Meet the lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Part 3

Our popular lawyer-alumni speed networking event is coming this Thursday, 3/29, at 6:00pm. Each day this week, I’ll present brief biographical sketches of each of the distinguished attorneys who will be attending this year’s event. Monday, we met the first three lawyer-alums, and yesterday the second set. In today’s last installment, we’ve got bios of Thomas Moriarty, Eve Schatz and David Sullivan.  RSVP to the event by emailing alumni@honors.umass.edu.

Thomas O. Moriarty ’90 (Political Science), Boston College Law, Partner, Marcus Errico Emmer & Brooks PC

Thomas O. Moriarty is a partner and chair of the litigation department at Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C., Braintree, where he has worked since 1994. He appears in both State and Federal Court, and has focused his practice in the area of real property with an emphasis on community associations. He represents clients in zoning and land use litigation, title disputes, prescriptive easement and adverse possession claims, beach rights disputes, construction defect and transitional litigation, common area property disputes, condominium phasing and development matters.

Mr. Moriarty is a past President of the Real Estate Bar Association and the past co-chair of the REBA Litigation Committee and also presently serves REBA as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Residential Conveyancing Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He is also active with the Community Associations Institute and served for years as the Chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Action Committee and is a member of their National Amicus Team. Mr. Moriarty has several published decisions including Town of Milford v. Boyd, 434 Mass. 754 (2001); Marinelli v. Board of Appeals of Stoughton, 440 Mass. 255 (2003); and Lobisser Bldg. Corp. v. Planning Bd. of Bellingham, 454 Mass. 123 (2009). He is a 1992 graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

Mr. Moriarty has been named to Law & Politics’ list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers each year since 2005 and maintains an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell.

Eve Schatz ’77 (Psychology), Western New England Law, Founder & Director, Free Legal Clinic of South Berkshire County

Eve Schatz has a private practice in civil law in Great Barrington where she specializes in the legal issues that affect women in transition.  A founding appointed member of the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women, she served two terms on the programming and legislative committees. She is interested in real estate closings/refinance, small business/ non profit incorporation, debt/bankruptcy, and family law including adoption. She is admitted to both the Massachusetts and Federal Bars.

While a law student, she founded the Free Legal Clinic of South Berkshire County, a non profit legal organization that addresses community and legal issues. She was nominated Great Barrington’s Unsung Hero, and was honored at the Statehouse for founding the FLC.

Eve understands that social and legal issues layer upon one another, and she worked to bring a neighborhood polluter into compliance with Department of Environmental Protection regulations, worked on a bill to change Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute, which was signed into law as one of Governor Chile’s final acts in office, and worked with the town water department discovering their maps were incorrect, preventing repairs to underground water systems resulting in colorful water entering specific homes.

David E. Sullivan ’81 (Management), Northeastern Law, Northwestern District Attorney, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan was elected in November 2010 and assumed office on Jan. 5, 2011.  He has been an attorney for almost 25 years, serving 16 years as a trial attorney and advocate. He has handled thousands of criminal and civil cases and tried criminal cases in Superior, District, Juvenile and Military Courts.

Sullivan started his law career in 1987 as a civilian trial attorney representing U.S. Army and Air Force service members in General and Special Courts-Martial in West Germany. He was the city attorney for Easthampton from March 1999 to 2002, when he was elected Register of Probate for Hampshire Probate and Family Court.

As Register of Probate, Sullivan chaired a technology committee for imaging and scanning filed documents, a system now used in the Probate Courts around the state. He helped establish mediation programs to mitigate conflicts between individuals and reduce court costs, and he established a website for the Probate Court to give the public access to resources and staff contacts. Sullivan is proud to have helped make the Hampshire Probate and Family Court more user-friendly and responsive for all citizens.

In 2008, he was one of two Massachusetts lawyers chosen to receive the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s President’s Award for “extraordinary volunteerism, leadership, and commitment to increasing access to justice in Massachusetts.”  Sullivan has been president of the Hampshire County Bar Association, Chairman of the Hampshire Elder Law Program and President of Western Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans. He has been an Advisory Board Member to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Child Advocacy Center and Northampton Domestic Violence-Free Zone Committee and an Easthampton Inter-Faith Cot Shelter committee member.

Sullivan graduated from Northeastern University Law School in 1986 and the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in 1981.