J. Owen Todd

Biography

J. Owen Todd's legal career began in 1960 when he was appointed a law clerk to a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In the following year, he joined the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and in time became a Partner, a Senior Partner, Co-Chairman of the Litigation Department and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of that firm. In 1988 Attorney Todd left Hale and Dorr to become Justice Todd of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 1992 he resigned from the Superior Court to become one of the founding partners of Todd & Weld.

During his legal career, Owen Todd has handled virtually every kind of case from murder to mass tort litigation and from bankruptcy litigation to “bet-the-company” commercial cases in every type of court throughout thirty-six states. Mr. Todd has appeared as counsel for Cardinal Bernard Law, the Massachusetts Trial Court, numerous attorneys, judges and law firms, F. Lee Bailey, professional athletes, Staples, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency and many major companies in the New England area.

While consistently named in the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers, USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Owen Todd is most proud of the recognition of his peers reflected by his fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and his presidency of the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, Founding Partner, 1992
    • Massachusetts Superior Court, Associate Justice, 1988-1992
    • Hale and Dorr LLP, Senior Partner, 1961-1988
    • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Law Clerk, 1960-1961
  • Professional Activities
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association President, 1994 to 2014
    • Boston Bar Association Co-Chair, Administration of Justice Section, 1993-1994
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Leadership Academy Steering Committee (2016-2017)
    • American Bar Association
    • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Co-Editor, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education: Massachusetts Trial Advocacy
    • Model Jury Charges, “Eminent Domain”
    • Lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
    • Lecturer for Boston Bar Association
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; and Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs, August 2017
    • Named to 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Business Litigation
    • Named to "2017 Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; and Personal Injury Litigation -- Plaintiffs, August 2016
    • Named one of "2016 Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, August 2015
    • Named by Super Lawyers in 2015 to Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Business Litigation
    • Named to 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Business Litigation
    • Named to 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
    • Included in Who's Who Legal: Litigation 2015
    • Named in The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal as a "2015 New England Best Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, and Personal Injury Litigation, May 2015
    • Named a "2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in New England Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine, November, 2014
    • Named one of "2015 Best Lawyers in America " in Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Personal Injury Litigation--Plaintiffs, August 2014
    • Named a "2014 New England Best Lawyer" in The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, April 2014
    • Named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" by Legal Leaders™ based upon his AV Preeminent Rating® by Martindale-Hubbell®, February 2014
    • Named a "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation in the 2007-2013 editions of New England Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Named as one of “Boston's Best Lawyers" in Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Personal Injury Litigation in a special supplement to The Boston Globe, 2010
    • Recognized by Boston Magazine as a “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer” 2004-2013; recognized in the practice area of business litigation
    • Senior Statesmen, Litigation: General Commercial 2007-2010, Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Leading Individuals, Litigation: General Commercial 2003-2010, Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Listed by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers as one of the world's leading practitioners of commercial litigation, 2006-2014
    • Lawyer of the Year 2002, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
    • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Todd has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1986.
    • Honorary Doctorate of Law and Letters from New England School of Law
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Former Commissioner, State Ethics Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Trustee, Austin Jones Foundation
    • Member, Governor's Commission on Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
    • Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation
    • Trustee, J. Owen Todd Charitable Foundation
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