8 SuperLawyers Rising Stars Among Regional Law Firm

April 20, 2007

Springfield, MA - The Springfield based law firm of Bacon & Wilson, P.C. is pleased to announce that associates, Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Gina M. Barry, Justin H. Dion, Adam J. Basch, Brett A. Kaufman, Todd C. Ratner, Mark A. Tanner and Michael J. Grilli have been honored with the distinction of 2007 Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Stars. The awards were published in the May 2007 issue of Boston Magazine and in a separate magazine, Massachusetts SuperLawyers 2007 - Rising Stars Edition. The Rising Stars were selected based upon ballots sent to attorneys across Massachusetts, who were designated as SuperLawyers in 2007 by Law & Politics. The Rising Stars are under 40 years old, or have been practicing law for less than ten years. Only 2.5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers were named 2007 Massachusetts Rising Stars.

Attorney Dialessi-Lafley is a multi-faceted business lawyer with experience in all aspects of corporate, business, and commercial and residential real estate. Her additional specialties include probate, estate and elder planning as well as family law. She is an Incorporator for the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club and Chair of the Human Rights Committee for Goodwill of Springfield/Hartford. She was recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2005 and 2006, and also as a BusinessWest Top 10 Lawyer under 40. She is an adjunct professor in litigation principles at The College of Our Lady of the Elms and in the Masters Program in Business Law at American International College. She is the author of various business and real estate law articles. Dialessi-Lafley earned her J.D. from Western New England College and her B.S.B.A. from Bryant College. She lives in Wilbraham with her family.

Attorney Barry is a member of the Estate Planning/Elder Law Department whose practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues including pet estate planning. Additional areas of expertise include guardianship, conservatorship, planning for long-term care and residential real estate. She was also awarded SuperLawyers Rising Stars distinction in 2006, is the First Vice President of the Greater Springfield Business & Professional Women's Club, a recipient of the 2005 "Woman of the Year" distinction from the Women Business Owners Alliance and the "Up and Coming Lawyer 2004" distinction by MA Lawyers Weekly. She also authors many estate planning and elder care articles. Barry earned her J.D, cum laude, from Western New England College, her B.A., magna cum laude, from Westfield State College and her A.A. with High Honors from Holyoke Community College. She lives in Holyoke.

Attorney Dion is a general practitioner who specializes in business and financial matters. In addition to handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies, he also does financial planning, conducts foreclosures, and handles collection matters for lenders, as well as practicing family and real estate law. He was also awarded SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2006, and he is on the Board of Directors of Springfield Day Nursery, a volunteer for the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation, as well as a regular participant in the Western New England School of Law Dial-A-Lawyer program. Dion teaches numerous law classes at Bay Path College, and is the author of several bankruptcy articles and has been published in the prestigious American Bankruptcy Institute. He earned his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Western New England College, his Master of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Cum Laude, from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Longmeadow with his family.

Attorney Basch is a member of the Litigation Department whose areas of expertise include construction litigation, personal injury, general litigation and commercial litigation. He is the Secretary of the Hampden County Bar Association and serves as a member of the Wilbraham Planning Board and the United Way Allocation Committee. He is the author of numerous construction and general litigation articles. Basch earned his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his B.A from Union College. He lives in Wilbraham with his family.

Attorney Kaufman is a member of the Estate Planning/Elder Law Department. His practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues, guardianship, conservatorship and planning for long-term care. He was also awarded SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2006, and he is the Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter, Western Region Alzheimer's Association, as well as a member of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts. He also teaches Elder Law at American International College and is the author of several estate planning and elder law articles. He earned his LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law's Graduate Tax Program, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Kaufman lives in Springfield with his family.

Attorney Ratner is a member of the firm's Estate Planning & Elder, Real Estate and Business & Corporate departments. He handles all aspects of estate planning, all types of commercial and residential closings for buyers, sellers and lenders, as well as general business matters. He graduate from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Great Springfield, Inc.'s Leadership Institute 2007 and is a former committee member for the Annual Max Classic to benefit the Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital as well as the Omar T. Pace, M.D. Recognition Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society. He has written various business, estate planning and real estate articles, and he earned his J.D from The Pennsylvania State University School of Law, his MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management and his B.S from Babson College. Ratner lives in Longmeadow with his family.

Attorney Tanner concentrates his practice in civil litigation and land use and zoning. He effectively represents clients in Massachusetts and New York and has successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in Massachusetts. Mark is currently the President of the Hampshire County Bar Association and was awarded SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2006. He also serves on the board of directors of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and Peoples Institute of Northampton, and he volunteers his time with the Hampshire Community United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. The author of various litigation oriented articles, Mark earned his law degree with honors, from the University of Wyoming, his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and his B.S., cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Florence with his family.

Attorney Grilli's experience runs the gamut from residential real estate to divorce/family law and personal bankruptcy. He is a director of the Westfield State College Foundation, and also serves on the Board of Appeals in Southwick. He is a member of the Southwick Rotary Club and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Program Committee. He is the author of various bankruptcy, business and family law articles. Grilli earned his J.D from Western New England College School of Law and his B.A from Syracuse University. He lives in Southwick with his family.

Bacon & Wilson, P.C. has a total of 37 lawyers plus 70 paralegals, secretaries and other support staff. The firm's main office is located in Springfield, with additional offices in Westfield, Northampton and Amherst. The firm was founded in 1895, and Bacon & Wilson provides legal services in almost every area of the law to clients throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut.

by: Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Mark A. Tanner, Gina M. Barry, Todd C. Ratner, Adam J. Basch, and Justin H. Dion