2017–18 Officers 

sullivanChristopher P. Sullivan


Firm: Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston

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

Legal Career: Sullivan, a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP, represents clients in complex civil litigation matters, such as securities fraud, shareholder disputes and intellectual property cases. 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, who is the former chair of the MBA's Membership Committee, serves on the MBA's Executive Management Board and in its House of Delegates. Working with the Federal Bar Association and the MBA, Sullivan launched the Massachusetts Chapter of SOLACE, a network of legal professionals who provide critical aid to those in the profession in their time of need.

Additional Service: Sullivan is a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA, as well as the American Bar Foundation. He is also a life fellow of the Foundation for the Federal Bar Association. Currently, Sullivan serves as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers.

Additional information: Sullivan and his wife, Beth, live in Hingham.

kenneyChristopher A. Kenney


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 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: While serving as treasurer of the MBA in 2016-17, Kenney also served as co-chair of the MBA Leadership Academy and chair of the MBA's Consumer Advocacy Committee. He is a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board. Kenney has also served in the MBA's House of Delegates and is a former chair of its Civil Litigation Section.

Additional Service: Kenney is a former president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA), 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. He has consistently been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2009.

Additional information: Kenney is a resident of Sudbury.

murphyDenise I. Murphy

Vice President

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 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: Murphy previously served as secretary of the MBA. A member of the MBA's Executive Management Board, Murphy has also served on the association's Budget & Finance Committee. From 2015-16, she was the chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments. She previously served as the chair of the MBA's Labor & Employment Section and 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, as well as the Conversations on Law and Liberty Program.

Additional Service: Murphy is a mentoring circle leader for the Women's Bar Association, a former member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Defense lawyers Association, a former 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.

morrissey John J. Morrissey


Firm: 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 trial attorney and a founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree, where he practices in the areas of plaintiffs' personal injury, including wrongful death, catastrophic injury and workers' compensation claims. He also 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 is a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board, the Leadership Academy Steering Committee and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee. A past MBA secretary and vice president, Morrissey has served in the House of Delegates, and as chair of the MBA's Judicial Administration Section Council. He also previously chaired the MBA's Membership Committee. 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 was appointed in 2017 to serve as vice chair 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 also a life fellow and has served as a member of the Grant Advisory Committees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. He serves as a director of Independent Bank Corporation and Rockland Trust Company and as a rotating member of its executive and trust committees. Morrissey served as a commissioner of the Hingham Conservation Commission appointed by the board of selectmen between 2014 and 2017.

Additional information: Morrissey is a resident of Hingham.

barbarHon. Thomas J. Barbar


Education: B.A., Villanova University, 1986; J.D., New England School of Law, 1993

Legal Career: Secretary Barbar was recently appointed by Gov. Baker, in November 2017, as an associate justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. Judge Barbar is a former partner at Deutsch Williams. As part of his probate practice, he specialized in estate administrations, allowance of wills, equity cases, guardianships and conservatorships. Judge Barbar also litigated will contests and objections to appointments of administrators and guardians. His domestic relations practice specialized in all phases of divorce law, paternity and adoption cases. Barbar was a recipient of the MBA Volunteer Recognition Award in 2013.

MBA Service: Judge Barbar is a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and the House of Delegates. He was the chair of the Law Practice Management Section, and he previously served as the co-chair of the MBA's Family Law Section and on the the Budget & Finance Committee. Judge Barbar presently sits on the association's Renovations Committee and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee. He has served on the Membership Committee, the ABA Nominating Committee, and the MBA Nominating Committee. Judge Barbar was also a mentor in the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring program. He has authored articles for the MBA's Lawyers Journal, including "Tips for Growing Your Law Practice" (February 2014) and "Yours, Mine and Never Ours: The Trouble with Some Prenuptial Agreements" (December 2011). Judge Barbar also co-authored a piece in the MBA's Section Review in February 2009: "Eyster v. Pechenik -- A Miranda Warning for Prenuptial Agreements?"

Additional Service: Judge Barbar is a member of the Boston Bar Association's Family Law Section and Trusts and Estates Section, a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and a co- founder of the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court.

healyMartin 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, 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 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 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. Healy formerly served as a commonwealth of Massachusetts bar examiner for the Supreme Judicial Court. He has been appointed to the Firearm Licensing Review Board by Gov. Charlie D. Baker. 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."