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Marie E. Chafe, is an AV® Preeminent Rated™ attorney, who has concentrated her practice in the defense of complex product liability, commercial litigation, and toxic tort matters in Boston since joining Cornell & Gollub in 1991. She became a partner of Cornell & Gollub in 2001, and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Ms. Chafe represents numerous local, national, and international corporations in the state and federal courts throughout the New England.


Product Litigation (automotive, truck, personal watercraft, industrial machinery, consumer appliances)
Automobile dealer franchise disputes and litigation
General Litigation/Personal injury
Commercial Litigation

Professional & Community Involvement

Defense Research Institute

  • Chair, Networking Subcommittee (2013 - present)
  • Vice-Chair, Networking and Marketing Sub-committees of Women in the Law (2010 - 2013)
  • Steering Member, Webinar Sub committee (2012 – present)
  • Steering Committee Member, Automotive Group
  • WITL State Liaison, Massachusetts International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Construction Law and Litigation Committee
  • Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee
  • Product Liability Committee Women’s Bar Association
  • Board of Directors (2013 - present)
  • Chair, Business Development Committee (2009 - present)
  • Nominating Committee (2013 - Present)

Steering Committee, Suffolk University Law School, Women's Leadership Academy (2012 - present) American Bar Association

  • Section of Litigation
  • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Woman Advocate Committee Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
  • Steering Committee, Products Liability Section (2009 – present) Boston Bar Association Connecticut Bar Association
  • Civil Litigation Section Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, Daubert Panel, May 30, 2014
  • Speaker, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Product Liability Conference, Rule 26 Expert Discovery: The Privileges Afforded to Attorney/Expert Communications, April 10, 2014, Phoeni
  • Speaker, American Conference Institute’s 4th National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation, Preparing Your Expert Witness and Driver for Deposition --- Discovery Considerations and Ethics, April 1, 2014, Chicago
  • Speaker, Business Development for Women Attorneys, Foley Hoag LLP, July 2012


A Progress Report on the New Rule 26(b)(4)(C), American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee Newsletter, News & Developments, Vol. 39, Issue 2 (April 19, 2013)

The Rules on Removal in Multiple-Party Cases: A Reprise, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Litigation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer 2012

Are We There Yet: Taking Three Steps Down the Road Toward Gender Equality, For the Defense, November 2011, Vol.53, No.11

To the Woman Sitting at Counsel Table - I Want to Hear From You, International Association of Defense Counsel, Product Liability Committee Newsletter, April 2011

When the Plaintiff Knew (or should have known) the Risks – Application of the Sophisticated User Defense, Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Committee, In Transit Newsletter, Vol. 13, Issue 1, April 2010

Understanding Time Limits on Removing Multiparty Cases to Federal Court, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Litigation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 3, Summer 2009

  • reprinted, Appellate Practice Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, Winter 2010
  • reprinted, Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 2, Winter 2010


Paul Perez Prize for Meritorious Achievement in Psychology
Named a 2005 Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Civil Litigation Defense (as published in Boston Magazine)
Fellow: Litigation Counsel of America
AV® Preeminent Rated™ by Martindale Hubbell


J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, 1990
B.A., Colby College, 1987

Admitted to Practice

1990 Massachusetts
1991 Connecticut
1991 U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
1991 U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
1999 U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut