Overview

Michael T. Maroney is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Litigation Section. Mr. Maroney has handled numerous individual and class actions in Massachusetts, New York, and other states involving contract disputes, business torts, product liability, insurance coverage, real estate, employment and environmental litigation, with a particular focus on the transportation, energy and financial services 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 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 and restructuring of their business models.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Maroney was an associate in the litigation department of a law firm in New York City. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable George A. O'Toole, Jr., of U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and worked as a Grants Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Experience

  • Represented 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

  • Represented Class 1 railroad and related entities in matters involving 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; defeated motion for preliminary injunction based on federal preemption under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA)
  • Defended multifamily housing investment company in lawsuit in Illinois brought by a developer alleging breach of a letter of intent to provide equity financing to redevelop a low-income senior living facility
  • Obtained summary judgment in New York for investment manager and limited partners against general partner and related entities based on breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud related to general partner's self-dealing and mismanagement of multifamily apartment complexes owned by the partnership
  • Represented investor in New York hotel in suit to recover millions of dollars owed to it under a series of purchase and guaranty agreements; soon after the lawsuit was filed, the litigation was settled by agreement among the parties consistent with the terms of their preexisting agreements

  • 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

  • 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 methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)
  • Represented a Massachusetts city in various court and administrative proceedings related to construction of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal

  • 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

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