Hoopes to lead Fair and Impartial Courts Committee

Issue December 2011

MBA President Richard P. Campbell has appointed Thomas M. Hoopes of LibbyHoopes PC in Boston as the new chair of the Fair and Impartial Courts Committee for the 2011-12 association year.

The committee is responsible for coordinating efforts with the judiciary to educate the press and public about the importance of the rule of law and the integral role of judges in the administration of justice.

MBA Past President Edward P. Ryan Jr. of Fitchburg led the committee for the past decade.

"Many times, our judges find themselves harshly and unfairly attacked for decisions they render that are misunderstood, but nevertheless, appropriately made in accordance with the law. The committee does a great service by providing its expertise to the media and public in explaining these matters that come before the bench," said Campbell.

A former prosecutor, Hoopes created and supervised the White Collar and High Publicity Crime Units in Middlesex County. He is a former chair of the MBA's Criminal Justice Section and is well versed in managing media relations and internal business communications. Hoopes serves as the legal analyst for WHDH-TV (Channel 7) in Boston and has lectured extensively on press and crisis management in legal affairs.

A significant portion of his practice at LibbyHoopes PC relates to internal corporate investigation cases, in which he represents companies and individual clients in complex criminal and civil matters. As a trial attorney, he has successfully tried major cases in state and federal court. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law.