Danielle Long

Danielle Andrews Long

Counsel

Danielle Andrews Long

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Danielle Andrews Long is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Real Estate and Title Insurance and Appellate Practice Teams. Ms. Long focuses her practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation matters, including representation of title insurance companies and their insureds on policy claims, representation of land owners and lenders on title issues, environmental and land use litigation, banking litigation, and general business litigation matters. She also has extensive experience in property insurance coverage litigation. Ms. Long has significant trial experience in the Massachusetts Superior and Land Courts, and she has argued appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.  She also has experience practicing in front of Massachusetts regulatory agencies.  

    Ms. Long has been included in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® Rising Star list in the area of Civil Litigation Defense since 2005 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Represented lenders and insurers in cases concerning litigation, resolution, and recoupment of mortgage frauds, overfinancing scams, defalcations, and forgeries.
      • Represented a developer of a multimillion-dollar condominium project with respect to contract and construction disputes.
      • Successfully defended printing press remanufacturer in a multimillion-dollar products liability case tried in Suffolk Superior Court.
      • Defended owners, lenders, and title insurers against claims of forged deeds, mortgages, missing interests, and discharges of liens.
      • Represented and counseled title insurers on coverage of mechanic's liens, insured closing letters, zoning disputes, tender of policy limits, attorney malpractice, and bad faith.
      • Defended lenders against claims of predatory lending and violations of affordable housing covenants.
      • Successfully defended a developer against a challenge to title to a 20-acre subdivision in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, and the subdivision boundaries. The firm marshaled over 100 years of complex title records and boundary evidence and the analysis and testimony of title and surveying experts. The case was developed and presented with minimal litigation and discovery. Following a three-day trial before a master, judgment was issued in favor of the developer client, affirming its title and location of the subdivision, which had a value exceeding $12 million.
      • Representation of a major international insurer in a Massachusetts statutory bad faith action in which the injured plaintiffs sought more than $40 million in compensatory and punitive damages against our client (primary insurer on business auto policy) for its alleged failure to promptly settle a catastrophic personal injury claim. Following two years of contentious litigation and a six-week trial, the court found that our client's effort to settle the underlying tort case was both prompt and reasonable, and entered judgment in its favor. In 2011, the judgment was affirmed on appeal by Massachusetts's highest court; however, the co-defendant excess insurer (which had a $50 million policy) was ordered to pay a record $22 million in punitive damages and attorneys' fees for its violation of the Consumer Protection Act, in addition to the $9 million it paid to satisfy the underlying tort judgment.
      • Representation of a law firm in a class action regarding the firm's handling of a large share of foreclosures in Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued three major mortgage lenders and their law firms for allegedly wrongful foreclosure practices arising out of assignments of mortgages. The potential class would have involved over 9,000 foreclosures from 2004 to 2008 and tens of millions of dollars in exposure. The US District Court of Massachusetts denied class certification by applying the United States Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and by ruling that there was no commonality because each individual foreclosure transaction would have to be examined in detail to determine whether there was liability. The court also found a lack of typicality, predominance, and superiority and specifically ruled that the law firms did not owe a legal duty to the mortgagors and were not engaged in the conduct of trade or commerce required for unfair business claims.
      • Represented homeowners in quiet title and adverse possession actions.
      • Obtained judgments for title insurers in jury and bench trials on coverage, bad faith, and recoupment claims.
      • Represented title insurers in bad faith litigation brought by insureds and third parties.
      • Litigated numerous zoning appeals in state and federal courts, including representation of leading telecommunication companies in prosecuting and defending zoning appeals in federal and state courts.
      • Represented national public utility company in defense of environmental claims based on historic property usage.

         

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Real Estate Litigation Committee, Chair of Young Lawyers Subcommittee (2000 - 2013)
      Real Estate Litigation Committee, Co-Vice Chair of Membership (2013 - present) (2000 - present)

      Massachusetts Bar Association (2000 - present)

      Women's Bar Association (2000 - present)

      Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association (2005 - present)

      New England Land Title Association (2008 - present)

      The Abstract Club
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Rising Star in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® in the area of Civil Litigation Defense since 2005 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Land Use Litigation," published in MCLE Litigating Residential Real Estate Disputes in Massachusetts, ch. 11, 2nd ed. (7/28/2014)

      "Time When Statutes Take Effect," published in the MCLE book Crocker's Notes on Common Forms, ch. 24, 10th ed., 2013

      "Massachusetts High Court Considers Modernizing State Lease Law," co-authored with Lawrence P. Heffernan, John T. Ronayne and Kendra L. Berardi, published in the ABA's Real Estate Litigation newsletter (5/20/2013)

      "Class Certification Denied in Massachusetts Foreclosures Action," published on the American Bar Association's Real Estate Litigation website (5/15/2012)

      "Massachusetts Court Ruling Calls into Question the Validity of Many Foreclosures," published on the American Bar Associations's Real Estate Litigation website (1/2011)

      "Non-Muslim Mothers v. Egyptian Muslim Fathers," published in Suffolk Transnational Law Review at (6/2000)
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    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Professionalism and Civility: How to Deal with the More Awkward Parts of Being a New Lawyer," panelist, REBA Open Luncheon Meeting of the New Lawyers Section (11/16/2016)

      "Notary Nightmares: It's Not Just Filling in the Blanks!," panelist, 2016 REBA Spring Conference (5/2/2016)

      "Resolving Title Issues," Keynote Speaker at the Merrimack Valley Conveyancers Association Annual Meeting," (3/26/2015)

      "Real Estate Litigation: Real Estate & Environmental Professional Development Plan Unit 13," presented at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program, panel chair and presenter (2/25/2015)

      "Resolving Common and Complex Title Issues," presented at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program (4/3/2014)

      "Litigating Residential & Commercial Real Estate Disputes," at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program, panel chair and presenter on "Where Are We Now Three Years after Ibanez" (2/13/2014)

      "Litigating Real Estate Disputes," at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program, panel chair and presenter on "Litigating Post-Ibanez, Bevilacqua, and Eaton Matters" (2/5/2013)

      "Litigating Real Estate Disputes," at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, chair and presenter on topic of Defective Title Documents (2/9/2012)

      "Recent Case Law Developments under Chapter 40B," at Boston Bar Association (9/15/2008)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 22, 2015

        Danielle Long Elected to Membership in the Abstract Club

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      • August 15, 2014

        Boston Lawyers Present at MCLE Real Estate Disputes Program

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      • October 9, 2013

        Boston Lawyers Appointed to ABA Leadership Positions

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      • June 7, 2013

        Boston Lawyers Author Article for ABA Newsletter

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      • March 18, 2013

        Boston Lawyers Participate in MCLE Panel on Real Estate Disputes

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      • May 30, 2012

        Real Estate and Title Litigation Attorneys Prevent Class Action Against Client

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      • August 2, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Win Against Challenge to Subdivision Approval

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      • January 31, 2011

        Danielle Long Examines Massachusetts’ Ruling on Validity of Many Foreclosures

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      • December 19, 2007

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Receives Jury Verdict on Gross Negligence

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 21, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Selected for Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • January 26, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Announces New Counsel

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