New Panel Members
Cowin, Hon. Judith A. (Ret.)
The Honorable Judith A. Cowin was appointed as an associate justice of the SJC by Gov. A. Paul Cellucci in 1999. She was only the third woman to serve on that court in its 300-year history. She retired in 2011 and has been consulting with many Boston area firms on appellate practice since then.
Prior to joining the SJC, Justice Cowin served on the Superior court for eight years. During part of that time, she was also the Regional Administrative Justice for Middlesex County.
After graduating from Wellesley College, where she was designated a Wellesley College Scholar, she went on to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1970. She passed the Massachusetts Bar later that same year.
Before joining the bench, Justice Cowin served as assistant legal counsel to the MA Department of Mental health and later as an assistant district attorney in Norfolk County from 1979-1991.
Justice Cowin has authored numerous articles for legal publications and has been a guest lecturer at both Harvard and Boston Colleges. She has also served on the board of trustees of the Flaschner Judicial Institute and the Social Law Library. A resident of Newton she has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Rosenberg, Kenneth F., Esq.
A trial attorney with over 35 years of experience, Attorney Rosenberg has tried over 100 jury and bench trials and has argued in front of both the Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Judicial Courts. Ken prides himself as being equipped with the unique perspective of being able to evaluate cases from all sides, recognizing their strengths and weaknesses.
He has extensive experience evaluating and negotiating many different types of cases including: motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims, trucking/bicycle/pedestrian accidents, premises liability, construction litigation, product liability, environmental claims and MGL Chapter 93A/176D claims.
Having participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations, He brings experience and understanding in helping parties reach a resolution of their case. Though primarily an insurance defense attorney, he has also successfully represented plaintiffs in personal injury matters. Ken has the temperament and perseverance to effectively work with parties to resolve their case.
Ken is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the MBA and the Worcester Bar Assoc. Ken has been trained in mediation and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Moriarty, Hon. CJ (Ret)
Judge CJ Moriarty graduated from Boston College in 1972 with a degree in Economics and subsequently earned his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School in 1975. Shortly after passing the bar, he opened his practice in Holyoke and founded the law firm of Moriarty & Wilson, which handled civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts. During the course of his career as a trial attorney he tried well in excess of 100 cases to a jury verdict. His civil trial experience encompassed personal injury, medical malpractice, construction litigation, employment discrimination and real estate litigation including eminent domain trials. He also served on numerous panels as an instructor in trial practice
In September 2006 he was nominated as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. During his time on the bench, Judge Moriarty originally sat in many of the Superior Courts in the western counties, including Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Worcester.
In 2012 Judge Moriarty relocated from Western Mass to Edgartown and sat on cases in Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable and Dukes County. He retired in February, 2021 and is available to hear cases from Boston to the South Shore the Cape and Islands as well as Western Massachusetts.
Franco, Michael, Esq.
Michael Franco is a partner in the Law Offices of Beauregard, Burke & Franco in New Bedford. He has practiced law since 1994 and has been a partner in Beauregard, Burke & Franco since 2001. In addition to trial work, he has handled more than fifty appeals in the state and federal courts. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Boston University. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. His litigation practice includes complex cases of serious bodily injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, commercial contract, and insurance coverage. He represents individuals and businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants. Atty. Franco is coauthor of chapters in the MCLE books Massachusetts Motor Vehicles Torts, Massachusetts Tort Law Manual, and Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts. He is past president of the Board of Trustees for the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.
Jones, M. Jackson, ESQ.
Attorney Jackson Jones, a Georgia native, began his legal career began at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office where he acted as lead prosecutor in over 100 jury and bench trials with an astounding success rate. While in the District Attorney’s Office, Jackson also worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. After leaving the DA’s office he then went to work as in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company where he gained extensive experience in personal injury cases. During that time Jackson served as lead attorney for over 20 trials in different Massachusetts and Rhode Island district and superior courts. He also participated in over 500 depositions and over 100 arbitrations.
In August 2017, Jackson founded The Law Office of M. Jackson Jones, specializing in personal injury law, including motor vehicle torts, premises liability and tractor-trailer accidents, along with his criminal defense work. Throughout his legal career, Jackson has earned the respect and admiration of all that have worked with him.
Kinson, Michael S., Sr., Esq.
An experienced litigation attorney, with over 40 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the District and Superior Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mike Kinson has tried more than 100 jury and jury-waived trials.
Attorney Kinson practiced mainly North of Boston. In a number of firms including Marchese & Barnes and Kinson and Wallace. His caseload was primarily Plaintiff side personal injury work, along with criminal, domestic relations and landlord/tenant law.
In 2001, he joined the Hanover In-House firm of Horn & Lauretti (More recently known as The Hanover Law Group) practicing insurance defense in auto tort, premises liability and construction defect cases.
Mike’s mix of both plaintiff and defense work has given him a well-rounded perspective on valuing cases. He has participated in more than 200 arbitrations and mediations and is available to hear case both in MA and NH.
Dussi, Gina T., Esq.
Atty. Dussi began her legal career in a small general practice firm in Lynn in the early 1980’s as a young associate. After three years there, she moved over to defense work, first at the Law Offices of Thomas Polimeni and then, a short time later, at the Law Offices of Lawrence McAuliffe, in-house counsel for Sentry/Middlesex Insurance. Gina handled defense work for Sentry/Middlesex for almost twenty years until 2007, when she took a position as claims manager for Veolia Water North America. At Veolia Water, she managed workers compensation, general liability and auto claims for over 2000 employees throughout the US and Canada. Next she spent a year at Arthur Levine & Associates, doing defense work for Safety Insurance, before returning to the Plaintiff side, at her current firm of Finbury & Sullivan, a well-known personal injury firm North of Boston.
Atty. Dussi has completed formal mediation training and has attended MCLE seminars and workshops on mediation to hone her skills. She has also been involved with Domestic Violence issues and has handled pro-bono cases in the areas of child custody and divorce. In addition, Gina taught at Massachusetts School of Law as an adjunct professor.
Wood, Daniel J., Esq.
Attorney Wood has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1995. During his first 10 years of practice, Attorney Wood worked for an insurance defense firm and focused primarily on defending insurance companies and their insureds in personal injury claims. However, since 2004, Attorney Wood has represented individuals and families who have been injured in accidents, while still representing several self-insured entities on the defense side in other matters.
From automobile accidents to slip and falls, to construction site accidents, Attorney Wood has achieved favorable results for his clients for over a decade, on both sides of the table.
On the defense side, Attorney Wood has defended numerous multi-million dollar cases on behalf of his clients over his career. He has litigated personal injury cases in District, Superior and Federal Courts throughout the Commonwealth. He has defended numerous large exposure cases on behalf of his clients. He has also presented numerous seminars, both locally and nationally, for insurance industry professionals, insurance company clients, and various insurance industry associations.
On the Plaintiff’s side, Attorney Wood has utilized his years of experience and knowledge of the insurance industry to assist people who have been injured in accidents. Having worked as an attorney for insurance companies for many years, Attorney Wood provides his personal injury clients with unique expertise and insight that most other attorneys are unable to provide. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation, and the benefit of having represented both plaintiffs and defendants over the years, Attorney Wood has developed a keen ability to discern the strengths and weaknesses on each side of a personal injury case. Based upon his unique experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Attorney Wood is able to be a fair and impartial neutral who will assess your case objectively and, as a mediator, will work tirelessly to bring your case to a final resolution.
Greaney, Hon. John M., (Ret.)
Justice John Greaney’s exemplary legal career spans over 50 years, providing him with extensive experience as a lawyer and judge in a vast range of areas, including both trial and appellate practice.
A graduate of Holy Cross and New York University Law School, Justice Greaney first started out as a lawyer at the Springfield firm of Ely and King, where he practiced for over a decade until his appointment to the Hampden County Housing Court. In 1976, he joined the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he came Chief Justice in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court where he served until 2008.
During his time on the bench, Justice Geaney participated in many landmark decisions, among them, Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, where he wrote a concurring opinion establishing Massachusetts as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
After leaving the bench, he joined the faculty of Suffolk Law School, where he taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Appellate Advocacy. He now leads the ADR practice group at the Springfield firm of Bulkley Richardson.
Rup, Hon. Mary-Lou, (Ret.)
Justice Rup, in over 25 years on the Massachusetts Superior Court, has presided over a wide variety of cases. In her years on the bench, she has earned a reputation for fairness and efficiency.
Her career began in 1979 as a prosecutor in the District courts. Shortly after that, she joined Massachusetts Defenders Committee in the Berkshire office and eventually the Hampden County office (later renamed the Committee for Public Counsel Services).
From 1986 to 1990, she served as regional supervisor. In 1990, she joined a private firm doing both civil and criminal litigation. Appointed to the Superior Court in 1992, she served until her retirement in 2018. After leaving the bench, she joined the Springfield firm of Bulkley Richardson as senior counsel, handling the firm’s ADR section along with Justice Greaney.
Justice Rup has always been a proponent of legal education at many levels. She has lectured in high schools, colleges and law schools. Over the last decade, she has traveled to Tomsk and Rostov as a participant in education exchange programs with Russian legal professionals and more recently to Latin America, Israel and Jordan.
Ford, Hon. Daniel A., (Ret.)
Judge Ford, recently retired from the Superior Court, sat in every county in Massachusetts and presided over a wide variety of jury and jury waived civil trials.
A graduate of Notre Dame and Boston College Law School, Judge Ford first practiced law in the Pittsfield general practice firm of Katz & Lapointe. His next position was as First Assistant District Attorney for the Berkshire DA’s office from 1979 to 1987. After leaving the DA’s office he took a position with the Pittsfield firm of Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cooke. His practice there was almost entirely civil, with an emphasis on medical malpractice, commercial and real estate litigation.
In 1989, he was appointed to the Superior Court where he presided until taking mandatory retirement in August of 2019. Judge Ford is available to mediate and arbitrate cases throughout WMASS and Central Ma.
King, Matthew J., Esq.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Matt has tried hundreds of civil cases in district and superior courts throughout the Commonwealth and in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. He has also litigated cases in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, and Arizona. Matt now focuses in the areas of medical, dental, and nursing home malpractice, but he also routinely handles personal injury cases of all types, including motor vehicle, premises liability, product liability, and sexual and physical assault. Matt also handles employment, contract, and intellectual property disputes and disputes between insurance companies and their insureds.
What sets Matt apart is his experience as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Although much of his recent work has been on behalf of Plaintiffs, Matt has more than 15 years of experience representing insurance companies and their insureds. He has advised insurance companies concerning insurance coverage questions and he has pursued and defended declaratory judgment and subrogation actions. He has also investigated and defended cases of suspected insurance fraud.
Matt has been recognized by his peers, as one of the best trial attorneys in Massachusetts and has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, among the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Massachusetts, and among the Best Lawyers in America.
Matt represents his clients zealously and passionately, but his primary goal is to achieve results which are fair. As a mediator and arbitrator, Matt intends for fairness to remain his primary goal and he intends for all participants to walk away feeling they have been fairly treated