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07/12/19  |  News & Events

Hermes Netburn Shareholder, John R. Felice, Named President of Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)

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(Boston, MA – July 12, 2019) John R. Felice, a shareholder at Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C., will take the helm of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association for 2019-2020. As President, he will direct the leadership board in their efforts to advance the collective goals of defense attorneys through educational programming, filing of amicus briefs on important issues, and fostering professional growth and development.  John reflects on his new role: “My membership and participation in the MDLA has enabled me to stay at the forefront of developments that impact my practice and to develop close personal and professional relationships with fellow defense attorneys. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this organization of which I have been a member for many years and I look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

The MDLA is a voluntary association of trial lawyers who defend corporations, individuals and insurance companies in civil lawsuits. The purpose of the MassDLA is to improve the administration of justice, legal education, and professional standards and to promote collegiality and civility among all members of the bar. To learn more, please visit:

John R. Felice

John is a shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C.   He has substantial experience representing manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort cases pending throughout New England and beyond.  Mr. Felice’s wide-ranging experience also includes representing insurers, insurance claim administrators, and other stakeholders in connection with complex insurance coverage matters involving toxic tort, asbestos, fidelity, bad faith, products liability, general liability, professional liability, directors and officers liability, sexual abuse and other claims. He also represents insurers in connection with bad faith and unfair claim practice matters, including claims of statutory violations, failure to respond reasonably and promptly to demands for coverage, refusal to defend or pay claims without reasonable investigation or basis, failure to affirm or deny coverage within a reasonable time and failure to effectuate prompt, fair and equitable settlements when liability has become reasonably clear.