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Press Release Sec. Lepore Appoints new Chief Administrative Magistrate for DALA

Ed McGrath to head Division of Administrative Law Appeals
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Boston — Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore today announced Ed McGrath as the new Chief Administrative Magistrate for the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA). McGrath’s officially begins today, April 1, 2015.

“Throughout his career working on behalf of individuals, municipalities, and small businesses, Ed has demonstrated an ability to reach fair decisions for his clients, often times before matters made it to court,” said Secretary Lepore. “That type of creative problem solving will be an asset to the Commonwealth and ensure that DALA remains a fair and efficient body for resolving disputes between constituents and executive agencies.” 

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to providing exceptional constituent services,” said McGrath. “I look forward to handling any disputes between the state’s individuals and the Commonwealth’s executive agencies in the most effective and efficient manner possible.”

About the Division of Administrative Law Appeals:  The Division of Administrative Law Appeals ("DALA") is an independent agency that conducts due process adjudicatory hearings for other Massachusetts state administrative agencies. Through its Bureau of Special Education Appeals, DALA also conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

About Ed McGrath: Ed McGrath is the principal at the Law Office of Edward B. McGrath, LLC., where he represents a diverse group of clients and concentrates his practice on the preparation and trial of cases in courts across Massachusetts. McGrath has successfully handled a wide range of complex civil matters over almost the last 30 years. His experience includes the trial of hundreds of cases involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, the violation of civil rights, industrial accidents and breach of contracts.

McGrath serves as a Hearing Officer for the City of Boston Retirement Board and as a mediator/arbitrator.

McGrath earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in History. He has written for professional journals and contributed to continuing legal education seminars.


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