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John Ferriter

– John Ferriter

John Ferriter was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. He went on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross and Western New England University, School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review. Jack received a certificate from Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as a trainer in the topics discrimination, harassment, and diversity. Jack’s areas of legal expertise include business and corporate law, real estate development, estate and elder law, with a concentration in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Jack is very active in the community. He is a former president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Saint Patrick Committee, and the Children’s Museum.

Jack’s community involvement has been lauded by many. He is the recipient of the George E. O’Connell Award for Distinguished Service, the Louis F. Oldershaw Community Service Award, and the Special Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association. Most recently, Jack was awarded the Community Foundation Award for Distinguished Advisor in Philanthropy.

Jack has been a board member of the Hampden County Bar Association, the United Way, Loomis House Retirement Communities, the YMCA and Holyoke Day Nursery. He has volunteered for Providence Hospital, Holyoke Hospital, Mount Saint Vincent and the Heritage Park Merry-Go-Round.

Deborah Ferriter is a seasoned litigation lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience. In 2009, She combines her legal skills with real estate expertise.

As a lawyer, she specializes in business law, employment law and real estate law. Legal matters are challenging and she works closely with clients to explain the legal process.

Prior to starting a private practice, she was a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of a large Western Mass law firm and also served as the in-house employment lawyer at a Fortune 100 company.

She is licensed in Massachusetts and Connecticut as a lawyer and real estate broker.

Debra Desmarais Ferriter

– Deborah Desmarais Ferriter

John Ferriter

– Maurice J. Ferriter

Maurice Ferriter was born and raised in Western Massachusetts, He is a graduate of the Holyoke Junior College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1957, and Western New England College School of Law. His areas of concentration are estate planning and administration, trusts, corporate law and municipal utility law. During the Korean War, Maurice served in the Army. He then returned to Holyoke and established his law firm. Maurice served as city solicitor for the City of Holyoke in the early 1960s.

Maurice served as president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, and as director and trustee of numerous business and non-profit corporations, including Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holyoke Community College.

Maurice was the recipient of the William G. Dwight Award, the Louis Oldershaw Community Service Award, the Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award, the Holyoke Community College Outstanding Alumni Award, the Special Service Award for the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts, and the Person of the Year Award for the Northeast Public Power Association.

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