Law firm partners Stephen Schultz and Hilary Schultz have owned a house  on Martha’s Vineyard for many years.  It is now their principal home.

They have made many acquaintances on Martha’s Vineyard through the years, and sought to fill a void in the legal representation available on Martha’s Vineyard.  Specifically, given the Island’s small year round population, there were few, and sometimes no lawyers, willing to take on the Island’s large institutional powers or no experienced, qualified lawyers, without conflicts of interest, in the position to present the type of independent review of issues that can be presented by someone not historically part of the small community of residents living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Institutional Disputes

Stephen Schultz has represented three doctors who had employment disputes with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.  In one instance, he sued the Hospital for discrimination, when they terminated a popular black OB/GYN, who had challenged long standing practices at the Hospital.  In another instance, he settled the matter prior to filing litigation.  Hilary Schultz represented a group of investors who wished to build a gas station, which would sell gasoline on the island at lower prices than gas was being sold by the other stations on the island.  She and Stephen Schultz sued the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, when it failed to grant these investors permission to build a gas station.   Finally, the Mr. Schultz brought a class action against  two of the largest distributors and retailers of gasoline on the Island for price fixing and price gouging, given their history of selling gasoline on the Island for an average of 60 cents/gallon more than it is sold on Cape Cod.  Prior to forming Schultz Law, Mr. Schultz represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  in the Wampanoag Tribe’s lawsuit seeking ownership and other rights in what was then the Town of Gay Head.

Property Disputes

Stephen Schultz has represented the Good Farm in a nuisance action brought by its neighbor seeking to close the farm and seeking title to property, to which both the Farm’s landlord and neighbor claimed ownership.  He successfully defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent new animals from being added to the farm and seeking the right to keep the Farm from using the disputed piece of property.

Hilary Schultz has represented several contractors in disputes with homeowners, as well as representing homeowners in disputes with zoning boards.

If you have a dispute on Martha’s Vineyard institution for which you seek independent representation, please contact either Stephen Schultz or Hilary Schultz by phone at 617-951-9980 or by email at sschultz@schultzlawllp.com or hschultz@schultzlawllp.com.