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Edward C. Bassett, Jr.

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ebassett@mirickoconnell.com
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Phone: 508.791.8500
Fax: 508.791.8502

1800 W Park Dr, #400
Westborough, Massachusetts 01581

Ted is a partner and chair of the firm's Personal Injury Litigation Group. He has practiced in the area of civil litigation for more than 35 years. Ted is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, in which, membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in advocacy by achieving a million dollar trial verdict, award or settlement. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Ted as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Massachusetts. The National Trial Lawyers Association selected Ted as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts. Boston Magazine and Law & Politics chose him as a New England "Super Lawyer" in 2004-2009 and 2011-2017. Ted has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

In 2016, Ted was installed as the President of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) and received the Thurgood Marshall Fighting for Justice Award at the 2016 APITLA Summit.

Ted understands that being the victim in a personal injury case is a highly traumatic experience. It can become even worse if you are not represented by attorneys who have the experience to advocate for your rights and the best possible recovery you are entitled to under the law.

Ted handles all types of personal injury and product liability cases, including complex trial matters involving wrongful death and permanent disability. Ted regularly receives referrals from attorneys and professionals in Massachusetts and other states because of his reputation for handling car accident cases and interstate trucking accident cases in a professional and efficient manner.

If a case is accepted, the client and the referring attorney have Ted’s commitment that he will expend the necessary time and financial resources, as well as employ in-house staff and specially retained outside experts, to resolve the claim. For each case, the firm assembles the team of professionals best suited to pursue the maximum recovery for the client.

Because of Mirick O’Connell’s reputation in the community and in other states, the firm has developed strong relationships with many other professionals, including actuaries, doctors, accountants, economists, bankers, vocational experts, accident reconstruction experts, and engineers. These professionals provide pre-trial opinions and testify at trial. Their expert reports and testimony have resulted in many favorable settlements.

Because of the size of some settlements, Mirick O'Connell's Personal Injury attorneys work closely with our Trusts and Estates Practice Group, as well as with tax experts, actuaries and nationally-known consultants, in the preparation of structured settlements. This type of settlement can provide clients with funds to cover a minor's education expenses as well as lifetime income.

Education

J.D., Boston College Law School

B.A., Boston College
magna cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Massachusetts
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Board of Governors

Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
President

Northborough and Southborough Education Foundation
Former president

Southborough Zoining Board of Appeals
Former chairman

Anna Maria College, Board of Trustees
Former member of the Executive Committee

Representative Matters
  • Obtained a $22.65 million judgment in a drunk driving case - this is reported to be the largest award ever for a Worcester County personal injury case.
  • Served as co-counsel for Drs. Sunil and Deborah Eappen in the well-publicized wrongful death case of Matthew Eappen v. Louise Woodard (British Nanny)
  • Volunteered legal services to obtain a $2.15 million award for a young boy who lost his father on September 11 onboard Flight 11
Publications/Presentations
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting comments on a proposal requiring speed limiters on certain trucks and buses,” Mirick O’Connell Client Alert, November 2016
  • "Understanding the New "Hours of Service" Regulations" (Winter 2014)
  • "Trucking Regulations and Trucking Company Liability, The National Business Institute
  • "Litigating Spinal Cord Injuries," The Lawyer's Log Book, Volume 3
  • "What to do When You are Injured by a Drunk Driver," The Lawyer's Log Book, Volume 2
  • "Underinsurance Coverage - Purchase the Maximum Coverage Available," The Lawyer's Log Book, Volume 1
  • Quoted in "Lawyers Predict Expansion of Social Host Liability Law," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, (February 29, 2012)
  • "Legislative Update - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Including Hours of Service," The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America National Conference (September 2009)
  • Ted has been invited to speak in Las Vegas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston and Chicago on the preparation and trial of personal injury cases and interstate trucking cases. He has been a featured speaker on a number of occasions on trial topics and on brain injury cases of the West LegalEdcenter©. These national web seminars are broadcast throughout the United States.
  • Ted's high-profile cases have been featured in many news publications, including the National Law Journal, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He has also been interviewed or featured on television news programs in New England and Canada.
APITLA National Interstate Trucking Summit

Ted Bassett presented Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern with the "Promoting Highway Safety Through Legislation” award for his work as a champion of safe highways at the APITLA National Interstate Trucking Summit.

Honors and Awards
  • 2018; The "National Trial Lawyers" association selected Ted as a member of The Top Ten Trucking Lawyers Association
  • 2018; Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer’s honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Selected as one of the Top Ten Lawyers of the Year
  • Former President, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Massachusetts) The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Chairman, Legislative Committee, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)
  • Executive Board of Trustees (APITLA)
  • Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2009 - 2018
  • New England Super Lawyer, 2007-2017
  • President's Award, Worcester County Bar Association
  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – “America’s Top 100 Attorneys”
  • 2018 “Top 10 Attorneys” Selected by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell – Highest Rating from Judiciary and Lawyers
Presentations of Papers at State and National Conventions
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (Annual Convention) Autos and Alcohol; Representing the Victims of Drunk Drivers, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Animation and Video Evidence for Interstate Trucking Cases
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Effective Use of Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Update of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Handling the Spinal Cord Injury Case
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Protecting Your Expert Witnesses from Daubert Challenges
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America – Piercing the Corporate Veil and Enterprise Liability in Trucking Cases
Samples of Reported Cases

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

  • Slaves of The Immaculate Heart of Mary of Saint Benedict Center v. Thomas A. Dalton 397 Mass 784, 494 NE 2d 7.

Federal Bankruptcy Court

  • In re: Mohawk Industries, Inc., Debtor 54 Bankruptcy Reporter 409 (also reported in Federal Supplement).

Massachusetts Appeals Court

  • James Burke v. The Memorial Hospital 29 Mass App Ct 948, 558 NE 2d 1146.
  • Bates v. John Hancock, 6 Mass App 823; 370 NE 2d 1386.
  • Grenier v. Town of Hubbardston, 7 Mass App Ct 911; 388 NE 2d 718.
In the News
  • Quoted in "Appeals Court revives case against Cape Cod skydiving company," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (July 12, 2018)
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette - “Woman Gets 22.7 Million Judgment” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Esq. receives record setting judgment in traumatic brain injury case
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – “Lawyers of The Year” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. selected as one of the top 10 Lawyers of the Year.
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Edward C. Bassett, Jr. appointed to Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.
  • Boston Magazine – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. selected as one of the Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – “Chronic Pain Auto Accident Case Results in Big Award” – Edward C. Bassett’s substantial arbitration award receives front page coverage in Lawyers Weekly
  • The News Tribune – “Judge Extends Au Pair Ruling” …Federal judge made permanent an injunction that prevents the nanny, Louise Woodward, from selling her story…The Eappens were represented by attorneys Frederic Ellis and Edward C. Bassett, Jr.
  • Middlesex News – “Woodward’s Lack of Response to Civil Suit Proves Guilt” …Attorneys for the Eappens, Edward C. Bassett, Jr. of Southborough and the law firm Mirick O’Connell said they will use final judgment to ensure that Louise Woodward does not profit from Matthew Eappen’s death
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – “Stacking of Foreign Insurance Policies Approved by Court” Front-page story of Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s precedent setting decision in case of Commerce Insurance v. Doherty
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – “Plaintiff Entitled to Carriers Documents” Front-page coverage of Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s precedent setting decision in case of Meszar v. Horan
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Trial Report Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Esq.’s traumatic brain injury case which resulted in structured settlement of $2,745,620.00
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Trial Report – Summary of traumatic head injury case which settled minutes before closing argument by Edward C. Bassett, Jr. for $462,000.00
  • Association of Trial Lawyers Law Reporter – Report of Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s judgment for $22.7 million in drunk driving case
  • Middlesex News – Injunction on Profits Continues – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and Frederic Ellis, attorneys for Eappens seek injunction to prevent Louise Woodward from profiting from sale of her story
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette – “Woodward Injunction is Permanent” – Permanent injunction barring British au pair Louise Woodward from spending any money she receives from selling her story to the media…We are obviously very pleased with the judge’s decision said lawyer Edward C. Bassett, Jr. of Mirick O’Connell
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette – “Pact Prevents Au Pair from Cashing in on Story” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Esq. and Frederic Ellis, Esq. announce that Eappen family reaches settlement in Louise Woodward (the British nanny) case
  • MetroWest Daily News – “Support for the Masses” Edward C. Bassett, Jr. recently named one of the top 10 attorneys in Massachusetts
  • The National Law Journal – Verdicts and Settlements Report of landmark $22.7 million brain injury case handled by Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Esq.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Journal – Mother’s Death in Car Crash Leads to Tangle of Tragedy – Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s settlement of wrongful death case selected by MBA as Case of the Month
  • Lawyers Weekly USA – “Innovative Settlement Techniques” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. quoted in national lawyers publication on settlement strategies
  • Business Insurance – “Plaintiffs Finding Favor as Juries Award More Money More Often” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. quoted in national business publication on trends in personal injury cases
  • Boston Globe – “Eappens Entitled to Damages” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and other Eappen attorneys ask Court to reject Louise Woodward’s attempt to rescript her criminal conviction
  • Boston Herald – “Federal Judge Set to Hear Nanny’s Lawsuit” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and other Eappen lawyers appear in Court to “hear arguments on Louise Woodward’s 11th hour bid to stave off a multi million dollar wrongful death award”
  • Middlesex News – “Dow Implant Settlement Not Enough” – Edward C. Bassett, Jr. represents more than 40 woman with claims against Dow for ruptured breast implants
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – $23 Million Drunk Driving Award – Report of Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s judgment in drunk driving case
  • Boston Herald – Woman Hurt in Drunken Driving Crash Awarded 22 Million – Report of Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s judgment in drunk driving case
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – “Answering a Plea” – Feature article on Edward C. Bassett, Jr.’s representation of local family who lost husband on board American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11 resulting in $2.15 million payout from Victims Compensation Fund. Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and team of lawyers from Mirick O’Connell volunteered their services and did not charge any legal fees!
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette – Dow Settlement $3.2 Billion in Breast Implant Case – Front-page article detailing Dow Breast Implant Settlement…The plan approved yesterday by U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Michigan was hailed by Edward C. Bassett, Jr. as a positive step
  • The Voice – “Land Court Rules in Favor of Spags” Spags represented at Trial by Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and Mirick O’Connell
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette - “Safety Wake-Up Call Urged – Amusement Park Controls Sought” …these people got hurt on a family fun ride. It never should have happened” Edward C. Bassett, Jr.
  • Boston Herald - “Thrill Ride Mishaps Highlight Safety Regulation Debate” Front page article in Boston Herald…I don’t think anybody can give a rational reason why amusement parks should be exempt from regulation when the safety of our children is at stake.”
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette – “Unsafe Cable in Quebec Injures Three Women” …Edward C. Bassett, Jr. represents the three women…“Its amazing, it was six years since the government inspected the cable”
  • Coroner Finds Unsafe Cable Caused Fatal Crash of Funicular…the coroner’s report demonstrates that the negligence in this case was extreme and outrageous said attorney Edward C. Bassett, Jr. It verifies that this tragedy could and should have been avoided.
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette – “Grafton Planners Lose Court Case” Foster Yeadon, represented by Edward C. Bassett, Jr. was successful in having Worcester Superior Court rule that Town’s subdivision rules and regulations were illegally vague and ambiguous. The Court found the Board acted in bad faith and Bassett’s client was awarded $47,000 in engineering costs, lawyers fees and 150 percent interest
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Journal – “Federal discovery rules are wired for litigation beginning Dec. 1” …"The drafters of the federal rules didn't contemplate the complexity of electronic storage data systems, and a lot of electronic data which contains information technically is not a 'document' and therefore could possibly escape discovery under our traditional discovery rules," said Edward C. Bassett Jr.
Television and Radio
  • Worcester News Tonight Interviews Ted Bassett, “Teen’s Jail Sentence Sends Warning to Texting Drivers”
  • WBZ Radio Interviews Ted Bassett on case involving Texting While Driving
  • Worcester News Tonight Interviews Ted Bassett, “Teen Texting While Driving”
  • Fox 25 News Interviews Ted Bassett, “Enforceability of Waivers for Children Accidents”
  • NECN Interviews Ted Bassett, “Cruiseship Accidents”
  • WorcesterNews Tonight Interviews Ted Bassett on the SJC’s recent ruling in connection with parents’ liability for serving alcohol to underage children and their friends
  • Fox 25 News Interviews Ted Bassett, “What to do when a Cruise Trip Goes Wrong”
Legal Treatises
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Interstate Trucking Litigation in Massachusetts Published by MCLE – Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Massachusetts Expert Witnesses – Using Experts for Negotiating Settlements; Published by MCLE – Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Massachusetts Deposition Practice Manual, Deposing Medical and Technical Experts Published by MCLE - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. – Strategic Planning in Discovery “A Plaintiff’s Approach to Personal Injury Cases” Published by MCLE – Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. (Editor) Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest (Matthew Bender Publications) St. Lukes Hospital v. Schmaltz “Sale of Blood as a Service Contract”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Nichols on Eminent Domain (Matthew Bender Publications) Chapter 13A Illustrative Condemnation Proceeding
Law Journals and CLE Articles
  • "Litigating Spinal Cord Injuries," The Lawyer's Log Book
  • "What to do When You are Injured by a Drunk Driver," The Lawyer's Log Book
  • "Underinsurance Coverage - Purchase the Maximum Coverage Available," The Lawyer's Log Book
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and James A. Wingfield, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review – Electronic Discovery and the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys – Review of the Role of Chiropractic in the Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys – “The Tide Turns in Favor of Breast Implant Victims”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Expert Witnesses and the Daubert Maze (Prepared for Lorman Publications Seminar)
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys – “Litigation Explosion A Myth Worth Rebutting”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Editors Page – Review of “Pilot Life Insurance Co. v. Dedeaux” and “Unum Life Insur v. Ward”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys –“Silicone Breast Implant Litigation Update”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Editors Page – Review of Proposed National No Fault Automobile Legislation
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Editors Page – Review of American Journal of Medicine Report – Incidence and Preventability of Adverse Drug Events in Nursing Homes
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and Matthew P. McCue, Journal of Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys “Insurance Claim Files are Not Work Product”
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. – The Expert Witness at Trial; “The Direct and Cross Examination of a Chiropractor in a Personal Injury Case”
  • Department of Transportation Bans Use of Handheld Phones for Commercial Vehicles”, Lawyers Logbook
  • Effective Use of Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions, Lawyers Logbook
  • How to Bulletproof Your Trucking Expert from Daubert Challenges, Lawyers Logbook
  • Challenging Insurers Who Claim Investigating Documents Are Privileged Work Product
  • Selecting and Preparing the Accident Reconstruction Expert, Lawyers Logbook
  • "Trucking Regulations and Trucking Company Liability, The National Business Institute
Speaker at National Seminars

Ted has been invited to speak in Las Vegas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, and Galveston on the preparation and trial of personal injury cases and interstate trucking cases. He has been a featured speaker on a number of occasions on trial topics and on brain injury cases through the West LegalEdcenter©.

  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Using Accident Reconstruction Experts in Interstate Trucking Cases (APITLA St. Augustine)
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Using 30(b)(6) Depositions in Trucking Cases (APITLA 2016 Tampa)
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Legislative Update - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) - Fatigued Truckers, From Crash to Closing Argument - Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Piercing The Corporate Veil and Enterprise Liability - Advanced Training (APITLA), Atlanta Georgia
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Moderator, Proving Damages in Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Cases, National Web Seminar produced by West LegalEdcenter©
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Speaker, Hours of Service Regulations in Interstate Transport, National Web Seminar, produced by West LegalEdcenter©
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr., Speaker, Daubert Motions in High Stake Cases, National Web Seminar, produced by West LegalEdcenter©
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. - Putting the Brakes on Unsafe Trucking Companies - Trucks, Lies and Videotapes, (APITLA) St. Louis, Missouri
  • Edward C. Bassett, Jr. and Matthew P. McCue - Insurance Claim Files Are Not Work Product ATLA Reference Materials - See Westlaw - 1 Ann. 2002 ATLA-CLE 847 (2002) National Convention for Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Atlanta, Georgia.
Legal Administrative Assistant

Karen J. Guenette
P: 508.860.1503

Client Reviews
★★★★★
When I was in a car accident, I wanted an attorney who understood what my injuries meant to my health, my career, and my family. I called Mirick O'Connell because they are reputable and knowledgeable. Attorney Bassett listened to my concerns and guided me through the process. I was able to re-coup my losses due to my injuries. I would highly recommend Mirick O'Connell to anyone involved in a law suit. K. B.
★★★★★
I found him to be impeccably honest, direct, and fair -- a rare professional who develops personal relationships with his clients and TRULY cares about them. Edward went out of his way for me, and I will never forget his considerable skills and genuine kindness. It's not often you encounter a businessperson like him, but when you find one, you keep him for life! C. D.