Press Release: Massachusetts Nurses Association and Hampden County Register of Deeds Cheryl Coakley-Rivera Endorse Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General


June 30, 2022

Contact: Jordan Meehan

Massachusetts Nurses Association and Hampden County Register of Deeds Cheryl Coakley-Rivera Endorse Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General


SPRINGFIELD, MA – Today, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) officially endorsed Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General. The MNA joins a growing coalition of more than 50 labor unions backing Liss-Riordan for Attorney General.

“The Massachusetts Nurses Association is excited to announce its endorsement of Shannon Liss-Riordan for Attorney General,” said MNA President Katie Murphy, a practicing ICU registered nurse. “Nurses and healthcare professionals know what it’s like to fight for our patients and our practice. Shannon will bring tremendous experience fighting and winning tough battles on behalf of workers to her role as the people’s lawyer.”

The MNA is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses and health professionals in the state, and the third largest in the nation. With a membership of over 25,000 working in 85 health care facilities, including 51 acute hospitals, the MNA represents a growing number of nurses and healthcare professionals working in schools, visiting nurse associations, public health departments and state agencies. 

“Nurses in Massachusetts – and nationwide – deserve working conditions worthy of their incredible contributions to our community. Despite staffing shortages and a deadly global pandemic, our nurses continue to care for their patients and inspire,” said Shannon Liss-Riordan. “I am humbled to have received an endorsement from the union representing these heroes in our Commonwealth. As your next Attorney General, I will fight for fair pay, reasonable working hours, more opportunities for training, and more ways to relieve nurses and healthcare professionals of student debt.”

Hampden County Register of Deeds and former Springfield State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera also endorsed Liss-Riordan today in Springfield. Coakley-Rivera is the first Hispanic woman elected to the Massachusetts Legislature, representing her hometown Tenth Hampden district. The endorsement event took place outside of the Roderick Ireland Courthouse where Liss-Riordan held a press conference in Marchhighlighting the unsafe working conditions in the building. Coakley-Rivera joined that press conference and has been a leader in advocating for safer conditions.

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Shannon Liss-Riordan has big ideas and the experience to deliver big results for the people of Massachusetts. A prolific lawyer unafraid to challenge the status quo, she is the fighter that hardworking people turn to when the system lets them down. 

For decades, Shannon has taken on powerful corporate interests on the toughest issues and won. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Shannon made a name for herself as one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the country, winning groundbreaking lawsuits on behalf of waitresses, truck drivers, firefighters, janitors, and gig workers who have been denied overtime, minimum wage, and other wage protections.

Not only did she put money back in employees’ pockets, but she pushed our legal system to fairly and equally serve the people. And when the system couldn’t be pushed, she broke new legal ground and set precedents that delivered victories for workers in Massachusetts and around the country. She’ll put that same talent and track record to work as Massachusetts’ next Attorney General.

Shannon is uniquely qualified to serve as Massachusetts Attorney General. She regularly collaborates with the current Attorney General’s office, and she understands the complexities of running the people’s law firm. She knows how to effectively lead teams of lawyers to deliver real results for the people. She’s ready to take on the most difficult issues, from the deteriorating dignity of work to the childcare crisis to reproductive freedom to climate change, and win for Bay Staters.

In 2009, she partnered with Massachusetts labor lawyer Harold Lichten to create Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C. Shannon lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Kevin, their three kids, Shane, Myles and Jordan, and their Airedale terrier, Logan.