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Lavinia M. Weizel


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Lavinia’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits and insurance disputes in both state and federal court. She has experience advising clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling and negotiations through discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice and the appeals process.

Lavinia is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, focusing on representing survivors of human trafficking in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings. In recognition of her pro bono work, Lavinia was selected to receive the 2018 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award. ​The annual award is presented by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee to the attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the area of pro bono.

In 2019, Lavinia was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Victim and Witness Assistance Board, the governing board of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.

Prior to joining Mintz as an Associate, Lavinia was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and before that clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Lavinia graduated first in her class from Boston College Law School and upon graduation received the Philip Joseph Privitera ’95 Award for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the law school community.

During law school, Lavinia served as executive articles editor of the Boston College Law Review and president of the Boston College Women’s Law Center, and she and her teammate won the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. She also worked as a Mintz Summer Associate and was a legal intern for the Policy & Government Division of the Executive Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In 2011, she was one of 12 Boston-area law students selected to participate in the Rappaport Fellowship Program in Law & Public Policy.

Prior to law school, Lavinia worked first as the community education and youth violence prevention program coordinator and later as the development director for WISE, a New Hampshire–based nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. She also worked as an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Dartmouth College.


  • Boston College (JD, summa cum laude)
  • Dartmouth College (BA, cum laude)

Recognition & Awards

  • Law360: Rising Star - Insurance (2021) 
  • Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch": Litigation - Securities (2021-2022); Commercial Litigation (2022) 
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree (2019)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Civil Litigation: Defense (2018-2020)
  • Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2018)
  • Boston College Law School, James W. Smith Award, awarded to the member of the class with the highest grade point average upon graduation (2013)
  • Boston College Law School, Philip Joseph Privitera Commencement Award, awarded annually to one graduating student for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the law school community (2013)


  • Member, Women's Leadership Program, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2020-2021)
  • Member, Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal
  • Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program, Class of 2018-2019
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Human Trafficking Sub-Committee
  • Member, Boston Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee


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Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Liability Insurer’s Contractual Right to Settle

December 14, 2017 | Advisory | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, applying New Hampshire law, held that a professional liability insurer did not breach the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by settling a New Hampshire medical malpractice suit over its insured’s objection. 
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Louisiana Supreme Court Adopts Pro Rata Allocation of Defense Costs Among Insurers and Insured

September 22, 2016 | Alert | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel

On September 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court applied, for the first time, a pro rata allocation method to defense costs where commercial general liability policies provided coverage during a portion of the time of exposure in a long-latency disease case.
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On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) rejected the “selective tender rule” as contrary to Massachusetts insurance law and sound public policy in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania v. Great Northern Insurance Company.
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News & Press

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Mintz Associate Lavinia Weizel was featured by Law360 as among the publication’s 2021 Rising Stars in the Insurance category.
In this year-end piece, the editorial team at Lawyers Weekly highlights some (and gives thanks for) local pro bono efforts. The first matter highlighted is one that involved two Mintz attorneys – Lavinia Weizel and Kerime Akoglu – who helped a pregnant mother facing eviction and likely homelessness. The matter was brought to Lavinia and Kerime though a volunteer attorney at the Civil Appeals Clinic, which is run by the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Alec Zadek and Lavinia Weizel are quoted in This Winchester Star article discussing Massachusetts Representative Day’s filing of HD.4623, “An Act to reduce sexual exploitation of victims of human trafficking.”



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