2014–15 Officers

Marsha V. Kazarosian

Marsha V. Kazarosian

President

Firm: Principal attorney at Kazarosian Costello & O'Donnell LLP in Haverhill

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1978; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1982

Legal Career: Kazarosian concentrates in civil rights litigation, family law and discrimination law. Long active in bar associations across the state, Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, Kazarosian was among the "Top Women in the Law" celebrated by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2011. In 1999, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the top 10 lawyers in the commonwealth after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. Identified as one of the preeminent woman lawyers in Massachusetts and New England since 2006, Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian." Most recently she was named one of the "Top Women Lawyers in Massachusetts" by Boston magazine for 2013.

MBA Service: Kazarosian has served on numerous committees and councils, including the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations and the Supreme Judicial Court's Access to Justice Commission's Committee on the Bar Examination. Kazarosian is a life fellow and trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. For the 2014-15 year, Kazarosian was recently appointed to the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Policy Section Plaintiffs' Policy Task Force and the ABA's Gender Equity Task Force. She was co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference committee and chair of both the MBA's Education Committee and the Technology Implementation Task Force.

Additional Service: Kazarosian is a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education trustee and is admitted in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Kazarosian teaches continuing legal education for attorneys and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Active in the North Shore community, Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and was a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. Kazarosian has also served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation.

Additional information: Kazarosian lives in Haverhill and is admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Robert W. Harnais

Robert W. Harnais

President-elect

Firm: Mahoney & Harnais in Quincy

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1984; J.D., New England Law | Boston, 1989

Legal Career: A general practitioner, Harnais concentrates in criminal law, family law, real estate, labor and consumer law.

MBA Service: A past MBA secretary, treasurer, and vice president, Harnais has volunteered his service to the association for many years. A co-chair of the MBA's Crime Lab Task Force, Harnais has also served as the chair of the MBA's Diversity Task Force. In addition, Harnais has been a member of the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, since 2006 and is a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board.

Additional Service: Harnais is a past president of both the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the National Hispanic Bar Association, and remains highly involved with both organizations. Harnais is 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. In June 2014, Harnais was awarded the Alfred P. Malaney Award from the Quincy Bar Association. Commonly referred to as the "Man of the Year Award," the award is presented to an attorney for distinguished legal services.

Additional information: Harnais is a resident of Braintree

Christopher A. Kenney

Christopher A. Kenney

Vice President

Firm: Kenney & Sams PC in Boston

Education: B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1987; J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1990

Legal Career: A founding member and managing shareholder of Kenney & Sams PC in Boston, Kenney has tried cases before every level of the state and federal trial court system in Massachusetts, and has served as an appellate advocate before the Massachusetts Appellate Division, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association named Kenney the 2012 "Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of the Year." Boston magazine ranked Kenney as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts and Kenney was named a "Super Lawyer" in the areas of business litigation and civil litigation defense, a designation limited to the top 5 percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kenney was also selected for inclusion in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009.

MBA Service: A past MBA secretary, Kenney is the chair of the MBA's Consumer Advocacy Committee and a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Membership Committee. He has also served in the association's House of Delegates and is a former chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section.

Additional Service: Kenney is a former president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and former co-president of the Boston Inn of Court. Kenney has served as adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law and frequently writes and lectures for business groups, trade associations and bar associations. Boston University School of Law honored Kenney in 2012 with the Silver Shingle Award for outstanding service to the school. Kenney served as president of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association in 2010-11.

Additional information: Kenney is a resident of Sudbury

John J. Morrissey

John J. Morrissey

Vice President

Firm: Founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989, J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1992

Legal Career: Morrissey is a founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree, where he has a trial practice handling personal injury claims, including wrongful death, catastrophic injury and workers' compensation claims. In addition to his personal injury practice he represents individuals and businesses in commercial and real estate disputes. An accomplished lawyer, Morrissey has been named a New England "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers every year since 2005 and was selected as Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2013.

MBA Service: Morrissey serves as a member of the MBA Executive Management Board and as an arbitrator with the MBA Fee Arbitration Board. In addition, he is a member of the MBA's Workplace Safety Task Force. In the past, he has served on the MBA's governing board, the House of Delegates, and as chair of the MBA Judicial Administration Section Council. In 2013, Morrissey volunteered to participate in the MBA Marathon Bombing Victims' Legal Assistance Program, where he provided free legal services to victims of the marathon bombings.

Additional Service: A hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers for Plymouth and Norfolk counties, Morrissey is also a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys' Board of Governors. He is a life fellow and a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Morrissey was appointed a Commissioner of the Hingham Conservation Commission by the Board of Selectmen in 2014. Since 2012, Morrissey has served as a director of Independent Bank Corporation and Rockland Trust. Independent Bank Corp has approximately $6.2 billion in assets and is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts.

Additional information: Morrissey is a resident of Hingham

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Treasurer

Firm: Partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston.

Education: B.A., University of Scranton, 1990; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1994.

Legal Career: Catalano specializes in representing victims of catastrophic injuries in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident, class action and other personal injury cases. From 2009 to 2014, Boston magazine selected Catalano as a "New England Super Lawyer." In 2014, he was named one of "Boston's Top Rated Lawyers" in Medical Malpractice by Legal Leaders™, signifying the "highest level of professional excellence."

MBA Service: A past MBA vice president and secretary, Catalano has also chaired the association's Volunteer, Recognition, Recruitment & Retention Task Force and served as chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council, as a member of the Executive Management Board and on the MBA's governing board, the House of Delegates. In addition, Catalano has served as a judge for the MBA's High School Mock Trial program. In 2011, Catalano launched the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program, 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.

Additional Service: Catalano is also a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he received the President's Award for his dedication to justice and consumer rights. In addition, Catalano is 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. He has spoken on patient rights and medical-legal issues on national television and for bar associations across the state. In 2009, he received a "Hero from the Field" award for his efforts in improving health care quality and patient rights.

Additional information: Catalano lives in West Roxbury

Christopher P. Sullivan

Christopher P. Sullivan

Secretary

Firm: Partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1971, J.D., Fordham University Law School, 1975

Legal Career: Sullivan focuses on the civil jury trials of complex litigation matters, such as financial and securities cases and intellectual property. As an accomplished trial lawyer, Sullivan has been named a New England "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2004. Additionally, Sullivan is currently an Executive Board Member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and is New England Chapter Vice President of the Fordham University Law School Alumni.

MBA Service: Sullivan is a chair of the MBA's Membership Committee and has served on the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, and as part of the MBA's Executive Management Board. In the past, Sullivan sat on the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council and served as tri-chair of the Federal Practices and Procedures Committee. In 2014, Sullivan helped launch the Massachusetts SOLACE Chapter with the Federal Bar Association (FBA), which connects members of the legal community to provide critical aid in times of need.

Additional Service: Sullivan has served as president of the Massachusetts chapter of the FBA and is currently the FBA's vice president for the First Circuit. He has also served as an instructor at National Institute of Trial Advocacy programs. He is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, the philanthropic partner of the MBA.

Additional information: Sullivan is a resident of Hingham

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