Allyson N. Hammerstedt, Esq.
Allyson N. Hammerstedt is a partner at Dunn and Dunn. She is a is a skilled attorney and seasoned litigator, having successfully defended clients in state and federal courts. Ms. Hammerstedt focuses her practice on the representation of healthcare professionals and institutions in medical malpractice actions and before regulatory boards, agencies, and committees. Her current areas of practice also include healthcare law, product liability, privacy and HIPAA compliance, premises liability, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters spanning from minor to catastrophic injuries and death.
Ms. Hammerstedt has experience in all phases of litigation including initial investigation, motion practice, discovery and depositions, summary judgment, trial, and appeals. She also has a strong interest in and experience with alternative dispute resolution and Communication, Apology and Resolution (CARe) programs. Her time working in-house at a local academic medical center affords her with unique insight into supporting and defending the delivery of healthcare. Prior to joining Dunn & Dunn, Ms. Hammerstedt also worked with a local defense firm, where she focused her practice defending caregivers in malpractice actions and before regulatory boards throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Ms. Hammerstedt presents to hospital Grand Rounds, provider groups and risk management programs on medicolegal matters, healthcare ethics and developing legal and regulatory issues within the healthcare space. She has also served as a guest lecturer on hospital law at New England Law | Boston.
Ms. Hammerstedt is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
In 2018, Ms. Hammerstedt successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Polanco v. Sandor, M.D. (SJC-12389), which is the leading decision holding that a surety bond in the face amount of the statutory requirement is not the ‘equivalent’ in cash for purposes of G.L. c. 231, §60B. The same year, she was named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In addition, she has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers in Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice Defense based on a vote of licensed attorneys in the state and a review by an independent blue-ribbon panel.
Ms. Hammerstedt is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science with minors in Philosophy and French. Thereafter, she attended and graduated from New England Law | Boston (J.D.), during which she clerked for several prestigious law firms in Boston, assisting in complex litigation actions on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Hammerstedt was recently selected for a one-year Fellowship in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, which includes an academic appointment as a research fellow in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (2021-2022).
Other reported decisions:
Adams v. Stone, et al., 87 Mass. App. Ct. 1123; 31 N.E.3d 77 (2015) holding that an expert opinion for purposes of a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert fails to consider the patient’s delay in seeking treatment and failure to follow providers’ recommendations for further care.
De Gonzalez v. Harder et al., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 1107; 13 N.E.3d 1027 (2014) holding that an expert opinion for purposes of a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert makes a generic, conclusory statement and fails to state with specificity the applicable standard of care required.
Cote v. Roodhouse et al., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 1112; 16 N.E.3d 526 (2014) holding that an expert opinion for purposes of a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert’s opinion is based on assumption of facts that have no roots in the evidence.