Biography

Wayne Dennison is a general commercial litigator, with a national litigation practice, who co-chairs the Commercial Litigation practice group. His experience in complex commercial litigation includes international arbitration, class action, qui tam, patent, contract, health care, sports, construction, land use, bankruptcy, telecommunications, environmental and public interest litigation.  Wayne works with a range of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to elected officials to individuals.

Wayne has repeatedly handled high stakes litigation through jury trials and appeals. He has represented technology companies, life science companies, health care companies, major sporting goods manufacturers, major casino operators, major developers and other nationally recognized corporations and entities in a wide variety of litigation matters.

 

Awards

Representation

General Commercial Litigation

Successfully defended then Acting Governor of Massachusetts against a federal civil rights action brought by another public official.

Multiple representations of high net worth individuals in partnership and closely held corporate disputes.

Represented national brand baking company in multi-million dollar distribution dispute.

Appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for purposes of its tobacco litigation and, in this capacity, helped secure the largest monetary settlement in Massachusetts history.

International Construction Arbitration

Represented Kuwaiti national construction company in $100 million dispute over early production oil facility.

Represented internationally prominent construction contractor in $40 million dispute over MDF plant.

Energy Litigation

Defended major electric utility against multi-million dollar claims relative to shut down of two nuclear power reactors.

Represented Fortune 100 construction operations entity against millions of dollars in claims relative to three New England electric generation facilities.

Life Science and Technology Litigation

Successfully prosecuted and defended life science patent rights in several federal courts.

Real Estate Litigation

After jury trials, secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of a major life sciences REIT in a $60 million leasing dispute.

Primary defense counsel to Wynn Resorts relative to Encore Boston Harbor land acquisition dispute.

Telecommunications Litigation

Lead trial counsel to multi-national carrier relative to roll out and sighting of wireless networks.

Golf Industry Litigation

Has represented golf equipment, apparel and footwear manufacturers as well as country club developers, designers, architects and contractors related to intellectual property and contracts litigation and other dispute resolution.

Education

Harvard University – M.P.A., 1998
Northeastern University – J.D., 1991
Syracuse University – A.B., magna cum laude, 1988

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York
Publications
Author, "Nascent pot industry faces potential legal hurdles," Boston Business Journal, April 5, 2013
Co-author, "Warning: These Ads May Be Dangerous To Your Company's Wealth," Corporate Counsel, June 11, 2012
Co-author, “A Special Report on White Collar Crime,” International Financial Law Review
Co-Author, “Product Liability Litigation Against Cigarette Manufacturers – The State Attorney General Actions,” American Bar Association
Professional Affiliations
Member, Boston Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for work in Commercial Litigation (2020)
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA (2011-2019, 2009, 2006-2007, 2004)
Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV)
Recognized by Legal 500 as a Recommended Attorney
Community Involvement
Chairman, Town of Duxbury Zoning Board of Appeals
Adjunct Professor and Lecturer on Law, New England School of Law
Board of Directors, Boston Bar Association Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Board of Directors, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
Former General Counsel, Massachusetts Promise (General Colin Powell’s Youth Initiative)
Former Board Member, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Vietnam Veterans Workshop, Inc.
Former Member, Town of Duxbury Historical Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
Former Co-Chair of Town of Duxbury Democratic Town Committee
Media Coverage
“Cell tower lawsuit dismissed” Gloucester Times, July 21, 2019
“When to Recuse?” Wall Street Journal Pro Bankruptcy, August 29, 2016
“Nonprofit sues tea chain over lost rent,” Boston Herald, October 22, 2015
“Brown Rudnick Reps Boston Nonprofit in $1.M Argo Tea Suit,” Law360, October 21, 2015
“Teen shelter sues tea shop over broken lease,” Boston Globe, October 21, 2015
“Here’s where Boston lawyers think Goodell and the NFL screwed up Deflategate,” Boston Business Journal, September 3, 2015
"District Judge Robin Rosenberg Disqualifies For Lauderdale Lawyer in Whistleblower Case," Daily Business Review, April 13, 2015
"Fla. Judge Affirms Nicholson & Eastin DQ In FCA Row," Law360, April 10, 2015
"Nicholson & Eastin Properly DQ'd In FCA Row, Med Co. Says," Law360, April 8, 2015
"Judge recommends booting firm from Medicare fraud case," Reuters, March 11, 2015
"Nicholson & Eastin Can't Rep FCA Whistleblowers, Judge Says," Law360, March 9, 2015
"Judges object to bill that would allow lawyers to question prospective jurors," Boston Business Journal, July 14, 2014
"U.S. judge rejects $760 million NFL concussion settlement," Reuters, January 14, 2014
"Marijuana rules would let doctors determine patient use,” The Boston Globe, March 29, 2013
Interview concerning new medical marijuana regulations, WCVB Channel 5 (Boston), March 28, 2013
"Fifth Circuit Tosses Katrina Victim's Insurance Award," The National Law Journal, May 2, 2012
"Lawyer Builds a Case Against Law Schools," Boston Business Journal, March 30, 2012