Attorney Melissa J. Garand brings over twenty five years of legal experience to Koufman and Frederick, LLP. Ms. Garand has concentrated her practice in the defense of health care organizations, doctors and nurses against claims of medical malpractice, negligence and wrongful death; civil rights litigation; and employment litigation in the field of sexual harassment.
Ms. Garand’s practice encompasses trial work in both the state and federal court systems as well as appellate experience before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, MA Court of Appeals, and MA Supreme Judicial Court. Ms. Garand also practices before administrative boards and agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Board of Labor Relations and the Massachusetts Boards of Registration in Medicine and Nursing.
Ms. Garand is a graduate of Northeastern University, Magna Cum Laude and the University of Toledo, College of Law. As the former General Counsel to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Ms. Garand provided advice and counsel to the Sheriff and management staff while overseeing the operations of the General Counsel’s Office, Inmate Legal Services and Standards and Compliance. Ms. Garand also represented the Department in litigation and employment matters, including investigations into employee misconduct, collective bargaining and arbitration.