2021–22 Officers 

Bond2018Thomas M. Bond

President

Firm: Founder and managing partner of the Kaplan/Bond Group in Boston

Education: B.A., Northeastern University, summa cum laude, 1982; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1985

Legal Career: A trial lawyer and admiralty lawyer who has specialized in maritime and construction personal injury litigation for 35 years, Bond’s trial practice includes admiralty and maritime law, construction, product liability, automobile, personal injury, and general liability. He has tried many cases and has argued or briefed more than 25 cases before various courts of appeal, including the U.S. Supreme Court (reversing a First Circuit holding that the dredge digging the Ted Williams tunnel was not a “vessel”), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Supreme Courts of Connecticut and New Hampshire. 

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA president, Bond is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Bond served as co-chair of the MBA’s COVID Response Task Force, which worked with the courts and the bar to establish guidelines for the operation of the courts and provided daily notifications to the legal community of rules and court changes during the pandemic. He has also served as a chair of the MBA’s Judicial Diversity Task Force and as chair of the MBA’s Judicial Administration Section, where he also chaired 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. Over the past year, he has continued his efforts to improve the legal system by bringing judges and lawyers together, moderating a bench-bar forum with the Flaschner Judicial Institute and also a question-and-answer forum with the chief justices of the Trial and Superior courts and other judges on reducing stressors in the courtroom.  

Additional Service: Outside the MBA, Bond is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), where he has served on its executive committee and board of governors. He received MATA’s President’s Award in 2014. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice. A frequent lecturer on admiralty law at Suffolk University Law School, Bond has also lectured locally at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association and the New England School of Law, and nationally before the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute in New Orleans, the American Association for Justice and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Additional Information: Bond grew up in Charlton, Mass., and graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in 1977. A lifelong Massachusetts resident, he has lived in Hopkinton for 26 years, where he still resides with his wife of 36 years. They have two grown daughters and one chocolate rescue lab.

Garcia2018Grace V.B. Garcia

President-elect

Firm: Partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston

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

Legal Career: Garcia 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. 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 2019, 2020 and 2021, she was elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA president-elect, Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Garcia co-chairs 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. The Lawyer Well-Being Committee also presented two wellness challenges in 2021, which provided the legal community with resources that encouraged, motivated and inspired a balanced lifestyle. 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. Further, Garcia coordinated 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. Garcia has also chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, is 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 chairs its Construction Law practice group and has served as a member of the board and held leadership positions in its Product Liability & Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia was the state representative for 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. 

Turco, Damian headshotDamian J. Turco

Vice President

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: Turco is the managing partner at Turco Legal PC, an eight-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 divorce, child custody 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, 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 vice president, 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 more than 35 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 grew up in Andover and lives in Newburyport with his wife, Melina, and three daughters. 

SantoroMairMBAwebVictoria Santoro Mair 

Treasurer

Firm: Partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP in Boston

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

Legal Career: Santoro Mair is a partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP in Boston, where she handles a variety of cases, including pharmaceutical and rideshare litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice and sexual assault. Santoro Mair also regularly handles arbitration, mediation, complex brief-writing and motion hearings, intakes of new clients, legal seminars, live interviews and more. 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. Notable results include a multi-million-dollar verdict against an international hotel chain for the wrongful death drowning of a father of four. She also recently prevailed in the state’s first entirely remote civil jury trial.

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA treasurer, 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 co-chaired the Boston Bar Association’s Recently Elected Partners Forum for two years, and speaks regularly at national legal conferences and local continuing legal education seminars. Santoro Mair has also been a guest speaker at law schools.

Additional Information: Santoro Mair lives in Concord with her husband, son and rescue dog.

HaydenMichael H. Hayden

Secretary

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: 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 secretary, 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 a member of Morrison Mahoney LLP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Additional Information: Hayden lives in Quincy.

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, 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."