Lisa G. Arrowood
Lisa G. Arrowood is a Founding Partner of Arrowood Peters. Previously a Founding Partner of Todd & Weld LLP and a partner and associate at Hale and Dorr, she has over thirty years' experience practicing law in the areas of business litigation, employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury and legal malpractice. She is well known for her ability to try to a jury, judge or arbitrator breach of contract claims, medical malpractice cases, legal malpractice cases, sexual harassment and other employment claims and all forms of business tort cases. She has litigated cases in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Connecticut. Her extensive jury trial experience resulted in her induction into fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2000 and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2014. She has been described in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a "dynamic courtroom attorney" and "a force of nature" with "tremendous talent" in cross-examination.
From 2010 – 2013, Ms. Arrowood held a three year appointment as the First Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. The 15-member Committee evaluates all nominations of Article III judges to the federal district courts, circuit courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court, as well as various territorial district courts. She has held leadership positions in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is currently the President Elect of the Boston Bar Association. She also serves on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
Lisa Arrowood has extensive experience in all forms of business litigation, including: breach of contract and misrepresentation disputes, disputes concerning non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty cases; and unfair business practices cases. She has represented both publicly traded corporations and family businesses. She has successfully tried to resolution numerous business dispute cases. In May 2011, Ms. Arrowood, together with Jed DeWick, obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of an international financial services company prohibiting a former high-level employee from competing with the company or soliciting its customers. Ms. Arrowood has also successfully prosecuted trademark cases involving the mark "Better Homes and Gardens" for Meredith Corporation, and successfully defended Dr. Barry Sears in a trademark case brought by Abbott Laboratories concerning the "Zone" diet related marks.
Ms. Arrowood is well known for her success in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. In 1998, Ms. Arrowood won the third largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a family in a medical malpractice case involving a neurological injury, known as kernicterus, to a newborn. In addition to the $10.5 Million judgment involved in that 1998 trial, she has obtained settlements for plaintiffs in kernicterus cases in the millions of dollars in cases filed all over the country. In 2009, along with Jed DeWick, she obtained a multimillion dollar judgment against an obstetrician in a case involving the death of a pregnant mother from cardiomyopathy of pregnancy and in 2010 she won another multimillion dollar verdict against an internist involving the death of a 21 year old college basketball player suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Ms. Arrowood has handled virtually every type of medical malpractice action, ranging from birth injury, to failure to diagnose various types of cancer, heart attacks, and stroke, and involving almost every medical specialty, as well as physical therapists and nurses.
Ms. Arrowood's success in personal injury and medical malpractice claims are well documented not just in Massachusetts but in local and federal courts across the United States. She has successfully represented plaintiffs in suits involving injuries suffered in construction accidents, automobile accidents, industrial accidents, and products liability claims. She has had numerous settlements of personal injury cases in the millions of dollars.
In 2006, Ms. Arrowood, together with Raymond Ausrotas, won the 10th largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of a severely injured autistic boy. The case was brought against his school's medical director and various administrators who had failed to supervise the child's caretakers, and against several teachers who had physically and emotionally abused him. The $2 Million judgment was delivered following a six week jury trial.
Ms. Arrowood has successfully represented employers across all major industries in litigation involving sexual harassment, gender, and race discrimination, handicap discrimination and other such claims. Individual employees turn to Ms. Arrowood for sound, practical advice in negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements and in pursuing claims through state and federal agencies and courts. She has also successfully negotiated complex severance packages and employment agreements on behalf of financial, marketing and sales executives as well as physicians. She has litigated and tried discrimination and other employment cases in court, most recently representing, along with lawyers from Foley Hoag LLP, Ropes & Gray in a race discrimination/retaliation claim and prevailing after a week plus jury trial in Federal District Court in Boston. Additionally, in June 2011, she and her partner Kevin Peters won a gender discrimination case against Dana Farber Cancer Institute after a three week jury trial. She has also achieved many settlements for employees in the high six figures and in the seven figures.
Ms. Arrowood has represented a variety of individuals in legal malpractice claims. She has represented individuals and corporations in claims against their lawyers and law firms including the successful trial of such a claim in 1998. Additionally, she has represented attorneys against whom malpractice claims have been made. Her legal malpractice experience spans the full spectrum of legal services from representing a corporate client against a law firm for negligently providing an opinion letter to representing another client against a divorce attorney in connection with his handling of her divorce, to representing a law firm sued by numerous clients for one of its partner's alleged mishandling of clients' funds.
Ms. Arrowood has also handled various novel cases and cases of first impression both at the trial court level and on appeal. Included among those cases are: Pettengill v. Morrison, Mahoney & Miller (426 Mass. 253 (1997)); Darius v. City of Boston (433 Mass. 274 (2001)); Gladu v. Boston IVF, (Mass., Middlesex County Super. Ct., No. 98-4189, Jan. 30, 2004); First Enterprises, Ltd. v. Cooper, (425 Mass. 344 (1997)); and Driscoll v. Milton Academy, 70 Mass. App. Ct. 285 (2007).
Ms. Arrowood's representation has included such prominent clients as Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the ZONE Diet, whom she successfully defended when he was sued for breach of contract in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The case was voted among the "Biggest Defense Wins of the Year" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2003. Ms. Arrowood has also represented Staples, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Meredith Corporation (publisher of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine), several law firms, and many other individuals and businesses of all types and sizes.
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982
B.A., Brown University, 1978
Magna cum laude/ with honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeMassachusetts, 1982
United States District Court, Massachusetts, 1982
United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1983
United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1997
Admissions pro hac vice in various courts
American Bar Association
Member Since: 1985
Member, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary 2010-2013
Vice-Chair, Medicine and Law Subcommittee of Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1987-1994
American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, Member, State Committee, 2005-2013; Vice-Chair, State Committee 2007-2009; Chair State Committee 2009-2011; Member, Regents Nominating Committee, 2011; member, Gates Award Committee, 2013–present; The Journal Committee, 2013-present.
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Member Since: 2009
Boston Bar Association
Vice President, 2013-Present; Secretary, 2012-2013; Co-Chair, Tort Litigation Committee, 2007-2009; Member, BBA Council, 2009-present; Member, BBA Executive Committee, 2010-present
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
Member, Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee,1997-2008
Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, Health Law Council, 2001-2004
Founding Partner, Arrowood Peters, 2011
Founding Partner, Todd & Weld LLP, 1992
Hale and Dorr LLP, 1982-1992
Panelist, “Advocacy in America” at the Australian Bar Association’s biennial conference, ‘Survival of the fittest: Challenges for advocates in the 21st Century’ July 2015
Panelist, “Pathways to the Bench” sponsored by New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and New Hampshire Federal Bar Association (in Concord, NH), June 2015
Panelist, Women’s Bar Association’s “Tired of Playing Second Fiddle in Court? How to Move Up to First Chair,” January 2015
Panelist, Suffolk Law School's Effective Personal & Client Advocacy: Negotiating Strategies for Women, March 2013
Panelist, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s 10th Annual Program on Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills, November 2012.
Panelist, Boston Bar Association's Brown Bag Lunch/Section Program, It's (Past) Time To Update That Contingent Fee Agreement: Navigating the "New" Rule 1.5, March 2011
Faculty Member, MCLE's Winning Your Case Before Trial, January 2011
Panelist at the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) Trial Success Stories Program, November 2010
Trial Adviser in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, January 2010
Panelist at the Boston Bar Association's CLE Program on the Joint Project of the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Is The Civil Justice System in Serious Need of Repair? December 2009
Panelist at the Boston Bar Association's CLE Program on Superior Court Practice, March, 2009
Faculty member at Center for Legal Aid Education and American College of Trial Lawyers four day trial skills training program, June 2008
Panelist at the Boston Bar Association's CLE Seminar 2008 - Ethical Challenges in Bringing Cases to Trial
Faculty member at the MCLE Personal Injury Law Conference 2008
Lectures annually at Brown University on the topic of Medical Malpractice
Periodic Panelist on Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Trial Practice and Discovery Matters
Selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America guide, which honors the best lawyers in the legal profession across all practice areas. The final selection is a result of editorial research by the Lawdragon staff, submission from law firms and nominations from Lawdragon.com readers throughout the country.
Selected as 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment. American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, have selected Lisa Arrowood a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment’. These distinguished publications also note that Ms. Arrowood has achieved the AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Number one points earner on the 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Lisa was also recognized on the “Top Ten Massachusetts Super Lawyers” list in 2013, as well as the number 2 points earner. Ms. Arrowood has previously been named to the Super Lawyers “Massachusetts Top 100” and “Massachusetts Top 50 Women”.
Elected President Elect of the Boston Bar Association. She has been elected to a one-year term beginning on September 1, 2014. Lisa is currently a member of the Executive Committee and the Strategic Communications Committee of the BBA, and has previously served as the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Tort Litigation Committee.
Selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of its Top Women of Law, 2012. This honor celebrates women who have made great professional strides and demonstrated accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena, and social advocacy.
Selected by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazines for inclusion in the "2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Labor & Employment Law"
Selected as a “Top Lawyer” in commercial litigation in American Lawyer’s Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation – November 2011.
"Recommended in Litigation" by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006 to present
Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation since 2002.
Named a "Top Attorney in Business Litigation" in the Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine from 2008 to present.
Civic & Charitable Involvement
15th, 20th, 25th and 30th Reunion Gift Committee, Brown University
Harvard Law School Reunion Gift Committee 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation
Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation