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Attorney Profiles

Our team of specialized attorneys is ready to assist you to protect against the unforeseen or aggressively represent your interests in any disputed matter. Some of the representative clients of the firm are Baystate Health Insurance Company, Coverys, formerly known as ProMutual Group, UMass Memorial Health Care and the Doctors Company.

William J. Fennell

Attorney William J. Fennell has over thirty-five years of combined experience in criminal and civil litigation. The last several years of practice have concentrated in civil litigation with special emphasis on medical negligence defense. William also represents health care professionals in personal and business matters as well as for Board of Registration in Medicine actions. His practice also includes personal injury actions, employment litigation and representing clients in matters before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission. William has represented litigants in hundreds of cases throughout the Commonwealth and has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He has teaching experience as a legal education instructor at the University of Massachusetts and been a guest lecturer on civil litigation and trial techniques as well as presenter at medical-legal forums. His community activities include fifteen years’ experience as Chairman of the West Springfield Public Safety Commission, Board of Police and Fire Commissioners.

Jennifer Fennell Cusack

Attorney Jennifer Fennell Cusack, has eight years legal experience in litigation, estate planning, real estate and family law practices. Jennifer’s primary focus area is medical litigation; assisting doctors, nurses and hospitals to defend medical malpractice lawsuits. In addition to her litigation experience, Jennifer counsels clients on estate planning, including drafting wills, trusts, health care proxies and Powers of Attorney. Jennifer also works with clients on domestic relations issues, including divorce and child support complaints. Jennifer was a member of the Eastham Water Action Committee, in her hometown of Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Jennifer was also a contributing author to the Legal Ease column in The Female Patient, a Magazine, distributed to Obstetricians/Gynecologists. The column provides advice on legal issues and limiting liability associated with the practice of Women’s Health medicine. Prior to becoming an Attorney, Jennifer worked for six years as a public relations professional, advising corporate technology clients on industry analyst relations, product development, new product launches, crisis communications and press relations. Jennifer lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband and rescue dog.

Barbara S. Carra

Attorney Barbara S. Carra, is a highly regarded litigator with over seventeen years of experience in handling medical malpractice defense and insurance bad faith litigation. Barbara held the position of Assistant Vice President & Counsel for two leading disability and life insurance carriers; providing legal advice on claim strategies and managing national litigation against allegations of contract breach, bad faith and fraudulent misrepresentation. Barbara has spent many years counseling claim professionals on proper claim administration and against bad faith claim handling. She has been a sound resource to national litigation counsel and a trusted mentor to colleagues. Barbara served six years in a leadership role as the head of investigations of a Fortune 100 diversified financial services company. Barbara is a frequent lecturer for the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the International Claim Association and other trade organizations on current and emerging issues in the context of disability and life insurance claims. Barbara has written numerous papers on medical/legal issues involving medical risk management and insurance best practices. She is a contributing author of Professional Liability and Risk Management, Operative Gynecology. Barbara is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hampden County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Barbara is dedicated to our community. She offers her time and provides pro bono legal services through programs such as the Hampden County District Court’s Lawyer-For-A-Day, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dial-A-Lawyer, the United Way’s Day of Caring and Habitat for Humanity.

J. Jeffrey Yelle

Attorney J. Jeffrey Yelle has over thirty-four years of experience in criminal and civil litigation in Federal courts, U.S. District Court, l Cir. and in the Massachusetts State Courts, both in the Superior Court and District Court. His practice has included the representation of individuals and corporations and also in the defense of medical malpractice actions, as well as personal injury actions and representing clients in the Probate and Family Court regarding matters involving Guardianships and Conservators. Attorney Yelle has teaching experience as a legal education instructor at Westfield State University in the fields of Criminal Law/Procedure and Domestic Relations/Probate Matters. He has also been a guest lecturer for MCLE in the field of the defense of DUI criminal matters. His community activities include the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Children Action Corps and as a volunteer for Special Olympics.

Denise G. Gama

Denise Gama is a litigation paralegal with more than 10 years of experience. She is a graduate of Bay Path College, and has been with our offices since 2005.
Prior to joining the firm, Denise worked in the insurance industry specializing in Medical, Dental, Disability and Life Claims and worked in both the Field and Home Office areas of the Claims Department. She was an advocate for the policyholders and insureds, and was dedicated to exceeding customer satisfaction.
Denise concentrates in medical claims but works in collaboration with our attorneys on all matters; assisting with discovery, filing deadlines, trial preparation, legal research and dispute resolution. Denise works closely with our clients and network of defense experts to ensure clear and consistent communication. Additionally, Denise has developed and implemented workflows to enhance claim efficiency and implemented various changes to ameliorate operating cost.