Past Presidents

Robert W. Harnais

2015 - 2016

Robert W. Harnais

Firm: Mahoney & Harnais in Quincy

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1984; J.D.,
New England Law | Boston, 1989

Legal Career: A general practitioner, Harnais concentrates in criminal law, family law, real estate, labor and consumer law.

MBA Service: Harnais is the MBA's first Hispanic president. He has volunteered his service to the MBA for many years, serving as an officer and as a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and House of Delegates. Harnais has also served as co-chair of the MBA's Crime Lab Task Force and chair of the MBA's Diversity Task Force.

Additional Service: Harnais is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA) and a past regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and remains highly involved with both organizations. In 2014, MAHA honored Harnais with its Leadership Award for his dedication to the Hispanic bar. That same year he received the Quincy Bar Association's Alfred P. Malaney Award, commonly referred to as the "Man of the Year Award," for distinguished legal services. Harnais is also a past recipient of the Norfolk County Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2011).

Additional information: Harnais is a resident of Braintree.

Marsha V. Kazarosian

2014 - 2015

Marsha V. Kazarosian

Firm: Principal attorney at Kazarosian Costello LLP in Haverhill

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1978; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1982

Legal Career: Kazarosian concentrates in civil rights litigation, family law and discrimination law. Long active in bar associations across the state, Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, Kazarosian was among the "Top Women in the Law" celebrated by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2011. In 1999, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the top 10 lawyers in the commonwealth after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. Identified as one of the preeminent woman lawyers in Massachusetts and New England since 2006, Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian." Most recently she was named one of the "Top Women Lawyers in Massachusetts" by Boston magazine for 2013.

MBA Service: Kazarosian has served on numerous committees and councils, including the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations and the Supreme Judicial Court's Access to Justice Commission's Committee on the Bar Examination. Kazarosian is a life fellow and trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. For the 2014-15 year, Kazarosian was recently appointed to the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Policy Section Plaintiffs' Policy Task Force and the ABA's Gender Equity Task Force. She was co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference committee and chair of both the MBA's Education Committee and the Technology Implementation Task Force.

Additional Service: Kazarosian is a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education trustee and is admitted in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Kazarosian teaches continuing legal education for attorneys and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Active in the North Shore community, Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and was a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. Kazarosian has also served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation.

Additional information: Kazarosian lives in Haverhill and is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Douglas K. Sheff

2013 - 2014

Douglas K. Sheff

Firm: Senior partner at Sheff Law in Boston

Education: B.A., University of Michigan, 1980; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1984

Legal Career: Sheff is nationally renowned in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, construction site and brain injury litigation. He has received numerous honors for his achievements as a litigator and an advocate. Sheff was honored with the inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury, and he has received the ORT Award for integrity in the law. Sheff is a recipient of the Next Generation Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and a seven-time recipient of its Wiedeman Wysocki Award. In addition, Sheff is a Boston magazine "Super Lawyer," and has been recognized in Lifesavers, for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products.

MBA Service: Sheff served as MBA president-elect from 2012-13 and two terms as MBA vice president. He is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In addition, Sheff served as MBA secretary in 2008-09 and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section from 2005 to 2006. Sheff is chair and founder of the MBA Workplace Safety Task Force, and has also served as a chair of the MBA Membership Committee and co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference Committee.

Additional Service: Sheff is the first attorney in Massachusetts to serve as president of the MBA and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), and as governor of the AAJ and trustee of the AAJ's National College of Advocacy. Sheff served on MATA's board of governors for more than 20 years. He was honored with MATA's inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Elected by his national peers, Sheff is a past chair of the AAJ's State Delegates and served as chair of its Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide. An executive committee member of the National Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and lifetime fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (the philanthropic partner of the MBA), Sheff is also a member of the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys and a director of the Belli Society, a group recognized for innovative trial techniques.

Additional Information: Sheff lives in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

2012 - 2013

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Firm: Shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC, Peabody.

Education: B.A., Amherst College, 1968; J.D., Boston University Law School, 1973.

Legal Career: A regular panelist for continuing legal education programs, Holloway is also an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. Recognized by Boston magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation, Holloway is also a past president of the Essex County Bar Association. A regular volunteer as a judge for moot court arguments at Boston University School of Law and Harvard Law School, Holloway is a trial advisor in the Harvard Trial Workshop program.

MBA Service: Holloway is a long-term member of the MBA's Ethics Committee, a member and past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council and a former regional delegate to the MBA House of Delegates, the governing body of the MBA. The former MBA treasurer, Holloway served as chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. Holloway received the MBA's Community Service Award in 1993 and served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. In August 2009, Holloway began a three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

Additional Service: A former member of the Town of Topsfield Board of Health and an elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999, Holloway was also a director of the Topsfield Athletic Association for many years and served as the organization's president. Prior to that, he served as member and chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. In addition, he was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Additional information: Holloway lives in Topsfield.

Richard P. Campbell

2011 - 2012

Richard P. Campbell

Firm: Founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC in Boston.

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1970; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1974, cum laude.

Legal Career: Campbell's firm primarily represents Fortune 100 corporations in multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation disasters, mass torts, toxic tort, product liability and major commercial disputes. Campbell is one of seven national trial counsel for Caterpillar Inc. and currently serves as lead counsel for one of the commercial airlines in the 9-11 litigation pending in federal court in New York City. In addition, Campbell organizes and leads his firm's pro bono project, educating parents, students and school administrators about civil and criminal laws applicable to underage drinking in private homes.

MBA Service: A past MBA secretary, vice president and president-elect, Campbell chaired the MBA's Peremptory Challenges Task Force and has served on the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, for more than seven years; on the Criminal Justice Section Council for five years; and currently as a Massachusetts Bar Foundation trustee and Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow.

Additional Service: Campbell is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Campbell is also a past chair of the 34,000-member Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Campbell served seven years as the chair of the Board of Overseers for Boston College Law School.

Additional Information: Campbell lives in Cohasset.

Denise Squillante

2010 - 2011

Denise Squillante

Firm: Denise Squillante PC.

Education: B.S., Roger Williams College, 1980; J.D., New England School of Law, 1983, magna cum laude.

Legal Career: Squillante established a solo practice in Fall River nearly 30 years ago and now has a small-firm. She concentrates in family law, corporate law, injury and estates, and also provides business and legal consulting services to corporations.

MBA Service: Long active in the MBA's Family Law Section Council and its associated committees, Squillante has also lent her energy to the MBA's Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee and the Joint Bar Committee. A former recipient of the MBA's Pro Bono Publico Award, Squillante is a longtime member of the House of Delegates and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow. Squillante has testified in front of the Massachusetts Legislature on behalf of the MBA and is a frequent guest lecturer for MBA continuing legal education programs. She was instrumental in establishing the MBA's General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, as well as leading the MBA's efforts to assist lawyers who are transitioning in or out of the practice of law.

Additional Service: A former president of the Fall River Bar Association, Squillante will become president of the New England Bar Association in October and is a member of the Bristol County Bar Association Executive Board. Squillante is also a member of a legislative task force to study alimony created by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and was co-chair of the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force. An MBA delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates, Squillante is a member of the Probate Court Modification Task Force, a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. and on the National Conference of Bar President's Program Committee. She also represented the MBA on the Equality Commission - a collaborative effort of the MBA, BBA and the Women's Bar Association. Highly involved with efforts to address domestic violence in Fall River, Squillante was recently awarded the John S. Brayton Jr. Memorial Community Service Award by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce. A former member of the board of directors for the Katie Brown Educational Program, YMCA-Fall River and Domestic Violence Task Force, Squillante is also a former visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State College and Bristol Community College.

Additional Information: Squillante lives in Fall River.

Valerie A. Yarashus

2009 - 2010

Valerie A. Yarashus

Firm: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC, Boston

Education: B.A., George Washington University, 1987; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990.

Legal Career: Yarashus concentrates in plaintiff's civil trial practice, including medical malpractice, product liability and a wide variety of general liability cases.Yarashus was awarded the prestigious Weidemann-Wysocki "Citation of Excellence" from the American Association for Justice for her commitment to the civil justice system. In 1997, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Yarashus one of the "Rising Stars" in the legal profession, and in 2006, inducted her into its Up-and-Coming Lawyers Hall of Fame. Since 2004, she has been named in every edition of Best Lawyers in America. Also, Yarashus has been listed by Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of personal injury every year since 2004, and as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Massachusetts (including every practice area) annually since 2005.

MBA Service: A past-chair of the Health Law Section Council and House of Delegates member, Yarashus served as treasurer following two consecutive terms as vice president. Yarashus spearheaded the MBA Task Force on Diversity in 2005-06 and continues to chair this committee that works to increase diversity in the law profession and encourage young, minority students to consider legal careers. A Civil Litigation Section Council member from 1994 to 1997, Yarashus is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education. In addition, she co-chairs a bench-bar task force for plain English jury instructions.

Additional Service: Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; co-authored the sample jury instructions used by many Superior Court judges in personal injury and wrongful death cases; frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education.

Additional Information: Yarashus lives in Holliston.

Edward W. McIntyre

2008 - 2009

Edward W. McIntyre

Education: New England School of Law, Saint Bonaventure University, and Assumption College.

Legal Career: 1987-2007, solo practitioner in Clinton, concentrating in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Concentration emphasizes spinal cord & brain injury. Appellate experience: U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court. 1982-1992 Schneiders & McIntyre, in Canton; 1983-1987, McGrail, McQuoid, McIntyre & Gibbons, in Clinton.

Professional Service: Delegate, Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates, 1998-2004; Executive Management Board 2002-2004; President’s Task Force on Judicial Evaluation 2003-2004; Judicial Administration Section Council, chair, 2003-2004, vice-chair, 2002-2003; member 2000-2004; MBA’s ABA Nominating Committee 2003, 2004; Mock Trial 1998-2004; Conversations 2004; Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation. MBF Grant Review Committee, 2000-2004.

Additional Service: Supreme Judicial Court’s Clients’ Security Board, chair 2003-04, vice-chair 2003, member 1999-2004; Supreme Judicial Court’s Pro Bono Standing Committee, 1999-2004; member, Hearing Committee, Board of Bar Overseers, 1999-2005; president, Worcester County Bar Association 1998-99; director, Worcester Bar Foundation, 1998-2004; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1982-1998; Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1992-1997; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1982-1999; panel member, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments 1997-1998; member, Worcester Courthouse Site-Selection Advisory Committee, 1998-1999.

Additional Information: Served in Vietnam, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

David W. White Jr.

2007 - 2008

David W. White Jr.

Firm: Principal of Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston.

Education: B.S., University of Vermont, 1976; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1984.

Legal Career: Practice concentrates in personal injury, insurance company bad faith, medical malpractice and professional liability litigation. He also represents businesses in litigation, and represents attorneys in partnership disputes and other professional matters. A recipient of the 2004 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award, White was also chosen as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of plaintiff's personal injury law by Boston magazine in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and was one of Massachusetts Top 100 Lawyers in 2005 and 2006.

MBA Service: Has chaired the Civil Litigation Section Council and the Law Management Section Council; chaired the MBA Annual Conference in 2005. White also served on the Joint Bar Committee and the Governance Task Force and co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and contributor to legal publications.

Additional Service: White has served on the Massachusetts Task Force on Human Subject Research, which exposed radioactive food experiments on children at the Fernald State School, and on the Fernald State School Human Rights Committee. In his community of Westwood, White advocates for and participates in land preservation projects. He is the founder of the non-profit corporation Westwood Land Trust, Inc., and has chaired the town's Organization for the Preservation of the Environment and Nature (OPEN).

Additional Information: Westwood resident.

Mark D Mason

2006 - 2007

Mark D Mason

Firm: Principal of Cooley, Shrair P.C. of Springfield.

Education: B.A., Columbia College, 1980; J.D., Boston University Law School, 1984.

Legal Career: Principle in firm's litigation department, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and domestic law; and admitted to the state courts of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Massachusetts.

MBA Service: Vice President, 2003-2004; Secretary, 2002-2003; Treasurer, 2003-4; former chair of New Lawyers Section Council and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; former secretary, Judicial Administration Section Council; current chair, Same Gender Marriage Task Force; co-chair, Anniversary Fee Task Force; and has served seven years on the MBA House of Delegates and Board of Delegates and six years on the Executive Management Board and Executive Committee.

Additional Service: Former Big Brother and Mentor; Community Music School of Springfield board member; March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts past president and board member; co-founder and past president of the Gay & Lesbian Civic Association of Greater Springfield; City of Springfield Cultural Council past chair and councilor; former member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution; coordinator of the Hampden County Probate and Family Court Volunteer Mediator Program; and recipient of the 2001 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award.

Additional information: Lives in Springfield.

Warren Fitzgerald

2005 - 2006

Warren Fitzgerald

Firm: Fitzgerald Law Firm LLC; Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution LLC, Boston.

Education: B.A., Boston University; J.D., Boston University Law School.

Legal Career: Fitzgerald is the founding manager of Fitzgerald Law Firm and Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution. Prior to that, he was a partner with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Fitzgerald, and an associate with Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and with Hutchins and Wheeler. In addition to his MBA activities, Fitzgerald is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, a member of the American Association for Justice and the American, Boston, Women's and Essex County bar associations.

MBA Service: Fitzgerald has served as treasurer and vice president of the association and chairperson of its Civil Litigation Section. He has been a member of the Executive Management Board, the Budget and Finance Committee and the House of Delegates for many years and is a former chair of the Court Reform Task Force and co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice. He is presently chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Additional information: Fitzgerald lives in Andover.


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