For Immediate Release - April 15, 2011

AG Coakley Appoints New Chief and Deputy Chief of Western Massachusetts Regional Office

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley has appointed a new Chief and Deputy Chief to lead the Western Massachusetts Regional Office of the Attorney General's Office. Lee Hettinger, who has served as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal and Public Protection and Advocacy Bureaus since joining the AG's office in 2007, was recently appointed Chief of the Regional Office. Bart Hollander, who served as Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau since joining the AG's office in 2000, has been appointed Deputy Chief of the Regional Office. The Western Massachusetts Regional Office is located in Springfield.

"Lee and Bart are well versed attorneys with a broad range of legal experience and I am confident that they will provide strong leadership to our Western Massachusetts Regional Office," AG Coakley said. "I grew up in North Adams, and believe strongly that the Attorney General's Office must serve the entire state. The Springfield Office allows us to directly address the needs of the people of that region, and Lee and Bart will help lead those efforts."

Hettinger, a Marlborough resident, first joined the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in October 2007, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of civil rights and consumer protection cases. In June 2010, Hettinger joined the AG's Criminal Bureau where he engaged in the investigation and prosecution of fraud and financial crimes. Prior to joining the AG's Office, Hettinger served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office where he specialized in the prosecution of various crimes including homicides, sexual assaults, and civil commitments. Hettinger is a graduate of Vassar College and received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Hollander joined the Attorney General's Office in June 2000, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial and Administrative Law Divisions of the Government Bureau in the Springfield office, where he was primarily responsible for practice areas of tort defense, eminent domain and complex contract actions. Hollander served as Acting Chief of the Western Massachusetts Division from January to April of this year. Prior to joining the AGO, Hollander spent six years as an associate at Sterns & Weinroth, a Trenton New Jersey law firm, handling civil litigation focusing on personal injury defense, products liability and complex commercial litigation. Hollander is a graduate of Stanford University and received his J.D. from Emory Law School. Hollander lives in Amherst with his wife and three children.

The Attorney General's Office maintains three regional offices-the Central Massachusetts Regional Office in Worcester, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Office in New Bedford, and the Western Massachusetts Regional Office in Springfield.

The Springfield Office has a team of attorneys, paralegals, consumer mediators, and other staff specifically designated to serve the residents of Western Massachusetts. The Springfield Office gives community residents the opportunity to meet the Attorney General's staff without traveling to Boston and a chance to discuss their concerns and questions with staff who know their area. The regional office also works closely with local community organizations to provide outreach and education programs on topics such as safe internet use, workplace rights, and consumer scams to area residents in collaboration with schools, senior centers, and community organizations.