Robert J. Doonan

Robert J. Doonan is a Shareholder at Boyle | Shaughnessy Law where his significant trial experience and practice concentrates in workers’ compensation, premises liability, construction defect and accident litigation, employment law, criminal law, transportation and motor vehicle litigation. Rob works in the firm’s Boston office.

Rob represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as administrative agencies in Massachusetts. Rob’s civil litigation and arbitration experience includes defending his clients against disputes and matters involving negligent construction, construction site accidents, slip and falls, pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents and snow and ice removal. In addition, Rob has significant experience in the workers’ compensation arena representing insurers, self-insurers and self-insured groups.

Prior to joining Boyle | Shaughnessy Law, Rob served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Superior Court Major Felony Drug Unit. During his time there, Rob prosecuted numerous jury trials to successful conclusions.

Rob received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School where he participated in the Student Prosecutor Program. He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Boston College, where he studied Economics.

Representative Matters:

Rob recently successfully defended the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (“MTA”) in a Big Dig negligent construction case. The case involved allegations of negligent construction and claims of more than $ 1.5 million. After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict for the defense.

Rob also successfully defended a manufacturing plant in Rhode Island against claims by a Massachusetts plaintiff who allegedly injured his back while attempting to load freight onto his truck over a mechanical dock plate while at the defendant’s plant. Rob successfully argued that the Massachusetts court should apply Rhode Island law, which allowed for an assumption of the risk defense and, after a lengthy trial that included extensive expert testimony, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant.


  • American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association


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