Hiller B. Zobel

Born: February 23, 1932

A.B. Harvard 1953, cum laude; LL.B. Harvard 1959

U.S. Naval Reserve (LT-ret); active duty: 1953-1955

Full time practice of law, Boston 1959-1967; part-time, 1967-1979 (Maritime law, general litigation, libel law)

Assoc. Prof. and (tenured) Professor. Boston College Law School, 1967-1979

Courses: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Introduction to Litigation, Copyright, Admiralty, Trial Practice, Judicial Process (seminar)Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court, 1979-2002 (retired)

Recalled Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court, 2005-2009

Associated with Resolutions, LLC, Boston: Mediation, Arbitration, and Neutral Evaluation

Consultant, CRICO/RMF, Cambridge: Medical malpractice matters


The Boston Massacre (1971; reissued, 1996), winner Sons of the Revolution in New York award (1972)

Massachusetts Rules Practice (with James W. Smith, Esq.) (4 vols. 1974-1981); and second edition (2006-2007)

Doctors and the Law (with Stephen N. Rous, M.D.) (1992)

Various scholarly and popular articles on law and history; op-ed pieces; monthly column, Christian Science Monitor (“Judging the Law”) (1982-1988; 1990)


(with L. Kinvin Wroth) Legal Papers of John Adams (3 vols. 1965), winner American Historical Association, Littleton-Griswold Prize (1966)

Elected member: American Law Institute; Massachusetts Historical Society; American Antiquarian Society; Colonial Society of New England; Society of American Historians.


Formerly: National Mass Torts Litigation Committee; Executive Committee, National Conference of State Trial Judges; Council (Board) Massachusetts Historical Society; National Advisory Council, Donald W. Reynolds Center for Courts and the Media, National Judicial College/University of Nevada; Vice-President, American Society for Legal History.


Court meetings: Connecticut, Iowa. Massachusetts, Nebraska, South Carolina, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Adams Historical Site.

Various professional groups

Various historical societies.

Various industry groups.