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Hermes Netburn Attorney, Holly M. Polglase, Named as Honoree at Top Women in the Law 2012 Event

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Hermes Netburn Attorney, Holly M. Polglase, Named as Honoree at Top Women in the Law 2012 Event


(Boston, MA.  July 16, 2012) – Holly Polglase, a shareholder at Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., is an honoree for the 5th annual Top Women in Law. Holly is one of 50 women chosen by a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selection committee.

This prestigious recognition celebrates women who have made great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy.

This year’s event takes place on September 21st at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and features keynote speaker Suzanne M. Bump, the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, one of six constitutional officers in Massachusetts, and the first female elected to this role in the state’s history.

“Holly is a superb lawyer, role model and leader who gives generously of her time. She works tirelessly with the bar associations to improve collegiality among lawyers and to mentor younger lawyers,” reflects Peter Hermes, the President and a founding member of the firm.

Holly Polglase is a trial attorney with over twenty-three years of experience successfully representing product manufacturers, sellers and other businesses for catastrophic losses. She works as national and regional counsel for major national and multi-national corporations and manages a large regional docket of toxic tort cases for several companies. On top of her busy practice, Holly has given back to the bar by contributing her time to a number of local and national bar associations. She served for many years on the Executive Committee and as an officer of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association, becoming its President in 2004-2005. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, becoming the President of that organization in 2010-2011. Holly served on the MBA’s Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and is currently a member of the Council for the MBA’s Litigation Section. She has been active with the Product Liability Committee of DRI, serving as the co-chair of the Hand & Power Tool Sub-Litigation Group for many years. Her involvement with the American Bar Association began shortly after she started practicing and continues to this day. Holly has been active in the ABA’s 25,000 member Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, chairing a number of sub-committees, including the CLE Board and the Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee. She is now a member of the Council, which is TIPS’ governing body, and has just been elected as one of TIPS’ representatives to the ABA’s House of Delegates.