Member Spotlight

Issue June 2009

Kaplan, Kenton-Walker and McGuire appointed to Superior Court

Gov. Deval Patrick nominated Mitchell H. Kaplan, Janet Kenton-Walker and Thomas F. McGuire Jr. to the Superior Court on March 18. “Each of these attorneys is well known for their top-notch legal skills, even temperament, high integrity and long-standing commitment to justice that will serve all of us well on the bench,” said Patrick.

Mitchell H. Kaplan is a partner with Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston. He has directed Choate’s pro bono program for 15 years, is a long-time director of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, co-chaired the Delivery of Legal Services Section of the Boston Bar Association and is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Kaplan is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Bar Foundation, and has served on the Board of Bar Overseers. Kaplan is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

Janet Kenton-Walker is of-counsel with the Boston Law Collaborative. Kenton-Walker was appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, the Access to Justice Commission and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp., where she served as chair of the board. Formerly secretary and vice-president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, she has also been a trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and was formerly president of the Hampshire County Bar Association.

Thomas F. McGuire Jr., of McGuire & Coughlin PC in Fall River, has been a litigator for more than 25 years. In addition to individual and small business representation, his civil practice includes service as corporation counsel for Fall River and as Massachusetts counsel to Webster Bank, N.A. A Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, McGuire has helped to establish Hope House, a facility for AIDS patients, and created charitable trusts in memory of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Klevan to receive ABA Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association will recognize Alan J. Klevan with its Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award during its spring meeting.

Klevan, co-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section, will receive the award for his significant contribution to educating lawyers and law students about the opportunities of a solo or small firm practice. Klevan is a managing partner at Klevan & Klevan LLP in Wellesley, currently serves on the MBA’s Long Range Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group. Klevan was also the recipient of the 1989 American Jurisprudence Award for Professional Responsibility.

Hart named co-chairman of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas Estate Planning Department

William E. Hart, recently elected partner at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, has been named co-chairman of the firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Department. Hart’s areas of practice include estate planning and probate, taxation, real estate and business matters. Hart is a member of the Massachusetts, Hampshire County and American bar associations, serves on the board of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Trustees of Amherst Academy, and has been a contributing author of the MCLE publication “Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts” since 1992.