After serving as the Director of Estate Planning in the Law Department of The New England Mutual Life Insurance Company Mr. Fedele began a career in private practice, establishing the firm as a professional corporation in 1982. From its inception, the principal practice area of the firm has been individual estate planning and related issues, including estate administration, corporate tax and financial planning, and taxation. Over the years, the firm's practice areas have grown to include elder law and Medicaid planning, civil and criminal litigation, real estate, and family and domestic relations law.
Each of the firm's members have a broad range of experience and specific expertise that allows the firm to provide the highest quality of legal services. All the firm's attorneys share a strong commitment to the firm and its clients. Ms. Riccio first served as a law clerk to the firm before joining the firm as an attorney in 1996. Mr. Lawlor has been with the firm since 1999. Mr. Ferriss most recently joined the firm in 2019.
The firm is supported by an experienced staff and an infrastructure of sophisticated estate planning and estate administration software systems developed by Mr. Fedele, which has been refined over many years of practice.
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John E. Fedele was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1968. He is also a member of the United States Supreme Court bar, and the bars of the United States District Court of Massachusetts and United States Tax Court. Mr. Fedele was educated at Boston College (A.B., 1965) and Boston University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1968; LL.M., Taxation, 1971). He was formerly Director of Estate Planning in the Law Department of The New England Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Fedele has been an instructor at Bentley College and Northeastern University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association and its Taxation Section, the Boston Estate Planning Council, and is a past President of the Norfolk County Estate and Business Planning Council. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter.
Mr. Fedele is the founding member of the firm and concentrates primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, tax litigation, elder law and financial planning.
Laura Fedele Riccio was born in Norwood, Massachusetts. She was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1996. Ms. Riccio was educated at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.A. 1992), Western New England School of Law (J.D. 1996) and Boston University Law School (LL.M., Taxation, 2003).
Ms. Riccio joined the firm as a law clerk in 1994 and has continued with the firm as an attorney since 1996. She concentrates in the fields of estate planning and administration, probate, taxation, and real estate.
She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association, and is the 2019-20 President of the Norfolk and Plymouth Counties Estate and Business Planning Council. Attorney Riccio has been a member of the Probate Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 2017. In addition to being admitted to the Massachusetts bar, Attorney Riccio is admitted to the bars of the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. She also is a licensed Massachusetts real estate broker.
Ms. Riccio resides in Westwood with her husband. Her two sons are both students at her alma mater, UMass Amherst.
Andrew Lawlor was born in Dedham, Massachusetts and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1989, and is also a member of the bar of the United States District Court of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st District and the United States Court of Military Appeals.
Mr. Lawlor was educated at Middlebury College (B.A. cum laude, 1985), and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1989). He is a former judicial clerk to the Superior Court of Massachusetts, a former Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County, and a former Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts. He has tried over one hundred cases.
A deeply experienced litigator with thirty years of experience, he practices in the area of civil litigation in all state and federal courts. Mr. Lawlor's practice concentrates in construction law, will disputes, trust litigation, and advertising law.
Mr. Lawlor is also a Colonel in the Army National Guard. He has served as the Staff Judge Advocate (or senior supervisory attorney) for the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 26th Brigade Combat Team. Mr. Lawlor has served two overseas deployments, one in Kosovo and one in Afghanistan. For his Afghanistan service he was awarded the Bronze Star. In his capacity as a military officer, Mr. Lawlor completed a prestigious National Security Fellowship at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
A resident of Dedham, Mr. Lawlor served as the Chairman of the Town's School Building Rehabilitation Committee when it constructed a new middle school and a new elementary school.
Virginia Connelly was born in Burlington, New Jersey, and was raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1997 and is also a member of the United States District Court of Massachusetts. Ms. Connelly was educated at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityin Blacksburg, Virginia (B.A. 1993) and SuffolkUniversity Law School in Boston, Massachusetts(J.D., cum laude, 1997). Prior to originally joining Fedele and Murray, P.C. in 2006, Ms. Connelly practiced in areas of business litigation and insurance defense at several reputable Boston law forms. She most recently worked at a distinguished firm in Franklin before returning to Fedele and Murray in 2019. Ms. Connelly represents clients in a variety of civil litigation areas, including personal injury, contract disputes, and employment matters, in both federal and state courts, as well as at administrative agencies such as the Ethics Commission and MCAD. Ms. Connelly’s practice also includes the representation of clients in divorce, child custody, child support, and other family law and probate matters. The emphasis of her practice focuses on high-conflict child custody and divorce cases.
George F. Gormley was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Gormley was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1968., and is also a member of the United States Supreme Court bar, and the bars of the United States District Court of Massachusetts, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. He was educated at Boston College (B.A., 1962) and Boston University Law School (LL.B., 1968; L.L.M., Taxation, 1971). Mr. Gormley is a member of the Plymouth Court Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Gormley is primarily involved in civil and criminal litigation and acts as counsel to Fedele and Murray, P.C. in those areas.