Jonathan I. Handler


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Jonathan Handler represents corporate clients in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on large-scale contract and product liability disputes. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and elsewhere in matters involving toxic torts, wireless telecommunications, construction, accounting, litigation, insurance broker malpractice, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and mergers and acquisitions. 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 has been published on a variety of legal subjects, including "earn out" disputes, Chapter 93A, the work product doctrine and recent developments in product liability law. He is a former member of the firm's Executive Board and previously served as office managing partner of the firm's Boston office.


Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Successfully defended alternative fuels system manufacturer against breach of contract claims brought by seller of acquired business seeking "earn out" payments

Successfully represented non-profit Educational Broadband Service providers in obtaining preliminary injunction and partial summary judgment again wireless telecommunications company

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)



Education and Credentials

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992
Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1988
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
New England Legal Foundation, Board of Directors, 2022-Present; State Advisory Council, Massachusetts, 2006-2022
Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, President, 2018-2019, Board of Directors, 2009-2021
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Hearing Committee, 2006-2011, 2014-2019, 2023-Present
Boston Bar Association, Federal Practice & Procedure Committee, Litigation Section, Co-Chair, 2009-2010
American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-Present

Recognition and Community


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Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2024

Selected to the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, 2004, 2006, 2010-2021, 2023

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Alray Scholars Program, Mentor, 2017-2021

Thrive Scholars (formerly SCS Noonan Scholars), Mentor, 2018-2022

Big Brothers Big Sisters/2.0 Program, Mentor, 2017-2018

Greater Boston Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2001-2010

Boston University School of Law, Program on Legal Writing, Instructor, 1998-1999