howardblatchford_opulent_22_12Howard Blatchford, Jr.
  • Bar Admissions

    U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

    U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth and Fifth Circuits

    U.S. Supreme Court
  • Memberships
    American Bar Association

    Boston Bar Association

    Essex County Bar Association

    German-American Business Council of Boston

  • Awards and Recognition
    Recognized as a top Commercial Litigation lawyer in Top Rated Lawyers for 2012 by Martindale-Hubbell

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Education
    Boston University School of Law, Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law, 1997 (concentration in Securities Regulation)

    Hofstra University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1980

    Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts, 1977
    "SJC Ruling in Chandler v. County Commissioners of Nantucket: Land-Taking Attempt for Use Other Than Roadway,” Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 5, No. 3

    "Stigma Damages in Environmental Litigation,” Presentation before the Boston Bar Association, Committees on Environmental Litigation and Solid Waste
  • Community Involvement
    Former Member, Zoning Board of Appeals, Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Languages
    German (Professional working proficiency)

Howard Blatchford is a partner in the Litigation and Environmental Law Groups who also works on litigation matters with the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. His area of concentration is in the litigation of complex disputes, especially those involving commercial, corporate and bankruptcy related issues. He has substantial trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of Northeastern University School of Law, where he taught a course on the Uniform Commercial Code.

  • Obtained reversal from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in a case involving issues of first impression concerning the law of negotiable instruments, abrogating the federal holder in due course doctrine in Massachusetts and vacating a judgment against the maker of a commercial promissory note.
  • Obtained reversal from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, arguing that eminent domain takings made to create a public beach were unauthorized by law and should be vacated.
  • Successfully defended a judgment before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit involving the compromise of a former executive’s claim for administrative priority in payment of amounts due him under a pre-bankruptcy severance agreement and a post-bankruptcy retention agreement.
  • Argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of claimants of the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust in connection with the bankruptcy of the pharmaceutical enterprise A.H. Robins Co., Inc.
  • Obtained the dismissal of claims arising under the Securities Exchange Act and the Uniform Securities Act seeking rescission of financing agreements for the purchase of securities for the asserted reason that the sellers of the securities were unregistered broker-dealers.
  • Successfully defended a judgment in an appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court involving an award of stigma damages for land contaminated with hazardous waste.
  • As co-counsel in a jury trial in the United States District Court, successfully defended a national agricultural cooperative in a case involving claims that a former pesticide formulating facility had caused environmental contamination of land.
  • Defended a case before a jury in the United States District Court involving royalty claims and trademark infringement claims under the Lanham Act.
  • Successfully tried a case for the plaintiff in the United States Bankruptcy Court involving construction claims over failed roof and window systems in a commercial office building owned by a Chapter 11 debtor.
  • Successfully tried the claims of a metal refinery for breach of a forward contract before a jury in the United States District Court.
  • Represented the Liquidating Supervisor in United States Bankruptcy Court litigation against the former investors, management and legal counsel of an Internet utility reseller involving various claims, including for the enforcement of financing agreements, breach of fiduciary duty and professional malpractice.
  • Served as co-counsel in partition proceedings in the Massachusetts Land Court, resulting in the successful assertion of setoff rights by tenants in common who opposed partition of the land on which a commercial office building was situated.
  • Defended estate plan in will contest proceedings in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court involving issues of undue influence and lack of mental capacity, resulting in withdrawal of the petition prior to trial.
  • Represented vessel owners and claimants in various admiralty and maritime matters including maritime lien enforcement, ship mortgage, marine insurance issues, and related issues concerning goods shipped by sea.