney Fred Misilo attends an event at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, MA on June 21, 2019.

From left to right: Richard Burke, CEO, Fallon Health; Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.; and Fred Misilo, Chair, Trust and Estate Department

One on One: Frederick Misilo, partner with Fletcher Tilton PC, president of The Arc

Written by Erin Bassler, Correspondent
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM on

Frederick Misilo is an attorney and partner with Fletcher Tilton PC, where’s he’s been for 25 years, and has spent most of his professional career focused on civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Since graduating from law school, he has worked in positions such as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Developmental Services in 1991, chairman of the board of directors at Fallon Community Health Plan Inc., and has spent 40 years involved with The Arc, the biggest national community organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

He was designated president in November 2018. In June, Mr. Misilo attended a listening session to discuss concerns about the impact of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo, “Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” – a memo that considerably lowers the protection of people with disabilities by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  Click here to read entire article

Attorney Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., President of The Arc of the United States, Meets with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to Discuss Importance of Consent Decrees to Disability Community

On June 4, Fred Misilo in his role as the current president of The Arc of the United States (“The Arc”) met with United States Attorney General William Barr in Washington, D.C. to discuss The Arc’s concerns with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Memo “Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” (“Sessions Memo”). Mr. Misilo’s meeting with Attorney General Barr focused on the fundamental importance of consent decrees and court-enforceable settlement agreements in achieving systemic change for people with I/DD over the last several decades. In this context, Mr. Misilo explained the ways in which the Sessions Memo will undermine this progress by significantly curtailing the use of these tools.

The Arc—the largest national community-based organization working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“I/DD”)—was founded in 1950 and has more than 600 chapters advocating for more than one million people throughout the United States.

Mr. Misilo is Chair of the Trusts & Estates department of Fletcher Tilton, with a particular focus on Special Needs Planning. He works primarily from the firm’s Worcester, Framingham and Cape Cod offices.

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2019 Best Lawyers®

Fletcher Tilton is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been honored as 2019 Best Lawyers® based on exhaustive peer-review surveys:

Richard C. Barry, Jr. – Trusts & Estates
Mark L. Donahue – Real Estate
Dennis F. Gorman – Tax Law, Trusts & Estates
Frederick M. Misilo, Jr. – Elder Law
Phillips S. Davis – Corporate Law

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Casandra Ozcimder

Casandra Ozcimder focuses her practice on corporate and business immigration matters. She counsels companies and their employees on matters related to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, and assists multinational corporations with employment eligibility verification compliance. In her practice, Mrs. Ozcimder advises clients in a variety of industries, including technology, business consulting, life sciences, and financial services. She also advises companies on best practices related to Department of Homeland Security requests for evidence, Department of Labor audits, and related worksite visits and investigations. More

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Sifat Ahmed

Sifat Ahmed practices business immigration law, focusing her practice on H-1B specialty occupations. Her professional experience includes dealing with issues such as humanitarian immigration matters and employment-based national interest waiver petitions.

Ms. Ahmed was raised in Saudi Arabia and has previously practiced law in the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, and Belgium, where she worked on commercial, corporate, arbitration and litigation matters. More

"Leasing Dance" in the June 2019 edition of CondoMedia Magazine - written by Attorney Nelson Santos

Attorney Nelson Santos’ June 2019 article in CondoMedia Magazine discusses the issues raised when condo owners seek to derive long or short-term rental income from their units.

Read the article “Leasing Dance” in the June 2019 edition of CondoMedia Magazine here


Success! Fletcher Tilton litigation team and longtime client achieve outstanding result in court.

(Middlesex Superior Court, Woburn, Massachusetts) (May 17, 2019) --- Fletcher Tilton litigation attorneys, Adam C. Ponte and Patrick C. Tinsley, successfully completed a three-day jury trial in Middlesex Superior Court, representing a local real estate developer in its claims against a Boston-based general construction firm. After three days of testimony and argument, the jury unanimously found in favor of the firm’s client on counts in breach of contract, intentional misrepresentation and for violation of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 93A, Section 11, the state’s law against unfair and deceptive business practices. Faith Easter, the lead attorney for CJPM Development says “We have represented this client for fifteen years. Because we are a longstanding full-service law firm, our team has both the depth and quality to prevail for our clients across a wide range of legal needs. I congratulate our client and the firm’s litigation department for this outstanding result.”

Case Citation: CJPM Development LLC v. Metric Construction of Boston Corporation, Middlesex Superior Court, No. 1581-CV-05812.

Attorney Fred Misilo to Speak at Prader Willi Syndrome Conference

Attorney Fred Misilo to speak about “Financial planning and special needs - what parents need to know” at June 1 Prader Willi Syndrome conference in Hartford CT.

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Fletcher Tilton Supports Hudson Division of Recreation

Fletcher Tilton attorneys play in the Hudson Division of Recreation Golf Tournament at Charter Oak Country Club on April 29. From left to right:
Brad Page of Old County Development, LLC
Scott Regan, Litigation attorney at Fletcher Tilton
Nelson Santos, Litigation attorney at Fletcher Tilton
Robert Jordan of Jordan Property Solutions, LLC

Attorney Santos Visits Walsh Middle School in Framingham for Career Day

Fletcher Tilton Attorney Nelson Santos presented to students at the Framingham, MA Walsh Middle School 6th Annual Career Day on Thursday, April 25th.  He spoke to the students about careers in the legal field.

The school works hard to provide its more than 700 students with the tools needed to become ready for college and career. As a first-generation American, Attorney Santos was honored to be invited as a speaker and truly enjoyed the opportunity to inspire young minds.

Anthony Salvidio, II Named President of Fletcher Tilton

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