Governor Deval Patrick today announced two judicial nominations to the District Court: Christopher P. LoConto as an Associate Justice of the Fitchburg District Court and Dennis P. Sargent as an Associate Justice of the Clinton District Court.
"I am honored to nominate these well qualified attorneys to serve on the District Court," said Governor Patrick. "They will bring to the bench valuable legal expertise and excellent judicial temperament. I thank them for their willingness to serve the Commonwealth as members of the judiciary."
Christopher P. LoConto began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester from 1992 to 1998. Since then, he has been a partner at LoConto & Madaio in Worcester. His practice is primarily focused on criminal defense, but also handles some civil and probate matters. LoConto serves on the Board of Directors of the Bar Advocates of Worcester County. He is a graduate of Bentley College (B.S. cum laude and A.S. paralegal studies cum laude, 1989) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1992). He resides in Worcester. If confirmed, LoConto will fill the vacancy on the Fitchburg District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Elliot L. Zide.
Dennis P. Sargent has served as the Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in the Clinton District Court since 2008. Prior to this appointment, he practiced law for 18 years, beginning his legal career in 1990 as a litigation associate for one year at the Fitchburg firm of Pusateri, Pusateri & O'Brien. Sargent then spent four years as a JAG attorney with the U.S. Air Force in Germany and Virginia. In 1995 he began a solo practice in Clinton, and in 2001 he became a partner of Sargent & Williamson in Clinton. He worked from 2005 to 2006 at Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple in Worcester and returned to his solo practice from 2006 to 2008. Sargent also served as the elected Town Solicitor in Clinton from 1996 until 2008. He is a graduate of Fitchburg State College (B.S. magna cum laude, 1987) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1990). He is a life-long resident of Clinton. Sargent is slated to fill the vacancy on the Clinton District Court formerly occupied by the late Honorable Martha Scannell Brennan.