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June 2021

Rebecca M. Thibault Elected as Shareholder

Doherty, Wallace Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. is proud to announce the election of Rebecca M. Thibault as a Shareholder in the firm. Attorney Thibault joined Doherty, Wallace in 2013 and concentrates her practice in corporate law, including regulatory and compliance matters, corporate transactions, education law, and environmental and employment matters.

“We are lucky to have an attorney with Rebecca’s abilities and dedication to Western Massachusetts as part of Doherty, Wallace,’ said W. Garth Janes, Managing Partner. Rebecca is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was the managing editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. She is a native of Northampton and serves on the board of Girls, Inc. of Holyoke as well as other volunteer activities.

Doherty, Wallace offers a broad range of legal services in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients and friends in Western Massachusetts.

February 2021

Diana Day Joins DWPM as Litigation Attorney

Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C. is happy to announce the hiring of Diana Day as a litigation attorney. Attorney Day joined Doherty, Wallace in February, 2021. She has an extensive background in state and federal litigation on behalf of individuals, small businesses, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Diana worked at a law firm in Phoenix, Arizona practicing business, insurance, and medical malpractice litigation. She then served in the public sector as an attorney for both state and local governments, focusing on high-profile litigation involving elections and constitutional claims, public infrastructure projects, employment, personal injury, and wrongful death. She also served in the general counsel role for a public pension system with over $40 billion in assets under management. Diana is a member of the Defense Research Institute.

John McCarthy, a senior litigation attorney at Doherty, Wallace, said “Diana is a great addition to our team and will provide our clients with exceptional assistance in facing their legal challenges.

Doherty, Wallace offers a broad range of legal services in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients and friends in Western Massachusetts

March 16, 2021

Associate Anjali Kumar will be a panelist at the WNE School of Law “Color of Law Roundtable Discussion Series” on March 22, 2021.

Color of Law Roundtable Discussion Series Presents
Attorney Anjali S. Kumar
Career Path: Employment Law

Anjali S. Kumar is an attorney at Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C. Her practice focuses on a broad range of employment law matters, including wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, non-competition agreements, and leave laws. In addition, Ms. Kumar represents clients in a variety of business and civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C., Ms. Kumar worked at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office in the Solicitor General’s Division and at a large law firm in Minneapolis. Ms. Kumar interned at the Minnesota Court of Appeals and clerked at county attorneys’ offices in Minnesota during law school.

She graduated from Hamline University School of Law, where she was on the Hamline Law Review and a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Ms. Kumar earned her BA in Communications, with honors, from the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign. She is on the board of directors of a local nonprofit, Link to Libraries. Additionally, she is on the board of directors of the Hampden County Bar Association (HCBA) and in the summer of 2020, formed the Racial Justice Committee of the HCBA. Ms. Kumar is also on the board of the Connecticut Asian Pacific Attorney Bar Association.

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Associate Karen Chadwell’s article about Copyright Licensing Considerations for Restaurant and Bar Proprietors (PDF file).


Associate Erin Meehan’s Ski Safety Act article (PDF file).

June 2019

Associate Stefan Sjoberg was elected to the serve on the Board of the Alumni Association of Western New England University School of Law.

May 29, 2019

Associate Anjali Shankar was elected Treasurer of the Hampden County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section.

April 9, 2019

Associate Rebecca Thibault presented, along with a panel of speakers, to UMass Amherst students on business entity formation and other issues facing entrepreneurs at the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur Workshop: Business Nuts and Bolts.

Feb 14, 2019

Associate Erin Meehan received a summary judgement for a defendant in a slip-and-fall case. Read the Lawyers Weekly report (pdf), click here.

June 2, 2017

Associate Anjali Shankar was elected Secretary of the New Lawyers Section of the Hampden County Bar Association.

January 3, 2017

Attorney Anjali Shankar joined the firm.

January 1, 2017

Attorneys Jose A. Aguiar and Jesse W. Belcher-Timme have been named new Shareholders of the Firm.

November 29, 2016

Doherty Wallace was profiled in BusinessWest magazine.

November 12, 2016

Associate Angelina Stafford presented a seminar on choice of entity and business considerations for start-ups at the Center for Women and Enterprise.

July 7, 2016

Associate Angelina Stafford has joined the board of directors for the Association of Community Living, Inc., a Springfield-based organization that creates opportunities, builds relationships, and improves the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

June 6, 2016

Associate Angelina Stafford presented at a seminar on estate and special needs planning techniques and considerations at Jericho (The Bureau for Exceptional Children) in Holyoke. The seminar was sponsored by Making Healthy Connections.

April 4, 2016

Associate Jesse Belcher-Timme has been named a member of the 2016 class of “40 under Forty” by BusinessWest in recognition of his professional accomplishments, service to his clients, and contributions to his community.
Jesse was honored with the other award recipients at the Log Cabin on June 16th. Congratulations, Jesse!

March 8, 2016

Associate Rebecca Thibault presented to business entrepreneurs on the topic of legal considerations for new business owners. The presentation was part of a workshop series sponsored by the Center for Women & Enterprise and was held in Springfield at the headquarters of Valley Venture Mentors.

February 24, 2016

Partner Michele Ouimet-Rooke was unanimously confirmed by the Governor’s Council as a judge in the Springfield District Court. Congratulation Attorney Ouimet-Rooke!

January 26, 2016

Associate Rebecca Thibault presented at the Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Winter Workshop Series at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College. The workshop focused on legal requirements for farm businesses, and Rebecca spoke about legal issues and employment law concerns relevant to farmers and their businesses.

January 1, 2016

Attorney Michael S. Schneider has been named a new Shareholder of the Firm.

December 6, 2015

Doherty Wallace continued its longtime support (10+ years!) of the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage by again sponsoring the organization’s top fundraising event. Attorneys and staff from the firm also participated in the walk and run.

November 12, 2015

Attorney David J, Martel received the Pro Bono Publico Award from Community Legal Aid in recognition of his legal aid work in western Massachusetts. Congratulations Attorney Martel!

October 27, 2015

Associate Angelina Stafford presented a seminar for the CPE Forum on estate planning issues with a focus on preserving and distributing digital assets, as well as planning for disability through achieving a better life experience (ABLE) accounts and supplemental needs trusts. The CPE Forum provides continuing education programs for CPAs and the Greater Springfield business community.

October 1, 2015

Doherty, Wallace celebrated the careers of four Shareholders, Paul S. Doherty, Philip J. Callan, Jr., Robert L. Leonard, and David J. Martel, with a dinner and reception at the Fort Restaurant in Springfield.

September 15, 2015

Doherty, Wallace has been a loyal supporter and sponsor of the Springfield Public Forum for many years. This year, DWPM sponsored a spirited conversation between political analysts David Brooks and Mark Shields. Please check the Forum’s website for more information.

September 11, 2015

Attorney Rosemary Crowley presented to the Barnstable County Assessors on real estate tax law issues and the Appellate Tax Board. The presentation consisted of an update on the latest cases, jurisdictional issues, and treatment of conservation land for exemption purposes.