Appeals Court appoints Lima court administrator

Issue September 2010

Attorney Gilbert Lima Jr. has been appointed court administrator of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza announced.

Lima, whose appointment is effective July 1, succeeds the recently retired Alex McNeil, the only other person to hold the position since the court was established in 1972.

A summa cum laude graduate of Framingham State College and a magna cum laude graduate of Western New England College School of Law, Lima has worked in the Appeals Court clerk's office for more than 20 years, the last 10 as first assistant clerk. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney, serving in Bristol County between 1983 and 1989. He is also a retired major in the Military Police of the U.S. Army Reserve. Lima was mobilized as a platoon leader and company executive officer in Operation Desert Storm and then led a military observer controller team conducting training for units mobilized in support of anti-terrorist activity. He lives in Rehoboth with his wife and three children.

Announcing the appointment, Rapoza said, "I am extremely pleased to appoint Gil Lima as court administrator of the Appeals Court. He has demonstrated both the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to assist me in administering the court and he has my complete confidence in his new role. I look forward to working with him in the years to come." Rapoza added that, with the appointment last year of Joseph Stanton as the new clerk of the Appeals Court, "I believe we have assembled an excellent management team to help guide the Appeals Court during these difficult times."

Lima said, "I am deeply honored to have been appointed to be the court administrator. I look forward to working with Chief Justice Rapoza and all of the justices, and also with my colleagues in the Appeals Court and throughout the Massachusetts court system."