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Attorney Michael Duffy's Article featured in New England Real Estate Journal

Tax attorney Michael Duffy’s article “Catching Up On Your Taxes” featured in New England Real Estate Journal, July 2020.

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Red Hot Play on a Blistering Day

FT Litigation attorney Adam Ponte (right) poses with Matthew Owens of the Massachusetts State Police and Jessica McGarry of Country Bank on July 27 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA. Rounding out the foursome was FT Transactional Group attorney Amanda Risch (behind the camera). The group played very well in this YMCA of Central MA tournament by finishing at even par, which proves they can perform at their best when the heat is on.

FT Foursome Sweats the Details on the Course

FT Litigation attorney Adam Ponte (right) poses with FT Transactional Group attorney Amanda Risch (center) and Jessica McGarry of Country Bank (left) on July 27 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, MA. Rounding out the foursome was Matthew Owens of the Massachusetts State Police (behind the camera). In this YMCA of Central MA charitable tournament, the group finished at an even par on a hundred degree day which attorneys Ponte and Risch attributed to having invited the right teammates.

Fletcher Tilton Voted Favorite for Special Needs Assistance

Fletcher Tilton voted the winner in the category of Special Needs Legal Assistance by the readers of Boston Parents Paper.

See the 2020 Family Favorites Reader's Choice awards in the August issue of Boston Parents.

Fred Misilo speaks about protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

In his capacity as President of the Arc of the United States, Chair of Fletcher Tilton’s Trust & Estate Department, Fred Misilo, Jr., speaks with Naveh Eldar from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee about the mission of The Arc and its roots as a civil rights organization fighting for the rights and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They discuss several initiatives such as: Criminal Justice, Health, Employment, and Travel. This is followed by an eye-opening conversation of how persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities are sometimes penalized by a system that doesn’t understand their needs. Educating the community—not just professionals—is key to making progress here.

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Attorney Joseph Bartulis Participates in "Back2Business" Panel

Re-opening your business: Chair of Fletcher Tilton’s Labor & Employment group, Joe Bartulis, participates in WBJ panel “Back2Business.”

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FT Tax Attorney Michael Duffy Talks to the Worcester Telegram

FT Tax Attorney Michael Duffy talks to the Worcester Telegram about this unusual tax season.

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Attorney Joseph Bartulis is Panelist in WBJ Webcast Series

As part of the Worcester Business Journal's webcast series, Attorney Joseph Bartulis and Fallon Health's Vice President of Medical Affairs David Brumley, MD. will address key requirements and legal issues that companies should keep top of mind when planning for even a reduced level of operations.

To learn more and to register, visit our Seminars and Events page.

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Mark Donahue successfully advocates for client in Worcester Planning Board meeting June 24

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Attorney Mark Donahue spoke in front of the Worcester Planning Board on behalf of Fletcher Tilton client Madison WG Holdings, one of the real estate developers involved in private development associated with the Polar Park complex in downtown Worcester. Attorney Donahue successfully advocated for two of the buildings being developed by Madison WG Holdings to receive the green light from the Planning Board.

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Read Recent Article by Christopher Yates in the Latest New England Real Estate Journal

Attorney Christopher Yates writes about real estate appraisal standards being loosened by regulators during COVID period. His article appeared in New England Real Estate Journal on June 19, 2020.

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Three Attorneys Featured in New England Real Estate Journal

Three Fletcher Tilton litigation attorneys are featured in the “Ones to Watch” section of New England Real Estate Journal on May 29, 2020.

Click here to read more from attorney Adam Ponte

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Click here to read more from Michael Brangwynne 


Attorney Fred Misilo featured in Telegram

See what Director Fred Misilo has to say when asked about leadership -- As seen in the Sunday Telegram, Business Matters: Leaders Step Up Amid COVID-19 on May 10, 2020.

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Surviving Difficult Times: What Employers Need to Know Now - PART 3

Read the latest article by Fletcher Tilton employment law attorney Joseph Bartulis, Jr.

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Important Information for Recipients of SSI, SSDI and RSDI regarding Economic Impact Payments

Read today’s article by Attorney Meredith H. Greene, Chair of the Special Needs Practice Group at Fletcher Tilton PC.

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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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