Local Lawyers Recognized as 2008 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars

November 21, 2008

Springfield, MA - The Springfield-based regional law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C. is pleased to announce that eight of their attorneys have been distinguished as New England "SuperLawyers" and six of their attorneys have been distinguished as "Rising Stars" in the November 2008 issue of Boston Magazine. Determined by the results of 63,000+ ballots distributed to lawyers in New England, only 5% of New England's lawyers were honored as SuperLawyers. They were identified for their background, experience, professional achievement and peer recognition. The Rising Stars are under 40 years old or have been practicing law for less than ten years. Less than 2.5 percent of New England lawyers were named 2008 Rising Stars. The following Bacon Wilson attorneys were honored:

Attorney Paul R. Salvage is the co-chairman of the firm's Insolvency Department. His practice deals with sophisticated workout and bankruptcy matters, representing both creditors and individuals or companies facing financial difficulties. His additional specialties include creditor's rights, business/corporate and real estate. Salvage is a member of the executive committee and former chairman of the board of Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc. He earned his JD from Boston University School of Law and his BA from the University of Vermont He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Gary L. Fialky is chairman of the firm's Corporate Department. His practice is concentrated in business and banking law, with an emphasis on business formations, mergers and acquisitions. Additional specialties include health care, trusts and estates and real estate. Fialky is the founder and co-chair of the Omar T. Pace Recognition Dinner for the Central New England Region of the American Cancer Society. He is also a past president of the board of directors of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and he currently serves on the board of trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Fialky earned his LL.M from Boston University, his JD from Suffolk University Law School, and his BA from American International College. He lives in Springfield.

Attorney Michael B. Katz is Co-Chairman of the firm's Bankruptcy Department. His practice is concentrated in business and insolvency law, and he has played a significant role in numerous successful reorganization cases. He also handles sophisticated healthcare law matters, and is General Counsel to many businesses including medical practices and individual physicians. His additional specialties include creditor's rights, commercial and corporate law. Katz is an officer of the United Way of Pioneer Valley and serves on the board and chaired the Capital Campaign for 2007. He is also a past president and current member of the board of directors of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, and he serves on the Jimmy Fund Advisory Committee for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Katz earned his JD from Boston College Law School and his BA from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Paul H. Rothschild is Chairman of the firm's Litigation Department. His practice is concentrated in general litigation, as well as personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and employer/employee disputes. He also represents a number of employers in general business and higher education, providing advice on issues relating to termination, discrimination, and avoidance of disputes. Rothschild is the immediate past president of the Hampden County Bar Association, and a member of its board of directors, and former President of the Springfield Jewish Community Center and member of its board of directors. He earned his JD from Boston University School of Law and his AB from Dartmouth College. He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Stephen N. Krevalin is presently serving as the firm's Managing Partner. His areas of expertise include general business matters, real estate, domestic relations, and he has extensive experience in the area of shopping center/mall representation. Krevalin is a past chairman of the board of Jewish Geriatric Services and past president of Congregation Kodimoh. He earned his JD from New England School of Law and his BA from American University. He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Hyman G. Darling is chairman of the Estate Planning and Elder Law Departments, and he is recognized as the area's preeminent estate planner. His areas of expertise include all areas of estate planning, probate and elder law. Darling is President of the Hampden County Estate Planning Council and also a Certified Elder Law Attorney. In addition, he is a past president of the Hampden County Bar Association, he teaches law at Bay Path College, and is an adjunct professor at Western New England College School of Law - LLM program, teaching Elder Law. He is a frequent lecturer on various estate planning and elder law topics at both the local and national levels. He earned his JD from Western New England College School of Law and his AB from Boston University. Darling lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Francis R. Mirkin's areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate and general business matters, as well as consistent involvement in commercial loan documentation, representing numerous area financial lending institutions and businesses. In addition, he handles zoning and subdivision issues. as well as commercial and banking law. Mirkin is a member of the MA Real Estate Bar Association and the Hampden County Real Estate Bar Association, a former president of the board of directors of the Western MA Division, American Heart Association and a current co-chair of the Baystate Children's Hospital Golf Tournament. He is also an annual volunteer for Rays of Hope. He earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School and his BA from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Stephen B. Monsein is a member of the domestic relations and litigation departments. His work is primarily concentrated on divorce cases, but he also handles personal injury cases and does a significant amount OUI defense work each year. Monsein earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School and his BA from the University of Massachusetts.

Attorney Gina M. 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 focus include guardianship, conservatorship, planning for long-term care and residential real estate. She has been awarded the SuperLawyers Rising Stars distinction since 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 Justin H. Dion focuses on insolvency, 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 non-profit and real estate law. He was also awarded SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2006 and 2007, and he is on the board of directors of Square One, and the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation, as well as a regular participant in the Mass Bar Association Western New England School of Law Dial-A-Lawyer program. Attorney Dion teaches extensive law classes at Bay Path College and Western New England College School of Law, and is the author of several bankruptcy articles and has been published in the prestigious American Bankruptcy Institute and Western New England College Law Review. 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 with a specialization in research, Cum Laude, from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Longmeadow.

Attorney Adam J. Basch is a member of the Litigation Department whose areas of practice 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.

Attorney Todd C. Ratner is a member of the Estate Planning/Elder Law Department whose practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues. Additional areas of practice include commercial and residential real estate together with general business and corporate law. He was also awarded the SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2007. Ratner serves on the board of Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts, is a graduate from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Great Springfield, Inc.'s Leadership Institute 2007 and he teaches Elder Law at American International College. He is a frequent lecturer and he has written numerous business, estate planning and real estate articles. Ratner 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.

Attorney Benjamin M. Coyle is a member of the firm's business & corporate, estate planning & elder, litigation, municipal departments. He coordinates a team for the Springfield MA Relay for Life annually. Coyle earned his JD from Western New England College School of Law and his BSBA from Western New England College.

Attorney Mark A. Tanner concentrates his practice in plaintiff's personal injury, civil litigation and land use and zoning. Mark effectively represents clients in Massachusetts and New York and has successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court and other appellate Courts in the Commonwealth. Mark is the past the president of the Hampshire County Bar Association, was awarded SuperLawyers Rising Star distinction in 2006 and 2007, and was name one of BusinessWest's 40 under 40 in 2007. Mark is active in the Hampshire County Community serving on the board of directors of the Hampshire County Bar Association, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and the Peoples Institute. The author of numerous 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. Mark lives in Florence.

Bacon Wilson, P.C. has a total of 37 lawyers plus 65 paralegals, secretaries and other support staff. The firm's has four offices located in Springfield, Westfield, Northampton and Amherst. Founded in 1895, Bacon Wilson provides legal services in almost every area of the law to clients throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut.

by: Benjamin M. Coyle, Stephen B. Monsein, Michael B. Katz, Paul R. Salvage, Hyman G. Darling, Paul H. Rothschild, Mark A. Tanner, Gina M. Barry, Stephen N. Krevalin, Gary L. Fialky, Todd C. Ratner, Adam J. Basch, Justin H. Dion, and Francis R. Mirkin