Overview

Michael T. Maroney is a partner in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Litigation Section. Mr. Maroney has handled numerous matters in Massachusetts and other states involving contract disputes, business torts, toxic and mass torts, product liability, insurance coverage, real estate, and environmental litigation, with a particular focus on the transportation, energy and insurance industries. He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process, and he has successfully represented clients in the prosecution and defense of claims in both federal and state trial courts and courts of appeals. He also has successfully represented clients in the negotiated resolution, mediation and arbitration of major commercial disputes. In addition to managing active litigation matters, Mr. Maroney frequently provides counseling to clients on the legal implications of proposed transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Maroney was an associate in the litigation department of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn in New York City. He also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge George A. O'Toole, Jr., of the District of Massachusetts, and worked as a Grants Program Manager for the United States Department of Justice.

Representative Experience

Class Actions and Antitrust Actions

  • Currently representing intermodal terminal operator, ride-sharing company and furniture retailer in defense of putative class actions alleging that drivers were misclassified as independent contractors
  • Defended commercial airline in putative class action alleging airline's $2 per bag charge for skycaps' curbside check-in service violated the Massachusetts Tips Law, and obtained order dismissing plaintiffs' state law claims as preempted by the Airline Deregulation Act
  • Defended trade association for the chemical industry in an antitrust action, and was granted summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's claims, which was affirmed by the First Circuit

Real Estate-Related Matters

  • Represented Class 1 railroad and related entities in numerous real estate-related matters, including a commercial lease dispute over the use of an automotive rail distribution facility, remediation of a collapsed culvert, resolution of a property encroachment dispute, expansion and modernization of an intermodal terminal facility, and petitions to acquire property by eminent domain
  • Defended owners and lessees of a major automotive rail distribution facility against nuisance claims brought by abutters to the rail line serving the facility
  • Currently representing investment manager of affordable housing in partnership disputes pending in New York Supreme Court

Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Actions

  • Defended commercial airline in wrongful death and personal injury actions arising out of accidents at airport terminals
  • Defended a global logistics and express delivery company in personal injury action related to the movement of cargo containers at Boston Logan International Airport, and obtained a complete defense verdict at trial

Energy and Environmental Matters

  • Represented large international oil and gas company in numerous environmental matters, including claims by property owners seeking damages under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 21E, as well as claims by various states and municipalities for alleged contamination of groundwater caused by gasoline containing MTBE
  • Represented a Massachusetts city in various court and administrative proceedings related to construction of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal

Contract and Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Defended leading foreign provider of satellite systems against alleged breaches of contract stemming from a proposed joint venture to commercialize satellite capacity
  • Represented major insurance company in insurance coverage dispute related to cleanup costs at a Superfund site
  • Represented major insurance brokerage and consulting firm in multiple insurance coverage disputes
  • Defended large mutual life insurance company in dispute regarding an expired whole life insurance policy, resulting in plaintiff dismissing its claim shortly after plaintiff's deposition

Credentials

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, MPA
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • All State Courts in Massachusetts
  • All State Courts in New York
Memberships
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2016
  • Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2009
  • Syracuse Law Review, Managing Editor

Publications

Speaking Engagements

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