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Melissa J. Garand

Melissa J. Garand

Boston, Massachusetts

Attorney Melissa J. Garand brings over twenty years of legal experience to Koufman and Frederick. Ms. Garand has concentrated her practice in the defense of health care organizations, doctors and nurses against claims of medical malpractice, negligence and wrongful death; civil rights litigation; employment litigation in the field of sexual harassment and divorce law.

Ms. Garand's practice encompasses trial work in both the state and federal court systems as well as appellate experience before the MA Court of Appeals and the MA Supreme Judicial Court. Ms. Garand also practices before administrative boards and agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Board of Labor Relations and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

Ms. Garand is a graduate of Northeastern University, Magna Cum Laude and the University of Toledo, College of Law. As the former General Counsel to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Ms. Garand provided advice and counsel to the Sheriff and management staff while overseeing the operations of the General Counsel's Office, Inmate Legal Services and Standards and Compliance. Ms. Garand also represented the Department in litigation and employment matters, including investigations into employee misconduct, collective bargaining and arbitration.

Ms. Garand is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Instructor to correctional staff at training academy in the areas of Excessive Use of Force, Inmate’s Rights and Criminal Offender Record Information.

Conducted a training seminar directed to medical professionals on medical malpractice litigation and the law on negligence and deliberate indifference to medical need.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Divorce
  • Discrimination
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D. - May, 1989
  • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) - June, 1986
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Minor: Political Science


  • Instructor, Excessive Use of Force, 2000 - 2002
  • Instructor, Inmate's Rights

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Melissa Garand, Partner, 2003 - 2004
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, General Counsel, 2000 - 2003

145 Tremont Street 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617 423-2212
Fax: 857-317-2393
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