Awards/Recognition

Awards - 2022

Aug. 2022

Eight Todd & Weld attorneys recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America

Eight Todd & Weld attorneys are recognized in 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America.

Recognition in Ones to Watch is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology used for Best Lawyers lists which were first published in 1983.  The 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes 17,978 lawyers across the U.S. in 79 practice areas.

Attorneys listed in Ones to Watch have been in private practice typically for five to 10 years and are recognized for outstanding professional excellence.

The Todd & Weld attorneys listed in 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch are:

  • Lauren M. Bussey (Family Law)
  • Joseph M. Cacace (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Michael R. DiStefano (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Matthew S. Furman (Commercial Litigation)
  • Alycia Kennedy (Commercial Litigation)
  • Christian G. Kiely (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Lucia A. Passanisi (Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Megan L. Rothemich (Family Law)

Ms. Bussey represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, modification, child custody and parenting plans, asset divisions, and prenuptial agreements.  She counsels clients through all phases of family law litigation, including negotiating separation agreements, and regularly appears on their behalf in court.

Mr. Cacace is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator with a proven record of success at all levels of state and federal courts and in arbitrations and mediations.  Mr. Cacace handles complex civil disputes of all types.  His business litigation expertise includes cases involving closely held businesses, shareholder derivative actions, contractual disputes, unfair and deceptive business practices, and a wide range of business torts.  

Mr. DiStefano concentrates his practice in the areas of government investigations and criminal defense, including defending clients at trial and in pre-indictment government investigations.  A former prosecutor, Mr. DiStefano also advises clients under investigation in a variety of forums outside of court, including government civil investigative proceedings, college and university disciplinary matters, and professional licensing board hearings.  

Mr. Furman has more than a decade of experience handling business, employment, and real estate disputes for a wide variety of clients.  He has tried cases to judges and juries and regularly appears in Massachusetts courts, including the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court and the specialized Land Court.

Ms. Kennedy concentrates her practice on commercial litigation.  She assists clients in all phases of civil litigation, including examining witnesses in court, conducting depositions, arguing dispositive motions, drafting pleadings, negotiating settlements, and developing litigation strategy.

Mr. Kiely concentrates his practice on business litigation, representing companies and individuals in a wide range of disputes.  He also represents clients in matters involving employment law, intellectual property disputes, university discipline, government investigations, and white-collar criminal defense.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.

Ms. Passanisi concentrates her practice on employment litigation, including matters involving discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour laws.  She regularly appears in court, conducts depositions, prepares pleadings, and negotiates settlements.  Ms. Passanisi presently serves on the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Working Group.

Ms. Rothemich concentrates her practice on all aspects of family law, including multifaceted divorce cases involving asset division, issues of child support and alimony, and custody disputes.  She collaborates with experts for varied purposes, including business valuation, forensic analysis of financial information, tax scrutiny, and psychological evaluations and opinions.