Lisa G. Arrowood is a Founding Partner of
Arrowood Peters. Previously a Founding Partner of Todd & Weld LLP
and a partner and associate at Hale and Dorr, she has over twenty-five
years' experience practicing law in the areas of business litigation,
employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury and legal
malpractice. She is well known for her ability to try to a jury, judge
or arbitrator breach of contract claims, medical malpractice cases,
legal malpractice cases, sexual harassment and other employment claims
and all forms of business tort cases. She has litigated cases in state
and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey,
Texas, Virginia, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Connecticut. Her extensive
jury trial experience resulted in her induction into fellowship in the
American College of Trial Lawyers in 2000. She has been described in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a "dynamic courtroom attorney" and "a force of nature" with "tremendous talent" in cross-examination.
Arrowood currently holds a three year appointment (2010-2013) as the
First Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the
Federal Judiciary. The 15-member Committee evaluates all nominations of
Article III judges to the federal district courts, circuit courts of
appeals and the United States Supreme Court, as well as various
territorial district courts. She holds leadership positions in the
American College of Trial lawyers and the Boston Bar Association. She
also serves on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
Arrowood has extensive experience in all forms of business litigation,
including: breach of contract and misrepresentation disputes, disputes
concerning non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants,
breach of fiduciary duty cases; and unfair business practices cases. She
has represented both publicly traded corporations and family
businesses. She has successfully tried to resolution numerous business
dispute cases. In May 2011, Ms. Arrowood, together with Jed DeWick,
obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of an international
financial services company prohibiting a former high-level employee from
competing with the company or soliciting its customers. Ms. Arrowood
has also successfully prosecuted trademark cases involving the mark
"Better Homes and Gardens" for Meredith Corporation, and successfully
defended Dr. Barry Sears in a trademark case brought by Abbott
Laboratories concerning the "Zone" diet related marks.
Arrowood is well known for her success in representing plaintiffs in
medical malpractice cases. In 1998, Ms. Arrowood won the third largest
jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a family in a
medical malpractice case involving a neurological injury, known as
kernicterus, to a newborn. In addition to the $10.5 Million judgment
involved in that 1998 trial, she has obtained settlements for plaintiffs
in kernicterus cases in the millions of dollars in cases filed all over
the country. In 2009, along with Jed DeWick, she obtained a
multimillion dollar judgment against an obstetrician in a case involving
the death of a pregnant mother from cardiomyopathy of pregnancy and in
2010 she won another multimillion dollar verdict against an internist
involving the death of a 21 year old college basketball player suffering
from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Ms. Arrowood has handled
virtually every type of medical malpractice action, ranging from birth
injury, to failure to diagnose various types of cancer, heart attacks,
and stroke, and involving almost every medical specialty, as well as
physical therapists and nurses.
Ms. Arrowood's success in personal
injury and medical malpractice claims are well documented not just in
Massachusetts but in local and federal courts across the United States.
She has successfully represented plaintiffs in suits involving injuries
suffered in construction accidents, automobile accidents, industrial
accidents, and products liability claims. She has had numerous
settlements of personal injury cases in the millions of dollars.
2006, Ms. Arrowood, together with Raymond Ausrotas, won the 10th
largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of a
severely injured autistic boy. The case was brought against his
school's medical director and various administrators who had failed to
supervise the child's caretakers, and against several teachers who had
physically and emotionally abused him. The $2 Million judgment was
delivered following a six week jury trial.
Ms. Arrowood has
successfully represented employers across all major industries in
litigation involving sexual harassment, gender discrimination, handicap
discrimination and other such claims. Individual employees turn to Ms.
Arrowood for sound, practical advice in negotiating employment contracts
and severance agreements and in pursuing claims through state and
federal agencies and courts. She has also successfully negotiated
complex severance packages and employment agreements on behalf of
financial, marketing and sales executives as well as physicians. She has
litigated and tried discrimination and other employment cases in court,
most recently winning a gender discrimination case against Dana Farber
Cancer Institute after a three week jury trial in June 2011 with her
partner, Kevin Peters. She has also achieved many settlements for
employees in the high six figures and in the seven figures.
Arrowood has represented a variety of individuals in legal malpractice
claims. She has represented individuals and corporations in claims
against their lawyers and law firms including the successful trial of
such a claim in 1998. Additionally, she has represented attorneys
against whom malpractice claims have been made. Her legal malpractice
experience spans the full spectrum of legal services from representing a
corporate client against a law firm for negligently providing an
opinion letter to representing another client against a divorce attorney
in connection with his handling of her divorce, to representing a law
firm sued by numerous clients for one of its partner's alleged
mishandling of clients' funds.
Ms. Arrowood has also handled
various novel cases and cases of first impression both at the trial
court level and on appeal. Included among those cases are: Pettengill v. Morrison, Mahoney & Miller (426 Mass. 253 (1997)); Darius v. City of Boston (433 Mass. 274 (2001)); Gladu v. Boston IVF, (Mass., Middlesex County Super. Ct., No. 98-4189, Jan. 30, 2004); First Enterprises, Ltd. v. Cooper, (425 Mass. 344 (1997)); and Driscoll v. Milton Academy, 70 Mass. App. Ct. 285 (2007).
Arrowood's representation has included such prominent clients as Dr.
Barry Sears, creator of the ZONE Diet, whom she successfully defended
when he was sued for breach of contract in the United States District
Court for the District of Massachusetts. The case was voted among the
"Biggest Defense Wins of the Year" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in
2003. Ms. Arrowood has also represented Staples, Inc., Fidelity
Investments, Meredith Corporation (publisher of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine), and many other individuals and businesses of all types and sizes.
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