Description of Practice:
Mr. Harding's practice primarily involves the defense of insurance companies, their insureds, and self insurers in all Courts of the Commonwealth, as well as providing representation in disputes involving insurance coverage. Over the course of his career, Mr. Harding has tried over 300 cases in all Courts of the Commonwealth and the United States District Court, as well as in forums outside of Massachusetts, in matters ranging from complex aviation disasters, product liability, premises liability, and motor vehicle torts, to environmental disasters and insurance coverage disputes. In addition, Attorney Harding has made numerous appearances before appellate courts in Massachusetts and the First Circuit.
In addition, Attorney Harding represents franchisees in connection with disputes arising out of their relationship with their franchisor or in connection with the terms of their franchise agreements.
Mr. Harding joined Weston Patrick in 1979. A Member since 1987, he has concentrated his practice in the trial and appeal of civil cases, primarily for insurance companies and self insured organizations. Prior to joining the firm Mr. Harding served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. Harding has been rated AV-Preeminent, the highest possible peer rating for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale Hubbell for over a decade. He has been listed in Who's Who of American Lawyers, and has been named as one of Boston's highest rated lawyers in the field of insurance law in such publications as the National Law Journal, the American Lawyer and The Boston Globe.
Education:State University of New York at Albany, cum laude
New England School of Law, cum laude
Note and Comment Editor, New England Law Review
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1976
First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Defense Bar Association
Defense Research Institute