2016–17 Officers

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Jeffrey N. Catalano

President

Firm: Partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston.

Education: B.A., University of Scranton, 1990; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1994.

Legal Career: Catalano represents victims of catastrophic injuries in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident, class action and other personal injury cases. From 2013 to 2016, the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal named Catalano a New England Best Lawyer for Personal Injury and Product Liability. Catalano was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2016, Super Lawyers selected Catalano as a New England Super Lawyer. In 2014, he was named one of Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in Medical Malpractice by Legal Leaders™, signifying the "highest level of professional excellence."

MBA Service: In addition to serving as an MBA officer and member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and House of Delegates, Catalano has chaired the association's Volunteer Recognition, Recruitment and Retention Task Force, and the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council. He also co-chairs the MBA's Leadership Academy, leads the MBA's Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee, and serves as a judge for the MBA's High School Mock Trial program. In 2011, Catalano launched the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program, a pioneering initiative that brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

A past MBA vice president, secretary and treasurer, Catalano has also chaired the association's Volunteer, Recognition, Recruitment & Retention Task Force, and served as chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council, as a member of the Executive Management Board and on the House of Delegates. In addition, Catalano has served as a judge for the MBA's High School Mock Trial program. In 2011, Catalano launched the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program, a pioneering initiative that brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

Additional Service: Catalano has served as a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he received the President's Award for his dedication to justice and consumer rights. He was recently selected to serve on the Board of Advisors for the National Patient Safety Foundation, a non-profit that partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. Catalano has spoken on patient rights and medical-legal issues on national television and for bar associations across the state. In 2009, he received a "Hero from the Field" award for his efforts in improving health care quality and patient rights.

Additional information: Catalano lives in West Roxbury.

Christopher P. Sullivan

Christopher P. Sullivan

President-elect

Firm: Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1971, J.D., Fordham University Law School, 1975

Legal Career: Sullivan's law practice concentrates in civil jury trials of complex litigation matters, including financial and securities cases and intellectual property matters. As an accomplished trial lawyer, Sullivan has been named a New England Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2004.

MBA Service: Sullivan has served as chair of the MBA's Membership Committee, and as a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and House of Delegates. In the past, Sullivan sat on the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council and served as tri-chair of the Federal Practices and Procedures Committee. In 2014, Sullivan helped launch the Massachusetts SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel -- All Concern Encouraged) Chapter with the Federal Bar Association (FBA), which is an email based network of Massachusetts legal professionals who provide critical aid to members of the legal profession in times of need.

Additional Service: Sullivan is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the FBA and a former FBA vice president for the First Circuit. He is a fellow in several bar related charitable foundations, including the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA; the American Bar Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law's impact on our society; and the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, which promotes and supports legal research and education, advances the science of jurisprudence and fosters improvements in the practice of federal law. Sullivan serves as a Board of Bar Overseers hearing officer, with a term lasting through 2017. Sullivan is also an executive board member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and the New England Chapter vice president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

Additional information: Sullivan is a resident of Hingham.

John J. Morrissey

John J. Morrissey

Vice President

Firm: Founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989, J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1992

Legal Career: Morrissey is a founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree, where he has a trial practice handling personal injury claims, including wrongful death, catastrophic injury and workers' compensation claims. In addition to his personal injury practice he represents individuals and businesses in commercial and real estate disputes. An accomplished trial lawyer, Morrissey has been named a New England Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers every year since 2005.

MBA Service: Morrissey serves as a chair of the MBA's Membership Committee. He is also a member of the MBA Executive Management Board, an arbitrator with the MBA Fee Arbitration Board and a member of the Workplace Safety Task Force. A past MBA secretary and vice president, Morrissey has served on the House of Delegates, and as chair of the MBA Judicial Administration Section Council. In 2013, Morrissey volunteered for the MBA Marathon Bombing Victims' Legal Assistance Program, where he provided free legal services to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Additional Service: Morrissey is a member of the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys' Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. Morrissey is a life fellow and has served as a member of the Grant Advisory Committees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and serves as a director of Independent Bank Corporation and Rockland Trust Company. Morrissey was appointed a commissioner of the Hingham Conservation Commission by the board of selectmen in 2014.

Additional information: Morrissey is a resident of Hingham.

Christopher A. Kenney

Christopher A. Kenney

Treasurer

Firm: Kenney & Sams PC in Boston

Education: B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1987; J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1990

Legal Career: A founding member and managing shareholder of Kenney & Sams PC in Boston, Kenney has tried cases before every level of the state and federal trial court system in Massachusetts, and has served as an appellate advocate before the Massachusetts Appellate Division, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association named Kenney the 2012 Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of the Year.

MBA Service: A co-chair of the MBA's Leadership Academy, Kenney is also the chair of the MBA's Consumer Advocacy Task Force and a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board. He has also served in the association's House of Delegates and is a former chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section.

Additional Service: Kenney is a former president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and former co-president of the Boston Inn of Court. Kenney has served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Law, and frequently writes and lectures for business groups, trade associations and bar associations. Most recently, Kenney was appointed to serve as director of the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University Law School. Boston University School of Law honored Kenney in 2012 with the Silver Shingle Award for outstanding service to the school. Kenney served as president of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association in 2010-11.

Additional information: Kenney is a resident of Sudbury.

Denise I. Murphy

Denise I. Murphy

Secretary

Firm: Rubin and Rudman LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1980; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1988

Legal Career: A partner at Rubin and Rudman LLP, Murphy chairs the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. She counsels regional and national businesses on a broad variety of employment law-related issues; litigates sexual harassment and discrimination claims; and drafts a multitude of employment contracts, severance agreements, handbooks and policy statements. Murphy was recognized as one of the Top Women of Law in October 2015 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and as one of Boston's Top Rated Lawyers in 2012 by the Boston Globe. In 2011, Murphy was awarded the MBA's Centennial Award, celebrating her service to the profession and her community. Murphy has been listed as one of Boston Magazine's Top 50 Women Attorneys and as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers since 2008.

MBA Service: A member of the MBA's Executive Management Board, Murphy has also served on the Budget & Finance Committee. From 2015-16, Murphy was the chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, and she has previously served as the chair of the MBA's Labor & Employment Section. In addition, she has participated in the association's Task Force on Employment Opportunities; Task Force on the Court System's Anniversary Fee Assessment; and the September 11th Committee, Conversations on Law and Liberty Program.

Additional Service: Murphy is a mentoring circle leader for the Women's Bar Association, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation's IOLTA Grant Review Committee and a group leader for Christmas in the City.

Additional information: Murphy is a resident of Westwood.

Martin W. Healy

Martin W. Healy

Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Company: Massachusetts Bar Association Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Education: B.S., Suffolk University, 1985; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1988

Legal Career: A National Uniform Law Commissioner for Massachusetts, Healy is also a member of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Board. Healy serves as a volunteer juvenile law attorney with the CPCS Youth Advocacy Project, and has served as a hearing committee member with the Board of Bar Overseers and as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in its Masters in Criminal Justice program. In 2014, Healy was honored with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Lawyer of the Year award for his work in making in making attorney-conducted voir dire a reality in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association (MJBA) also presented Healy with its 2014 Chief Justice Francis J. Poitrast Award for his advocacy on behalf of the juvenile justice system, including his efforts to increase compensation for attorneys who handle juvenile cases through CPCS. He has served as a Commonwealth of Massachusetts bar examiner and was recently appointed to the Firearm Licensing Review Board. Prior to joining the MBA staff, Healy worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Appellate Division and as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts Senate.

MBA Service: Healy serves as the MBA's chief legal advisor, as well as the MBA's liaison to the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Healy is responsible for providing legal advice in corporate matters and legal support in issues of public policy concerning the practice of law and the administration of justice. In addition, he serves as counsel to the MBA leadership team and the MBA's House of Delegates and Executive Management Board. In his capacity as a registered legislative and executive agent, Healy works with the MBA's sections and committees in analyzing legislation, drafting bills and testifying before legislative committees. Healy also serves as executive secretary to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments.

Additional Service:
A long-term member of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Board of Editors, Healy is a regular contributing columnist of the publication, writing the feature "Healy on the Hill."

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