2006 Super Lawyers announced

SPRINGFIELD The Springfield based law firm of Bacon & Wilson, P.C. is pleasedto announcethat associates,Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Gina M. Barry, Justin H. Dion, Brett A Kaufman and Mark A. Tannerhave been honored with the distinction of2006 Massachusetts SuperLawyer Rising Stars.

The awards were published in the May 2006 issue of Boston Magazine and in a separate magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2006 - Rising Stars Edition.

The Rising Stars were selected based upon ballots sent to attorneys across Massachusetts, who were designated as Super Lawyers in 2005 by Law & Politics.The Rising Stars are under 40 years old,or have been practicing law for less than ten years.Only 2.5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers were named 2006 Massachusetts Rising Stars.

Dialessi-Lafley is a multi-faceted business lawyer with experience in all aspects of corporate, business,and commercial and residential real estate. Her additional specialties include probate, estateandelder planningas well asfamilylaw. Sheis a Corporator of the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club, a member of the Commercial Investment Division Committee and the Affiliate Task Force of theRealtor Association of Pioneer Valley, andapast Chairpersonof the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce.She was recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2005 and as a Business West Top 10 Lawyer under 40. She is an adjunct professor in litigation principlesatThe College of Our Lady of theElmsand in the Master's Program inBusiness Law at American International College.She is the author of various business and real estate law articles.Dialessi-Lafley earned her J.D. from Western New England College and her B.S.B.A. from Bryant College. She lives in Wilbraham with her husband.

Barry is a member of the Estate Planning/Elder Law Department whose practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues including pet estate planning. Additional areas of expertise include guardianship, conservatorship, planning for long-term care and residential real estate. She is the First Vice President of the Greater Springfield Business & Professional Women's Club, and a recipient of the 2005 "Woman of the Year" distinction from the Women Business Owners Alliance and the "Up and Coming Lawyer 2004" distinction byMA Lawyers Weekly. She also authors many estate planning and elder care articles. Barry earned her J.D, cum laude, from Western New England College, herB.A., magna cum laude, from Westfield State College and herA.A. with High Honors from Holyoke Community College. She lives in Holyoke.

Dion is a general practitioner who specializes in business and financial matters. In addition to handling Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies, he also does financial planning, conducts foreclosures, and handles collection matters for lenders, as well as practicing family and real estate law. He is on the Board of Directors ofSpringfield Day Nursery,a volunteer for the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation,as well as a regular participant in the Western New England School of Law Dial-A-Lawyer program. Dion teaches numerous law classes at Bay Path College, and is the author of several bankruptcy articles.He earned his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from Western New England College, his Master of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University,and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Cum Laude, from Southern Connecticut State University. He lives in Longmeadow with his family.

Kaufman is a member of the Estate Planning/Elder Law Department. His practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues, guardianship, conservatorship and planning for long-term care. He is the Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter, Western Region Alzheimer's Association, as well as a member of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts. He also teachesLegal Research & Writingfor theBay Path College Paralegal Program and is the author of several estate planning articles.He earned his LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law's Graduate Tax Program, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. Kaufman lives in Springfield with his family.

As a prosecutor andin private practice, Tanner has spent considerable timeadvocating for his clients before judges, juries and administrative agencies in Massachusetts and New York.He isthe President Elect of the Hampshire County Bar Association, and serves on theboardofdirectors of CommunityInvolved in Sustaining Agriculture andthe Peoples Institute of Northampton.He also volunteers his time with the Hampshire Community United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, and is the author of various litigation oriented articles. He earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Wyoming, his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, his B.S., cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and his A.A. from the New Mexico Military Institute. He lives inFlorence with his family.