William A. Worth

Industry Expertise

Closely Held Business

William A. Worth has more than 30 years of trial experience representing clients in state and federal courts in a wide range of matters including commercial contract cases, business tort cases, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, land use litigation, Federal Telecommunications Act cases, and environmental contamination cases.

He has also represented numerous employers and employees seeking injunctive relief in the context of disputed non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.  He has obtained favorable judgments on behalf of employers seeking relief from employee fraud, theft of trade secrets, and related misconduct.  Bill brings his legal expertise and his client services skills to his role as Litigation Practice Group Chair and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Bill has argued successfully before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, upholding successful judgments in Federal Telecommunications Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in UCC cases and tort cases, and before the Massachusetts Appeals Court in environmental contamination cases.

Bill also has a broad range of experience in the litigation and arbitration of land use disputes, permitting disputes, and zoning matters.  His representation of land use litigants includes working on behalf of developers on zoning matters and on behalf of solar energy and telecommunications companies on licensing and permitting matters.

Bill has represented insurers and self-insured entities in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases and has achieved favorable results for his clients in arbitration and mediation, both in the business litigation and injury claims context.

As lead counsel, Bill is actively involved in every aspect of his cases, providing a hands-on and practical approach.  By working closely with his clients from the start, Bill can offer an early case assessment, thereby providing clients with a realistic budget that maximizes their resources while providing cost-efficient and effective results.

  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1973
  • Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2008-present: Named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the field of Business Litigation

Reported Appellate Cases

  • Chiang v. Verizon New England Inc. 595 F.3d 26 (1st Cir. 2010)
  • Omnipoint Holdings, Inc. v. City of Cranston, et al. 586 F.3d 38, (1st Cir. 2009)
  • Afarian v. Massachusetts Electric Company, et al., 449 Mass. 257 (2007)
  • Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company v. State Street Bank and Trust Company, et. al. 428 Mass. 600 (1998)

Recent Matters

  • In November, 2019, successfully settled a breach of contract claim  brought by an acute care hospital against our client, a health insurer.  The insurer had denied a substantial portion of the hospital’s claim for payment for services rendered to an insured patient at the hospital.  The insurer based its denial on its determination that the patient’s further treatment at an acute care hospital was not medically necessary.
  • In April, 2019, obtained a defense verdict in Norfolk Superior Court at trial of a breach of contract claim brought by plaintiff, a real estate broker, who claimed that he was entitled to a six-figure commission based upon an exclusive listing agreement on which the defendant seller contended that his signature had been forged.
  • In November 2018, successfully settled a Civil RICO claim against our client, an individual alleged to have participated in a criminal enterprise seeking to thwart plaintiff from satisfying civil judgments that plaintiff had obtained against his former employer.  Settlement followed soon after a motion to dismiss was filed on behalf of our client, and shortly before the Court hearing on the motion.
  • In September 2018, obtained a favorable arbitrator’s award representing contract damages on behalf of a professional soccer player whose team had sought to void his contract based upon the team’s claim that the player had failed his physical exam and was unfit to play professional soccer.
  • In February 2018, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld summary judgment granted to our client, a nonprofit health care system, against whom plaintiff sought in excess of $4 million dollars in damages based on allegations of breach of contract, commercial disparagement, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
  • In March 2017, obtained summary judgment on behalf of a law firm against a former client who alleged that the firm had breached its retention agreement with the client.
  • In February 2017, successfully settled a dispute between our client, a marketing company, and the Massachusetts Attorney General, who alleged that the client had committed unfair and deceptive practices by engaging in geofencing technology–a technology that allowed the marketing company to identify the geographic location of a consumer’s smartphone and transmit advertising directly to the device.  The settlement only prohibited the client’s ability to use geofencing technology in limited areas of Massachusetts where the client had not previously utilized the technology, and required neither payment nor any admission of wrongdoing by the client.
  • Prevailed on behalf of client, a non-profit health care system, in a commercial litigation matter in which the plaintiff claimed that our client had breached a contract to purchase plaintiff’s product, engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices, and had wrongfully disparaged the product.  The Superior Court granted our motion for summary judgment on the eve of trial in October 2016.
  • In May 2016, secured dismissal of claims under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and state accessibility laws against a wired telecommunications provider based on the location of utility poles located in public sidewalks throughout the city.
  • In January 2016, successfully settled a dispute between a landowner (our client) and its tenant, arising from landowner’s implementation of a $2,000,000 fund established by the tenant for environmental remediation of landowner’s property.  Settlement followed an award of summary judgment to the landowner and dismissal of the tenant’s appeal of the Superior Court’s judgment award.