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				Batson
				S.
				Michael

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Michael S. Batson Shareholder

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Michael Batson is a shareholder at Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of civil, commercial and class action litigation, construction law, insurance coverage and defense, environmental law, complex tort and product liability law.  Michael has more than a decade of experience representing insurers and policy holders, individuals and corporations in complex litigation matters.

Michael represents clients in connection with claims for coverage on general liability, property, professional liability, directors and officers liability, umbrella and excess policies, and fidelity and surety bonds.  Michael regularly represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in construction-related litigation, including breach of contract claims and claims involving defective workmanship, personal injury and wrongful death.  Michael’s broad background also includes handling matters involving defamation claims, non-construction-related breach of contract claims, stockholder disputes, fraud claims, bad faith claims, building leaks and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Morgan, et al. v. Massachusetts Homeland Insurance Company

Attained denial of class certification in action brought against insurer pursuant to M.G.L. c. 93A regarding the handling of total loss automobile claims.  Attained dismissal of named plaintiff’s direct claim following 4-day trial.

Mueller Co. n/k/a/ Mueller Co. Ltd., et al. v. Commercial Union Insurance Company n/k/a OneBeacon America Insurance Company, et al.

Attained favorable resolution of matter on behalf of insurer client, including favorable summary judgment ruling regarding number of occurrences under Illinois law.

Collins, et al. v. Locks & Keys of Woburn, Inc. and Caroline Ruth Abraham

National Vocational Schools of Boston, Inc., et al. v. Locks & Keys of Woburn, Inc.

Attained favorable class action settlement for small business owner regarding claims brought on behalf of class for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Meaney, et al. v. OneBeacon America Ins. Co. f/k/a Commercial Union Ins. Co., et al.

Attained favorable class action settlement for insurance company regarding claims brought on behalf of class for alleged failure to pay post-award interest on arbitration awards

OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Haffner’s Service Stations

Summary judgment obtained and affirmed by Massachusetts Appeals Court for insurer on grounds that automobile insurance policy did not cover oil discharge resulting from negligent repair services.

OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Travelers Indem. Co. of Ill

Secured First Circuit decision reversing the District Court and ordering that summary judgment be entered in favor of OneBeacon providing for reformation of an insurance policy.

Walpole Country Club, Inc. v. Sansone Brothers, Inc., et al.

Attained favorable settlement for sand and gravel business for claims relating to the alleged release of sediment and hazardous materials.

Armed Forces Ins. Exchange, et al. v. OneBeacon Ins. f/k/a CGU Corp.

Summary Judgment obtained for liability insurer regarding homeowner’s insurance carrier’s subrogation claim relating to an easement.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

American Bar Association

  • Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division

Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Civil Litigation Section

Boston Bar Association

  • Member, Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Member, Litigation Section

Defense Research Institute

  • Member

Boston Bar Foundation

  • Society of Fellows

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Massachusetts "Rising Stars" in the field of civil litigation defense, recognized by the publishers of Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2009-2015
  • Superb Rated from Avvo, Inc., 2012-2015
Avvo RatingDRI MemberRising Star-Super Lawyers 2015