For Immediate Release - August 23, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES THREE NOMINATIONS TO THE DISTRICT COURT

BOSTON – Thursday, August 23, 2012 – Governor Patrick today announced the nominations of three experienced litigators to the District Court bench: Emily A. Karstetter, as an Associate Justice of the Malden District Court; Matthew J. Machera, as an Associate Justice of the Chelsea District Court; and Michael J. McCarthy, as an Associate Justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court. 

“These nominees are very well-respected attorneys, with demonstrated expertise and commitment to the fair administration of justice,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident in their ability to excel as judges in the District Court, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Emily A. Karstetter has been a sole practitioner in Boston since 1998, focusing on criminal defense work. She began her legal career in 1991 as an associate at the Cambridge firm of Bellotti & Barretto where she concentrated on insurance defense litigation and also handled criminal matters and business disputes. Karstetter is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A., 1984) and New England School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 1991). She resides in Boston. Karstetter is slated to fill the seat previously held by the late Honorable Geoffrey C. Packard.

Matthew J. Machera has been a sole practitioner in Chelsea since 2004, with a focus on criminal defense, personal injury and administrative matters. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County for ten years, including two years as the Chief of the Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) Program. Machera is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1988) and New England School of Law (J.D., 1994). He resides in Winthrop. If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable William J. Riley.

Michael J. McCarthy has practiced law at the firm of George, DeGregorio, Massimiano & McCarthy in Pittsfield since 1989. He maintains a general practice with a concentration in civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as City Solicitor in Pittsfield for two years, as an Assistant District Attorney in Berkshire County for five years and as an Assistant District Attorney in Portland, Maine for one year. McCarthy is a graduate of Assumption College (B.A. cum laude, 1978) and University of Maine Law School (J.D., 1981). He resides in Pittsfield. McCarthy is slated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable James B. McElroy.

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