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Richard M. ZielinskiRichard M. Zielinski

(617) 574-4029
rzielinski@goulstonstorrs.com
Fax: (617) 574-7664
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400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110-3333


Zielinski, Richard M 

 

Education
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980, cum laude

Colgate University, B.A., 1977, summa cum laude
Admissions
Massachusetts

District of Columbia

Overview

According to Chambers USA, “the ‘very entrepreneurial’ Richard Zielinski is held in high regard by sources. He has substantial expertise in bet-the-company litigation and is singled out by observers as an ‘aggressive litigator.’ Clients remark that ‘he is fantastic on his feet.’ He thinks seven steps ahead of everyone else."

Richard also has extensive trial experience in a wide range of business and real estate disputes, including cases involving the financing and construction of large office towers, breach of contract cases, partnership disputes, lender liability cases and cases under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A).

Richard also defends manufacturers in products liability, mass tort and class action cases. For two consecutive years Richard has been named the leading defense lawyer in Boston in these practice areas by Best Lawyers in America. Representative industries include pharmaceuticals, electrical products and tobacco. Richard is a Director with the firm.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defeated class certification in a putative class action against a Massachusetts-based public company under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C § 227
  • Represented a group of world renowned physicians and scientists in various civil and criminal proceedings relating to the arthritis drug, Vioxx.
  • Defense of a major, national law firm in a case arising out of a $330 million leveraged buyout of a manufacturing company which subsequently went bankrupt. 
  • Successful representation of the developers of the largest office complex in Boston in a $300+ million dispute with their lender. 
  • Defense of a major tobacco company in hundreds of products liability cases including individual and class actions, and the Medicaid reimbursement actions brought by various state attorneys general in the mid-1990s.
  • Defense of a Birmingham, Alabama valve manufacturer in a $300+ million case arising out of a catastrophic explosion at a petrochemical processing plant located near Houston, Texas.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Boston Bar Association, Administration of Justice Section (Co-Chair 2001-2003)
  • Boston Bar Association, Professional Liability Committee (Past Chair)
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
  • Named by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as 2013 MA "Lawyer of the Year" in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants and one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in Commercial Litigation,  Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation, 2006-2013
  • Best Lawyers, Boston Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Boston Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2012 and 2014
  • Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers," 2006-2014
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Chair of Massachusetts State Committee, 2007-2009
  • Standing Committee on the Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy (past Chair)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2004 - 2013
    • Top 100 in Massachusetts and New England, 2007-2010
    • Top 10 in Massachusetts, 2010
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, 14th Annual New England Estate Planning Conference 2013, MCLE, January 2013
  • Panelist, “Managing the Expert Witness-an Advanced Discussion,” National Legal Malpractice Conference, American Bar Association, April 2007
  • Faculty Chair, "Malpractice Claims Against Lawyers," MCLE Seminar, July 2005
Press Releases
num: 33
publicationsArticles: "Responding to Claims Against Your Law Firm," ALM: Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
publicationsArticles: "Common Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel," New England In-House
publicationsArticles: "Managing Outside Litigation Counsel: The Ten Commandments," Association of Corporate Counsel, New England Chapter
publicationsArticles: "Intra-Law Firm Communications," Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
publicationsArticles: "Protecting a Law Firm's Internal Attorney-Client Privilege," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
publicationsArticles: "Liability for Attorneys' Opinion Letters"
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Leading Practice Areas:  19 individual attorneys receive recognition
clientAdvisories: Disclosure of Confidential Information to Consultants May Waive the Attorney-Client Privilege
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Leading Practice Areas: 22 individual attorneys receive recognition
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named in 2010 Best Lawyers®
publicationsArticles: "Mass. Court Weighs in on Disclosure to Consultants," New England In-House
publicationsArticles: "Advance Conflict Waivers," Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Launches "PrivilegeRamp" On Leading Web Platform
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Leading Practice Areas
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2011 Edition of Best Lawyers
publicationsArticles: "Tests to Assess Whether Work Product Doctrine Protects Your Work," New England In House
publicationsArticles: "Rule 1.6: When a Lawyer's Between Rock and Hard Case," New England In House
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Multiple Practice Areas
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
pressReleases: Goulston Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers' 2012 Lawyers of the Year
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Multiple Practice Areas
publicationsArticles: Potential conflicts: how to deal with them when they occur
pressReleases: 36 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers ®
blogEntries: Legal OnRamp Blog - United States v. Deloitte LLP: The D.C. Circuit Loosens the Textron Straitjacket
publicationsArticles: Vexatious Litigation: A Vexing Problem
publicationsArticles: Inside Advice From Firm Ethics Counsel is Privileged
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Nets 33 Lawyers, 7 Practice Areas in 2013 Chambers USA Rankings
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Nabs 34 Lawyers, 2 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions in 2014 Best Lawyers® Rankings
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Captures 47 Spots on the 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List; 14 on the 2013 Massachusetts Rising Stars List
publicationsArticles: Settlement Demands Allowed in Ropes Trial
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Expands Practice Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings
clientAdvisories: Does the Attorney-Client Privilege Protect Communications With A Company’s Outside Consultants?
blogEntries: Massachusetts Court Provides Helpful Guidance to Retailers on Attorney-Client Privilege with Outside Consultants
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May 2014
Goulston & Storrs Expands Practice Recognition in 2014 Chambers USA Rankings
October 2013
Goulston & Storrs Captures 47 Spots on the 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List; 14 on the 2013 Massachusetts Rising Stars List
August 2013
Goulston & Storrs Nabs 34 Lawyers, 2 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions in 2014 Best Lawyers® Rankings
May 2013
Goulston & Storrs Nets 33 Lawyers, 7 Practice Areas in 2013 Chambers USA Rankings
September 2012
36 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers ®
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