Peter W. Shrair has held the position of Managing Principal at Cooley, Shrair P.C. since 2008. A 1983 graduate of Hobart College, Peter graduated with honors from the Boston University School of Law as an Edward F. Hennessey scholar in 1986 and later earned a Masters Degree in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.
Peter was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1986, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1987, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1998 and to the Bar of the State of New Hampshire in 2012 and the Bar of the State of Connecticut in 2020. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. Peter is a member of the Hampden County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
David A. Shrair joined the firm of Cooley and Cooley in 1960, after graduating with honors from Boston University School of Law; where among other successful scholastic accomplishments, he was a Senior Editor of the Boston University Law Review. In 1978, David became Managing Principal of the firm, a position he held for the next 30 years. In 1991, the firm transitioned to its current name, Cooley, Shrair P.C.
David was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1960 and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Robert L. Dambrov is a 1969 graduate of the University of Massachusetts and a 1972 graduate of Boston College Law School.
Robert has developed a comprehensive practice in Public Education, Labor and Employment Law, and Discrimination Law (as well as Social Security Disability and Personal Injury Law) which includes practices in both the private and public sectors before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the National Mediation Board (NMB), and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, formerly the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, regarding union representation/decertification elections and defense of unfair labor practice charges; the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements including participation in grievance meetings and arbitration hearings; equal employment opportunity matters including
Susan A. McCoy, partner with Cooley Shrair, manages our Estate Planning department. An Agawam native, Susan brings a diverse background of legal experience assisting clients with their personal and business planning.
She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (B.A., English) and the Western New England College School of Law (JD, 1996, cum laude). Susan received the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts in 1994, and was a member of the Law Review from 1994-1995.
John W. Davis is a graduate of Hamilton College (B.A., 1979) and Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1982) where he was a member of the Board of Editors for the Emory Law Journal.
He concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, loan workout, foreclosure, debtor/creditor rights, and commercial lending and has had substantial experience in real estate and banking law over the years.
Alison E. Shimel joined Cooley Shrair as an Associate Attorney and is the most recent attorney to join our firm. Alison graduated with honors from the University at Albany in 2017 with her B.A. in English. She also graduated with honors from Albany Law School of Union University in 2019 after completing an accelerated law program.
Alison focuses her practice on the areas of general business law and commercial real estate and works with a broad range of clients, including developers, landlords, banks and general business clients. Alison is a member of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.
Rona S. Fingold is a 1973 Boston University graduate and a 1978 graduate of Boston University School of Law. In addition, Rona received a Master of Science in Taxation from the Boston University Graduate School of Tax program in 1983. Rona, formerly a tax partner at Cooley Shrair, is now Of Counsel, providing valuable estate and tax planning advice and consultation for our clients from her home in Florida. Rona’s areas of focus for more than 25 years have been general tax, estate planning and tax exempt organizations.
Firm Mascot February 4, 2018 - Present
Leo took the office by storm following Motzart’s death. He is a 68 pound Bernadoodle. Hailing from Grand Rapid’s Michigan Leo was quickly indoctrinated to working in the quick paced environment at Cooley Shrair. His passion for paper-work was demonstrated early on after eating an original $27,000,000 promissory note at a closing. That habit has been broken and we are proud to say that he is office friendly in all respects. He thinks of himself as a lap dog and he is happy to attend even the most difficult of meetings where he often is found snuggling up the person(s) who need it most.
September 4, 2007 - November 12, 2017
Motzart Shrair, a 90-pound Golden Doodle, was born on September 4, 2007, in Missoula, Montana and was appointed mascot of Cooley, Shrair P.C. shortly after relocating to Springfield. Since that time, he has been a fixture in the law firm. Motzart has developed a long list of loyal clients who often come to visit him to scratch him behind his ears or rub his belly. Motzart is especially fond of attending contract negotiations and he is happy to assist with the cleaning of a conference room if food drops during a meeting. He is full of life, love and can help take the edge off of many difficult situations.
He enjoys hiking, swimming and snowshoeing.