Gerard R. Laurence
Gerard “Jerry” Laurence passed away on October 19, 2015, surrounded by his family. Jerry was a lifelong Worcester resident and graduate of Assumption Prep. He was raised in a classic Worcester triple-decker, living below his grandparents, native French speakers, who contributed to his fluent command of the French language. Jerry departed his home city to attend Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School, in Washington D.C. When Jerry graduated law school in 1964, he returned to Worcester and sat for the Massachusetts bar exam. Stanley Milton, son of Firm founder Charles C. Milton, graded Jerry’s exam. Stanley was so impressed by the quality of Jerry’s writing that he invited Jerry to join Milton, Milton, Hinckley and O’Neil. Jerry’s work and trial skills were exemplary from the start. In the 60’s, Jerry became a name partner, and Milton, Laurence & Dixon, LLP proudly bears his name to this day.
Jerry practiced law in Worcester and throughout the Commonwealth for more than 5 decades, all with the Firm. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, served as President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, was honored by the Worcester County Bar Association for 50 years of service, and received the St. Thomas More Medal from the Worcester Red Mass Committee, to name just a few of the laurels earned and his leadership roles across over a half century of his practice of law. Along the way, Jerry mentored generations of trial lawyers, many of whom are practicing or sitting on the judicial bench today. He will be remembered by many for the calmness and compassion he showed in the face of the unanticipated challenges of the practice of law.
Jerry and his wife Lauraine were married 52 years, and were blessed with 5 children and three grandchildren, and were active parishioners of the Blessed Sacrament Parish of Worcester for over 40 years.
Paul P. O'Connor
Paul has been a trial lawyer with the Firm for more than 30 years. A Worcester native and graduate of Assumption College, his law school education was at Loyola of New Orleans. Paul is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service and Worcester County Bar Association President’s Awards. He holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. A past President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, he is a past member of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments. Paul conducts mediations by request. Paul is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble.
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Jennifer A. DeFronzo
Partner Jennifer DeFronzo is presently working at Clark University but continues to manage special projects and participate in the Firm's administration. She is an accomplished attorney representing clients in all stages of litigation with a strong record of success in pre-trial Motions in the Massachusetts Superior and Appeals Courts. Jen's practice has been concentrated in civil litigation, with an emphasis in professional liability and insurance defense.
Jen continues the Firm’s tradition of service in her pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. She spearheaded an environmental effort at the Firm, which was recognized by the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2009 for implementing sustainable practices.
Jen is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is member of the Worcester County Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association. Originally from southern California, she is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester and the Northeastern University School of Law.
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Matthew J. Holmes
Matthew joined the Firm in 2013 and represents clients in all practice areas. Matt is a graduate of Clark University and the Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Matt is active in various committes of the Worcester County Bar Association. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. He also accepts cases through the Pro Bono program of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
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Jennifer M. Derosier
Jennifer has been with the Firm since 2002. She received her ABA approved Paralegal Certificate in 2007 from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received her Associate’s Degree from Quinsigamond Community College in 2002. Jennifer is a member of the Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association. Jennifer assists in all litigation and probate matters.
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