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.

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A federal judge is the latest to scrutinize Thornton Law

By , Globe Staff

A federal judge plans to investigate whether prominent law firms in Boston and other cities dramatically inflated legal bills.


Firms profited from Garrett Bradley’s ties

By , Globe Staff

The former state representative tapped his connections to make millions from pension fund lawsuits.

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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.