Biography

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

Wayne has repeatedly handled high stakes litigation and has represented health care companies, major sporting goods manufacturers, major developers and nationally recognized commercial tenants in a wide variety of litigation matters. He has successfully defended the then Acting Governor of Massachusetts against a federal civil rights action brought by another public official, and after jury trials, secured a complete defense verdict on behalf of a major life sciences REIT in a $60 million leasing dispute and helped secure a complete defense verdict on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in a multi-million breach of contract case arising out of the construction of two electric power plants. Wayne served as lead trial counsel to a potentially responsible party in a five-week federal Superfund trial and as lead trial counsel to this Country’s largest baking company in post-acquisition contract litigation. He has also served as lead trial counsel in multiple jurisdictions to a number of wireless telecommunications companies in numerous telecommunications, contract, and land use cases.

Wayne was 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.

Awards

Representation

Rogers Street, LLC v. MBA-Cambridge, LLC, lead trial counsel in two-week jury trial resulting in complete defense verdict in $60 million lease dispute

Mihos v. Swift, successfully defended Acting Governor in federal civil rights suit.

Tiverton Power Association v. The Shaw Group, successfully defended multi-million dollar construction contract litigation.

In re: WorldCom Inc., helped secure multimillion dollar recovery for trade creditors in major bankruptcy matter.

Connecticut Valley Sanitary Waste Disposal, Inc. v. Zielinski, 436 Mass. 267 (2001).  Successfully represented lessor of landfill property in precedent setting commercial litigation before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Sprint Spectrum L.P. v. Town of Easton, 982 F. Supp. 2d. 47 (D. Mass. 1997).  Successfully represented major telecommunications carrier in precedent setting civil rights litigation.

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
Boston Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized by Super Lawyers as a top rated Business Litigation attorney in Boston, MA (2004, 2006-2007, 2009, 2011-2017)
Who’s Who in Tobacco Litigation, published by American Lawyer
Received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV)
Community Involvement
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/Associate Member Town of Duxbury Historical Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
Former Co-Chair of Town of Duxbury Democratic Town Committee
Media Coverage
"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
WCVB Channel 5 (Boston) -- March 28, 2013 interview concerning new medical marijuana regulations
"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
“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,” Law 360, 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