Robert P. Powers, CUA Law Class of 1984 and a partner in the Boston-based law firm Melick & Porter, was chosen as a 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
The publication is read by roughly 20,000 lawyers, students, and judges, through its hard copy and digital versions. Each year, editors highlight ten practitioners in the state whose achievement and contributions to the practice of law stand out among their peers.
Powers has spent his entire career with Melick & Porter, joining the firm in 1984 following graduation. He has tried numerous jury cases in both federal and state courts involving a variety of civil matters, including professional malpractice, insurance coverage, and general liability claims.
Among his most prominent recent successes was Juliano v. Simpson, 461 Mass. 527 (2012), a case resolved by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reaffirming that social liability should focus on supply and control of alcohol, and not control of the property where the drinking took place.
Powers oversees his firm's appellate practice. His work has earned him Martindale Hubbell's highest AV Peer Review Rating. In 2009, Powers was inducted as a Fellow into the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. He has authored articles on a variety of legal cases and has published in Harvard RMF's Forum and Standard Publishing's CSR Advisor.
Over the years, Powers has provided pro bono legal services to guests at St. Francis House, a Boston day shelter for the homeless, and has also served as a Trustee of Montserrat College of Art.