Attorney Melissa Garand

Melissa J. Garand

Location: Boston, MA
Phone: 617-423-2212
Fax: 857-317-2393

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.


University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, OH

J.D – May, 1989

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) – June, 1986
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death

Representative Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Cahill, 466 Mass. 778 (2006)
  • Ford v. Suffolk County, 133 F. Supp.2d 116 (D. Mass. 2001)
  • Ford v. Suffolk County, 154 F.Supp.2d 131 (D. Mass. 2001)
  • Ford v. Suffolk County, 154 F.Supp.2d. 123 (D.Mass. 2001)
  • McNeil v. Commissioner of Correction, 417 Mass. 818 (1994)
  • Massey v. Rufo, 14 F.3d 44 (1st Cir. 1994)

Classes/Seminars Taught

Instructor to correctional staff at training academy in the areas of Excessive Use of Force, Inmate’s Rights and Criminal Offender Record Information.

Conducted a training seminar directed to medical professionals on medical malpractice litigation and the law on negligence and deliberate indifference to medical need.

  • Instructor, Excessive Use of Force, 2000 – 2002
  • Instructor, Inmate’s Rights

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Melissa Garand, Partner, 2003 – 2004
  • Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
    • General Counsel, 2000 – 2003
    • Deputy General Counsel, 1994 – 2000
    • Assistant General Counsel, 1989 – 1994

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