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News Brief: Harrington names Dohoney, Kempthorne to leadership team

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By Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 News 2

Harrington names Dohoney, Kempthorne to senior leadership team

Pittsfield — Berkshire County District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington has named two accomplished attorneys as members of her senior leadership team in the Berkshire County district attorney’s office. Harrington and her team will take office after being sworn in Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Richard Dohoney. Photo courtesy Donovan, O’Connor & Dodig LLP

Great Barrington resident and Berkshire native Richard Dohoney will serve as Harrington’s deputy district attorney. In this role, Dohoney will head District Court and Juvenile Court prosecutions, will oversee the administrative staff, and will be responsible for implementing and administering new initiatives. Dohoney practices law at Donovan, O’Connor & Dodig LLP and currently serves as city solicitor for the city of Pittsfield. Dohoney brings 18 years of litigation experience to the job, having tried cases in Superior Court, District Court and Federal District Court. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, serves on the executive committee of the Berkshire County Bar Association and has served on the civil litigation counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Dohoney is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

Jeanne Kempthorne

Veteran federal prosecutor Jeanne Kempthorne brings 36 years of legal experience to her role as chief of appeals and legal counsel to the district attorney. In addition to implementing and administering new initiatives, Kempthorne will oversee a wide range of issues including training, ethics, appeals and diversion. Kempthorne served as assistant U.S. attorney in the United States attorney’s office in Boston for 11 years as part of the major crimes unit, the economic crimes unit, and as chief of the public corruption and special prosecutions unit. In 2005, Kempthorne was appointed as a commissioner of the State Ethics Commission. Kempthorne has also spent 25 years in private practice, serving as partner at Hill & Barlow’s trial department, and specializing in an appellate and post-conviction practice in state and federal courts. Kempthorne is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Last month, Harrington announced that Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell will serve as first assistant district attorney for Berkshire County.


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  1. Al says:

    Attorney Dohoney and District Attorney elect Harrington have much in common, neither have experience in criminal law.

    1. Laura C says:

      he doesn’t have any experience in public speaking either. I watched the 12/12 Select board meeting on TV last night
      and he “UHHHHed and UMMMMed” his way through his presentation.

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