Rhode Island

    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
    U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
    U.S. Supreme Court


    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law 2021

    Super Lawyers

    Boston Globe’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

    Treasurer, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

    Past President, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

    Past President, Alumni Association Northeastern University School of Law

    Past Board Member, Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management.


    Massachusetts Bar Association

    Rhode Island Bar Association

    Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

    Alumni Association Northeastern University School of Law

    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk

    American Health Lawyers Association

Barbara Hayes Buell, Partner

For 35 years, Barbara Hayes Buell has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with an "AV" Preeminent rating, the highest possible peer review rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. She has attained the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, the premier national association of civil trial attorneys from both plaintiffs' and defense bars. She is licensed to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island. She also has authored articles and book chapters for practicing attorneys in Massachusetts and has lectured to healthcare providers regarding regulatory and other matters.

Barbara frequently handles matters before the State Boards, which license Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Social Workers and other health professionals. She has represented hospitals in matters of policy, credentialing, and delineation of privileges. To support her interest in health law, Barbara earned a Masters of Public Health at Boston University’s School of Public Health in the School of Medicine in 1994. In addition, she has been involved in Charter Schools in Massachusetts since the enabling statute was passed in 1995 and has represented over eighteen of the authorized schools in Massachusetts since that time.

She also practices in the field of mental health by representing hospitals in commitment procedures and families in guardianship procedures.

Barbara's experience as an attorney and trial lawyer has been enhanced by her business acumen acquired as the owner/manager of both commercial and residential real estate and her ownership of a graphic design studio.

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  • Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual, "Other Rule 9A Motions," 2021
  • "Spoliation," Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association Newsletter
  • "A Dentist's Obligation to Treat HIV Patients," Legal Update, the Edict, Volume 5
  • Editor, Issue Update, Vol. 5, Number 2, published by Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Focus: Employment Law and Discrimination
  • "The legal section of the Massachusetts Charter School Handbook," published by the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Charter School Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Editor, Issue Update, Vol. 4, Number 1, published by Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Focus: Medical Malpractice;
  • "Taking the Sting Out of Litigation with ADR," Mass. Lawyer's Weekly, Vol. 21, No. 51
  • “Alumni Commencement Address,” Boston University School of Public Health, May 2018
  • "The Interplay Between Law and Health Care," Boston University, November 2017
  • "Dealing with Difficult Patients," Healthcare Risk Management Conference, March 2016
  • What They Don't Teach you in Dental School," Presentation at Tufts Dental School, January, 2009;
  • "Grand Rounds - Nursing Documentation," MetroWest Medical Center, September 2007;
  • "Prescribing Practices 101," Saint Vincent Hospital, November 2005; "Spoliation of Evidence," Tenet Health Systems, October 2005;
  • "Grand Rounds - The Board of Registration in Medicine," Lawrence General Hospital, May 2001;
  • "Grand Rounds - The Board of Registration in Medicine", Lowell General Hospital, February 2000;
  • "Vicarious Liability," Boston Medical Center;
  • "JCAHO'S Sentinel Events Reporting Requirements," J&H Marsh & McLennan