Jonathan Handler represents corporate clients in complex commercial litigation involving tort and contract disputes with an emphasis on large-scale commercial and insurance-related matters. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in Massachusetts in matters involving accounting malpractice, unfair and deceptive trade practices, mergers and acquisitions, tortious interference, and complex product liability. He also assists corporate clients in a variety of industries, including specialty chemicals and aerospace, in evaluating the risks and benefits of particular actions and counsels them on ways to mitigate risk and avoid litigation. Jonathan also regularly represents clients in general business disputes and construction litigation.
Jonathan has been published on a variety of legal subjects, including Chapter 93A, the work product doctrine, and recent developments in product liability law. He is a former member of the firm's Executive Board.
Defended a construction products/specialty chemicals company in cost recovery and wrongful death lawsuits arising from a ceiling collapse in the I-90 Connector Tunnel on the Big Dig project in Boston; all claims were settled on highly favorable terms
Successfully defended a "Big Four" accounting firm against claims of professional malpractice before a three-member panel, which issued a favorable decision on plaintiffs' claims against our client after a five-day arbitration, and a Superior Court judge, who entered summary judgment in our client's favor on a related third-party claim for contribution
Represented a commercial building owner in a complex tort action seeking to recover for the failure of pre-stressed concrete pilings that led to the collapse and condemnation of a waterfront office building, where we obtained a favorable settlement for our client after extensive discovery and mediation
Successfully defended an aerospace subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company against a tortious interference claim in U.S. District Court, where the court granted our client's motion for summary judgment after extensive discovery
Defended an insurance company in a complex bad faith claim arising out of payment of life insurance proceeds, where the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed and vacated, ruling that our client had not engaged in any unfair or deceptive practices after multiple superior court judges had ruled against our client (then represented by predecessor counsel)
Settled on terms favorable to our financial services client, on the first day of trial, an action for recovery from a borrower that had reneged on an agreement to consummate a private placement transaction
magna cum laude1988
Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2010-2016
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Greater Boston Legal Services, Board of Directors (2001-2010)
Boston University School of Law, Program on Legal Writing, Instructor (1998-1999)
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