Walter B. Prince '71

A 1971 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Walter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts.  Walter went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1974. 

Walter has represented witnesses who were called to testify before the United States House of Representatives, where the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct was investigating the conduct of a House member.

His experience extends to the investigation and defense of criminal allegations in the areas of accounting, health care, contracting, bank fraud, environmental, tax and other economic crimes. In addition, Walter has handled numerous product liability cases and has conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies.

Walter has litigated and supervised the litigation of more than 60 employment cases for some of the largest employers in Massachusetts and the nation. Clients have included those in the health care, retail, transportation, financial, and technology industries.

From 1985‐1988, Walter was general counsel to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation

Authority (MBTA), where he was responsible for managing all litigation brought by and against the MBTA. With a legal staff of nearly two dozen lawyers, he managed their tort litigation, commercial, real estate, environmental, contract, development, and personnel claims and cases. While an assistant United States attorney, Walter was chief of the Major Drug Traffickers Prosecution Unit. He was appointed by two governors to serve as a member of the Judicial Nominating Council.

Walter sat on the Board of Registration in Medicine for three years, and has represented doctors and lawyers in ethics and malpractice claims. He was appointed special counsel to the

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and was chairman of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Health and Education Tax‐Exempt Trust, a closed‐end, non-diversified management investment company.

In addition, Walter is a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the former vice president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and the current vice president of the Ford Hall Forum. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School for over two decades.

Walter is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on several boards, including One United Bank. Walter has recently been appointed to the Boston Bar Association Task Force on the Superior Court Circuit System to review the structure and management of the Massachusetts courts. He also serves on the Boston College Law School Board of Overseers, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of Prince Lobel's management  committee.

In April 2011, Walter was hand‐selected by Senator John F. Kerry (D‐MA) to serve on a distinguished panel of attorneys who were asked to recommend a new judge for the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass. This 10‐member committee was also tasked with filling a vacancy in federal court in Worcester, Mass.

In April 2010, Walter received the William J. Kenealy Alumnus of the Year Award at Boston College Law School’s Law Day celebration. According to Boston College, the William J. Kenealy

Alumnus of the Year Award honors a member of the alumni community who has “given of him/herself to benefit the Law School, its students and alumni.”

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1974

Boston State College, B.S., 1971

Tuskegee Institute, 1967‐1970

Noteworthy

AV® Peer Review Rated

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

2009‐present: Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and Boston's Best

Lawyers (Woodward/White) in the areas of Litigation – Banking America, and Boston's

Best Lawyers (Woodward/White) in the areas of Litigation ‐ Banking & Finance, White‐

Collar and Non‐White‐Collar Criminal Defense

2009‐2010: Named one of the “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”

2009: Named one of Boston’s most influential lawyers in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

2009: Member, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Program,

MIT Sloan School of Management

2004‐present: Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in the area of General Litigation

Memberships

American Bar Association

Ford Hall Forum, Board Member and Advisory Committee Co‐chair

Massachusetts Bar Association

Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association

National Bar Association