Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Notable & Quotable


Prosecutor, public defender salaries

Sheff for Notable

"How much are we going to invest in making sure people are properly prosecuted and defended? We owe it to ourselves to use this commission to make it right."

MBA President Douglas K. Sheff, Boston Business Journal, Dec. 12

Sheff spoke to the Boston Business Journal about the MBA's newly appointed Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Compensation and bar members concerns about "whether Massachusetts salaries discourage many talented lawyers from seeking working in the public sector." MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy was also quoted in the article, referencing the MBA's 1994 "Striking a Balance: Adequate Compensation Effective Representation" report that "helped prompt legislators to increase the hourly rate paid to private attorneys doing court-appointed work among other changes."

Healy for Notable

"Massachusetts has lagged behind.''

MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, Patriot Ledger, Dec. 12

In an article about the MBA's commission, Healy noted that Massachusetts lags behind New York, New Jersey and Connecticut when it comes to salaries for state prosecutors and public defenders. The article noted that former Congressman and Norfolk County DA William D. Delahunt was one of several top leaders serving on the MBA panel. MBA President Douglas K. Sheff was also included in the article, where he stated: "The lack of proper compensation in our criminal justice system is not simply a court issue; it is a direct affront to the public's constitutional rights to a fair and speedy trial and effective assistance of counsel."


Business trade secrets

Notable Sullivan

"This case is all about a company that had a lot of hope and promise, but didn't have any profits."

MBA Vice President Christopher P. Sullivan, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Dec. 5 (subscription req'd)

Sullivan, partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, provided outside commentary in an article about oral arguments in a trade secret case recently heard by the Supreme Judicial Court. The appeal involved a trial court judge's decision to exclude an expert's testimony on future lost profits. Calling the issues "fascinating," Sullivan, who is not involved in the case, said the outcome of the case could affect the ability of start-up companies to collect damages for predicted future lost profits.