William J. Fidurko Named a Partner at Tucker, Dyer & O’Connell, LLP

TUCKER, DYER & O’CONNELL, LLP proudly announces that William J. Fidurko has been named a partner in the firm. Please read our announcement or visit his bio page.

The firm will continue to represent individuals, manufacturers, insurance companies, and commercial enterprises in cases involving product liability, medical professional and care facility liability, professional liability, premises liability, automotive liability, liquor liability, environmental and general liability, insurance coverage analysis and litigation, construction accidents and defects, subrogation, and contract and commercial disputes.

Tucker, Dyer & O’Connell is based at 199 Wells Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts 02499. Telephone: 617-986-6220. Facsimile: 617-986-6229.

Scott Tucker Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Boston, MA – November 2018 – Scott Tucker has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Scott became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the College in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting had a total attendance of 1,020.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Scott is a partner in the firm of Tucker, Dyer & O’Connell, LLP. Scott is an alumnus of Tufts University – Class of 1975 and Boston College Law School – Class of 1978.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Panel Voir Dire Getting Mostly Good Marks One Year Later

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reported on the first year of attorney-panel voir dire in the Superior Court. Panel voir dire is the form of jury selection in which a lawyer is permitted to question a group of prospective jurors. It was introduced in February 2015 pursuant to Standing Order 1-15.

Some have welcomed the change while others have approached it with caution.

Attorney Scott J. Tucker, a Boston lawyer who defends personal injury and construction cases, said he has seen plaintiffs’ lawyers come into court with a long list of questions for jurors that they want the judge to ask.

“Everybody is concerned that somebody is going to say the wrong thing. If so, you’re going to lose the juror. If it’s panel voir dire, you lose the panel,” Tucker said.

Read the article on the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly website, published Feb. 18, 2016 (subscriber access required).

Attorney Brian A. O’Connell to Present at the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s Spring Seminar and Annual Meeting

Attorney Brian A. O’Connell will present at the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association’s Spring Seminar and Annual Meeting on May 29, 2015 at the InterContinental Boston Hotel. Attorney O’Connell will present the seminar, “I Want it All – Or At Least Pro Rata: Contribution and Indemnity 101.”
Attorney O’Connell is a partner at the law firm of Tucker, Saltzman, Dyer & O’Connell, LLP. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and United States Supreme Court. He represents parties in all areas of civil litigation with a concentration in construction, commercial litigation, premises liability, toxic tort and products liability as well as insurers and insureds in insurance coverage and “bad faith” litigation.

Attorney O’Connell served as an officer and director of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2011. He is also is a member of International Association of Defense Counsel, DRI and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Attorney Scott J. Tucker Joins Panel at MCLE Seminar on Direct and Cross Examination Skills

Attorney Scott J. Tucker will join the panel of the MCLE seminar “Direct and Cross Examination Skills Workshop” on June 15th. The MCLE/West webcast and program will be chaired by Hon. Paul Chernoff and Leonard Kesten. The program is scheduled for Monday, June 15th at the MCLE Conference Center in Boston from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This program has been selected to be webcast via MCLE and West Legal Ed Center. Viewers can watch and ask questions remotely. The MCLE manual, Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy,will be distributed to registrants as the primary seminar text.


Attorney Scott J. Tucker Presents at 3rd Annual MASSDLA and MATA Joint Program

MassDLA and MATA presented the 3rd Annual “Both Sides of the Bar” conference on Wednesday, April 29th. Attorney Scott J. Tucker of Tucker, Saltzman, Dyer & O’Connell, LLP was among the presenters.The defense and plaintiffs bars each offered speakers who gave their best seven minutes on trial techniques, anecdotes and advocacy tips to learn from. The event was held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue De LaFayette in Boston. It was free to both members and non-members.

Featured speakers from the defense bar:

  • Patricia E. Ratner, Managing Attorney, Electric Insurance Company
  • John G. Bagley, Partner, Morrison Mahoney LLP
  • Mary K. Ryan, Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Scott J. Tucker, Partner, Tucker Saltzman, Dyer & O’Connell LLP

Featured speakers from the plaintiff’s bar:

  • Thomas Bond, The Kaplan/Bond Group P.C.
  • Michael Harris, Crowe & Mulvey, LLP
  • Kimberly Alley, Perkins & Anctil, P.C.

Read more about the program here.