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Robyn S. Maguire

Partner / Boston

Overview

Robyn S. Maguire is a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Product Liability and Business Litigation practice groups. Clients involved in complex civil disputes frequently turn to Robyn for counsel on drug and medical device, and land use litigation cases.

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies rely on Robyn’s extensive experience to represent them in lawsuits alleging negligence, failure-to-warn, strict liability design and manufacturing defect, and wrongful death claims concerning the use of orthopaedic implants, contraceptive patches, DES, pediatric painkillers, and other drugs and devices. Robyn has intimate knowledge of medical device distribution and representation, operating room protocols, biomaterials applications, medical device testing standards, healthcare compliance, and a variety of other scientific issues related to the manufacture and sale of prescription drugs and medical devices.

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Notable Experience and Client Impact

Product Liability

  • Member of expert witness product defense teams in two mass tort actions concerning metal-on-metal hip implants
  • Represented orthopaedic sales representatives and distributors in federal investigation concerning off-label marketing of metal-on-metal hip implants
  • Provides regulatory review of product labeling for manufacturers of orthopaedic, cardiac, and other medical devices

Land Use Litigation

  • Trial counsel in four eminent domain cases concerning the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project (2010-2015), resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts in favor of Cape Cod landowners
  • Representation of property owners in title disputes, zoning appeals, and with regard to affordable housing issues
  • Representation of landlords and tenants concerning a variety of commercial property disputes, including commercial eviction
  • Trial counsel in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Ten Verdicts” of 2015, 2011, and 2010

Robyn is actively involved in pro bono, civic, and charitable initiatives. She has represented indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes with the Boston Housing Authority, as well as immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Robyn represented a student who was wrongfully denied in-state tuition by Bunker Hill Community College based on the College's erroneous interpretation of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's tuition classification rules.

Passionate about the community, Robyn has served on the Town of Hingham’s Zoning Board of Appeals in various capacities since 2012 and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board. She regularly decides zoning matters on behalf of the Town, including a variety of land use issues, from residential special permit and variance applications, to large-scale commercial development permits pursuant to G.L. c. 40B and other statutory schemes.

Prior to joining Nutter, Robyn was a judicial intern for the late Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Experience

Experience

  • Top ten verdicts of 2011

    After an approximately two-week trial in April 2011, a Barnstable Superior Court jury awarded damages of $2,100,000 to the plaintiff landowners in an eminent domain trial resulting from various takings at the former Sagamore Rotary. Nelson Apjohn and Robyn Maguire represented the plaintiffs. According to Lawyers Weekly, the verdict was among the top ten verdicts in Massachusetts in 2011.

    The takings were made in October 2004 in connection with the Commonwealth’s construction of the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project. The plaintiffs’ land consisted of approximately seventeen acres just west of the former Sagamore Rotary, which had historically been used in part for residential housing. The plaintiffs presented evidence at trial that the highest and best use of the land was a residential housing development pursuant to G.L. c. 40B, along with a commercial development on the commercially-zoned eastern portion of the property. The Commonwealth contended that the highest and best use of the property was for a nine-lot residential subdivision.

  • Representation of a manufacturer of prosthetic knee, hip and spinal implants in cases around the country

    Ongoing representation of a manufacturer of prosthetic knee, hip and spinal implants in lawsuits around the country including so-called “mass tort” multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings and other coordinated national litigation.

  • Representation of major corporations in cases involving diverse pharmaceutical and medical device products

    Ongoing representation of major corporations in cases involving diverse pharmaceutical and medical device products such as contact lenses, contraceptive patches, pediatric painkillers, quinolone antibiotics, and migraine medication in lawsuits in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  

  • Top ten verdicts of 2010

    After an approximately two-week trial in October 2010, a Barnstable Superior Court jury awarded damages of $4,150,000 to the plaintiff landowner in an eminent domain trial resulting from various takings at the former Sagamore Rotary. Nelson Apjohn and Robyn Maguire represented the plaintiff. According to Lawyers Weekly, that verdict was among the top ten verdicts in Massachusetts in 2010.

    This case involved the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ takings of commercial property near the former Sagamore Rotary in Bourne, Massachusetts. The takings were made in connection with construction of the Sagamore Flyover Highway. The property consisted of approximately eleven acres of commercial property, a portion of which had been used as a gas station since the 1960s. The Commonwealth took approximately 2.5 acres in fee and approximately an additional 7.5 acres of property as a five-year easement, for use as a commuter parking lot during construction.

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Honors

Honors

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2014

Education & Admissions

Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Michigan, B.A., high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

In the Community

Robyn has represented indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes with the Boston Housing Authority, as well as immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. She also represented a student who was wrongfully denied in-state tuition by Bunker Hill Community College based on the College's erroneous interpretation of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's tuition classification rules.

Noteworthy

Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017

Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2014

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