SuperLawyers Rising Stars Among Local Law Firm2

May 1, 2006

Springfield, MA - The Springfield based law firm of Bacon & Wilson, P.C. is pleased to announce that several associates have been honored with the distinction of 2006 Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Stars. The awards were published in the May 2006 issue of Boston Magazine and in a separate magazine, Massachusetts SuperLawyers 2006 - Rising Stars Edition. The Rising Stars were selected based upon ballots sent to attorneys across Massachusetts, who were designated as SuperLawyers in 2005 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 2006 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 a Corporator of the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club, a member of the Commercial Investment Division Committee and the Affiliate Task Force of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley, and a past Chairperson of the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. She was recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2005 and 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 Master's 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 husband.

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 is the First Vice President of the Greater Springfield Business & Professional Women's Club, and 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 is on the Board of Directors of Springfield Day Nursery, a volunteer for the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF), 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. 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 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 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 Legal Research & Writing for the Bay Path College Paralegal Program and is the author of several estate planning 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.

As a prosecutor and in private practice, attorney Tanner has spent considerable time advocating for his clients before judges, juries and administrative agencies in Massachusetts and New York. He is the President Elect of the Hampshire County Bar Association, and serves on the board of directors of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and the Peoples Institute of Northampton. He also volunteers his time with the Hampshire Community United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, and is the author of various litigation oriented articles. He earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Wyoming, his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, his B.S., cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and his A.A. from the New Mexico Military Institute. He lives in Florence with his family.

Bacon & Wilson, P.C. has a total of 30 lawyers plus 65 paralegals, secretaries and other support staff. The firm's main office is located in Springfield, with additional offices in Westfield and Northampton. 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, and Justin H. Dion