The attorneys at Dunn and Dunn provide counsel and representation to health care professionals and institutions throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, representing both the personal and professional interests of their clients prior to and during all stages of litigation.

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Charles J. Dunn, Jr., Esq.

CHARLES J. DUNN, JR. is a partner of the Boston law firm of Dunn and Dunn, where he specializes in medical malpractice defense litigation. He is a 1964 graduate of Boston University and graduated from New England School of Law in 1968. Mr. Dunn was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1970, and the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit in 1974.

Prior to establishing the firm of Dunn and Dunn, Mr. Dunn was a partner in Dunn & Rogers, P.C., and an associate in the firm of Dunn, Dunn and Kane, which was founded by his late father, Charles J. Dunn, and his late uncle, John Dunn (the former Chairman of the Board of Bar Examiners). He has lectured on trial practice at the New England School of Law and Boston University. In addition, he has also lectured in Nursing Home Law at Suffolk University, and spoken before the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Mr. Dunn is also a member of the American College of Trial Attorneys who has tried hundreds of medical malpractice cases defending doctors, dentists, hospitals, nurse practitioners and nurses, as well as general liability, domestic, nursing home, and Board of Registration in Medicine, Dental and Nursing cases in his 40 years of active practice.

Christopher R. Lavoie, Esq.

CHRISTOPHER LAVOIE is the managing partner at Dunn and Dunn. He is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on the defense of complex litigation, including medical malpractice, nursing home, general liability, personal injury and premises liability cases. His practice includes representing clients in both State and Federal Court. Mr. Lavoie also has experience representing healthcare providers before their boards of registration and advising healthcare providers on regulatory, credentialing and peer review issues. Mr. Lavoie is a frequent lecturer to healthcare professionals and has tried many cases in the Massachusetts Courts.

Mr. Lavoie is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the State of New Hampshire, the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, the State of Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island.

Mr. Lavoie is a 1994 graduate of the University of Chicago and 1997 graduate of Suffolk University Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. Mr. Lavoie currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Toby M. Jesson, Esq.

TOBY M. JESSON joined the Law Firm of Dunn and Dunn in 2009. Attorney Jesson is a partner at the firm, and concentrates his practice in the defense of health care professionals. Attorney Jesson has successfully represented academic medical institutions, hospitals, individual health care providers, and skilled nursing and long-term care facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a wide variety of claims since 2003. Attorney Jesson represents clients in both state and federal courts and is experienced in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also represents his clients before their overseeing boards, agencies and commissions.

Prior to focusing his practice on the representation of health care professionals, Attorney Jesson served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort Monroe Virginia. As the Assistant Post Judge Advocate, Attorney Jesson advised Garrison and Company Commanders and also provided legal counsel to military service members and retirees on a wide variety of issues including wills, trusts and estates, real estate, contract law, tax law and administrative law.

During his years as a Judge Advocate, Attorney Jesson was also trial counsel at Fort Monroe, serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and handling the prosecution of all felony and misdemeanor matters on the base. As a SAUSA, he served as the attorney of record on appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Attorney Jesson is a graduate of The University of Virginia and Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the practice of law in all Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Fourth Circuits.

Attorney Jesson currently resides in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

Mathew G. Dunn, Esq.

MATHEW DUNN joined the firm of Dunn & Dunn in July of 2007 and concentrates his practice on the defense of healthcare professionals and institutions in the Superior and Federal Courts, as well as before their overseeing administrative boards, agencies, and commissions. Attorney Dunn has successfully represented providers before the Courts, Board of Registrations in Medicine, Board of Registration in Dentistry, Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Department of Children and Families.

Attorney Dunn has also successfully litigated matters before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, including Gorham v. Jordan Hospital, et al., 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1125, 999 N.E.2d 503 (2013) and Reed v. Newburger, et al, 92 Mass. App. Ct. 1104, 87 N.E.3d 1202 (2017), review denied, 478 Mass. 1110 (2018)

Attorney Dunn is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of New Hampshire, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the District of New Hampshire.

Prior to his employment at Dunn & Dunn, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County. During this employment he was involved in the Community Based Juvenile Justice program and the Changing Lives Through Literature program.

Mathew Dunn is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 2003) and New England School of Law (J.D., 2006). While attending the New England School of Law he received the CALI Excellence Award for being the highest ranking student in the course of Criminal Advocacy.

Joseph L. Delisi, Esq.

JOSEPH DELISI joined the law firm of Dunn and Dunn in January of 2011. Mr. Delisi concentrates his practice in the defense of health care professionals and health care facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In his practice Mr. Delisi has successfully represented hospitals, physicians, nurses, skilled nursing facilities and other health care providers. Attorney Delisi also has experience in general civil defense litigation and manages probate and collection matters in his practice at Dunn and Dunn.

A graduate of Suffolk University (B.A. 2004) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 2010) Mr. Delisi was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November of 2010 and has handled cases throughout Massachusetts District and Superior Courts.

Mr. Delisi is also admitted to practice in the State of Rhode Island, the United States District Court of Rhode Island and the United States District Court of Massachusetts. Attorney Delisi has been recognized in Boston Magazine as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for each year from 2015-2019 and is also a graduate of the Long Term Care Power Lawyer program.

Mr. Delisi was an academic all-conference varsity basketball player while at Suffolk University, a Suffolk University Law School Alumni Scholarship recipient and he served as Marshall for the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremonies. Mr. Delisi also served as the President of College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board at Suffolk University from 2016-2018 and is presently serving on the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

Mr. Delisi has also lectured medical students on medical malpractice litigation at Brown University Medical School. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and is also a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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.

Kyle Banfield, Esq.

KYLE J. BANFIELD joined the firm of Dunn & Dunn in October of 2019 and concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability defense with particular emphasis on advising and defending physicians, nurses, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare providers in all stages of medical malpractice litigation throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Banfield is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 2014) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2018). During his time at Northeastern, Mr. Banfield worked for several Boston area law firms and was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Jennifer C. Boal in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Banfield is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court, Massachusetts.

Mr. Banfield is a member of the Boston Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and is an avid Penn State football fan. He is also a board member of the Banfield Family Foundation, a family-run charitable organization.

Rachael Bandeira, Esq.

RACHAEL BANDEIRA joined the firm of Dunn and Dunn in January 2020. Ms. Bandeira’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, including advising and defending healthcare professionals and medical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in various medical malpractice matters.

Ms. Bandeira is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. 2014) and New England Law | Boston (J.D. 2018) and was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts in November of 2018. While attending New England Law | Boston, Ms. Bandeira served as Business Managing Editor of the New England Law Review, as well as Class Representative and Elections Chair for the Student Bar Association. Ms. Bandeira also competed on the Regional Mock Trial team and received the competition award for Best Direct Examination at the Quinnipiac ABA Criminal Justice Advocacy Competition in 2017. She was also awarded the New England Scholar award, CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Trial Practice from Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara (Ret.), and the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award upon graduation.

Ms. Bandeira authored “FIFA: For the Game or For-Profit”, which was published in Volume 51 of the New England Law Review in 2017.

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