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Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation, including:
    • Employment Litigation
    • Landlord-Tenant Law
    • Business Disputes
    • Construction Litigation
    • Personal Injury
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Municipal Law
  • Business Law and Transactions
  • Employment and Labor Law
About Timothy

Tim has significant experience in a wide range of areas, including general litigation, commercial and residential real estate issues, construction litigation, personal injury litigation (representing both plaintiffs and insurance companies), employment law, and municipal law.

Tim represents and counsels numerous small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as nonprofits, regarding numerous and varied issues, including the purchase, sale, and leasing of residential and commercial property.  These businesses include medium-sized commercial stores, commercial contractors, and multi-unit residential property owners.    

Tim represents both employers and employees with respect to general employment counseling, the negotiation of employment packages, and the negotiation of employee severances.

He has significant experience in Housing Court, representing landlords.   He has served as counsel for a number of Receivers appointed by the Housing Court to take over, run, repair, and turn around distressed multi-unit residential properties.

Tim has extensive trial experience in the U.S. District Court and Massachusetts state courts, has handled multiple arbitration matters, and often appears in actions before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).

Tim is also a seasoned and successful appellate lawyer.  A sampling of the cases in which Tim served as lead counsel or co-counsel include:

  • Melnychenko v. 84 Lumber, 424 Mass. 285 (1997).  This was a case of first impression involving same-sex sexual harassment that was won at trial and affirmed on appeal by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Powers v. H.B. Smith, Co, et al., 42 Mass. App. Ct. 542 (1997).  Represented co-defendant, Mestek, Inc., and obtained summary judgment for Mestek prior to trial, dismissing Mestek as a party to the case.  The decision was affirmed by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
  • McClellan v. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Inc., 61 Mass. App. Ct. 1125 (2004).  Represented the defendant transit authority and was successful in overturning the trial court’s re-opening of the matter after a prior dismissal.
  • Serrazina v. Springfield Public Schools, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 617 (2011).  Represented a tenured Springfield public school teacher who was suspended and terminated pursuant to Mass. Gen. Law chapter 71, §42.  The suit sought suspension benefits for the teacher in accordance with Mass. Gen. Law chapter 268A, §25.  The Trial Court denied the request for suspension benefits, but that order was reversed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  The City then petitioned for Further Appellate Review and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the Appeals Court decision in favor of the teacher. Serrazina v. Springfield Public Schools, 464 Mass. 1011 (2013).

Tim has deep roots in his community and comes from a family that has always put an emphasis on public service.  Tim’s public service includes:

  • Chairman, City of Springfield Board of Police Commissioners
  • Member, Springfield City Council
  • Board Member, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
Where Admitted
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Education
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst), B.A.
Contact
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Timothy J. Ryan
Timothy J. Ryan