Alec S. Pine2024-07-10T20:45:43+00:00

Alec S. Pine

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Admission Details:
2012 New York, 2015 Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2022 U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Education:
University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.A., Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.

Birth Information:
Plantation, Florida

617.367.2600

pine@buttersbrazilian.com

Areas of Practice

Alec Pine is an experienced trial attorney who represents individuals and businesses in a variety of practice areas including personal injury, civil litigation (contract and real estate disputes), criminal and white-collar defense, and Title IX investigation defense at colleges and universities.

Mr. Pine has a winning track record of pursuing and defending cases against some of the largest law firms in Massachusetts in both state and federal courts. His meticulous preparation and strong negotiation skills have resulted in favorable outcomes for his clients, including many six and seven figure recoveries. He has a strong foundation in oral and written advocacy and has taught many courses to practicing attorneys on subjects that include trial skills, drafting motions, and settlements.

Mr. Pine’s recent accomplishments include:

  • A $12.7 million judgment following a two-week federal court breach of contract and fraud trial.
  • A $1.85 million recovery for a 70-year-old client who suffered severe knee injuries after being attacked by an unleashed pit bull.
  • An $835,000 verdict against a condominium trust on behalf of a unit owner.
  • A defense judgment for an attorney in a legal malpractice case.
  • A verdict securing easement rights for a property owner against a neighbor on Nantucket.

Mr. Pine began his career as a public defender with the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Bronx County. While there, he earned the respect and admiration of clients, peers and judges for his devoted client advocacy and polished trial skills. During this time, he fought for over 1,000 clients facing criminal charges and successfully attained not guilty verdicts, dismissals and suppression of evidence for his clients as lead counsel in both jury and bench trials.

For embodying excellence in practice, Super Lawyers Magazine has named Mr. Pine to its “Rising Stars” list every year since 2015. The National Trial Lawyers and National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys have recognized Mr. Pine as a top trial attorney in Massachusetts. Mr. Pine is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a peer-selected trial lawyer honorary society, and he is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Notable Cases

Personal Injury:

  • $1.85 million settlement for severe leg injuries caused by unleashed pit bull.
  • Co-tried multiple day gas explosion wrongful death case in Middlesex County before reaching favorable settlement.
  • On trial team that obtained seven figure recovery in wrongful death drowning case.
  • Secured confidential recovery in burn injury case against manufacturer of defective tea kettle.
  • $300,000 recovery for client who suffered shoulder injury in auto crash.
  • Six figure recovery in premise liability case where client suffered puncture wound to leg from an unsecured pool umbrella in Essex County.
  • $100,000 recovery for client with concussion from rear-end auto crash.

Contract and Real Estate:

  • $12.7 million judgment for commercial real estate developer after two-week trial in federal court.
  • $835,000 verdict for owner of a Back Bay commercial condominium who petitioned the Superior Court to order the condominium trust to buy back his unit following a fire under G.L. c. 183A, § 17(b)(2).
  • Verdict for client in Land Court securing easement rights and forcing neighbor to remove several encroachments on common road.
  • Preliminary injunction for Seaport restaurant against REIT landlord for violating restrictive covenant in contract.
  • Represented national commercial real estate brokerage in fee dispute against landlord.
  • Represented residential real estate broker in fee dispute against co-broker.
  • Represented national residential real estate brokerage in breach of contract disputes against developer involving new building in Seaport.
  • Dismissal of civil fraud claim on behalf of seller in Boston real estate dispute.

Criminal Defense:

  • Not guilty verdict on all counts in Suffolk County Superior Court in white collar fraud trial.
  • Secured not guilty verdicts and dismissals in numerous criminal cases involving DUI/OUI, drugs, gun possession, and assault.

Other Matters:

  • Dismissal of all claims for financial advisor in probate litigation alleging undue influence and unjust enrichment in Boston.
  • Defense judgment for lawyer-client in legal malpractice case, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Dismissal with costs and attorney’s fees for owner of apartment building in Boston facing slip and fall claim.
  • Developed litigation and trial strategy for company in international employment disputes.
  • Defended multiple students in Title IX disciplinary proceedings at colleges and universities.
  • Defended and prosecuted applications for harassment prevention orders.

Teaching Experience

Mr. Pine’s results-driven trial skills earned him an esteemed instructor position with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training, where he coaches practicing lawyers on core trial techniques. He has also served as teaching faculty for trial technique programs through Hofstra Law School, Suffolk Lawyers for Justice and Committee for Public Counsel Services.

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Instructor (2015-present)
  • MCLE: Drafting Masterful Motions, Faculty (2021-present)
  • MCLE: Drafting Settlement Agreements and Releases, Faculty (2023)
  • MCLE: Overcoming The Challenges and Pitfalls of Remote Testimony, Direct Examination, Faculty (2022)
  • Suffolk Lawyers for Justice Jury Skills Training, Faculty (2019)
  • CPCS Zealous Advocacy Training in the District Courts, Faculty (2019)
  • Hofstra Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Faculty (2014-2015)
  • Hofstra Law School Trial Skills Training Seminar in Domestic Violence, Faculty (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Practice, Bronx, NY (2011-2015)
  • Swartz & Swartz, P.C. (2015-2016)
  • Governo Law Firm LLC (2016-2018)
  • Butters Brazilian LLP (2018-present)

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