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Eight Todd & Weld attorneys selected to Ones to Watch from Best Lawyers

Eight Todd & Weld attorneys are recognized in the 2022 Ones to Watch from Best Lawyers in America.

Recognition in Ones to Watch is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology used for Best Lawyers lists since its first publication in 1983.  More than 990,000 evaluations were analyzed for the 2022 edition of Ones to Watch, which resulted in more than 14,000 lawyers in 79 practice areas recognized.

Ones to Watch attorneys have been in private practice typically for five to nine years and are recognized for outstanding professional excellence.

The 2022 Ones to Watch honorees from Todd & Weld are:

  • Lauren M. Bussey (Family Law)
  • Joseph M. Cacace (Commercial Litigation)
  • Lisa M. Conserve (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs)
  • Michael R. DiStefano (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Alycia Kennedy (Commercial Litigation)
  • Christian G. Kiely (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Ryan P. McLaughlin (Family Law)
  • Lucia A. Passanisi (Litigation – Labor and Employment)

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.  

Ms. Conserve concentrates her practice on all aspects of personal injury litigation, including medical malpractice, traumatic injury cases, automotive accidents, construction site accidents, product liability, and premises liability.  She also focuses on professional liability litigation matters.  Ms. Conserve assists clients through all stages of litigation, including discovery, court appearances for trials and substantive motions, and settlement negotiations.

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.  

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.

Mr. McLaughlin has concentrated his practice in family law since 2012.  He regularly represents clients in court for trials, evidentiary hearings, pre-trial conferences, and substantive motions, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums.  Mr. McLaughlin's practice includes work in complex divorce actions, modifications, contempt actions, depositions, complex financial disputes, child custody disputes, and the drafting and negotiation of premarital and separation agreements.

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.