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MBA’s Martin W. Healy selected for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023
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MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to announce that MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy has been selected for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Members of this inaugural class were selected based on their career accomplishments, contributions to the development of the law in Massachusetts, contributions to the bar and efforts to improve the quality of justice in Massachusetts. Healy and his fellow honorees will be celebrated at an awards program on Sept. 12 at Venezia Boston.

Healy has worked at the MBA since February 1989, and has served in his current roles as the MBA’s chief legal advisor and liaison to the legislative, executive and judicial branches since 2010. He is responsible for legal advice in corporate matters and legal support in issues of public policy concerning the practice of law and the administration of justice. He also serves as counsel to the MBA’s leadership team, House of Delegates and Executive Management Board. Prior to his current roles, Healy served as the MBA’s general counsel. He has also served the MBA on a number of other occasions as its interim executive director.

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 testify before legislative committees. In January 2015, Healy was awarded the prestigious “Lawyer of the Year Award” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for his role in securing passage of 2014 legislation mandating attorney-conducted voir dire of jurors in the Massachusetts Superior Court Department, along with the right of an attorney to state to a jury or judge a specific monetary figure to be awarded as reasonable compensation in personal injury cases.

Healy has served as executive secretary to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments since 1997. The Joint Bar Committee works confidentially with each gubernatorial administration to screen and approve final judicial candidates for appointment to the Massachusetts judiciary.

Outside of his MBA-related work, Healy is a long-term member of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Editorial Board and is a regular contributor to the publication. Healy has been strongly committed to serving as a volunteer defense counsel in delinquency adjudication cases throughout the past two decades. He currently volunteers as pro bono juvenile defense counsel with the Committee for Public Counsel Services Youth Advocacy Division. In March 2015, Healy received the highly prized Chief Justice Francis J. Poitrast Award from the Juvenile Bar Association for his dedication to the Juvenile Trial Court and its at-risk clients over his many years of service.

In 2013, Healy was appointed by Boston Municipal Court Chief Charles Johnson to the Court’s Operations and Policy Implementation Committee. From 2008 to 2012, he served as a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar Examiner appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. In 2012, Healy was appointed by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo as his appointee to the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Board, the SJC entity responsible for administering criminal defense representation for indigent individuals. Also in 2012, Governor Deval L. Patrick appointed Healy as one of the state’s three Uniform Law Commissioners. In this role, Healy represents the commonwealth nationally in the D.C.-based Uniform Law Commission by drafting and proposing uniform state laws with other distinguished commissioners from throughout the nation’s legislative, judicial and executive branches.

In 2015, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Healy as a Board member to the commonwealth’s Firearms Licensing Review Board. As a Board member, Healy hears petitions of individuals who are statutorily prohibited from obtaining a firearms license without Board approval. In 2019, Healy was awarded the coveted “Beacon of Justice Award” by the Equal Justice Coalition in recognition of his long-standing support of Civil Legal Aid. In 2020, Baker appointed Healy to the Special Judicial Nominating Commission on the Supreme Judicial Court, which selected three new justices, including the historic elevation of Chief Justice Kimberly Budd as the first Black woman to serve as chief justice.

Healy has served as a past disciplinary hearing committee member with the SJC’s Board of Bar Overseers. Healy has taught as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in its master’s in criminal justice program. Healy is a graduate of Suffolk University and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School.

Prior to joining the staff of the MBA, Healy worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Appellate Division and as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts Senate. A native of South Boston, Healy is the proud father of three adult sons and resides north of Boston with his wife Celeste.