Greenbaum, Nagel, Fisher & Paliotti LLP

Greenbaum, Nagel
Fisher & Paliotti, LLP




Q. Can you file a lawsuit for me?

Yes, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf if we believe that you have a meritorious claim and your claim falls within our range of practice areas.

Q. I've been served a lawsuit. Do I need to respond?

We would need to review the paperwork in order to properly advise you but if you have been served with a summons, you will most likely need to take some action, such as appearing in court or filing a written response to a complaint or other document.  If you ignore a summons, you could be defaulted and have a default judgment enter against you.

Q. What does it cost to hire you to represent me?

That depends on the type of matter that you have and the amount of work that needs to be done.  We offer very competitive hourly rates that are based upon the complexity of the matter and, in some instances, will take a case on a contingent fee basis where you only compensate us for our time if we recover money on your behalf.

Q. How can I find out if I have a good case?

The best thing to do is to contact Partner David J. Paliotti at the firm (617-423-4300 or for a no cost, no obligation consultation. Mr. Paliotti will review whatever paperwork you may have and give you a candid assessment of what needs to be done, what it will cost and what the likely outcome will be.

Q. Do you have a lot of trial experience?

Absolutely. All of our attorneys regularly appear in court. We have had matters in numerous different local District Courts, the Superior Court sitting in almost every county, the Land Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Bankruptcy Court, the United States Court of Claims, the United States District Court for Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and even one case that went to the United States Supreme Court.

Q. Do all of your cases go to trial?

No. In fact, most cases end up being settled on terms advantageous to our clients prior to trial because our opponents know that we are prepared to go to trial. By being prepared and realistically evaluating a case, we avoid recommending a settlement that is too low and also avoid making a demand that is unrealistic.

Q. I own a small company with a couple of employees. Can your firm provide me with advice on a periodic basis on a variety of different issues at a practical cost?

Yes. We have a number of clients who operate a small business and do not hesitate to call us regarding all sorts of issues, from stock transfers, leasing issues, financing issues and issues involving employees. We have prepared and reviewed numerous employment contracts and non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.

Q. Do you handle criminal matters?

We represent property owners and managers in connection with criminal complaints brought by local building inspectors alleging violations of the Building Code, State Sanitary Code, and Zoning Code. Other than that, we generally do not get involved in criminal cases and refer clients seeking such representation to other attorneys who specialize in criminal defense work.

Q. If I already have an attorney but I am not happy with his representation of me, can I still hire you?

While we would first encourage you to speak with your present attorney and explain to him or her the reasons why you are unhappy, we would be happy to review the matter and advise you as to whether your present attorney is doing everything properly and whether we think we can be of assistance to you.

Q. I hear that attorneys will not sue other attorneys. Is that true?

No, it is not. If you believe that an attorney who was representing you did not do a good job and as a result caused you to suffer damages, we would be willing to speak with you and advise you as to the remedies that may be available to you. We have successfully prosecuted claims for legal malpractice in the past against attorneys who did not meet the legal standards for representing their clients.