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Andrea Estes

Estes is an investigative reporter specializing in government accountability. She has covered the State House, Boston City Hall, and the federal courts and served on the Spotlight investigative team exposing corrupt hiring practices in the state Probation Department. Her reporting on former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi led to federal corruption charges.

Latest stories

Spotlight Follow-up

Critics hit law firms’ bills after class-action lawsuits

By , Globe Staff

Boston’s Thornton Law Firm, already under investigation for campaign donations, is at the center of controversy over overstated legal fees.

Milton officials deliver a big tax bill to Senator Brian Joyce

By , Globe Staff

A dramatic increase in his property tax bill comes after a dispute over whether he was paying his fair share.

SPOTLIGHT FOLLOW-UP

Federal prosecutors launch probe of law firm over donations

By and Viveca Novak , Globe Staff | Center for Responsive Politics

The US attorney’s office is looking into Thornton Law Firm’s practice of reimbursing partners for millions of dollars in political donations.

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More calls for a probe of Thornton law firm’s political donations

By Viveca Novak and , Center for Responsive Politics and Globe Staff

An election watchdog group accused Thornton Law Firm of illegally reimbursing lawyers for their political donations.