About Merrimack Valley
Injury Lawyers

 

Partners

Kevin Kinne
Admitted in MA

Kevin is a trial attorney and a founding partner of Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers. Kevin has a proven record of success achieving multi-million-dollar settlements and judgments for injured clients over two decades of experience. His outstanding advocacy skills and commitment to making a difference for his clients have earned him recognition throughout Massachusetts and the country. He has been named in “Best Lawyers in America” and repeatedly has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Kevin takes a personalized approach to working with his clients that includes getting to know them personally and working with them to turn difficult challenges into positive results. Kevin’s work in federal/state courts, arbitration, and mediation repeatedly has helped his clients achieve substantial monetary awards and settlements that have been profiled in national and international legal publications and newspapers. The following are some of Kevin’s notable results for his clients:

Personal Injury Experience Highlights:

  • Achieved a $1.5 million settlement against a bar/tavern in a wrongful death and personal injury case arising out of drunk driving incident in which the front seat passenger was killed and the back-seat passenger was severely injured.
  • Recovered a $7.8 million settlement for a group of injured clients after a multi-day mediation.
  • Won $1.145 million, plus interest, in an arbitration case tried in NYC.
  • Settled a class action case for $6.5 million.
  • Following a two-day mediation in New York City, multiple defendants agreed to pay a $10 million dollar settlement to Kevin’s clients.
  • Negotiated a $500,000 settlement for a client who was injured when she slipped and fell outside of her apartment requiring multiple leg surgeries.
  • Mediated a $250,000 settlement with an insurance company for a client who injured his back when his car was hit by a garbage truck.
  • Recovered $375,000 for a woman with leg and pelvic fractures suffered in a truck accident against a natural gas company.
  • Settled with an insurance company for $170,000 when a tractor trailer truck backed into a woman’s car causing a concussion and emotional distress.
  • Mediated a $160,000 settlement for a shopper who slipped and fell in a supermarket.
  • Recovered $135,000 for a man injured at a golf course.
  • Achieved a $130,000 settlement for a husband and wife who were rear-ended on the highway.
  • Negotiated a $100,000 settlement for a college student who was struck by a car while riding her bike.
  • Helped a young father receive a $90,000 settlement when his pick-up truck was hit at an intersection.
  • Attained a $75,000 settlement for a pedestrian struck by a car in a parking lot.
  • Reached a $65,000 settlement in a whiplash case for a woman who was rear-ended in traffic.
  • Settled numerous cases involving car accidents, slip and falls, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, head-on collisions, distracted driving accidents and bike accidents ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million.

David Valicenti
Admitted in MA & NY

David is a partner in Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group. He has been representing clients for more than 20 years. It’s not just about David’s technical skill – it’s about creativity and imagination. He has figured out how to focus on the critical parts of each case and develop the right strategy. David truly enjoys the process of guiding individuals through the process of assessing options, tactical planning and clear decision-making. The results are successful settlements, court victories and sensible recommendations. David aggressively advocates for his clients, which helps the group attain unmatched results. When discussing his passion for his clients David says, “you can sense their relief when they know they have someone on their side – it’s very rewarding.”

Personal Injury Experience Highlights:

  • Attained a $1.8 million settlement in a construction case.
  • Involved in a $1.5 settlement in a police brutality case.
  • Recovered $750,000 in a case involving a building collapse.
  • Won $500,000 in a case involved severe back injuries.
  • Reached a $250,000 settlement for a client involved in a head-on motor vehicle collision.
  • Recovered $105,000 for an individual injured in a car accident.
  • Settled claim related to bicycle/motor vehicle collision for $35,000.
  • Negotiated a $100,000 settlement for a pedestrian who had been struck by a motor vehicle.
  • Attained a $70,000 settlement for a residential slip and fall.
  • Reached a $250,000 settlement for a client involved in a head-on motor vehicle collision.
  • Secured settlements for numerous claims related to motor vehicle collisions and slip and falls.
  • Negotiated multiple six-figure personal injury cases some exceeding a million dollars.

Christopher Hennessey
Admitted in MA, NY, CT & NH

Chris is a partner in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group with significant experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury cases. Chris regularly practices in federal and state court as well as administrative agencies. While he is always willing to fight for his clients in court, Chris is often able to obtain quick and lucrative settlements on behalf of his clients through his effective and zealous representation. He has achieved many successful results for the group’s clients, including obtaining a judgment in a tort case in the amount of $5,000,000.00 and a recent 2020 settlement of a car accident case for $1,425,000.00. Chris believes that every client is a priority. He prides himself on responding quickly and effectively to meet each client’s individual needs.

Personal Injury Experience Highlights:

  • Obtained a judgment of $5,000,000 in a tort case.
  • Negotiated settlement of $650,000 in a tort case.
  • Negotiated a $1.425 million settlement for a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle.
  • Negotiated a $600,000 settlement for a minor who was sexually assaulted.
  • Negotiated a $190,000 settlement for shopper injured by a malfunctioning automatic grocery door.
  • Reached a $180,000 settlement with a grocery store for shopper injured by slipping on spilled soup.
  • Settled dog bite case that had emotional distress issues, for $250,000.
  • Resolved medical malpractice claim for $1,000,000.
  • Settled medical malpractice claim for $175,000.
  • Settled numerous claims related to motor vehicle collisions, dog bites, grocery store injuries, and slip and falls.
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Associates

Michael Rivkin
Admitted in MA, NY, CT & NH

Michael is an associate in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group. Michael has honed his craft through years of litigating, arbitrating and mediating cases. Nationally rated as a “Client Champion” by Martindale-Hubbell, Michael has secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement funds for his clients. Clients regard Michael as a highly-skilled, effective, and compassionate legal advocate.

Elizabeth Tully
Admitted in MA

Elizabeth is an associate in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group. Elizabeth has successfully litigated and negotiated numerous favorable settlements in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including negotiating a $2,000,000 settlement in a complex tort case. She has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies. Elizabeth utilizes her sound judgment and creativity to provide effective legal solutions to a variety of clients.

John Dew
Admitted MA & NY

Jack is an associate in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group with significant civil litigation experience. His clients value his dedication to solving their problems, his ability to align litigation strategy with their needs, and his responsiveness. He has obtained expansive settlements for his clients in complex litigation matters. Jack refuses to shy away from a challenge and works tirelessly to secure his clients the results they deserve.

 

Paralegals

Ann Connell Smith

Ann is a senior paralegal in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group who brings decades of experience to the team. She has worked as the primary paralegal on nearly all the group’s big successes. Ann is an integral part of the team and brings a superior knowledge of personal injury to all of the cases she handles. She is adept at dealing with insurance companies and medical providers as we build and strengthen our cases, preparing for settlement discussions, mediation, arbitration, or trial.

Erin C. Weatherwax

Erin is a paralegal in the Merrimack Valley Injury Lawyers litigation group with civil litigation experience in both personal injury and medical malpractice. Her efficiency and attention-to-detail make her a key player in the team’s success. Clients value her personalized approach and quick responses. Erin strives to make clients feel heard, appreciated, and like part of the team.