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Robert E. McLaughlin Sr.

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Managing and Senior Partner
Boston, Massachusetts

Robert E. McLaughlin, Sr., the firm's managing and senior partner, was born on October 4, 1937 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He concentrates his practice litigating business disputes, but also represents a wide variety of clients before all of the trial courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the federal courts.

Mr. McLaughlin graduated from Tufts University in 1959, majoring in government, and received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1963. He then joined a family law firm headed by his father and uncle. In 1975, after his father was appointed Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, he, together with Arthur Gilman and David Hanrahan, founded Gilman, McLaughlin and Hanrahan LLP.

Mr. McLaughlin is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations and other local bar associations. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Over the years, he has been active in civic affairs and was recognized by receiving the Town of Arlington's "Samuel Wilson Outstanding Citizen" Award. He has served on numerous charitable boards and has been particularly active in his alma mater where he serves, in among other capacities, as an Overseer of Tufts University. In 1998, he was recognized by receiving the Tufts "Distinguished Alumni" Award. He serves on several Town Committees, including as Chairman of the Fire Stations Building Committee in Belmont.

Mr. McLaughlin has been married to his wife, Joan, for over 43 years. They have four grown children, three of whom have followed in his footsteps and are attorneys in Massachusetts.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Business Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1965


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts - 1963
  • Tufts University - 1959
    • Major: Government

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Samuel Wilson Outstanding Citizen Award, Town of Arlington
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Tufts University, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Tufts University, Overseer
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Office Location

Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan LLP
101 Merrimac Street
Suite 810
P.O. Box 9601
Boston, MA 02114-9601

Phone: (617) 580-3180
Fax: (617) 227-7177
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