Four Alumni Named "Lawyers of the Year" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Four BU Law alumni, David Bunis ('87), Ellyn Lazar-Moore ('93), Daniel Manning ('73) and Samuel Perkins ('76), were recently selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2006. For the past 12 years the newspaper has selected a small group of noteworthy lawyers for this achievement.
Alumnus David Bunis was recognized for his accomplishments in the Supreme Court’s Business Litigation Session, which included a major expansion in the area of Chapter 93A liability. Bunis told the newspaper that the highlight in his legal career was his successful representation of a Boston University student who was a victim of mistaken identity in a criminal case. His most memorable moment at law school? Graduating.
Worcester County prosecutor Ellyn Lazar-Moore was recognized by Mass Lawyers Weekly for major victories achieved over the past year before the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court. Lazar-Moore successfully argued to the Court that a defendant could be found guilty of attempting to solicit sex from a child, even if the "child" was an undercover police officer. She told the newspaper, “I really like doing appeals. I’m one of the few people who thoroughly enjoyed law school from day one...I feel that I have really found the right place for me.”
Daniel Manning’s crusade to make the MBTA more accessible to users with disabilities earned him his spot in the “Lawyer of the Year” listing. Through a series of negotiations, one-on-one discussions and evidence collection, Manning won the case, collecting a $310 million settlement from the MBTA. Manning told the newspaper that his most memorable moment in law school was “volunteering at the Field’s Corner office of the Boston Legal Assistance Project.”
Samuel Perkins was named a top lawyer because of his experience and success in class-action litigation, including a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in which Perkins argued that the company was violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act by refusing to stock a prescription. A month after the suit was filed, Wal-Mart agreed to stock the prescription nationwide.