John D. Bruce

John D. Bruce


John Bruce is a veteran of defense medical malpractice advocacy, with twenty years of trial experience. He also offers a broad range of expertise, including premises liability, complex tort and general civil litigation and has been recognized since 2006 as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. His practice represents clients throughout New England.

Attorney Bruce brings to clients in the health care industry and beyond his extensive trial experience. He is committed to understanding his clients’ needs and to providing fair and expeditious solutions. In 1993, he successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court in the leading case of Conners v Northeast Hospital Corporation, which extended the applicability of the ‘charitable immunity’ doctrine to hospitals and health care systems.

Beyond his focus on medical malpractice advocacy, Attorney Bruce is dedicated to sharing his expertise with health care professionals, administrators, and institutions.  He regularly counsels industry professionals on health care law, provides risk management advice, and represents health care providers before the state health licensing boards.

Recognized by Boston Magazine as a “Super Lawyer”, Attorney Bruce is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont Bar Associations, and ABOTA.   He is a frequent lecturer on health care law and medical-legal issues for Continuing Medical Education and Risk Management programs.   

Attorney Bruce was admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. He also practices in the US District Courts for Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Attorney Bruce and his wife Beth live in Lexington, MA with their four children.


  • Union College (1987)
  • Boston University School of Law (1992)
J. Peter Kelley

J. Peter Kelley


Peter Kelley is an experienced trial attorney with more than twenty years' successful results in state and federal court. His practice focuses on medical malpractice and general liability defense, and extends into complex personal injury, toxic tort, premises and general liability, construction, contract and civil rights law.

Attorney Kelley has tried more than 60 civil cases, including numerous medical cases in the areas of obstetrics, surgery, cardiology and emergency medicine. He has appeared in all levels of state court and in the trial and appellate levels of the federal court. Additionally he represents medical professionals before state medical, nursing and dental boards.

Outside the courtroom Attorney Kelley regularly counsels industry professionals on health care law and provides risk management advice. He lectures nationally on health care law for Continuing Medical Education and Risk Management programs, and is a regular contributor to various medical publications.

Attorney Kelley is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine Bar Associations, and the Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association.

Reported Decisions:  Estate of Betty Blake v. Southcoast Hospitals Group (First Circuit Court of Appeals),  and Estate of Michelle Charron v. Edward Amaral, M.D., et al. (Supreme Judicial Court).

Attorney Kelley is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (including the United States District Court), New Hampshire and Maine.

Attorney Kelley has been repeatedly selected by his peers as both a New England Super Lawyer and a Massachsetts Super Lawyer. The listing appears annually in the November issue of Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers.

Attorney Kelley lives in Belmont, MA with his wife Roma and their three children.


  • Bates College (1984)
  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1991)
    Member of the Law Journal


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