About Us

Firm History


Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP has a rich history as a Central Massachusetts-based law firm with an uncompromising commitment to excellence in client service and to the communities in which our attorneys and staff work and live.

The firm was founded in 1916 by George Hammond Mirick. George's professional career included service as president of the Worcester County Bar Association and as a life trustee of Clark University. In 1930, George was joined in the practice by Paul Revere O'Connell. Setting the standard for the firm's commitment to our communities, Paul's professional career included service as the assistant city solicitor for the City of Worcester, as the director for many local businesses, as a trustee for two banks, and as a fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel.

Gardener Graves DeMallie-our third named partner-joined the firm in 1936. His legal career was interrupted by lengthy service to our nation during World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the end of the war, he rejoined the firm and went on to serve as a member of the Worcester City Council, as the director of many local businesses and charitable organizations in the region, and as a fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel.

Laurence Hodgdon Lougee began practicing law in 1935. His legal career was also interrupted by service as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his naval service, Laurence fought in both the European and Pacific theaters. Following completion of his honorable service, he joined the firm and later served as vice president of the Worcester County Bar Association, as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, as a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, and as a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Foundation. Laurence also devoted countless hours to volunteer service as the director of many local businesses and charitable organizations.

While the firm has been privileged to see successive Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie, and Lougee generations join the practice, it has evolved from family-centered practice to one of the leading business-focused law firms in the region, with more than 55 attorneys staffing offices in Worcester, Westborough and Boston. With this growth has come the expansion of practice areas that address the complex legal needs for businesses ranging in size from small start-up companies to large, multi-national, publicly traded companies.  The firm also has a trusts and estates practice and a personal injury practice that serves individual clients.

One thing has remained unchanged throughout our nearly 100-year history: we have remained true to our unwavering commitment to excellence in client service and results-driven representation.  We continue to stress the importance of two bedrock principles: (1) our clients must not only receive excellent representation, but such excellence must be delivered in a cost-efficient manner so that we set ourselves apart from our competitors in terms of both results and value; and (2) we must never lose sight of the importance of active commitment to our region through volunteer service.
 


Mirick O'Connell celebrates 100 Years of Excellence!  Thank you to our clients, referral sources, attorneys and professional staff for your trust and loyalty throughout the years.