Benjamin Fierro III, Partner
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Benjamin Fierro III has more than 30 years experience in the field of legislative, regulatory and public policy law. He was named one of the “25 Most Influential Lawyers of the Past 25 Years” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 1997 with the accolade ". . . [he] has quietly exerted more leverage on legislation than perhaps any lawyer in the commonwealth."
Mr. Fierro is the former general counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association where he served as its chief legal advisor and legislative liaison. Mr. Fierro also supervised the activities of both the Committee on Professional Ethics and Legal Fee Arbitration Board. He was the secretary to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and editor-in-chief of Lawyers Journal. He is also a founder of the Massachusetts Association of Professional Lobbyists and Citizens For Public Policy Advocacy.
Mr. Fierro began his career as associate counsel for the Home Builders Association of Massachusetts, where his duties included providing legal advice, lobbying and regulatory advocacy.
During his career, Mr. Fierro has been a key player in some of the most important laws enacted on Beacon Hill, including:
- Automobile Insurance Reform Act
- Condominium Conversion Act
- Court Reform Act
- Electricity Deregulation Act
- Human Services and Rate Reform Act
- Judicial Conduct Commission Reform Act
- Judicial Needs Act
- Lobbying Law Reform Act
- Medical Malpractice Reform Act
- Permit Extension Act
- Sales Tax on Professional Services Act
- State Board of Building Regulations and Standards Act
- Workers Compensation Reform Act
Professional Recognitions and Affiliations
- Selected as one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" for Government Practice, ALM Media LLC, 2012 Edition
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated. AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating (highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics)
- Named one of the “25 Most Influential Lawyers of the Past 25 Years” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (1997)
- Recipient, New England Society of Association Executives’ Outstanding Achievement in Government Affairs Award (1993)
- Co-Editor, MLCE Massachusetts Election Administration, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying Law (3rd Edition 2012)
- Founder, Massachusetts Association of Professional Lobbyists
- Member, Advisory Board, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (1991-1995)
- Member, Advisory Board, Banker & Tradesman (1999–2009)
- Member, Editorial Board, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (1998–2001)
- Contributor, Susan Wornick Consumer Show, New England Cable News (1998-2002)
- Lecturer, MCLE, Inc., Suffolk University Law School
Benjamin Fierro III