Honorable William P. Hadley

"The resume of William P. Hadley’s adult life reveals a man who is aware of and sensitive to the needs of others, especially young people trying to embark on a meaningful life.  While Bill Hadley has certainly focused with success in achieving his own goals in the profession of law, he is and has been equally focused in giving generously of his time, talent and energy to benefit others – for their sake.  He is a man of diverse talents, and he shares them readily with his community which benefits so much from what he gives.  We are all called to give back to the community in those places where we find ourselves.  Bill Hadley has always looked around where he is and said – what can I do?"


Words of recognition spoken upon his being

Presented with the Saint Thomas More Medal

By Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell on September 29, 2013 




Judge Hadley is a native of Lawrence where he attended his parish elementary school and graduated from Methuen High School.  He received his undergraduate degree in Finance, with honors, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He completed his law studies at Boston College School of Law in 1984, was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, and immediately began his law career at the Springfield firm of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy.

For over twenty years, Bill Hadley practiced law at Doherty Wallace, where in due course he became a partner.  In 2005, Attorney Hadley was nominated to the Bench by Governor Romney, and confirmed to fill the position of Associate Justice at the District Court in Greenfield.  Judge Hadley is currently the presiding justice for the Western Section of the Appellate Division of the District Court, is a member of the Court’s Civil Proceedings Committee, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to civil litigation and District Court practice.

Outside the courthouse, Bill Hadley is a man of his community and his Church.  Upon arriving in Springfield in 1984, this former high school wrestler started a wrestling program for boys ages 7 to 14 at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and coached wrestling there for several years.  Bill Hadley served on the Club’s board of directors and as its chairman, and in 2003 he was awarded the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Medallion for service to youth.  Judge Hadley has served since 1985 on the board of directors of the Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at Jericho in Holyoke where he has been recognized by that organization with its Humanitarian Award for his service to developmentally disabled persons.  Judge Hadley was likewise involved with the A Better Choice program in Longmeadow, helping youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Judge Hadley is currently a member, and is a past chairman, of the Parish Council at Saint Mary Church in Longmeadow where he is a parishioner.

Judge Hadley and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of three children.