For Immediate Release - December 14, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS TO SUPERIOR COURT AND PLYMOUTH DISTRICT COURT

BOSTON - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nominations of Boston attorney Edward P. ("Ned") Leibensperger as Associate Justice of the Superior Court and Plymouth County prosecutor Heather Marie Stone Bradley as Associate Justice of the Plymouth District Court.

"These nominees will bring valuable litigation experience to the Superior and District Court benches," said Governor Patrick. "I am honored to nominate them and thank them for their dedication to the fair administration of justice and their willingness to serve as members of the judiciary."

Mr. Leibensperger has practiced law in Boston for over 35 years, first at Nutter McClennen & Fish, and, since 2004, at McDermott Will & Emery. His practice is focused on civil litigation, particularly in the areas of partnership disputes, professional liability and corporate governance. When McDermott Will & Emery recently received the SJC 2010 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award, Mr. Leibensperger received special recognition for his exemplary leadership on pro bono matters, including his extensive work on a federal class action suit against the State of Michigan for failure to protect approximately 19,000 children in foster care. He is a past president of the Boston Bar Association, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a frequent writer and lecturer. He served as the President of the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for victims of domestic abuse and after school programs in Roxbury and Dorchester and counseling to individuals reentering the community after time in prison. Mr. Leibensperger is a magna cum laude graduate of Muskingum College (1970) and a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State College of Law (1974). He is a resident of Newton. Mr. Leibensperger is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of The Honorable Charles T. Spurlock.

Heather Marie Stone Bradley is the Chief of the Forfeiture Unit of the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office. She began her legal career in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in 1995, serving as a juvenile prosecutor in Waltham and Concord District Courts and as the lead domestic violence prosecutor in the Lowell District Court. In 1998, Ms. Bradley joined the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office where she served as a Juvenile and District Court prosecutor and worked in the Appellate Division prior to assuming her current position. She also has experience handling civil mental health commitments for the District Attorney's Office. Ms. Bradley is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College (1992) and a graduate of Boston College Law School (1995). She resides in Hingham. Ms. Bradley is slated to fill the vacancy on the District Court created by the retirement of The Honorable Thomas F. Brownell.

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