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David G. Hanrahan

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Boston, MA





David G. Hanrahan was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1936. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design in 1958. After 5 years in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Captain, he attended Boston University where he received his JD in 1966. He served on the Boston University Law Review where he was elected to the position of Note Editor. David G. Hanrahan was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1966. He was then employed by The National Labor Relations Board, Office of Regional Advice, Washington, D.C 1966-67.

He has distinguished himself as a trial lawyer in Massachusetts. His practice areas have centered around a wide variety of civil litigation, employment law, and labor relations law. Mr. Hanrahan is a member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He once won what was the largest single judgment in age discrimination  at the time ($3.6 million) in the case of Kelley v. Airborne Freight Corporation d/b/a Airborne Express, 140 F.3d 335 (1st Cir. 1998). In addition, Dave Hanrahan has been lead counsel in numerous precedent setting cases:

Richards v. Thurston, 424 F.2d 1281 (1st Cir. 1970) - Constitutional Law - 14th Amendment Gordon v. Rokowsky, 531 F.Supp. 435 (D. Mass. 1982) (Real Estate Law)
Commonwealth v. Haas, 501 N.E.2d 1154 (1986) (Search and Seizure)
Sugarman v. Statler Industries, 21 Mass.App.Ct. 1111 (1983) (Minority Stockholders)
F.D.I.C. v. Parks, 63 F.3d 207 (C.A. 1 1985) (Banking; Director Liability)

Areas Of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Relations Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1966
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1968
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1966
    • Honors: Note Editor, BU Law Review, '64-'66
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.A. - 1958
    • Major: Industrial Design

Representative Cases

  • Kelley v. Airborne Freight Corporation d/b/a Airborne Express, 140 F.3d 335, 1998, U.S. App. Ct., 1998081999
  • Richards v. Thurston, 424 F.2d 1281, 1970, U.S. App. Ct., 1970117778
  • Gordon v. Rokowsky, 531 F.Supp. 435, U.S. Dist. Ct., 1982106347
  • Commonwealth v. Haas, 501 N.E.2d 1154, 1986, Mass. Sup. Ct., 1986162528
  • Sugarman V. Statler Industries, 21 Mass. App. Court 1111, 1985, Mass. App. Ct., 1985157902
  • F.D.I.C. v. parks, 63 F.3d 207, 1995, U.S. App. Ct., 1995182982

Honors And Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1966 to Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Member, 1975 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army, Captain