For Immediate Release - July 16, 2014


BOSTON – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nominations of Thomas Drechsler, Gregg J. Pasquale and Joshua Wall as Associate Justices of the Superior Court. 

“I am very pleased to nominate these three highly qualified attorneys,” said Governor Patrick. “They will bring extraordinary expertise and energy to the Superior Court bench. I commend them for their commitment to public service and thank them for their willingness to serve the Commonwealth as trial court judges.”

Thomas Drechsler has been an active civil and criminal litigator with the firm of Byrne & Drechsler in Boston since 1985. He began his legal career in 1978 as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court and then served for six years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Drechsler has extensive experience handling felony trials in Superior Court. He also has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters on a wide range of issues. Drechsler is a graduate of New York University (B.A. cum laude, 1974), Polytechnic Institute of New York (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1975) and Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1978). He resides in Marblehead. If confirmed, Drechsler will fill the vacancy on the Superior Court to be created by the upcoming retirement of The Honorable S. Jane Haggerty.                  

Gregg J. Pasquale began his legal career in 1985 as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. Since 1989, he has been engaged in private civil and criminal practice in Plymouth County. Pasquale currently is a partner at the Rockland firm of Pasquale & White. He has expertise in medical malpractice litigation and also has handled many serious criminal cases. Pasquale is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1980) and Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1985). He resides in Rockland. If confirmed, Pasquale will fill the Superior Court vacancy created by the death of The Honorable Joseph M. Walker, III.    

Joshua Wall has 28 years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors. He has served as Chair of the Parole Board since February 2011. Wall was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County for 18 years, including nine years as First Assistant District Attorney. In addition to handling complex felony trials, Wall was very involved in the investigation and correction of wrongful convictions and the reform of eyewitness identification procedures. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Wall worked in civil litigation for several years at the firms of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and Goulston & Storrs in Boston. Wall also worked for three years as a felony prosecutor in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office. He is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A. cum laude, 1982) and Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley (J.D., 1986). Wall resides in Winchester. If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy on the Superior Court to be created by the upcoming retirement of The Honorable Christine M. McEvoy. 

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