Chris Duggan and Scott Smith founded Smith & Duggan in 1989 on the belief that legal representation of the highest caliber and ethical standards should be the hallmark of client service. The firm soon became known as Smith Duggan & Johnson when Paul Johnson joined, but shortened its name to Smith & Duggan LLP, when Paul left the firm to become Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts in 1996. As Smith & Duggan LLP, the firm continued to grow its downtown Boston office and establish its reputation for excellence in trial advocacy, particularly with cases involving products liability and complex litigation, while at the same time expanding the range of legal services it offered. The firm opened is suburban location in Lincoln, Massachusetts in 2004 to better serve its clients along the Route 128/I-95 belt. Barbara Hayes Buell joined the practice in 2009 and merged her firm, Bloom & Buell, founded in 1974, with Smith Duggan, which allowed the firm to provide comprehensive legal services to healthcare providers and charter schools. In 2011, the firm changed its name to Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP when Paul Rufo and Andrew Stempler joined the firm from Kutchin & Rufo P.C. and the firm cemented the full range of legal services it provides to businesses, including commercial real estate services.
Today, our clients continue to benefit from the innovative solutions we provide to their legal challenges and our wide experience for over two decades working with individuals, governments, insurers, and businesses, including Fortune 500® companies, regional firms, family businesses, and firms with more discrete markets. Our senior lawyers have more than twenty to forty years in practice, many having previously worked at large Boston law firms or as government attorneys before joining the firm. We have a keen appreciation for the adept legal analysis, strategic thinking and focused energy that are required to meet the most demanding legal challenges.
Commitment to Public Service
Smith Duggan takes its commitment to public service and good citizenship seriously. Smith Duggan attorneys volunteer their time to serve on a number of local and state boards and commissions, and various charitable, cultural, educational, and other non-profit organizations and foundations.
- Ken Wright’s CIP Level 2 certification as a coatings inspector has been approved for a three year extension by NACE International (the National Association of Corrosion Engineers)
- Smith Duggan Buell and Rufo selected as a 2018 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
- Smith Duggan Successfully Defends Airport
- Condominium Seller Prevented From Backing Out Of Deal
- Smith Duggan Reduces Weekly Workers’ Compensation Benefits That Self-insured Company Must Pay To Injured Employee
- Smith Duggan Wins in Racial Profiling Case
- Smith Duggan Prevails Before Supreme Judicial Court For Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
- Smith Duggan Stops Landlord From Piercing Corporate Veil
- Smith Duggan Prevails on Appeal of Section 1(7A) Defense in Worker’s Compensation Case
- Smith Duggan Prevails in Case of First Impression Interpreting Aviation Insurance Policy
- Smith Duggan Obtains Defense Verdict in Automatic Door Case
- Smith Duggan Obtains Court Victory For Apple, Inc.
- Defense Verdict In $5M Construction Case
- No Breach Of Multi-Million-Dollar Management Contract
- Smith Duggan Prevails in Product Liability Case in Rhode Island Federal District Court
- Smith Duggan wins Replevin Action for Ivy League University