Harnais joins 2011-12 MBA officer slate

Issue September 2011 By Tricia M.Olivia

Robert W. Harnais has joined the MBA officer ranks as secretary. On Sept. 1, Harnais and the other returning officers will begin their work for the 2011-12 association year.

Harnais is with Mahoney, Diamond and Harnais Law Offices in Quincy, where his general practice concentrates on criminal, family, real estate, labor and 
consumer law.

Harnais was first exposed to the MBA when he first sat on the MBA's House of Delegates, its governing body. Since his involvement with HOD as president of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (an affiliated bar of the MBA), he has enjoyed several years of volunteer service for the organization.

'The energy here is tremendous," said Harnais, who looks forward to helping carry out the goals of President Richard P. Campbell and his other fellow officers.

"I feel like I can be used to help support the organization's diversity efforts," said Harnais, who has served as the co-chair of the MBA Task Force on Diversity.

"I've enjoyed my involvement with the MBA. Learning from the members' varying perspectives-whether it be through education programming or in other forums made available through the MBA-has been important for me professionally," said Harnais, who has served on the MBA's Executive Management Board.

A past president of both MAHA and the National Hispanic Bar Association, he remains highly involved with both organizations.

In addition to his involvement with the MBA, Harnais is also a member of the Norfolk County Bar Association. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Race and Ethnic Advisory Board for the Massachusetts courts.

Harnais received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 1984 and graduated from New England Law | Boston in 1989. He resides in 

Incoming MBA President Richard P. Campbell will continue to lead the association's Centennial anniversary celebration efforts until Dec. 2011. Campbell has set the following priorities for the 2011-12 year:

  • Educating the public-at-large on the grave consequences from underfunding the courts;
  • Being a part of the policy debates and analysis of the Gateway Cities in Massachusetts; and
  • Evaluating the ongoing relevancy of law schools.
  • The other officers are President-elect  Robert L. Holloway Jr., Vice  President Jeffrey N. Catalano,  Vice President Marsha V. Kazarosian and  Treasurer  Douglas K. Sheff.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.


As MBA Treasurer in the 2010-11 association year, Holloway chaired the Budget and Finance Committee. He also co-chaired the MBA Strategic Planning Committee with Campbell.

Holloway is a shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody. Holloway is a long-term member of the MBA's Ethics Committee, a member and past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council and a former regional delegate to the MBA House of Delegates. Holloway received the MBA's Community Service Award in 1993 and served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. In August 2009, Holloway began a three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, and is a regular panelist for continuing legal education programs. Holloway also is an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. Recognized by Boston magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation, Holloway is also a past president of the Essex County Bar Association. A Topsfield resident, Holloway has served as a member of the town's Board of Health, as an elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999, as director and president of the Topsfield Athletic Association and as chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. In addition, he was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served for many years as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Vice President

Catalano led the successful efforts of the MBA Centennial Commission Fundraising Subcommittee over the last year. He also worked to develop the MBA Pro Bono Prescription in the spring, launching a pioneering initiative that brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

Catalano is a partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, where he specializes in representing victims of catastrophic injuries in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident, class action and other personal injury cases. A chair of the MBA's Volunteer, Recognition, Recruitment & Retention Task Force and a member of its Executive Management Board, he is a past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section and has served on the MBA's House of Delegates since 2006. A Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, Catalano is also a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is also on the board of directors for the non-profit law firm Health Law Advocates Inc., where his pro bono work includes patient advocacy and representing chronically ill and impoverished people who are denied access to health care services. In 2009, he received a "Hero from the Field" award for his efforts in improving health care quality and patient rights. Catalano was selected as a New England "Super Lawyer" in 2009 and a "Rising Star" by  Boston magazine in 2005. He lives in West Roxbury.

Marsha V. Kazarosian

Vice President

Chair of both the MBA's Education Committee, and the Technology Implementation Task Force, she served as co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference this past year.

Kazarosian is managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, where she concentrates in civil rights litigation, family law and discrimination. Kazarosian previously served as an MBA secretary and vice president. Kazarosian has also served on the MBA's Executive Management Board, House of Delegates, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations, Nominating Committee and Gala Dinner Committee. She has sat on a dozen association committees and sections, including the Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate Law section councils. In addition, Kazarosian is a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Long active in bar associations across the state, she is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, Kazarosian was recently nominated as Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women in the Law, and was also named one of the top 10 lawyers in the commonwealth in 1999 by the paper after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. Kazarosian served a two-year term as one of 25 lawyers in the commonwealth appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel, and a six-year term as a Hearings Committee officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She also hosts an Internet radio program on Legal Talk Network. Kazarosian lives in Haverhill.

Douglas K. Sheff


Sheff is chair of the Workplace Safety Task Force and has also served as chair of the MBA Membership Committee and as co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference and Ball.

Sheff is senior partner at Sheff Law Offices in Boston, where he specializes in all aspects of personal injury law and is considered an expert in brain injury law. Sheff is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, he served two terms as MBA vice president, as MBA secretary in 2008-09 and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section in 2005-06. He is also a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow. A past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, he was honored with the group's inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Sheff has been appointed trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides superior education and training for trial lawyers across the United States. Sheff has been awarded the ORT Award for integrity in the law and is a seven-time recipient of the American Association for Justice's prestigious Wiedemann-Wysocki Award. In addition, Sheff has been awarded the AAJ's New Generation Award and served as chair to the AAJ's Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide. A Boston magazine "Super Lawyer," Sheff has also been recognized in Lifesavers for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products. He resides in Boston