FRAMINGHAM – Christopher J. Petrini has announced his retirement as Framingham City Solicitor effective June 30, 2022.
Petrini has continuously served as Framingham’s principal legal officer for more than 20 years, first as Town Counsel from 2001 to 2017, and then as City Solicitor from 2018 to the present.
Framingham’s longest-serving current division head, Petrini has served under two mayors, four town managers, and 16 boards of selectmen.
In his two roles, he has represented the City in over 500 lawsuits and other major matters.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Framingham’s principal legal officer for the past 20 years,” said Petrini, in a press release. “Each and every day I have worked hard, along with the other attorneys at Petrini & Associates, P.C., to devote our full professional efforts to deliver the highest quality and most cost-effective legal services to Framingham.”
“I thank Mayor Sisitsky, former Mayor Spicer, prior Boards of Selectmen, and all of Framingham’s elected officials and appointed officials, department heads and division heads for the opportunity to work together to improve, protect and further the interests of the City that love, my hometown. I look forward to the opportunity to pursue other interests and will fully support Mayor Sisitsky in the transition and as requested thereafter,” said Petrini in a written statement.
“Chris and I have worked together since the time we served as colleagues on the Board of Selectmen,” said Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, in a press release. “We continued our relationship after he transitioned to Town Counsel and then to City Solicitor when Framingham became a city. Chris has always been passionate about protecting the interests of Framingham. I know him as a person who can always be depended upon to do the right thing and always give good advice. Framingham has been fortunate to have benefitted from the services of Chris for so many years and I wish him the very best in his retirement.”
A statewide expert on municipal law, Petrini is routinely consulted for public comment on legal cases and developments of significance to local governments. His cases have been featured, or he has been quoted, in more than 35 front-page articles of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly since 2003.
Petrini is a graduate of Georgetown University (cum laude) and Duke University School of Law (High Honors).
For the past 25+ years, he has been awarded the highest A-V rating by Martindale-Hubble, Inc., an independent reviewing organization. Chris has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer in the state/local/municipality category on 10 separate occasions (the last eight years in a row). Less than 5% of the practicing lawyers in Massachusetts are selected for this honor.
Additionally, Petrini has been selected as a Top 100 Lawyer of New England on three separate occasions, which is a more selective subset of top attorneys chosen from the Super Lawyer honorees for that year.
Petrini is a past President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, is a recipient of MMLA’s President Award (its highest honor) and currently is a Regional Vice President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, representing the First Circuit states of Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire
Although stepping down from his appointed role of City Solicitor, Petrini and his firm will continue to serve municipal clients on a selective basis. He also intends to devote more time to his avocations of mountaineering, hiking, and writing.
Mayor Sisitsky executed a contract with Petrini to extend his contract to the end of the fiscal year, which ends on June 20.
“It is my intention to propose a legal services budget for FY 23 that will fund a new in-house legal team. I anticipate that this change may result in a financial saving to the City,” said Mayor Sisitsky in a memo to the City Council today, February 2.