On January 23, 2009, it was announced that Margaret R. Hinkle will succeed Judge Ralph Gants as the Administrative Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court's Business Litigation Session. The Business Litigation Session, or BLS, was established in 2000 and provides a statewide forum for the resolution of business litigation and commercial disputes.
Margaret was appointed to the Superior Court in 1993 by Governor William F. Weld. Previously, she was a partner in Goodwin Procter's Boston office where she practiced securities and commercial litigation. While at Goodwin Procter, Margaret worked closely with retired Judge Allan van Gestel, the first judge of the Business Litigation Session. Margaret was also an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston in the economic crimes division and head of the Justice Department's New England Bank Fraud Task Force.
In a prepared statement, Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse said "Judge Hinkle brings to the Business Litigation Session the combined qualities of intellect, experience, judgment and work ethic that have been the hallmark of judges who have served in the BLS." Rouse continued by saying, "I am very pleased that one of our most talented and respected judges will succeed Judge Gants and continue the same standards of excellence that have earned the Business Litigation Session a national reputation as a preferred forum for resolving commercial disputes."
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