Regina Roman has been the firm’s Managing Partner and a member of its Executive Committee since 1999. In 2017 and 2013, she was named Boston Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. Regina’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters in the areas of insurance coverage and professional liability, and on business and appellate litigation.
For more than thirty years, Regina has been regularly retained by insurance companies to advise and represent them in coverage disputes with insureds and with other carriers and in extra-contractual liability and bad faith actions. She has represented professional liability insurers, excess carriers, commercial and general liability insurers (including carriers covering large and small businesses, contractors, retailers, non-profits, condominium trustees, and landlords), and homeowners carriers. She has drafted and revised insurance policies and endorsements for several carriers, provided advice on internal claims-handling procedures and conducted in-house seminars at insurance companies. She has also advised individuals and businesses on the selection of policies and negotiation of coverage and has acted as personal coverage counsel.
Regina presently serves as East Coast coverage counsel for a major insurer of attorneys, as New England regional extra-contractual counsel for a national professional liability carrier, and as primary coverage counsel for one of the largest homeowners’ carriers in Massachusetts. In addition to Massachusetts, Regina has handled coverage matters in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. She also handles the defense of high-profile and major exposure cases for several of her insurance clients.
Regina has been retained as a private arbitrator in a variety of coverage disputes, and frequently lectures at continuing legal education programs on insurance coverage and professional liability.
Professional Liability and Business Litigation:
Regina frequently advises and represents attorneys in professional liability suits. She has handled such cases for numerous carriers and has acted as personal counsel for insured attorneys and monitoring counsel for insurers in complex cases involving commercial disputes, tort litigation, employment, construction and criminal law. A number of her cases have resolved issues of first impression in Massachusetts, such as the assignability of legal malpractice claims and the standard for determining the propriety of business transactions between lawyers and their clients. She has significant experience in cases involving law firm breakups, partnership disputes, fee disputes and disciplinary proceedings. Her litigation and counseling work in this area began in the early 1980s with the case of Meehan v. Shaughnessy, one of the first cases in the nation to address the fiduciary duties owed between partners in a law firm. More recent work in this area has included litigation involving fee claims and disputes between counsel arising out of the national tobacco litigation.
In addition to her trial work, Regina is frequently retained to assist clients in evaluating cases for appeal. She has extensive experience briefing and arguing matters in state and federal appellate courts. She has handled appeals in diverse areas of the law including insurance coverage, professional liability, contract disputes, attorney ethics, product liability, evidentiary issues, and banking and labor laws.
Significant Reported Cases Include:
- Lindsay v. Attorneys Liability Protection Soc. Inc., 2013 WL 1776465 (decision of W.V. Supreme Court construing as a matter of first impression the terms of a claims-made professional liability policy).
- Safety Insurance v. Day, 65 Mass. App. Ct. 15 (2005) (successful representation of excess carrier against primary addressing elements of estoppel in coverage cases).
- New Hampshire Insurance Company v. McCann, 429 Mass. 202 (1999) (case of first impression in Massachusetts deciding the assignability of legal malpractice).
- Lally v. Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, 45 Mass. App. Ct. 317 (1998) (issue of first impression in Massachusetts concerning the plaintiff’s burden of proof on the cause of injuries and damages in “crashworthiness” cases).
- Frohberg v. Merrimack Mutual, 34 Mass. App. Ct. 462 (1993) (no coverage under homeowner’s policy for bodily injury resulting from exposure to toxic UFFI and for economic loss resulting therefrom).
- Harrison v. Sears, Roebuck, 981 F.2d 25 (1st Cir. 1992) (admissibility of expert engineering testimony in product liability case).
- Worcester Ins. Co. v. Fells Acre Day School, 408 Mass. 393, 558 N.E. 2d 958 (1990) (case of first impression in Massachusetts holding no duty to defend or indemnify for claims of alleged physical or sexual abuse).
- Meehan, et al. v. Shaughnessy, et al., 404 Mass. 419, 535 N.E. 2d (1989) (case of first impression nationwide setting forth appropriate standard of conduct of attorneys to each other in connection with the break-up of law firms and disputes over clients and fees).
- Leavitt v. Meizner, Dershowitz, et al., 404 Mass. 81 533 N.E. 2d 1334 (1989) (successful defense of Harvard professor in an attorney malpractice action).
- Driscoll v. Boston Edison, 25 Mass. App. Ct. 954, 518 N.E. 2d 885 (1988) (addressing preemption and labor law issues).
- Pollack v. Marshall, 391 Mass. 543, 462 N.E. 2d 312 (1984) (successful defense of attorney against claims of unfair dealing establishing standard in Massachusetts for financial dealing with clients).
- "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law) 2013, 2017
- The Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law), 2007-2017
- Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, 2010, 2007
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage), Boston magazine, 2005-2015; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008-2012; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2010; Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, 2016
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
- 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
- Member, Board of Bar Overseers (2013-)
- Member, Massachusetts's Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (2009-)
- Hearing officer, Board of Bar Overseers (1998-2004)
- Boston Bar Association (Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 2007-2011; former Co-Chair, Professional Liability Committee)
- Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (former Co-Chair, Senior Practice Group)
- Defense Research Institute
- American Bar Association Lawyers' Professional Liability section
January 09, 2017 -
Sugarman Rogers Names Christine M. Netski as Managing Partner, Regina E. Roman to become General Counsel
Today Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. announced that it has named Christine M. Netski as Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee. In her new role, Netski will work with the partnership and executive staff on the ...
October 24, 2016 -
Sugarman Rogers Makes the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's "Pro Bono Honor Roll"
As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week and Massachusetts Pro Bono Month, we
are pleased to announce that Sugarman Rogers has qualified for the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court's (SJC) 2015 "Pro Bono Honor Roll."
October 21, 2016 -
Nineteen Sugarman Rogers Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars"
Nineteen lawyers from Sugarman Rogers have been included in this year’s edition of the Massachusetts "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists.
Sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2016 "Super Lawyers" list, an honor based on peer review and professional ...Learn more
August 15, 2016 -
Twelve Sugarman Rogers Partners Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America
Sugarman Rogers is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys – over 70 percent of the firm’s partners – have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of ...
May 01, 2016 -
100% of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen Female Partners Named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts"
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen is proud to announce that all of their female partners have been named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts," by Super Lawyers® and were featured in the April issue of Boston magazine.
March 08, 2016 -
Insurance Law Alert: Massachusetts SJC Rejects Doctrine of Selective Tender
In a March 7, 2016 decision, Ins. Co. of the State of Pennsylvania v. Great Northern Ins. Co., No. SJC-11897, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court confirmed that the Commonwealth recognizes claims for “equitable contribution” between co-insurers, but, as a matter of first impression, ...
November 06, 2015 -
SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers
. Super Lawyers
annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...Learn more
August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas.