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About Richard P. Campbell

Richard P. Campbell is a pioneer in social host liability. More than 10 years before the Massachusetts legislature expanded the law prohibiting the delivery or sale of alcohol to minors to include allowing a person under the age of 21 to possiss alcoholic beverages, he was arguing to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to hold a homeowner liable for catastrophic injuries suffered by a woman whose vehical was struck by a car driven by an intoxicated high school student. The student had been consuming alcohol at a party held by a homeowner's daughter. Langemann v. Davis became one of the watershed cases that led to the development of a true social host law in Massachusetts.

Following the amendment of the statute, Richard Campbell and his law firm created a multi-media program, Be A Parent, Not A Pal, to educate students, parents, teachers, and members of the community about the new Social Host Law and to illustrate the legal consequences of allowing those under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages. Another program, "It's About You," is geared directly toward youth and has been presented at such institutions as Endicott College.

"I owe it to Ruth [victim in Langemann case] to try to prevent other alcohol-related tragedies. Further, high school students and young college kids need to know that when they furnish alcohol at parties, they are exposing themselves, their families and friends to civil and criminal liability." Since 2000, when the law went into effect, Richard Campbell and his team have presented his "Be A Parent..." programs to numerous groups of students, parents, and concerned citizens.


Richard P. Campbell is the founder of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to the litigation of high stakes cases throughout the United States. He has tried more than 160 cases. He has also served as the Chair of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and Director of its National Trial Academy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered to be the premier professional organization of trial lawyers in the United States. He is currently on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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