Lawyer named one of best in America

BOSTON — Rockport resident Bruce Sunstein, founder and partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, an intellectual property law firm in Boston, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2020 list.

Sunstein, named to the list for the eighth consecutive year, was selected for intellectual property litigation and patent law category.

He is a patent and intellectual property strategist for market leaders and startups in diverse industries including computer hardware and software, electronic circuits and systems, communications and speech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, and mechanical devices.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

More information is available by visiting or contacting Jack Rossin, director of client communications at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP at 617-443-9292 or

Medical leave seminar for employers

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free seminar for employers on paid family medical leave on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Endicott College’s Gloucester campus, 33 Commercial St.

Massachusetts enacted the most robust paid leave policy in the country including liability claw-back provisions six months past leave and employment. Employers must set up and meet compliance requirements prior to Oct. 1 This seminar will cover the must-do steps for 2019 and how to prepare for 2021 when business and profitability may suffer a significant impact.

Laurie LaBrie of Integrated HR will lead the seminar.

While all employers must begin withholding for the Paid Family and Medical Leave law beginning Oct. 1, those with fewer than 25 employees as defined in the law will not be required to contribute any portion.

Registration is requested at

More information is available by contacting the chamber’s Kerry McKenna at 978-283-1601 or

Networking After Hours at Gloucester Stage

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host a free After Hours networking event this Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester

The Gloucester Stage Company has invited networkers to take in its current show, the award-winning play “Lifespan of a Fact,” starring Lindsay Crouse, at 7:30 p.m. at the discounted price of $25.

Registration is requested for the networking event at Tickets for play may be purchased at or, by calling the Gloucester Stage box office at 978-281-4433, and giving the code “CHAMBER” to receive the discount.

More information is available by contacting the chamber’s Kerry McKenna at 978-283-1601 or

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