Myles W. McDonough

Myles W. McDonough


Myles W. McDonough

Mr. McDonough is a graduate of Harvard College and Suffolk University Law School. He is a senior partner at Sloane and Walsh, having joined the firm in 1988.

Mr. McDonough is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.

Mr. McDonough concentrates his practice in the defense of clients engaged in litigation before state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. The focus of his practice is the defense of complex litigation matters including insurance coverage and fair claims handling act litigation, class actions, professional malpractice, construction, product liability disputes, and argument of appellate cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Mr. McDonough has participated as a speaker, panelist, and faculty member for various continuing legal education programs for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., and the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, and has presented seminars concerning fair claims handling practices and other insurance-related matters for various insurers.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Property Insurance Law
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Insurance Practice, Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Complex Civil & Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Mass Tort & Class Action Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - June, 1985
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B. - 1980

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • New England Super Lawyer

Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member

Lectures and Publications

  • Speaker, Panelist, and Faculty Member for various continuing legal education programs for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Faculty in Continuing Legal Education Courses, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)
  • Co-Author with John P. Ryan, "Civil Practice and Evidence," in Recent Developments in Personal Injury Law, MCLE, 1994 - 1998
  • Presenter & Co-author with John P. Ryan, Esq., "Chapter 93A and the Plausibility Defense – Thaler and Beyond," in Charting the Changes: Recent Developments in Defense Practice, MDLA, 1993
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Chair and Instructor, Associates Division Seminar (2004-2006)

Representative Cases

  • Parr v. Rosenthal, 475 Mass. 368, 57 N.E. 3d 947 (2016)
  • Namundi v. Rocky’s Ace Hardware, LLC, 81 Mass. App. Ct. 665, 966 N.E. 2d 846 (2012)
  • Hatch v. Trail King Industries, Inc., 699 F.3d 38 (1st Cir. 2012)
  • Hatch v. Trail King Industries, Inc., 656 F. 3d 59 (1st Cir. 2011)
  • Golchin v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 460 Mass. 222, 950 N.E. 2d 853 (2011)
  • Kelly v. Foxboro Realty Associates, LLC et al., 454 Mass. 306, 909 N.E. 2d 523 (2009)
  • Saab, et al. v. Massachusetts CVS Pharmacy, LLC, 452 Mass. 564, 896 N.E. 2d 615 (2008)
  • Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts, et al., 451 Mass. 389, 885 N.E. 2d 825 (amicus) (2008)
  • Boone v. Commerce Ins. Co., 451 Mass 192, 884 N.E. 2d 483 (amicus) (2008)
  • Crivello, et al. v. All-Pak Machinery Systems, Inc., et al., 446 Mass. 729, 847 N.E. 2d 307 (2006)
  • David J. Spellman, Sr., et al. v. Shawmut Woodworking Supply, Inc. a/k/a Shawmut Design & Construction v. East Coast Fireproofing Inc., 445 Mass. 675, 840 N.E. 2d 47 (amicus) (2006)
  • Fleming v. National Union Fire Insurance Company and AIG Claim Services, Inc., 445 Mass. 381, 837 N.E. 2d 1113 (2005)
  • Donna M. Harris-Lewis, Executrix v. Gilbert H. Mudge, M.D., 60 Mass. App. Ct. 480, 803 N.E. 2d 735 (2004)
  • Peerless Insurance Company v. Hartford Insurance Company, 48 Mass. App. Ct. 551, 723 N.E. 2d 996 (2000)