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2022–23 Officers 

final -Garcia headshot (8335)Grace V.B. Garcia

President

Firm: Partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston

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

Legal Career: Grace V.B. Garcia is a partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, where she has more than 20 years of trial experience and has obtained successful outcomes on behalf of her clients in both state and federal court. She concentrates her practice in defending companies and businesses in product liability, construction, OSHA, commercial litigation, employment litigation, premises liability and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases. In 2022, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association named Garcia its “Lawyer of the Year.” Garcia was inducted into Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence in 2020, which recognizes women who continue to exemplify professional, civic and mentoring achievements year in and year out in the Massachusetts legal community and beyond. In 2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected her as one of the “Top Women of Law,” and, in each year from 2019-2022, she was elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA president, Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Garcia was a co-chair of the MBA’s Lawyer Well-Being Committee, which is tasked with implementing the Supreme Judicial Court’s recommendations for making positive changes in attorney well-being. Under Garcia’s leadership, the MBA’s Lawyer Well-Being Committee produced a toolkit for bar associations in Massachusetts, which offers extensive resources for individuals, employers and organizations to help them attain greater success in achieving a healthy, positive and productive balance of work, personal life and wellness. She also worked on many other programs and initiatives that provided the legal community with resources that encouraged, motivated and supported one’s well-being.

Garcia led the MBA’s Law Day initiative in 2019 and 2021, which sent volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and political science classes around the commonwealth to engage students on the topics of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” and “Advancing the Rule of Law,” respectively. Further, in 2019, Garcia chaired the MBA’s Civics Task Force, which supported iCivics, an organization that helps students become engaged in civics through an interactive digital platform. As chair of the Civics Task Force, Garcia also led the MBA’s Naturalization Disability Waiver Training in partnership with Project Citizenship. Garcia has also chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, was a member of the MBA’s COVID Response Task Force, and has previously served on the MBA's Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils. 

Additional Service: Garcia is a past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active with ALFA International, where she served as a member of the board, chaired its Construction Law practice group from 2018-2022, and held leadership positions in its Product Liability & Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia was the state representative for the Defense Research Institute. Further, she is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

She is a frequent lecturer on the topics of OSHA, risk transfer and indemnity issues, defending traumatic brain injury cases, best discovery practices, and deposition techniques. A former legal writing and research instructor at Boston University School of Law, Garcia has also authored several legal articles and has provided expert commentaries for Lexis on issues, such as indemnity, premises liability and collateral estoppel.

Additional Information: A resident of Braintree and a mother of two, Garcia graduated with honors from both the University of Rochester and Boston University School of Law. 

final -Turco headshot (4988)Damian J. Turco

President-Elect

Firm: Managing partner at Turco Legal PC, and co-founder and president of JusticeApp, Inc.

Education: B.S., Bryant College, 1999; J.D., New England Law | Boston, 2008

Legal Career: Damian J. Turco is the founder and managing partner at Turco Legal PC, an eleven-attorney divorce and family law firm with offices in Andover, Boston, Newburyport and Newton. Since 2008, he and his practice have represented clients through complex divorces, child custody cases, adoptions, and other family law matters. Turco is also the co-founder and president of JusticeApp, Inc., a legal technology company with the mission of eliminating injustice nationwide. JusticeApp is a mobile app that aggregates thousands of free legal resources and offers low-cost form generation and secure data storage designed to simplify the legal system for unrepresented parties and the transfer of sensitive information between parties and lawyers.

MBA Service: While serving as MBA president-elect, Turco is also a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Turco previously served as chair of the MBA’s Law Practice Management Section Council, where he helped develop and launch the MBA’s Mock Interview Program, which has benefited hundreds of graduating law school students by providing them with job interview skills through mock interviews with MBA lawyer volunteers. Since 2013, he has chaired, participated in or overseen dozens of law practice management programs and publications, and he regularly mentors other lawyers on practice management, leadership and family law practice.

Turco is an active member of the MBA’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee and Annual Dinner Committee. Turco also served as a member of the MBA’s COVID Response Task Force, and he was instrumental in forming and running two working groups to help practitioners during the height of the pandemic. One group communicated with court officials on behalf of the association’s family law practitioners, and Turco also led the Law Practice Management & Working Remotely group.

Additional Information: Turco graduated from Bryant College in 1999, and from New England Law | Boston in 2008. He grew up in Andover and lives in Newburyport with his wife, Melina, and three daughters. 

final -Santoro Mair headshot (5256)Victoria Santoro Mair 

Vice President

Firm: Partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP in Boston

Education: B.A, Wesleyan University, 2007; J.D., Boston College Law School, 2010

Legal Career: Victoria “Tori” Santoro Mair is a partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law in Boston, joining the firm as part of its high exposure trial team. She handles a variety of cases including all types of catastrophic injury, including pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice and sexual assault. She has a thriving practice handling rideshare cases. Santoro Mair also regularly handles trials, arbitration, mediation, complex brief writing and motion hearings, intakes of new clients, legal seminars, live interviews, and more. Notable results include a multi-million-dollar verdict against an international hotel chain for the wrongful death drowning of a father of four. Santoro Mair has had several seven-figure plaintiff's verdicts. During the height of the COVID crisis, she prevailed in the state’s first entirely remote civil jury trial. In her first year of eligibility, Santoro Mair was voted a Super Lawyers Rising Star. In 2014, she was honored with an Excellence in The Law “Up & Coming Lawyer” award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In 2022, she was announced in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in three practice areas: Products Liability, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. She was also named to the 2022 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA vice president, Santoro Mair is a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board, Budget & Finance Committee and House of Delegates. A graduate of the MBA's 2016-17 Leadership Academy — a program designed to develop future bar and civic leaders — Santoro Mair is a member of the association's Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee. She also is a past chair of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division and has served on the Civil Litigation and Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management section councils.

Additional Service: Outside the MBA, Santoro Mair speaks regularly at national legal conferences, local continuing legal education seminars, and has been a guest speaker and lecturer in law schools. She has been asked to speak at the swearing in of new Massachusetts lawyers every year since 2015, which is one of the highlights of her year.

Additional Information: Santoro Mair lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her son and rescue dog. She is a 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University and attended Boston College Law School.

HaydenMichael H. Hayden

Treasurer

Firm: Partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., Brandeis University, magna cum laude, 1999; J.D., Boston College Law School, 2004

Legal Career: Michael H. Hayden is a partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston and focuses his practice on professional liability, specifically defense of nonmedical professionals, such as lawyers, architects, engineers and real estate brokers. In addition, Hayden practices retail litigation, product liability, liquor liability, transportation law and environmental law. Hayden has tried cases in state and federal court in Massachusetts and in Maine state court, obtaining defense verdicts in each jurisdiction. He has also successfully argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Appellate Division of the Massachusetts District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA treasurer, Hayden has served on the MBA’s Executive Management Board and as chair of the MBA’s Judicial Administration Section Council from 2018 to 2021. In 2017 and 2018, he was a member of the section’s Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Diversity, which successfully introduced a resolution at the MBA’s House of Delegates supporting efforts to increase diversity in the court system. Hayden has frequently chaired sessions of the MBA’s “View from the Bench” continuing legal education series, which includes Massachusetts Superior Court and District Court judges as panelists. During the pandemic, Hayden has chaired six View From the Bench programs via Zoom, including a monthly series focused on how to advance civil cases during the pandemic. In addition, he has participated as a lecturer at various other MBA education courses, including its Practicing with Professionalism program.

Additional Service: Outside of the MBA, Hayden collaborated in the 2008 publication of a historical chronicle on esteemed commonwealth colonial lawyer Josiah Quincy Jr. Currently, Hayden is chair of Morrison Mahoney LLP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Additional Information: Hayden lives in Quincy.

final -Segal headshot (4957)Samuel A. Segal

Secretary

Firm: Founder at Law Offices of Samuel A. Segal in Boston

Education: B.S., Arcadia University, 2007; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2010

Legal Career: Sam A. Segal is a personal injury attorney with over ten years of litigation experience representing injured parties. He worked for five years at Breakstone, White & Gluck PC before opening his own practice, the Law Offices of Samuel A. Segal, in 2015.

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA secretary, Segal is the former chair of both the MBA Young Lawyers Division and Lawyer Referral Service Committee. He regularly volunteers for both the MBA's Dial-A-Lawyer and Mock Trial programs, and he received the MBA's Volunteer Recognition Award in 2016.  

Additional Service: Outside of the MBA, Segal is a member of the Plaintiff's Practice and Outreach to Young Lawyers standing committees for the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and previously served as affiliates director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Additional Information: Segal worked for two years with exotic animals at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia Live Animal Center (he is trained in falconry and reptile/snake handling). He is beloved of his cat and rats, will one day inherit a Hermann's Tortoise, and has a special place in his heart for all exotic pets.

healyMartin W. Healy

Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Company: Massachusetts Bar Association

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

Legal Career: Appointed as a National Uniform Law Commissioner for Massachusetts by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Martin W. Healy is also a member of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Board, where he represents former House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Healy was honored with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 2014 Lawyer of the Year award for his work in making attorney-conducted voir dire a reality in Massachusetts. He actively serves as a volunteer juvenile law attorney with the CPCS Youth Advocacy Project. He previously 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. The Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association (MJBA) presented Healy with its 2015 Chief Justice Francis G. 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. Healy formerly served as a commonwealth of Massachusetts bar examiner for the Supreme Judicial Court. In 2019, Healy received the Beacon of Justice Award from the state's Equal Justice Coalition. He has been appointed to the Firearm Licensing Review Board by Gov. Charlie D. Baker. In 2020, Healy was sworn in by Baker as a commissioner to the governor’s special Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission. 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 Massachusetts Bar Association'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 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 to analyze legislation, draft bills and amicus curiae briefs, and testify before legislative committees. Healy also serves as executive secretary to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, which confidentially reviews judicial candidates for the governor of the commonwealth.

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."