Douglas K. Sheff
2013 - 2014
Firm: Senior partner at Sheff Law in
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
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
Additional Information: Sheff lives in the
North End neighborhood of Boston.
Robert L. Holloway Jr.
2012 - 2013
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
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
Richard P. Campbell
2011 - 2012
Firm: Founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC in
Education: B.A., University of
Massachusetts-Boston, 1970; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1974,
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
2010 - 2011
Firm: Denise Squillante PC.
Education: B.S., Roger Williams College, 1980;
J.D., New England School of Law, 1983, magna cum
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
Valerie A. Yarashus
2009 - 2010
Firm: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC,
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
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
Edward W. McIntyre
2008 - 2009
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
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
Additional Information: Westwood resident.
Mark D Mason
2006 - 2007
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
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
2005 - 2006
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
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
Additional information: Fitzgerald lives in