For Immediate Release - October 25, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS OF TWO DISTRICT COURT JUDGES AND ONE EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR TO SUPERIOR COURT BENCH

BOSTON - Monday , October 25, 2010 - Governor Patrick today announced the nominations of distinguished District Court jurists Richard J. Carey and David Ricciardone and experienced litigator Maynard M. Kirpalani as Associate Justices of the Superior Court.

"These nominees bring an abundance of diverse expertise to the Superior Court bench," Governor Patrick said. "I thank them for their commitment to serving the Commonwealth by ensuring the fair administration of justice."

Judge Carey was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Northampton District Court in 1999. He has served as the First Justice of the Northampton District Court since 2003 and as the Regional Administrative Justice for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties since 2005. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Carey worked for fifteen years in a general practice firm in Easthampton on a mix of criminal and civil matters. He also served as Town Counsel and later City Solicitor for Easthampton, and spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney for the Northwestern District Attorney's Office. Judge Carey receives high praise for his intellect, demeanor, experience and innovative leadership as a Regional Administrative Justice. He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst (cum laude, 1976) and Western New England School of Law (1981) and resides in Easthampton. Judge Carey is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the appointment to the Appeals Court of The Honorable Judd J. Carhart.

Judge Ricciardone was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Worcester District Court in 2004. He currently is the Presiding Justice of the East Brookfield District Court. Prior to serving on the bench, he worked as a sole practitioner in Worcester for 15 years, handling criminal and civil litigation and administrative law cases. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester. Judge Ricciardone is very well respected for his intellectual abilities, legal expertise and judicial demeanor. Judge Ricciardone is a graduate of Harvard College (cum laude, 1980) and Villanova University School of Law (1985) and resides in Millbury. He is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of The Honorable John S. McCann.

Maynard Kirpalani's experience in complex civil litigation in Boston spans more than three decades. He began his career in 1978 at the firm of Parker Coulter Daley & White, and later served as a partner at Peabody & Arnold. He is currently a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. Mr. Kirpalani has been the lead national defense counsel in many hard-fought and complicated cases, including multi-jurisdictional tort litigation, and he has extensive experience in Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. Kirpalani is universally perceived by his colleagues, opposing counsel and members of the judiciary as a consummate professional who is ethical, intelligent, hard-working and balanced. He is a graduate of Washington College (magna cum laude, 1975) and University of Virginia School of Law (1978) and resides in Chelsea. Mr. Kirpalani is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of The Honorable Patrick J. Riley.

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