About the Firm

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Attorney Barbara L. Horan holds a B.A. from Oberlin College with a double-major in Psychobiology and Philosophy, and an M.S. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Science from the University of Minnesota. After more than a decade teaching philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and inductive reasoning to undergraduates, Attorney Horan obtained a J.D. from Boston University School of Law with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Admitted to  Massachusetts state and federal courts in 2002, and to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in 2005, Attorney Horan has litigated many civil and commercial disputes to a successful conclusion. 

Reported Cases

Brookline District Court (2015) After supplementary process examination of the judgment debtor at which Attorney Horan introduced evidence showing debtor had deposited over $625,000 to personal bank accounts since borrowing $25,000 in 2011, court ordered debtor to pay client $1500 per month until loan amount + costs + interest totalling $50,436.42 was paid in full; motion for finding of fraud pursuant to G.L. c. 224 section 19 allowed).

Leger v. Ameridose, LLC
, C.A. No. WOCV2013-00656 (Mass. Super., Sept. 20, 2013)  On motion by Attorney Horan, a superior court judge vacated his earlier ruling dismissing individual defendants Barry J. Cadden and Gregory A. Conigliaro, managers of Ameridose, LLC, and reinstated client's claims for "economic coercion" through wrongful termination in violation of public policy, in violation of Massachusetts Civil Rights Act.

Bates v. Sky Chefs, Inc.,
C.A. No. 1:10-cv-11395-MLW (D. Mass.) (Sept. 21, 2011) (case won when complaint for wrongful termination / workers compensation retaliation was dismissed as preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §185(a), motion to amend complaint denied as futile).

Lopez v. Equity Office Management, LLC, 597 F. Supp. 2d 189 (D. Mass. 2009) (case won on summary judgment for client property manager in personal injury case involving independent contractor window washer falling from client's building)

Pelletier v. Main Street Textiles
, 470 F.3d 48 (1st Cir.2006) (with Michael Fitzhugh, Esq.)(case won at trial with jury verdict for client textile manufacturer in personal injury case brought by independent contractor millwright rendered a paraplegic in accident on client's premises; judgment for defendant upheld on appeal).

Evansek v. Allied Systems, 19 Mass. Workers' Comp. Rep. 129 (2005) (won remand of case for further findings after client Allied Systems' appealed overestimate of plaintiff's average weekly wage)

Menard v. Allied Motors, 19 Mass. Workers' Comp. Rep. 249 (2005) (won remand of case for further findings on client Allied Motors' appeal of erroneous exclusion of videotape evidence)

Other Notable Results

Barbosa v. A.D. Makepeace Co., Brockton Superior Court Docket No. 2002-00850 (case won on summary judgment for client cranberry grower in case involving personal injury sustained by dirt bike rider trespassing on client property)

Lieberman v. Animal Rescue League of Boston, Suffolk Superior Court Docket No. 2002-04627 (summary judgment initially awarded to client animal shelter in case involving personal injury to minor by cat held at shelter; judgment for defendant subsequently reversed on appeal)

Morgan v. MRP Site Development, Inc. et al., Plymouth Superior Court Docket No. PLCV2002-00504 (case won on summary judgment for client site developer in case involving personal injury to delivery man who slipped and fell on rubble left on premises)

Published Papers

“Retained Control and Enterprise Liability: Managing the Risk of Harm to Independent Contractors,” MBA Section on Litigation (2009).

“Using Hearsay to Establish State of Mind: Rule 803(3) in Action,” Proof, ABA Trial Evidence Newsletter, 2008

"Is Indeterminism the Source of the Statistical Character of Evolutionary Theory?" (with Alex Rosenberg and Leslie Graves) Philosophy of Science 66: 140-157 (1999)

"The Statistical Character of Evolutionary Theory," Philosophy of Science 61: 76-95 (1994)

"Inference to the Unobservable: Newton's Experimental Philosophy," in P. Achenstein and L. Synder (eds.) Scientific Methods: Conceptual & Historical Problems (Malamar, FL: Kreiger Press, 1994)

"What Price Optimality?" Biology & Philosophy 7: 89-109 (1992).

"Functional Explanations in Sociobiology," Biology & Philosophy 4: 131-158 (1989)

"Theoretical Models, Biological Complexity, and the Semantic View of Theories," PSA 1988: Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association, Vol. 2: 265-277 (E. Lansing, MI 1989)

"Sociobiology and the Semantic View of Theories," PSA 1986: Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association, Vol. 1: 322-330 (E. Lansing, MI 1986)


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