William M. Driscoll

MA Appeals Attorney

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About William M. Driscoll, M.S., J.D.

William appreciates the value of hard work, perseverance, tenacity, and exactness to detail. Those attributes have served him well.

William earned a Master of Science in mathematics (operating system design, algorithms & number theory) from the University of Massachusetts in 1992. During his career as an engineer, he achieved award-winning notoriety in the field of electronic warfare, forensics and cyber security.

He then earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law in 2004, focusing his studies in contracts, commercial code, and taxation. He also competed in the National Appellate Tax Moot Court Competition, clerked for the Probate & Family Court and the Appellate Tax Board, and served as associate and technical editor of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement. He earned the New England Scholar Award and was presented with the President Anna E. Hirsch Award for outstanding service.

William began his legal career as a trial litigator, negotiator, and mediator before pursuing appellate law. Appellate litigation requires superior research and analytical skills as well as the tenacity to examine every issue from all angles. William's diverse educational and professional experience have enhanced his abilities as a talented appellate litigator. He volunteers his time mentoring students, teaching legal writing, and resolving colleagues' questions in many practice areas in the law.

Bar Admissions

  • All Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Current Activities

  • American Bar Association: Judge, National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Appellate Bench Bar Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Civil Litigation Section Counsel
  • Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services: Post-Conviction and Criminal Appeals Panel
  • New England Law | Boston: Alumni Ambassador
  • National Rifle Association (NRA): Benefactor Life Member
  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL): Volunteer Counsel Program

Publications & Presentations

Author: Appeals Court Overturns Mandatory Pre-Litigation Mediation, published in the Family Mediation Quarterly by the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (14 Fam. Mediation Q. 3, Spring 2015).

Author: Rule 56(f): Precursor to a Substantive Opposition to Summary Judgment, published in the Massachusetts Law Review by the Massachusetts Bar Association (95 Mass. Law Rev. 171, June 2013).

Adjunct Professor, New England Law | Boston, Legal Research and Writing II (Appellate Advocacy), 2013.

Author: Information Security: A Business Necessity for Mediators, published in the Family Mediation Quarterly by the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (8 Fam. Mediation Q. 20, Summer 2009).

Seminar Chair/Presenter: Ready for Compliance? New Security Regulations Affecting All Collaborative Professionals, hosted by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Counsel on February 26, 2009.

Appellate Results

Commonwealth v. Maurice R. Pridgett, appeal pending.

Commonwealth v. Michael Tomaso, appeal pending.

Commonwealth v. Luis Santiago, appeal pending.

Commonwealth v. Christopher G. Magdalenski, client dismissed appeal.

Commonwealth v. Juan G. Suriel, 91 Mass. App. Ct. 604 (2017), FAR denied, seeking SCOTUS cert.

Commonwealth v. Wilson Clay, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1124 (2017) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), Convictions reversed and remanded for new trial because the prosecutor violated Mr. Clay's Constitutional rights by questioning his post-arrest silence in violation of Doyle v. Ohio.

Brian V. Jansen v. Tigist S. Alemu, 91 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2017) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), client judgment affirmed.

Commonwealth v. Jose Maltez, inactive.

Commonwealth v. Danielle Hillman, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1114 (2016) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), FAR denied.

Commonwealth v. Panofsky Dieujuste, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1110 (2016) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), FAR denied.

Commonwealth v. Kevin Harris, 89 Mass. App. Ct. 1116 (2016) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), FAR denied.

Linda M. Clawson v. Scott M. Clawson, appearance withdrawn after obtaining the allowance of a trial court motion to stay pending appeal.

Harold Physic v. Maureen C. Physic, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 1103 (2015) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), client judgment affirmed.

In re Estate of Galatis, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 273 (2015), client judgement affirmed, opponent's FAR denied.

Ventrice v. Ventrice, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 190 (2015), created new law: no trial court may condition an individual's access to the court upon pre-litigation mediation, to do so violates our Constitution. Reversed divorce custody orders.

Kelcourse v. Kelcourse, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 33 (2015), prenuptial agreement held unenforceable on contract law principles when the husband's neglect of the principal residence leaves the wife a house with negative equity, with documented structural issues, with documented code violations, and with extremely costly needed repairs and renovations.

James E. Creer v. Deborah S. Creer, 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1133 (2014), judgment affirmed.

St. Dennis v. St. Dennis, 2014-J-0141 (interlocutory appeal), reversed a pre-trial removal order that permitted the relocation of a child from Massachusetts to Arizona during a divorce case, the child was returned to Massachusetts and the custody dispute was placed back on equal footing for resolution at trial.

Mayra Beras v. Christopher Masterman, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 1134 (2013), client judgment affirmed.

Swistak v. Stelmokas, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2013) (unpublished Rule 1:28 decision), reversed and remanded because trial judge violated client's right to due process while she sought grandparent visitation rights.

Alicia Russo v. Susan Davis, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 1107 (2013), FAR denied.

Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil v. Charles O'Neil, 2013-J-0342, interlocutory appeal denied.

Eugene M. Ostroff v. Betsy Ostroff, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2012), remand for reconsideration of alimony and life insurance.

Walter T. McNamara v. Dept. of Revenue & another, 2010-P-0520, opponent's appeal dismissed.

Martha A. McNamara v. Walter T. McNamara, 2010-J-0106, opponent's motion to stay pending appeal denied.

Martha A. McNamara v. Walter T. McNamara, 2010-J-0051, opponent's motion to stay pending appeal denied.