Member News

4/15/20 – Lee G. Ambler, a long time member of MMLA and former Town Counsel of Bellingham, passed away recently at the age of 88.  Click here details.

3/14/20 – Alan Altman. The MMLA is saddened to inform you of the recent passing of Alan Altman, a longtime member and past president.  Alan was the former Town Counsel of Wilmington.  He was a highly regarding attorney, particularly in local government law.  Alan was always eager and willing to share his expertise with his fellow municipal attorneys.  A friendly and kind sole, his sage counsel was often sought and freely given.  May his memory be a blessing for his family and friends.  Please see details below.  Services have been held.

1/5/20 –  It is with tremendous sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Taunton City Solicitor Jason Buffington on January 1, 2020 from pancreatic cancer.  Jason, only 45 years old,  was an active member of the MMLA and freely shared his expertise in law and in particular municipal law.  He served as City Solicitor from 2012 until his passing.  He is remembered as a wonderful husband and father and a friend to so many.  Tip Torres kindly shared with us the article below from the Taunton Gazette which contains many heartfelt comments about Jason.  The complete article with pictures can be accessed at   A lifelong resident of Taunton, he was very active in many community organizations and served his city in a number of capacities.  On behalf of its members the MMLA extends its sincere condolences to Jason’s family (wife Julie and fourt children) and his many friends.  May his memory be a blessing for all.

10/26/19 – MMLA is saddened by the death of our friend and colleague Matt Tobin of Scituate. Matt was a partner in the firm of Murphy, Lamere, & Murphy, and a long-time member of MMLA.  He passed peacefully on October 2nd in his Scituate home.  He will be sorely missed by his municipal law colleagues across the state.  Click here for more details.

10/4/19 – Henry Luthin – receives 2019  Shattuck Public Service Award  — MMLA extends it sincere congratulations to our past president, mentor and friend Henry Luthin, Fist Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston on being selected as a recipient of the prestigious Shattuck Public Service Award.  To quote from today’s Boston Globe story, “Henry C. Luthin is being honored for his extensive knowledge and skills that help solve a number of complicated legal issues.  He’s the first assistant corporation counsel at the law department in the City of Boston.”  Henry is an active member of the MMLA, having served on the Executive Board, as Vice-President and as President.  He continues to be active in our events, is a frequent speaker and an active member of the listserve.  He has mentored many municipal counsel and always remains available to offer is sage counsel and advice.  Congratulations Henry on an honor well deserved!

8/16/19 – The Town of Abington has posted RFQs for two legal positions with the Town – Town Counsel and Labor Counsel.  Visit “Career Opportunities” for details.

8/5/19 – Atty. Robert D. O’Leary of Milton passed away peacefully August 1, 2019.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary L. (Driscoll) O’Leary and devoted father of Robert D. O’Leary, Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen of North Easton and Beth Hommes and her husband, Bill of Hilton Head, SC. He was the cherished grandfather of Catherine L. Becker of Stoneham, Christine E. Hommes of NY, NY, Robert D. O’Leary III of South Boston, James M. O’Leary of Santa Monica, CA and Brian P. O’Leary of NY, NY. He is also survived by his Great-grandchildren: Sara Becker, Leila O’Leary, Hailey O’Leary, and Chase O’Leary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church, Milton, Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 10 am.  Attorney O’Leary was a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. He was the former Town Counsel for the Town of Milton.

3/11/19 – The City of Lawrence is looking to fill two positions in the City Attorney’s office:  1st Assistant City Attorney, and 2nd Assistant City Attorney for Labor matters.  Visit “Career Opportunities” for details.

3/5/19 – Town of Falmouth is seeking to fill the position of Associate Town Counsel.  Click here for full details of the position, application, and submittal timeline.

8/14/18 – SCOTUS Review – Lisa Soronen (of SLLC) has provided us with a concise summary of the Supreme Court’s last session.  Click here for her report.

8/13/18 – State and Local Legal Center – MMLA and IMLA have a special partnership relationship with the State & Local Legal Center (SLLC), a great legal advocate for cities and towns. With its permission, and with attribution, SLCC allows us to pass along on this website reports sent to IMLA members relating to cases decided by the SCOTUS, pending before the Court, or destined to get there.  In Knick v. Township of Scott, we learn that the Supreme Court will be deciding on a major “takings” case. Here is SLLC’s Executive Director Lisa Soronen’s summary of Knick. Click here for her summary.

8/2/18 – MMLA is sad to announce the passing of cherished member Edward J. Ryan, Jr., a longtime municipal lawyer and strong supporter of the MMLA.  Ed was a highly esteemed and active contributor to the municipal law community.  We will remember him not only for the sage advice that he so generously and frequently offered his colleagues, but also for his warm, friendly and caring nature.  He will be widely and deeply missed.  Click here for details.

July 23, 2018 – The City of Lynn has posted the position of Third Assistant City Solicitor. Click here for details.

July 16, 2018 – The City of Newton is looking for a municipal attorney to serve as an Assistant City Solicitor for land use and public construction. Click here for details.

June 15, 2018 – Today we learned that our friend and colleague Gary Brackett has passed away.  Click here for a message from MMLA Executive Director Jim Lampke.  Click here for obituary and funeral details.

April 26, 2018 – The DOR Division of Local Services has announced that it will be accepting applications for the position of  Chief of the Bureau of Municipal Finance Law upon the anticipated retirement of Kathleen Colleary in the near future. For details, click on Career Opportunities.

February 19, 2018 – Jim Killam, formerly Reading Town Counsel and Past President of MMLA, passed away on February 3rd.   He was retired Malden District Court Judge.  Click on the following link for an excerpt from his obituary:  The Honorable James W. Killam III

January 25, 2018 – The Town of Milford has posted the position of Town Counsel.  Long term Town Counsel Gerry Moody will be retiring.  Applications can be submitted by February 23rd.  Visit “Career Opportunities” on our Home Page for a link to Milford’s RFP.

January 24, 2018 – The City of Newton has announced that it is searching to fill the position of City Solicitor. Visit “Career Opportunities” on our Home Page for a link to Newton’s RFP.

January 16, 2018 – Click here to view the pictures taken at the Association’s 2017 Annual Conference at the Cape Codder in Hyannis.

January 8, 2018 – Anderson-Kreiger Announces Election of New Partners – Congratulations to Stephanie Dubanowitz and Mina Makarious for their Election to the Anderson & Kreiger LLP Partnership! – Click on the following link for details:   Stephanie Dubanowitz and Mina Makarious