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John A. Tarantino '81 named "Lawyer of the Year" by Lawyers Weekly USA

James A. Aloisi, Jr., '78 joins Goulston & Storrs as a director of the firm

Alan S. Goldberg '67 is now resident in the Washington DC office of Goulston & Storrs


   John A. Tarantino '81, partner and president of Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C., one of the largest law firms in Rhode Island, has been named by Lawyers Weekly USA as one of its ten "Lawyers of the Year" for 2002. Tarantino is the only lawyer from New England to be honored with this recognition. In selecting the top ten attorneys, Lawyers Weekly USA reviewed important cases from across the country and "looked for lawyers who, in a general sense, reflect the breadth of law practice in the United States." The results were announced in a front-page article in the December 23rd edition of the bi-weekly national publication. In the landmark lead-paint litigation case that attracted national attention, Tarantino served as lead counsel for the defendants in a suit in which the state of Rhode Island tried to recover damages from eight companies for lead-paint injuries based on a unique "public nuisance" theory. After 7 weeks of trial and 4 days of deliberation, the case ended with a hung jury. Four of the six jurors in the case agreed with the defense argument that intact lead paint is not dangerous and that only one in 12 houses in the state poses any kind of health threat. Rhode - - Island was the first state to sue the defendants, and the mistrial in Rhode Island may impact whether other states decide to proceed with litigation (such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Ohio). Tarantino has stated that the jury's reaction to the state's allegation, that all lead-based paint is a public nuisance, made it evident that this case did not belong in the courts, but rather the issue of childhood lead poisoning is a matter that should be handled by the legislature. Tarantino, 47, has been involved in a number of notable, high profile cases in recent years, including defending prominent state officials and Fortune 500 companies. In 2002, Tarantino represented Secretary of State Edward S. Inman III in a challenge by Operation Clean Government and the Ethics Commission to his right to hold public office, and he currently represents the Senate Majority Leader in suits resulting from the recent legislative redistricting, which claim voting rights violations. During the highly publicized Plunder Dome trial, Tarantino represented Mayor Cianci's chief of staff, Artin H.Coloian, who was acquitted of corruption charges. Tarantino has also been retained by Union Carbide Corporation to handle its asbestos litigation throughout New England. Tarantino is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court. A past president of the Rhode Island Bar Association, he was recently elected President of the New England Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the American Bar Association, the Defense Law Institute and the Justinian Society. He is President-elect of the RI Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Tarantino has served as a faculty member for the National College for Trial Advocacy, was on the Board of Regents and faculty of the National College of DUI Defense at Harvard Law School, and served as a faculty member of the Masters of Scientific Evidence program. He lectures frequently on trial techniques, and is a leading author of legal books and articles on product liability, discovery, evidence, procedure, medical-legal issues, legal ethics and trial strategy. - more - A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School, Mr. Tarantino was elected to the prestigious Order of the Coif. His peers have also named him one of the "Best Lawyers in America". Finally, he has been widely recognized for his community service, especially working with the economically disadvantaged, and was the recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association's Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award. Tarantino joined Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. in 1981.

   James A. Aloisi '78 has recently joined Goulston & Storrs in its Transportation Practice, with focuses on transportation, public law and policy.. Mr. Aloisi will be a director of the firm. "Jim and Peter are a welcome addition to Goulston & Storrs," said Douglas Husid, co-managing director. Mr. Aloisi has blended an active practice in the private and public sector with a distinguished career in public service. Most recently, he was the principal author of landmark legislation to create the statutory framework for the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Prior to private practice, he held positions such as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and Chief Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, as well as Assistant Attorney General. He is currently a member of the Massachusetts Archives Foundation and the Artery Business Committee's Funding and Finance Committee, and is a former Commissioner of the Boston Human Rights Commission. Mr. Aloisi is a graduate of Boston College, magna cum laude, and Boston College Law School. He is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts.

   Alan S. Goldberg '67 has recently been admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia and is now resident in the Washington, DC office of Goulston & Storrs, where he continues the practice of business law including the business of health care delivery and information technology. In addition, Mr. Goldberg will co-chair the Sixth National HIPAA Summit ( and is the overall event moderator and a lecturer for the HIPAA for Real People - The Series audioconference of the American Bar Association ( In addition, Mr. Goldberg is shepherding a full day seminar on the health information and technology, entitled the "HIPAA Track" in connection with the LegalTech Show ( in NY City. He has also coauthored the publication referenced at the following link, which was submitted to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services recently:, sublink Patient Privacy, which includes reports that provide guidance for protecting patient information when using information and communications technologies to deliver care across a distance. Although designed for use by telehealth practitioners, the report also applies to traditional "in-person" care delivery situations where these technologies are used.