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Joseph J. Wadland  |  James L. Ackerman  |  Stefanie Lempp  |  Lawrence J. Mullen

Joseph J. Wadland
Prior to starting the predecessor firm Wadland & Associates in 1993, Joseph J. Wadland was with Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. Mr. Wadland has represented Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous New England based companies and businesses in litigation including in the fields of general business, insurance, insurance coverage, products liability, health care, medical malpractice, closely-held corporation disputes and land use. Mr. Wadland's practice encompasses state and federal courts. He has represented clients in all six New England states as well as California, Florida, New Jersey and New York. Mr. Wadland also has appeared before various state and local licensing authorities. Mr. Wadland has authored a guide for an insurance company client entitled, "Litigation Against Insurers Under M.G.L. c. 93A" covering the topics of insurance bad faith and insurance coverage. Mr. Wadland is licensed to practice in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Mr. Wadland attended evening law school at Suffolk University and graduated in 1986 (magna cum laude). Mr. Wadland’s other degrees include an M.Ed. in Public Health from Boston University (1977) and a B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1976). Prior to 1986, Mr. Wadland worked for the U.S. Department of Interior in a variety of positions for ten years, his last position being the Regional Chief of Public Safety, Environmental Compliance and the Federal Torts Claims Act for the North Atlantic Region of the United States. Mr. Wadland serves on the Board of Directors of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA, the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club and Celebrities for Charity, Inc.
James L. Ackerman
James L. Ackerman practices in the areas of corporate law and business litigation. Mr. Ackerman joined Wadland & Associates in 2000 and the partnership of Wadland & Ackerman was created in 2001. Since that time, his focus has been on corporate law matters. However, because of his 25 years of litigation experience prior to that date, he also continues to devote a fair amount of time to that area of law. Experience prior to 2001 includes his practice from 1971 - 1998 with one of New England’s largest law firms, Day, Berry & Howard. Mr. Ackerman opened the Boston office in 1981, which grew from two to over fifty lawyers during his tenure. Mr. Ackerman managed the litigation practice for that office. His accomplishments include:
  1. Working with groups of insurers following enactment of 1980 environmental law to develop industry position regarding coverage of risk and to shape law respecting new issues;
  2. Trying innumerable cases to juries, judges and arbitrators, for amounts up to $75 million. Largest judgment obtained for a client, $34 million. Substantive areas have included securities laws, real estate issues and P&S Agreements;
  3. Chairing numerous committees of counsel in large, multi-party cases, including development and implementation of multi-million dollar litigation budgets for multi-party groups;
  4. Hiring, coordinating and dismissing local counsel in many types of cases. Helping to develop law regarding operation of special litigation committees of boards in evaluating merit of stockholder derivative claims;
  5. Developing and implementing long-term strategies to minimize impact on clients of mass tort litigation; and
  6. Helped to create, on a pro bono basis, programs at the Kennedy School of Government for Russian government officials.
Mr. Ackerman obtained his JD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1969, and BA, cum laude, from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1966.
Stefanie Lempp
Stefanie Lempp graduated from Middlebury College (summa cum laude) in 1988 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992. After law school, Ms. Lempp worked as an associate in the litigation department at Hoyle, Morris & Kerr in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined Wadland & Associates, the predecessor firm to Wadland & Ackerman, in 1993. Ms. Lempp’s current practice focuses primarily on defending health care professionals in claims of medical malpractice and matters arising before the Boards of Registration. Ms. Lempp speaks German and French.
Lawrence J. Mullen
Lawrence J. Mullen graduated from the University of Virginia with High Distinction in 1976, and from the University of Maine School of Law (cum laude) in 1981. After a one year clerkship to the Maine Superior Court, he served seven years on active duty with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp. After leaving the Navy he was an associate at Hoch & McHugh in Boston for 8 years. He joined Wadland & Associates, the predecessor firm to Wadland & Ackerman in 1997. Mr. Mullen is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. His practice concentrates in litigation in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, personal injury, products liability, business, and commercial collections. His clients include marine insurance carriers, banks, national and local businesses, and individuals.