For Immediate Release - July 02, 2014


BOSTON – Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced two judicial nominations: William J. O’Grady as Associate Justice of the Chicopee District Court and William A. Rota as Associate Justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court.

“I am honored to nominate these two highly qualified litigators to serve on the District Court bench in Western Massachusetts,” said Governor Patrick. “I commend them for their commitment to the fair administration of justice and thank them for their willingness to serve the Commonwealth as trial court judges.”

William O’Grady has practiced civil and criminal litigation at the firm of Parker & O’Grady in Southampton and Springfield since 1985. He previously worked as a litigation associate for five years at the Springfield firm of Cohen, Rosenthal, Price, Mirkin, Jennings & Berg. O’Grady also has been an Associate City Solicitor in Chicopee since 1986 and in Westfield since 2009. He has extensive experience litigating complex civil and criminal matters, and has served as a special assistant district attorney to the Hampshire County District Attorney. O’Grady is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., 1977) and Western New England University School of Law (J.D., 1980). He resides in Westhampton. If confirmed, O’Grady will fill the vacancy on the Chicopee District Court to be created by the upcoming retirement of The Honorable Mary E. Hurley.                  

William Rota has over 30 years of private practice experience in civil and criminal litigation. He has been a sole practitioner in Pittsfield since 2000. Rota worked as an associate and a partner at the Pittsfield firm of Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cook from 1986 to 2000 and as an associate at a small firm in Boston from 1981 to 1983. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Berkshire County from 1983 to 1986, assigned to the District Court. Rota is a graduate of Union College (B.A. cum laude, 1977) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1980). He resides in Lee. Rota is slated to fill the vacancy on the Southern Berkshire District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable James B. McElroy.            

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