MBA 2006-07 officers begin term

Issue June 2006

The terms for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 2006-07 officers, under the leadership of President Mark D Mason, officially began Sept. 1.

The other officers for 2006-07 are: President-elect David W. White-Lief; Vice President Valerie A. Yarashus, Vice President Denise Squillante, Treasurer Robert F. Lucas, and Secretary Edward W. McIntyre.

Mark D Mason, president, is a principal of Cooley, Shrair of Springfield where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and domestic law. A longtime MBA officer and committee member, he is currently chair of the Post-Goodridge Task Force and co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force in 2003-2004. He lives in Springfield.

David W. White-Lief, president-elect, is a principal in the firm of Breakstone, White-Lief & Gluck PC. His practice concentrates in personal injury, insurance company bad faith, medical malpractice, and professional liability litigation. An active participant in the MBA, he has chaired the Civil Litigation Section Council and the Law Management Section Council, as well as the 2005 MBA Annual Conference. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and contributor to legal publications. He lives in Westwood.

Valerie A. Yarashus, vice president, is a principal in the firm of Sugarman & Sugarman PC, where she concentrates in plaintiff’s trial practice and a wide variety of other general liability cases. Long active in several bar associations, she has contributed her time and talents to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and as Chair of the Health Law Section of the MBA and member of the MBA House of Delegates.

Denise Squillante, vice president, is engaged in general private practice with an emphasis on family law, corporate law, injury and estates. Long active in the MBA’s Family Law Section Council and its associated committees, she has also lent her boundless energies to the MBA’s Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee, the Joint Bar Committee and coordinating MBA efforts to assist lawyers in transition. Through her service in numerous civic and professional organizations, she has strengthened her community and the bar’s commitment to equality and access to justice.

Robert F. Lucas, treasurer, is a senior partner with Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, a Wakefield firm, where he practices general law. He has served on the MBA’s Executive Committee, Executive Management Board and has been an HOD regional delegate and delegate-at-large. He has been active in the MBA, serving on and leading a number of committees, sections and task forces, as well as volunteering as a Mock Trial lawyer-coach and judge. He lives in Melrose.

Edward W. McIntyre, secretary, is a solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation in state and federal courts. He is an expert in spinal cord and brain injury law. A longtime member of the House of Delegates, he has served on the President’s Task Force on Judicial Evaluations, the Judicial Administration Section Council and the MBA’s ABA Nominating Committee. He lives in Clinton.

The 2006-07 House of Delegates regional delegates are:

Region One (Barnstable/Dukes/Nantucket): Paul G. Farrell
Region Two (Plymouth County): Sara J. Trezise
Region Three (Bristol County): Charlotte E. Glinka
Region Four (Berkshire/Franklin/Hampshire): Veronica J. Fenton
Region Five (Hampden County): Mary Jo Kennedy
Region Six (Essex County): Robert L. Holloway Jr., Steven L. Wollman
Region Seven (Middlesex County): Michael C. Fee, Martha Rush O’Mara, Kimberly E. Winter
Region Eight (Norfolk County): Fern L. Frolin, Chris A. Milne
Region Nine (Suffolk County): John N. Affuso Jr., Anthony J. Benedetti, Alice B. Burkin, John J. Carroll Jr.
Region Ten (Worcester County): James T. Van Buren, Elizabeth W. Morse