RONALD J. SALVATO
Mr. Salvato has nearly thirty years of practice experience in the area of Business Law, advising small business clients on legal and corporate matters. He has represented clients in Civil Litigation, primarily of lawsuits ranging from personal injury to contract disputes. His practice also has a concentration on Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, as well as drafting of Wills and Trusts, Probate of Estates, and representation of clients in town and village courts.
Representation of buyers/sellers and lending institutions in residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Management of wide variety of civil litigation, including trial practice in administrative, municipal, employment, civil rights, medical malpractice, and general negligence matters.
Administrative hearings officer for grievances and civil service appeals.
Support and counsel to Human Resources function on matters including management, labor and employment issues, separation agreements, termination procedure and exit interviews.
Negotiation, drafting and implementation of wide variety of corporate, labor contracts and large-scale construction contracts.
Advisor and chief policy strategist for executive officer of municipal corporation.
Preparation of all pleadings, including answers, discovery motions, summary judgment, motions in limine, and jury questions, deposition practice, facilitation of technical and medical expert opinion.
Negotiated and implemented one of the largest Tax Incentive Finance (TIF) agreements in state of Massachusetts with Sithe Energy worth $340 million dollars. Effectively creating a stable twenty-year tax agreement for the municipal corporation. Settled nearly fifteen years of Appellate Tax Board cases against the city by Boston Edison, estimated at $60 million dollars removing years of debt from the corporation resulting in a bond rating upgrade twice in twelve months.
Negotiated and implemented several rounds of collective bargaining agreements with IAFF, IBPO, Teamsters and NAGE stabilizing the tax rate of the city and resulting in five balanced budgets.
Creation of policy and compliance for all aspects of Human Resources legal compliance including ADA, Sexual Harassment Policy, Drug and Alcohol testing, Personnel Policy, hiring policy, disciplinary policy, benefits packages and termination policy.
Coordination of $118 million dollar school building program including management of property issues, draft and negotiation of construction contracts, oversight of construction project litigation resulting in school building projects completion on time and on budget.
LAW OFFICE OF RONALD J. SALVATO, ATTORNEY AT LAW
2005 to Present
Private practice in representation of individuals and corporations in civil litigation and in the purchase and sale of land and residential and commercial real estate. Representation of insurance companies in insurance defense and financial institutions, including Wells Fargo, PHH, First Franklin, and ABN AMRO in financing of residential real estate transactions.
DRAKE SOMMERS, LOEB, TARSHIS, CATANIA & LIBERTH
2002 to 2005
Civil Litigation, Municipal Counsel. Responsible for litigation of complex, corporate, medical, and municipal litigation. Trial practice in the State Supreme Court. Representation before boards and administrative bodies at the local and county level. Mediation and arbitration of civil cases.
CITY SOLICITOR, CORPORATION COUNSEL
CITY OF EVERETT, MA
1998 to 2002
Chief Legal Officer for municipal corporation with an annual operating budget of $90 million Dollars. Coordinate all legal matters of Municipal Corporation, management of all civil litigation matters for and against the city including employment claims, property tax appeals, personal injury claims, eminent domain, and civil rights. Negotiate drafting and implement all contracts for corporation. Supervise two full time attorneys. Direction of several outside counsel for insured claims and litigation. Administrative hearings officer for civil service appeals.
Counsel to Human Resources director and staff on matters including management, labor and employment issues, separation agreements, termination procedure and exit interviews. Administer all public construction contracts including a $118 million dollar school-building program. Advisor and chief policy strategist for Executive Office of the Mayor. Plan, implement and coordinate executive office policy, for Human Resources, as well as counsel for Administration and Finance of municipal corporation. Oversight and management of major initiatives of municipal corporation.
ATTORNEY, CORPORATE COUNSEL, American Transportation Insurance Company
Representative Clients, Avis Rent A Car
1994 to 1997
Coordination of all aspects of civil litigation of tort claims for property and casualty cases. Regional counsel for local and statewide fleets, including Avis. Preparation of all pleadings, including answers, discovery motions, summary judgement, motions in limine, and jury questions. Deposition practice. Facilitation of technical and medical expert opinion. Argument on discovery, trial and appellate motions. Trial duties from opening statement to closing argument.
LITIGATION ASSOCIATE CLERK, MEEHAN, BOYLE & COHEN, P.C.
1990 – 1994
Coordination of case management within civil litigation practice.Investigation and assessment of claims, drafting of pleadings, collection, review and production of discovery documents. Coordination of technical and medical expert opinion, client contact. Preparation of demand documents and complete trial preparation of products liability, construction site, motor vehicle and general personal injury cases.
Admitted New York 2002, U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
Massachusetts 1993, U.S. District Court, U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
New York Bar Assoc., Orange County Bar Association,
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Boston, MA,
Juris Doctor 1993
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,
B.A. Political Science,1987
College at Oneonta, NY
1986, Session Assistant, Senator John Flynn, New York State Senate
MARK A. SHUH
Civil & Commercial Law, Collections, Representation of Multi-Unit Residential Housing Associations
Mr. Shuh has over twenty years practice experience. He is a retired police officer and a sitting judge in the town of Crawford, NY.
Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Commercial Financing, Legal Services
Ms. Piscopo has over twenty years practice experience. She is adjunct professor of Business Law at Marist College.