Boston University School of Law

August 10, 2007

Ellen J. Messing
Edward M. Swartz
Neil Sugarman

Three BU Law Alumni Named Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America

Boston-area BU Law alumni Ellen J. Messing ('77), Edward M. Swartz ('58) and Neil Sugarman ('65) were named as top plaintiff’s lawyers on Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, a listing of the best lawyers in the United States. Messing, Swartz and Sugarman were three of five Boston lawyers on the list.

Ellen Messing, a former lecturer-in-law and a clinical instructor, graduated in the top six percent of her class from BU Law in 1977 with honors. She was selected as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in 2005 and 2004 by Boston Magazine. Messing was also listed in "Top 50 Female Super Lawyers" in the state for 2005 and 2004. She has served as chair of the Ethics and Sanctions Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association since 1993. Messing currently practices at Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C., where she concentrates in civil litigation.

Edward Swartz graduated magna cum laude from BU Law in 1958. He was the editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review from 1957-1958, the recipient of the John Ordronanx Prize from BU Law in 1958 and was a lecturer-in-law at the School from 1961-1963. His practice areas include products liability, civil and appellate practice, negligence, class actions and medical malpractice.

Neil Sugarman is the founder and principal at Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C. Sugarman is on the Advisory Board for the N. Neal Pike Institute and is a past president of the BU Law Alumni Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and formerly served as president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He focuses on products liability, medical malpractice, construction site accidents and complex personal injury lawsuits.

Lawdragon rates the country’s lawyers through independent research and online balloting. The guide reflects geographic and practice diversity while emphasizing distinction and merit. To qualify, a lawyer must primarily represent individuals, either in solo or class claims.

Reported by Jen Vest