Chad Vacarella primarily defends national and international medical device companies facing product liability legal issues. He has successfully handled matters to conclusion on behalf of a variety of clients including insulin pump manufacturers and gastrointestinal surgical scope manufacturers.
Over the past few years, Chad's extensive experience handling construction related matters has afforded him the opportunity to grow his practice to include representing architects and engineers throughout New England.
Due to a growing number of drivers being involved in accidents while working with ride-sharing companies, Chad has been increasingly active in transportation law. He has represented regional transit authorities and taxicab companies throughout Massachusetts.
Chad's surety practice includes handling motor dealer, payment and performance bond matters.
Chad joined Hinshaw in 2012. Before moving to Boston, he practiced for three years at a defense litigation firm in Birmingham, Alabama. During his tenure, he obtained defense verdicts in ten jury trials throughout Alabama.
He gained invaluable experience as a summer associate at a full-service litigation firm in Birmingham, Alabama representing individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings. As a judicial clerk to the Honorable David Proctor, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Chad authored opinions and gained knowledge on matters relating to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Honors & Awards
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of Product Liability by New England Super Lawyers magazine, 2016 – Present
- This designation is reserved for less than 2.5 percent of all attorneys in New England
- Chad served as lead counsel in a negligence claim against a well-known architectural firm in Vermont. Once the discovery portion of the case was completed, Chad was able to get all of the claims against his client dismissed. Although opposing counsel moved to have the court reconsider its dismissal, the court ultimately upheld its decision.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Chad successfully argued that the plaintiff's injuries had been sustained previously in another accident. The defense asked the jury to award $15,000.
- 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. Chad 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.
Additional personal injury 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
- 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 defendant's verdict.
- "Defending Asbestos, Mold, and Other Environmental Claims," ServPro Offices, Lawrence, Massachusetts, March 7, 2019
- Panelist, "Premises Liability: Strategies and Recent Developments," Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, March 6, 2019
- 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