Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services

Thomas W. Porter, Jr., Esq.

Boston, Massachusetts

EDUCATION: Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1974); Union Theological Seminary, (M.Div. cum laude 1969); Yale University (B.A. English 1966).

LEGAL EXPERIENCE: Thomas Porter concentrates his practice on the litigation of general and complex matters, and church and religious matters. He also performs mediation services for general and complex litigation cases.

Mr. Porter is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Massachusetts Defense Lawyer’s Association, American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association. He is an instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and was formerly a member of the Committee on Professional Responsibility of the Massachusetts Bar Association and chairman of a Hearing Committee of the Board of Bar Overseers. He is a member of the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND ASSOCIATIONS: Between 1977 and 1986 he was President of the Council on Religion and Law. He is Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Journal on Law and Religion published by Hamline University Law School, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also Chancellor to the Bishop for the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is now on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Union Theological Seminary and chairs the Educational Policy Committee. He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Supreme Court.


  • Church & Religious Matters
  • Business Matters
  • Complex Disputes
  • Wrongful Death