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Hermes Netburn Attorney, Holly M. Polglase, Named 2014 Defense Lawyer of the Year By The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

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Hermes Netburn Attorney, Holly M. Polglase, Named 2014 Defense Lawyer of the Year By The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association


(Boston, MA - April 22, 2014) Holly Polglase, a products liability attorney and shareholder at Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., has been named The 2014 Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.  This prestigious award, given annually by the MassDLA,  spotlights Holly’s long-term dedication to the law and her clients, as well as her outstanding leadership among the bar and her focus on professional standards and collegiality.

The Defense Lawyer of the Year Award is bestowed annually upon the defense lawyer whom the Association believes best demonstrates the ideals of the legal profession.  For over 20 years, the MassDLA has annually recognized one leader in the defense bar who personifies the organization’s goals of improving the administration of justice, legal education, and professional standards and promoting collegiality and civility among all members of the bar.  The MassDLA is the largest state-wide defense bar organization in Massachusetts. It is an association of volunteer trial lawyers who defend corporations, individuals and insurance companies in civil lawsuits.

In her practice, Holly Polglase acts as lead counsel in the defense and trial of complex product liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic tort, asbestos, general liability and commercial matters.  With twenty-four years of experience, 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.  Holly is a frequent speaker and author on issues related to her civil trial practice and she has been active in both state and national bar associations.  She served as a member of the MassDLA Board of Directors for many years before becoming its President from 2010-2011. 

About Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C.:  The attorneys of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. are committed to providing clients with creative and practical solutions at unsurpassed value.  They represent national and international businesses, insurance companies and individuals in a wide range of matters throughout the New England states and beyond.  At Hermes Netburn, the clients’ objectives dictate how cases are handled, but the goal is always to achieve superior results.

About Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association:  The MassDLA is an association of attorneys practicing defense work in the field of civil litigation.  It is a growing, dynamic organization and is the DRI State and Local Defense Organization for Massachusetts.  The MassDLA is dedicated to advancing the collective goals of both its members and their clients through its educational programming, the filing of amicus briefs on important defense issues, pro bono initiatives, and through its substantive law committees.  MassDLA programs, articles and events seek to foster collegiality, education and professionalism among all practitioners.