William G. Cosmas

William G. Cosmas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
 | One Beacon Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-542-5542
Fax: 617-542-1542
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)

About William Cosmas

Admitted: 2007, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.fitchlp.com/Attorneys/William-G-Cosmas.shtml

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Will Cosmas successfully represented an individual in obtaining a pardon, which was one of four pardons granted in the Commonwealth since 2002. Arrested at nineteen for his participation in a string of burglaries on Plum Island and the New Hampshire seacoast, his client served eight months in a New Hampshire jail and two years of concurrent probation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He sought the pardon of a single related Massachusetts burglary conviction for which he served that probation. Will represented him through a complicated and arduous process, which few had successfully maneuvered, resulting in the final grant of the pardon. The client wrote a newspaper article on the experience and thanked Will for his "enduring support and guidance throughout the process.", 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • In the last weeks of his term, Governor Deval Patrick granted the first four pardons in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2002.  Following public hearings on each petition, the Governor's Council approved all four, one of whom was my client. Obtaining clemency is a rare occurrence – combining legal and political processes with little guidance.  The journey from petition to pardon involves uncertainty for petitioners and their attorneys alike.  This article aims to shed some light on the process., From Here to Clemency: Navigating the Massachusetts Pardon Process, Boston Bar Journal, 2015
  • Two years ago in this journal, I examined the process of obtaining a pardon in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the perspective of having represented one of the first successful petitioners for such relief since 2002. This article examines the Executive Clemency Guidelines issued by Governor Charles D. Baker (the “Baker Guidelines”) as compared to those that his predecessor, Governor Deval L. Patrick, issued in January 2014 (the “Patrick Guidelines”)., A Clear View of a Narrower Path: Examining the Baker Pardon Guidelines, Boston Bar Journal, 2017
  • A Q&A guide to the statutes of limitation in Massachusetts for several commercial claims., Author, Statutes of Limitations: Massachusetts, Practical Law, 2018

Educational Background:

  • AB, Georgetown University (Philosophy), 2001
Office Location for William G. Cosmas

One Beacon Street
16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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