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Vincent N. DePalo Named Partner at Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP has announced that Vincent N. DePalo is now a partner of the firm.

Vincent DePalo practices in many areas of complex civil litigation, especially product liability, insurance defense, asbestos litigation, personal injury, and environmental law.

His courtroom experience includes achieving a defense verdict in the first joint asbestos-tobacco trial in Massachusetts. This six-week jury trial, which Vincent handled with Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo partner David M. Governo, garnered national attention and resulted in a $43.1 million verdict against a co-defendant tobacco company. The jury found the firm’s client, a brake rebuilder, not liable on all counts.

Before joining Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo, Vincent served as a judicial fellow for Superior Court Associate Justice Dennis J. Curran and as a staff attorney at the Middlesex County Superior Court.

He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Northeastern University School of Law. He has also lectured on trial practice for programs sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. In addition, he has authored articles for legal, scientific and trade journals.

Vincent currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Judicial Administration Council and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” for three consecutive years by Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Moreover, the Massachusetts Bar Association once selected Vincent as a fellow in the organization’s Leadership Academy.

He is a graduate of Manhattan College and received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire Law School. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

His appointment became effective on January 1, 2021.