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  • Senior Associate

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I grew up in Berkshire County, earned my bachelor's degree here, and met my husband here. Although I left the area to earn my law degree and to begin my practice of law, I always knew that I wanted to return to the Berkshires. Being an attorney allows me to serve not only my clients, but to serve the community.

I am fortunate to work at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig with a group of skilled attorneys who are passionate about their work. My practice is focused on litigation, both plaintiff and defense, and every day presents new challenges and opportunities.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury-Plaintiff
  • Mediation
  • Collections
  • Animal Bites -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Property Damage -- Plaintiff
  • Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Arbitration
  • Workers' Compensation -Vermont

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • Louisiana, 2003
  • Vermont, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2016

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Massachusetts
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Dispute Resolution on the High Seas: Aspects of Maritime Arbitration, Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, Fall, 2002
  • Back to the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement: A Photo Essay, The Mind’s Eye, A Liberal Arts Journal, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2015

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2008 to 2010

Honors And Awards

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts one of 100 Unsung Heroines of 2010

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2000 to Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 2005 to Present
  • Berkshire Bar Association, 2005 to Present
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association, 2007 to 2012
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 2003 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Preis PLC (formerly Preis & Roy and Preis, Kraft & Roy), Associate Attorney, 2002 to 2004
  • Judge Tevrizian's Chambers, District Court for the Central District of California - Los Angeles, CA, Extern, 2003 to 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Northern Berkshire United Way
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2006 to 2012
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Foundation, Board Member, 2009 to 2018
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Trustee, 2012 to 2018
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2018 to Present
  • Community Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 2019 to Present
  • 18 Degrees (formerly known as Berkshire Children and Families), Board of Directors, 2018 to Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Alpha Chi

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