Ianiri Law

Attorney James Ianiri

Norwell Executive Ctr.
167 Washington Street Norwell, MA 02061
cell 617-650-4520

Massachusetts Bar Association

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Notable Cases

Personal Injury

  • Barnstable Superior Court case involving a young man seriously injured in a fatal car crash on Martha's Vineyard who had to be airlifted to Boston University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Despite many distinct injuries including a compound fracture of his leg and a cracked skull, my client's recovery was remarkable resulting in only several months of lost wages and only minor permanent disability. Due to the extent of the damage of the vehicle in which my client was a passenger and the displacement of my client and the driver upon impact, counsel for the estate of the deceased was not conceding that the deceased was in fact the driver and alleged that my client supplied alcohol to his under aged client. The case settled at mediation for $160,000.00.
  • Superior Court suit in Florida yielding a $120,000.00 settlement in a vigorously defended case involving a young woman who had been the victim of a car accident while a passenger in a VW Bus. She suffered multiple injuries, including post concussive syndrome, neck and back strain, TMJ, scarring on her back, and a knee sprain. The defendant, a car rental company, maintained that my client suffered a mild neck and back sprain, was chemical-dependent and that her emotional distress was attributable to a pre-existing bi-polar diagnosis.
  • Middlesex Superior Court action arising from an automobile accident in the Johnny's Foodmaster in Somerville. My client, an elderly gentleman, was pinned between two cars suffering a left tibia fracture and a severe hematoma of the right knee. He was in-patient at a Sun Bridge care facility for over two months. The case was settled after discovery for $50,000.00 (policy limit). An additional $5,000.00 was recovered from the driver of the at-fault vehicle.

Care and Protection

  • A Care and Protection proceeding in Quincy Juvenile Court arising from repeated abuse and neglect of a young boy (my client) which resulted, after considerable time and effort, in the successful adoption of the boy by the foster parents, who had previously taken the boy in several times in his short life.
  • Successfully represented in Boston Juvenile Court a baby allegedly the victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome (by her mother). After a six week initial, pre-trial custody hearing, custody was awarded to the father and after working with the family for several months thereafter, the family was reunited prior to trial.

Sexual Harassment/Discrimination

  • MCAD sexual discrimination case involving a young woman who was wrongfully terminated from her employer (an international airline) after complaining of sexual harassment. (After a grievance process she was later reinstated.) My client claimed hostile environment sexual harassment based on pervasive sexually-charged behavior and sexually explicit language by supervisors and co-workers in the work place over a period of five years. Although the airline vigorously denied the allegations, the case settled at mediation for $80,000.00.

Business Insurance Claim

  • Represented a publisher of a highly successful environmental directory in a claim against a bindery company, which, during the printing process, bound an unknown number of books with missing pages of advertising copy while duplicating a number of other pages. The case settled for approximately $25,000.00 after investigation revealed less than anticipated actual damages.

Land Use

  • Successfully represented a land owner seeking a variance from the Hanover Zoning Board of Appeals before subdividing her property so that her son could build a house. The Planning Board had claimed that the subdivision would render her lot nonconforming based on an arcane principle known as the "doctrine of infectious invalidity." I successfully argued that the Planning Board's decision was misplaced since the invalidity does not arise until after the conveyance of the property. The ZBA agreed and gave my client the variance she needed. The variance protected my client from the dreaded invalidity doctrine.

In addition to the foregoing, Attorney Ianiri has handled many, many real estate transactions and disputes, negotiated many commercial leases, represented many landlords and tenants, successfully resolved numerous personal injury cases (auto, premises liability, products liability etc.) as well as contract disputes, and juvenile and district court criminal matters.