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Nelson Mullins Strengthens Regional Presence
with New Litigators in Boston Office

Amy MandragourasTom HaydenJim Carroll

Growth Bucks Recent Downsizing Trend for Legal Profession

BOSTON (Nov. 19, 2012) -- Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP continues its growth in New England with the addition of new attorneys in its Boston office. The new attorneys will comprise two litigation teams focused on civil litigation, construction and surety law in addition to product liability and catastrophic accident litigation.

The expansion of the firm’s Boston office bucks the current industry trend of slow growth in the legal profession, with 53 new attorneys joining since 2009.  Nelson Mullins’ Boston office now totals 55 attorneys in practice areas that include intellectual property, corporate, financial services, securities, commercial, construction, insurance, litigation, environmental, personal injury and government relations. 

“We are pleased to have this experienced group join our firm,” said Boston Managing Partner Amy Mandragouras.  “These attorneys have considerable experience in and ties to New England, and beyond, and have been active in some of the more high-profile cases in the region.  Their experience helps us expand the services we can offer to clients.”

The new attorneys have been involved in major, regional legal issues including Boston’s “Big Dig” highway project as well as the I-195 ("I-way") project in Providence, Rhode Island and numerous high profile litigation cases in Connecticut and New York.  

The new attorneys include team leaders Tom Hayman and Jim Carroll.

Hayman, who joins Nelson Mullins from Cetrulo & Capone, LLP, concentrates his practice in commercial, surety/construction and construction defect litigation.  He also has substantial litigation experience in personal injury/product liability, trust & estate, real estate and insurance coverage matters.  His experience in the construction realm ranges from litigation of claims involving local schools and government buildings to major heavy highway/bridge/tunnel cases including the Providence and Big Dig litigations.

A former attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Jim Carroll defends corporations and individuals in state and federal trials and appeals. His recent trial practice throughout the New England and mid-Atlantic region has involved the defense of negligence and wrongful death actions in product liability cases and municipal liability matters. Jim also represents several insurers in a variety of coverage matters.

Also joining the firm as partners are:

  • Dwight T. Burns, III, who represents clients including owners, contractors and sureties in construction-related civil litigation.
  • Gregory J. May, who concentrates his practice on environmental, products liability, and commercial claims throughout New England and the United States.
  • Francis R. Powell, who represents clients in commercial disputes, construction and surety litigation, and defense of product liability and personal injury claims. He also has been engaged in Big Dig litigation.
  • Michael F. Sommerville, a former insurance company manager and experienced litigator focusing on environmental and toxic tort litigation brought by and against insurers and insured companies.
  • Gillian A. Woolf, who concentrates on the defense of commercial claims. She has handled multi-party cases involving negligence, products liability, breach of contract, insurance coverage, and municipal liability.

Joining as associates are:

  • Benjamin J. Carroll, who focuses on wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, products liability, and insurance coverage.
  • Carl E. Fumarola, who represents corporations and individuals in disputes.
  • Marc E. Finkel, who defends clients involving wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, products liability, municipal liability, and insurance coverage matters.
  • Kathryn D. Stone, whose cases encompass issues such as products liability, wrongful death, and personal injury matters.

The Nelson Mullins Boston office opened in 2006 with two attorneys and grew by nine attorneys and two public strategies professionals by 2009. A year later, 23 attorneys and technical specialists from the intellectual property boutique Lahive & Cockfield joined the firm. The office’s growth over the past six years reflects the firm’s dedication to New England and its belief that this region has high growth potential for its legal practice areas.

About Nelson Mullins

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 470 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. For more information on the Firm, go to, or call 803.255.9794

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