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PETER F. CARR II is a member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC's litigation division. His primary areas of practice include commercial and business litigation, construction litigation, employment law and appellate practice. Mr. Carr appears regularly before the state and federal courts, and maintains an active trial practice. He also has experience practicing before mediation and arbitration panels on complex commercial litigation matters including the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Carr has an active practice representing independent private schools, and advises on contract issues, liability issues, personnel matters and discipline issues. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bates College; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Carr is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
JOSHUA R. COLEMAN is a partner in the law firm of Collins, Loughran & Peloquin, P.C. He has more than 12 years of experience representing public employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law matters, and more than 6 years working with federal and state education laws. His experience includes representing public employers in court and before administrative agencies, including the Division of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Division of Unemployment Assistance with respect to traditional labor and employment matters. Mr. Coleman has conducted several investigations into employee misconduct and regularly consults with clients regarding disciplinary matters. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his J.D. degree from Northeastern University Law School. Mr. Coleman is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Council of School Attorneys (COSA).
JOHN J. DAVIS is a founding partner in the Boston law firm of Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and in the state courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Davis concentrates in the defense of municipal liability, school liability, employment, law enforcement and civil rights actions, and in the interpretation of liability insurance policies. He was lead defense counsel in Brum v. Town of Dartmouth, 428 Mass. 684 (1999), the landmark municipal immunity decision, and in Parker v. Hurley, 514 F.3d 87 (1st Cir.), cert. den., 129 S.Ct. 56 (2008), where the First Circuit upheld the right of public schools to use same-sex teaching materials in the classroom. Mr. Davis is a frequent CLE lecturer, and has participated as a speaker at the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, the National Business Institute, and numerous in-house seminars for municipal groups and insurers.
JOSHUA D. KRELL is a partner with Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, a general practice firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His primary practice centers upon the representation of private schools and human service agencies serving individuals with special needs, as well as other non-profit and for-profit entities. Mr. Krell advises clients with regard to corporate issues, regulatory agencies and administrative matters, employment and probate issues, and special education-related litigation. Prior to joining Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry in 2000, he worked as an assistant attorney general in the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud divisions for over six years. Mr. Krell earned his B.A. degree from Bates College and his J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. He has been licensed to practice in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of Maine since 1992, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since 1994. Mr. Krell is a member of the Boston Inn of Court, and further serves his community as a member of both the Board of Directors of the East End House in Cambridge and the Human Rights Committee at The Learning Center, a special education program of The Guild for Human Services in Waltham.
ALISSA OCASIO serves as the legal advisor to the Boston Public Schools, a school district comprising of 125 schools, approximately 10,200 employees, 56,000 students and 11,400 students with special needs. In this role, Ms. Ocasio serves as a member of the School Superintendent’s Cabinet and as a part of the management team for the city of Boston’s Corporation Counsel charged with representing the city of Boston and its various departments. She has represented the school district, superintendents, and school committees since 2002, handling civil litigation, civil rights, employment discrimination, special education, municipal procurement and contract matters. In 2003, Ms. Ocasio successfully defended the school district in the case of Jane Doe v. Boston Public Schools which set precedent in the First Circuit on the recovery of attorneys fees in cases brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ms. Ocasio has also participated as an instructor or panel member in various classes and conferences, such as instructor of school law for Boston Principal Fellows, guest lecturer for the “Schools and the Law” course at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and panel member for U.S. Attorney’s Office “Ending School-to-Prison Pipeline” Conference. Prior to joining the Boston Public Schools, Ms. Ocasio worked as an associate in a private defense law firm specializing in civil litigation and insurance defense. Ms. Ocasio is currently an active member of the Boston Inn of Court, Boston Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. degree from Boston College and her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School.