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  Firm Resolve
Bulkley Richardson Celebrates a Century of Commitment to the Community
BY GEORGE O’BRIEN
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ean Buxton was talking about why he chose to join
the Springfield-based law firm Bulkley Richardson, and what he’s found since he came on board not quite a year ago.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Buxton, who handles general commercial litigation and is currently doing a lot of work in the firm’s new office in Greenfield, referring specifically to being around — and being mentored by — seasoned attorneys with decades of experience.
“Just in the Litigation department alone, we have Sandy Dibble — I can’t even tell you how long he’s been practic-
ing — and Mike Burke, too; they’re such valuable asssets,” he said. “In the legal field, you get this feeling sometimes that the problem you’re coming on is something you’re see- ing for the first time seen before and that no one’s ever dealt with this before. To have someone to go to and have them say, ‘that same exact circumstance hasn’t happened to me, but here’s what my instincts say’ and ‘here’s what I’ve experi- enced,’ that is so valuable.
“You can bounce ideas off so many people here and make sure that your decisions are informed not only by you and what you’ve learned, but by the instincts and experience of everyone around you,” Buxton went on. “And they’re just fas- cinating people; we have Judge [John] Greaney here, who sat on the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court, and Sandy as well; the stories they tell and the experiences they can relate ... they’re great mentors.”
While the names of the older lawyers and mentors may have changed, and the exact words used to describe their impact may have changed as well, generations of lawyers who have worked at the firm have been saying pretty much
the same things as Buxton.
And that’s just one of many things the firm is celebrat-
ing as its marks its centennial this year in what could be described as quiet, poignant fashion (we’ll get back to that in a bit).
It’s taking place at a time of change in the business land- scape, such as the rise of the cannabis industry, and at a time when many firms are smaller or have been merged into larger entities. Meanwhile, the firm’s ongoing commitment to the community has become a focal point of the centennial, said Managing Partner Dan Finnegan, who came on board in 1992.
“We wanted to celebrate all of the amazing work that has gone into supporting, celebrating, and engaging in the com- munities in which we live, work, and play through initiatives such as helping to feed the hungry and addressing food inse- curity, supporting arts and culture, contributing funds to life- saving healthcare and research organizations, and providing pro bono legal services to those in need, among many, many others,” he explained. “Members of the firm have contributed time, resources, and finances to help so many worthy causes over the past century, and we plan to continue that legacy.”
Elaborating, he said the firm has launched a new cam- paign called ‘Be the Change.’ It will connect lawyers and staff with opportunities to engage with organizations in Western Mass. and beyond so they can act together to bring positive change.
The campaign was launched last fall, with a team of 50 from the firm taking part in the annual Rays of Hope breats- cancer walk. Other specific initiatives include a YMCA clean- up day on May 3, when attorneys and staff rolled up their sleeves and helped prepare Stony Brook Acres, a YMCA camp in Wilbraham, for a June opening; partnering with Greater Springfield YMCA to assist area boys and girls
“You can bounce ideas off so many people here and make sure that your decisions are informed not only by you and what you’ve learned, but by the instincts and experience of everyone around you.”
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