• EDUCATION
  • ADMISSIONS

    Bar
    Massachusetts, 1999

    Courts
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2006
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2001

  • CLERKSHIP

    Former Law Clerk, Justice John A. Dooley, Vermont Supreme Court

  • DISTINCTIONS

    Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Leadership Initiative

  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Committee Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section

    Member, Massachusetts Bar Association Animal Law Section

    Former Member, Board of Directors, Women’s Bar Association

    Former Committee Chair, Women’s Bar Association

    CPDT-KA, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Christina Schenk-Hargrove, Partner

Christina Schenk-Hargrove’s practice has focused on defending businesses and individuals in all types of civil litigation, including workers’ compensation, premises liability, Consumer Protection Act, and contract and business disputes. She has litigated cases to trial at the U.S. District Court, the Superior Court, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and has successfully defended appeals to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

In addition to practicing litigation, Christina advises small businesses and entrepreneurs on business formation, corporate, employment, and real estate issues, and has developed considerable expertise in the area of estate planning. She is active in the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Christina has been an attorney at Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo since 2000. Before coming to the firm, Christina served as law clerk to Justice John A. Dooley of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is fluent in German, and has a particular expertise in animal training-related businesses and issues facing working artists.

  • Successfully appealed an administrative judge’s order requiring a major Boston hospital to pay workers’ compensation benefits to an injured employee at a higher rate than the statute requires.
  • Successfully represented a major Boston hospital before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, which affirmed a favorable decision that Christina had obtained at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents.
  • Served on the Smith Duggan team that prevailed in a case of first impression interpreting aviation insurance policy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Successfully defended an animal rights organization against an attempt by a breeder to reclaim puppies surrendered for veterinary care.

Author, “Medicare’s Reimbursement Rights and Enforcement Relating to Workers’ Compensation Cases,” Workers’ Compensation Practice in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 3rd edition, 1st Supplement, 2018).

Author, “Practice and Procedure before the Department of Industrial Accidents: The Employer’s/Insurer’s Perspective,” Workers’ Compensation Practice in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 3rd edition, 1st Supplement, 2018).

Massachusetts Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Alphabet Soup, program co-chair, April 2015

Massachusetts Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, Opioid Addiction, program chair, Oct. 2015