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Allyson N. Hammerstedt is an experienced civil litigation trial attorney, having successfully defended clients in state and federal courts. Ms. Hammerstedt is a graduate of The Catholic University of America where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from with minors in Philosophy and French. Thereafter, she attended and graduated from New England Law | Boston (J.D.). While in law school, Ms. Hammerstedt was a Dean’s List recipient and clerked for a number of prestigious law firms in Boston, assisting in complex litigation actions on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Hammerstedt focuses her practice on the representation of healthcare professionals and institutions in medical malpractice actions and before regulatory boards, agencies, and committees. Her current areas of practice also include health care law, product liability, premises liability, commercial liability, general liability and civil and commercial litigation.
Ms. Hammerstedt successfully argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Polanco v. Sandor, M.D. (SJC-12389, August 2018), which is the leading decision holding that a surety bond in the face amount of the statutory requirement is not the ‘equivalent’ in cash for purposes of G.L. c. 231, §60B.
Ms. Hammerstedt is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
From 2016-2018, Ms. Hammerstedt was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Boston Magazine and New England Super Lawyers based on a vote of licensed attorneys in the state and a review by an independent blue ribbon panel.
Prior to joining Foster & Eldridge, LLP, Ms. Hammerstedt practiced with an insurance defense firm, focusing her practice on personal injury actions, premises and product liability, bad faith, insurance coverage and subrogation in state and federal courts.
Ms. Hammerstedt holds memberships with the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Cambridge-Arlington-Belmont Bar Associations and Rhode Island Bar Association. She also serves as a Judge for New England Law | Boston’s Legal Research & Writing annual oral argument presentation.
Other Reported Decisions:
Adams v. Stone, et al., 87 Mass. App. Ct. 1123; 31 N.E.3d 77 (2015) holding that an expert opinion to a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert fails to take into account the patient's delay in seeking treatment and failure to follow doctors’ recommendations for further care.
De Gonzalez v. Harder et al., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 1107; 13 N.E.3d 1027 (2014) holding that an expert opinion for purposes of a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert makes a generic, conclusory statement and fails to state with specificity the applicable standard of care required.
Cote v. Roodhouse et al., 86 Mass. App. Ct. 1112; 16 N.E.3d 526 (2014) holding that an expert opinion to a medical malpractice tribunal is insufficient where the expert’s opinion is based on assumption of facts that have no roots in the evidence.