Lawrence G. Cetrulo

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

Cetrulo LLP
Lawrence G. Cetrulo
Cetrulo LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1975

Education: Northeastern University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2024

Cetrulo LLP

Two Seaport Lane
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02210 Visit website


Attorney Lawrence G. Cetrulo is the founding and managing partner of the Cetrulo LLP law firm, which has office locations in Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; New Haven, Connecticut; and New York, New York. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Cetrulo defends the rights and interests of corporations, insurance providers and licensed professionals throughout the United States who are dealing with legal challenges involving any of the following:

·        Asbestos litigation

·        Auto design liability litigation

·        Catastrophic personal injury

·        Class actions

·        Complex business and civil litigation

·        Environmental issues

·        Pharmaceutical litigation

·        Products liability

·        Professional malpractice litigation

·        Toxic torts

·        Transportation cases

·        Employment law litigation

·        Medicare, Medicaid & SCHIP Extension Act cases

·        Talc litigation

·        Trust, estate and probate litigation

A veteran of more than 150 jury trials and scores of cases before state, federal and appellate courts across the nation, Mr. Cetrulo has achieved considerable success helping his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek. A leader in his field, he has numerous publications to his credit, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars on topics related to toxic torts, insurance defense, asbestos litigation and other subjects. He also serves on the adjunct faculty at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

A 1971 honors graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Cetrulo earned his Master of Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in 1972. He then attended Northeastern University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1975. He holds his license to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st and 4th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recognized for his success, Mr. Cetrulo has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America since 2005 as well as many other awards and accolades from his peers. He also accepted a governor's appointment to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and he served on the United States Magistrate Search Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Cetrulo maintains active involvement with numerous professional legal organizations, and he has served on several committees for the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is also highly active with various civic, educational and charitable organizations throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Environmental, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas


  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 20% Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Environmental
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1975, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Expanding Enforcement: The Developing Field of Cybersecurity
  • 'Donovan': Practical Implications and Ominous Portents, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • MMSEA Section III and Asbestos Litigation, The Advantage of Dealing with the Elephantine Mass, HB Legal News: Medicare Secondary Payer
  • Federal MDL Centralization: The Mystique of the Process & Why It Matters, For The Defense Magazine
  • Toxic Torts Litigation Guide
  • Past Is Prologue: Still No Service for Cell Phone Radiation Litigation, For The Defense Magazine
  • Endowed Fencing Program, Harvard College, 2001
  • Cetrulo LLP Attorneys Author Amicus Brief on behalf of Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
  • Federal Frameworks & Local Laws: The Intersection Between the FTCA and State Consumer Protection Law
  • Cetrulo LLP attorneys author amicus brief to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Toxic Torts in Massachusetts: 2018
  • Campaign Committee, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Board of Trustees, Newark Academy, Livingston, New Jersey (founded in 1774, Newark Academy is the United States 7th oldest college preparatory school)
  • Endowed Cetrulo Family Scholarship, Northeastern University Law School, given annually to deserving graduates of Harvard College
  • Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Faculty/Adjunct Professor
  • Member, Reunion Committees, Harvard College Class of 1971 25th, 30th, 35th and 40th Reunions
  • Class Officer, Harvard College, Class of 1971
  • Trial Academy Faculty International Association of Defense counsel, Boulder, CO, 1996
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Chairman, Friends of Harvard Fencing, Cambridge, MA
  • Board of Advisors, New England Center for Children, Southborough, MA
  • Corporator, The Cambridge Homes, Cambridge, MA
  • Donor, Cetrulo Family Fencing Room, Newark Academy, Livingston, New Jersey, 2002
  • Corporator, Northeastern University
  • Board Member, Harvard Varsity Club
  • All-American Fencing Team, 1969, 1970, 1971
Educational Background:
  • Harvard College, B.A., with Honors in American Government, 1971
  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., 1972
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Supreme Court, 1979
  • Rhode Island, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1976
  • United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 2006
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1976
  • New York, 1999
  • Bar of the Supreme Judicial Court
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1975
  • Member, Recall of Superior Court Judges Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1988 - 1991
  • Hearing Officer, Board of Bar Overseers, 2016 - 2018 Term
  • Member, Personal Injury Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1986 - 1989
  • Member, Suffolk County Bench/Bar Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1986 - 1989
  • Member, Judicial Administration Section Council Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1987 - 1990
  • Member (by appointment of Governor Weld), Judicial Nominating Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1991 - 1995
  • New York Bar Association
  • National Institute of Trial Attorneys
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Defense Attorneys
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Newark Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, 1992
  • Recipient, National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, Scholar-Athlete Award, New Jersey Chapter, 1967
  • Member, Harvard College Athletic Hall of Fame, 1996
  • Ashland, Inc., “Go To Counsel”, Fortune Magazine, May 2008 - 2014
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Boston Magazine, 2004 - 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - 2018
  • 2012 Friend of The Year Award of the Harvard Radcliffe Friends of Women’s Athletics

Office location for Lawrence G. Cetrulo

Two Seaport Lane
10th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Phone: 617-217-5210


21 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2024

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