Carissa Mann joins Cain Hibbard

Carissa Mann joins Cain Hibbard’s litigation and technology licensing group Carissa Mann has joined the firm’s litigation and technology licensing group.  A native of Massachusetts, Carissa grew up outside of Boston in Sharon, MA. In 2004, Carissa graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a degree in Computer Science and Communications. Prior to beginning her legal career, Carissa worked as a consultant in the technology industry during which time she designed, developed and implemented customer relationship management software. In 2006, Carissa attended New York University School of Law. Upon graduation, Carissa began her legal career as a litigator in the New York City office of a large international law firm. Carissa focused her legal practice on complex commercial litigation, insurance, and regulatory compliance. After leaving New York City and prior to settling in the Berkshires, Carissa spent over nine months driving across the country and enjoying her passion for rock climbing, hiking and exploring the outdoors. Carissa is based in the firm’s Great Barrington office and can be reached at 413-629-1310 or [email protected] To view Carissa’s full profile, click here.

Lucy Prashker featured speaker on Intellectual Property and Academic Freedom

Lucy Prashker was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Capital Area Technology Association in Albany, New York on April 16, 2014. Ms. Prashker spoke to the Capital Area Technology Association on: “Intellectual property ownership, fair use and academic freedom; Searching for the elusive balance.” Who owns the intellectual property that academic communities create?  And what limits exist on the rights of academics and students to use those works and the works of others?  Sometimes the answers are clear but sometimes they are not.  Using real life examples, taken from college halls and courtroom steps, the presentation illustrated the connections and tensions between intellectual property rights and academic freedom. Co-presenting with Ms. Prashker was John Ellis, Executive Director of IT Services at the College of Saint Rose.  For additional details, visit www.cataconnect.com.

Cain Hibbard & Myers named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of “Best Law Firms”

Cain Hibbard & Myers has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of “Best Law Firms.”  Fewer than 15% of law firms nationwide receive a U.S. News ranking. The evaluation process includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review, and a review of additional information provided by firms as part of the submission process.

Cain Hibbard & Myers launches 50-Year Anniversary with events highlighting technology in the law

“Dopamine, Email and Christie-Gate,” a 3/25 after-hours event at The Garage @ The Colonial Theatre, launches anniversary year   Pittsfield, Mass.(March 5, 2014)– Fifty years ago, “information technology” barely registered in the lexicon of legal practice. Now, Cain Hibbard & Myers P.C. – a firm with lineage dating back to the 1840s — is marking a half-century of service by highlighting technology’s impact on industry, government, and the practice of law itself. Cain Hibbard & Myers kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with a March 25 after-hours event at the Colonial Theatre. The evening included mingling and cautionary techno-tales, with Managing Partner Lucy Prashker delivering a brief talk, “Dopamine, Email and Christie-gate: How to avoid email disaster in business, government and love.” Prashker, a seasoned litigator and business lawyer expert in intellectual property and health law, is a frequent lecturer on technology and Internet law. “The Christie administration’s email fiasco reminds us how dangerous email can be,” said Prashker. “We hoped to entertain, but we also wanted to offer some useful tips for staying off the email casualty list. Research on how emails affect brain chemistry provides interesting insight into why really smart people seem unable to stop sending really...

Lucy Prashker elected President of Literacy Network of South Berkshire

Lucy Prashker elected President of Literacy Network of South Berkshire MARCH 04, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, Inc. (LitNet) has elected Lucy Prashker as President of the 20-year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Lee Library in Lee, Massachusetts.  Prashker was first elected to the Board in 2012, and served as its vice president in 2013.  She succeeds long-serving co-Presidents Lois Lennett and John Felton. LitNet is the largest provider of one-on-one literacy and ESOL tutoring of adults in the Berkshires.  LitNet’s dedicated professional staff trains volunteer tutors, providing them with materials, as well as logistical and ongoing educational support.  LitNet has more than 120 tutors who donate 11,520 hours annually.  LitNet receives no government funding; all of the revenue to support its important work comes from generous individuals and businesses. “LitNet is a great little organization that has had a profound impact on so many lives in South County.  The transformative power of literacy is compelling, both for LitNet’s students, and for our extraordinarily generous tutors who give so much of their time and their hearts.  I feel privileged to be a part of it,” said Prashker.

Lucy Prashker elected President of Literacy Network of South Berkshire

The Board of Directors of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, Inc. (LitNet) has elected Lucy Prashker as President of the 20-year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Lee Library in Lee, Massachusetts.  Prashker was first elected to the Board in 2012, and served as its vice president in 2013.  She succeeds long-serving co-Presidents Lois Lennett and John Felton. LitNet is the largest provider of one-on-one literacy and ESOL tutoring of adults in the Berkshires.  LitNet’s dedicated professional staff trains volunteer tutors, providing them with materials, as well as logistical and ongoing educational support.  LitNet has more than 120 tutors who donate 11,520 hours annually.  LitNet receives no government funding; all of the revenue to support its important work comes from generous individuals and businesses. “LitNet is a great little organization that has had a profound impact on so many lives in South County.  The transformative power of literacy is compelling, both for LitNet’s students, and for our extraordinarily generous tutors who give so much of their time and their hearts.  I feel privileged to be a part of it,” said Prashker.

Lisa M. McCormack speaks at Berkshire Probate and Family Court Bench-Bar Roundtable

On Wednesday February 26, 2014, Senior Associate Lisa M. McCormack participated in a roundtable discussion presented by the Berkshire Probate and Family Court Bench-Bar Committee and the Berkshire Bar Association.  The topic was selected issues surrounding incapacitated persons and persons in need of protection.  The only practicing attorney on the panel, Lisa drew on her 12 years of extensive experience handling guardianships and conservatorships, and utilizing the courts to resolve legal issues that arise in medical emergencies.  The panel also addressed legal instruments available to avoid court involvement in the cases of incapacitated persons and the legal capacity to execute such instruments. The other presenters were Noelle Barrist Stern, Esq., Judicial Case Manager, Berkshire Probate and Family Court, and the Honorable Richard A. Simons, First Justice Berkshire Probate and Family Court. To view Lisa’s profile, click here.  

Cain Hibbard & Myers welcomes Attorney Sarah Kohrs to the firm

Sarah received her Bachelor of Music in music education from the Eastman School in 2004.  She then attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy,  graduating cum laude in 2007.  Following law school, Sarah began her legal career as a litigator at a major Boston law firm, working on large complex commercial cases.  She received the firm’s award for most significant impact in a pro bono case for her work done on behalf of pre-adoptive parents, a case featured in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Sarah has litigated in a number of different areas including, complex commercial litigation, product liability, international torts, and domestic relations.  She also has experience in labor, employment and employee benefits law, having drafted employee handbooks, helped structure reductions in force, and defended discrimination suits. Managing Partner Lucy Prashker, on the newest member of the firm: “Sarah’s talent, sound judgment, and big firm experience will serve our clients well.  We are very pleased that she has joined our litigation team.”

Syd Smithers honored with Life Trustee Award from Trustees of Reservations

Cain Hibbard & Myers F. Sydney Smithers was recently honored with the Life Trustee Award from The Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of nearly 25,000 acres of open space and historic structures in Massachusetts. A member since 1981, Syd was elected as a corporate trustee in 1983 and most recently served as chair of the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009.  Under his leadership the Trustees raised more than $90 million dollars in revenue and land value, and implemented governance reform. The mission of the Trustees is not mere land conservation, but in keeping the land open for public use and enjoyment in perpetuity.  In 1993 Syd and his wife Mundi donated the 93-acre Smithers Woodland Preserve in Windsor, Mass to The Trustees. Syd was presented with the award at the 122nd annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on November 7, 2013. To read more about Syd and this prestigious reward. For more information on the Trustees of Reservations. Other news Syd Smithers chosen editor-in-chief of Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms View Sydney Smithers profile

Diane DeGiacomo Makes Twentieth Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

When the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America is published, it will include Cain, Hibbard & Myers’ Diane DeGiacomo.  For over 30 years, Best Lawyers has served as the definitive reference guide to lawyers with superlative skills.  Diane makes the list for her work in the areas of Employment Law and Family Law. Lawyers make the list solely through a process of peer review.  Comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations, the selection survey helps to identify the top attorneys in the country.  Once the field is broken down by geography and area of practice, nominated practitioners are evaluated by those who know them best – their professional peers.  Tens of thousands of the leading lawyers in the country confidentially evaluate the nominees through a process designed to accurately capture the consensus opinions regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues.  This year’s publication includes over 50,000 attorneys in over 100 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. About The Best Lawyers in America The Best Lawyers in America has been published annually since 2006 and is the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession.  Published world-wide in over 60 countries, Best Lawyers’...