Chad Vacarella practices product liability, surety and transportation law at Hinshaw. Chad's product liability practice focuses on defending national and international medical device companies. He has successfully handled matters to conclusion on behalf of a variety of clients including insulin pump manufacturers and gastrointestinal surgical scope manufacturers. In his practice of transportation law, Chad has primarily represented regional transit authorities and taxicab companies all over Massachusetts. His practice has recently grown to include defending drivers that are involved in accidents while working with ride-sharing companies. Chad's surety practice includes handling motor dealer, payment and performance bond matters.
Chad joined Hinshaw in January 2013. Previously he was a litigation associate at Gaines Gault Hendrix & Bishop, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. In his first three years of practice, Chad obtained defense verdicts in ten jury trials throughout Alabama.
He worked as a summer associate at Benton Centeno, P.C., also in Birmingham, Alabama, and was a judicial clerk to the Honorable David Proctor, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Chad was a member of the Bench & Bar Honor Society and served as president of the Environmental Law Society. He was a member of both the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Trial Advocacy Competition team.
Honors & Awards
- Named as Rising Star in the area of Product Liability by New England Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016 and 2017. This designation is reserved for less than 2.5 percent of all attorneys in New England
Chad has represented both individuals and insurers in personal injury litigation, bad faith, premises liability and surety matters. He has successfully tried a number of bench and jury trials as lead counsel in both Massachusetts and Alabama. A selection of his representative cases includes:
Served as lead counsel for a national surety company regarding a claim on a motor dealer bond. Plaintiff's counsel alleged that the surety had breached the bond and violated M.G.L. c. 93A by failing to compensate the plaintiff after she received a judgment against the car dealership in an underlying case. Chad successfully argued that the plaintiff failed to comply with the bond requirements and that the court's award of M.G.L. c. 93A damages against the car dealership were not covered by the bond. The court agreed, awarding Chad a defendants verdict.
- Obtained a defense verdict in a personal injury jury trial that arose from a motor vehicle accident where defendant failed to yield the right of way and pulled out in front of the vehicle in which the plaintiff was riding. Plaintiff sought $300,000 in damages, showing medical bills in the amount of $39,000. The jury returned a verdict for $30,000 and a Defendant’s Verdict with regard to plaintiff’s loss of consortium claim. (Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, before the Honorable Judge Still. August 2011)
- Secured a defense verdict in a personal injury jury trial stemming from an automobile accident where defendant fell asleep at the wheel, crossing center lane to cause a head-on collision. Plaintiff alleged lower back and neck injuries as a result of the accident. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant in only 20 minutes. (Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, before the Honorable Judge King. May 2011)
- Secured a defense verdict in a personal injury jury trial in a case involving an automobile accident. The plaintiff claimed neck, lower back and left knee injuries, and more than $4,000 in medical bills, and sought more than $75,000 in damages. Mr. Vacarella successfully argued that the plaintiff’s injuries had been sustained previously in another accident. The defense asked the jury to award $15,000. (Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, before the Honorable Judge Still. March 2011)
- Obtained a defense verdict in a personal injury jury trial where the plaintiff alleged back and knee injuries as a result of the defendant’s alleged negligence. Mr. Vacarella successfully argued that the plaintiff had been complaining to her employer about a back injury well before the accident occurred. The plaintiff sought $45,000. The jury returned a defense verdict. (Jefferson County, Bessemer Division, before the Honorable Judge King. November 2010)
Chad's additional jury trial experience includes:
- Cannon v. State Farm; CV-06-7305
- Buckner v. State Farm; CV 09-902270
- Peterson v. Illinois National; CV-09-900572
- Gebhart v. Dargin; CV-09-900677
- Alsabrook v. State Farm; CV-09-902673
Chad's publications include:
Co-author, "Ethical Issues for the Investigation of Employee Dishonesty Claims," white paper, presented at ABA 2017 Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Meeting, Boston, MA, November 9, 2017
- "Opioid Medication Removed from Market Due to Risk of Abuse," LinkedIn, August 4, 2017
- "Is the Suit Limitation Provision in Your Little Miller Act a Statute of Repose?" Surety Claims Institute Newsletter, Vol. 29, May 2016
- "States, Statutes and Fraud: A Study of Emerging State Efforts to Combat While Collar Crime," 31 Cardozo L. Rev. 1523
Chad enjoys hiking, biking, running, and swimming. He competes in a number of triathlons every year with a goal of one day qualifying for the IronMan World Championship in Kona, HI. When he is not out exercising, he spends his remaining free time following Alabama Football.
J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 2009
- Senior Editor, Law & Psychology Law Review
B.A., summa cum laude, Philosophy, Auburn University, 2005
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama