Ira's practice involves litigation of a broad range of commercial disputes, with special emphasis on matters involving financial institutions, securities and investment management, acquisitions and other complex business transactions, non-competition covenants and insurance coverage.

Representative Client Work

  • On behalf of an investment management company, tried case that established, for the first time, the enforceability of a non-competition covenant against a portfolio manager
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against the Bank of Ireland for investment losses in connection with a failed brokerage company
  • Recovered damages for post-acquisition adjustments on behalf of the purchaser of the Osco pharmacy chain
  • Secured indemnification for former company president in connection with freeze out claims by a stockholder
  • Established full insurance coverage for private university in connection with hazing claims that had generated multimillion dollar punitive damages award
  • Successfully defended New Hampshire banking institution against series of lender liability claims
  • Obtained favorable settlement, after extended litigation, for acquirer of manufacturing enterprise, in action by competitor for interference with exclusive distributing agreement
  • Secured dismissal on First Amendment grounds (affirmed on appeal) of claim involving corporate governance of religious institution
  • Negotiated multimillion dollar settlement of breach of contract action on behalf of telecommunications industry manufacturer

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University

Community Engagement

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Instructor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Program

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2023)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2006-2008)



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