Governor Baker Makes Two Judicial Nominations

By Tiffany Williams –

On Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Judge Daniel J. O’Shea as Associate Justice of the Superior Court and Attorney Danielle L. Williams as Associate Justice of the District Court.

Judge O’Shea currently serves as First Justice of the Attleboro District Court and will fill the seat vacated by Judge Robert C. Rufo. Judge O’Shea began his legal career in 1990 as a Staff Attorney for Commonwealth Energy System in Cambridge. In 1992, he joined the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents as an Administrative Judge. From 2000 until 2005, Judge O’Shea served as Senior Judge of the Division of Dispute Resolution, with statutory authority over 21 administrative judges and 6 reviewing board judges. In 2005, he was appointed as Associate Justice of the Attleboro District Court, where he has served since 2010 as First Justice.

Attorney Williams serves as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate of the Springfield District Court and will fill the seat vacated by Judge Patricia T. Poehler. Assistant Clerk Magistrate Danielle L. Williams began her legal career in 2003 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. In 2007, she entered private practice, representing both businesses and individuals for The Scott Firm in Brooklyn, New York. She returned to Massachusetts in 2013 to join Fierst, Bloomberg & Ohm in Northampton. In 2016, She served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Government Bureau in Springfield until May of that year, when she began serving in her current role as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Springfield District Court.

Before being nominated by Governor Baker, both Judge O’Shea and Assistant Clerk Magistrate Williams were reviewed by the non-partisan, non-political 21 member Judicial Nominating Commission and recommended to the governor.

“The many years of courtroom experience shared by Justice O’Shea and Attorney Williams make them well-qualified to serve as Associate Justices of the Superior Court and District Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

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