2015–16 Officers

Robert W. Harnais

Robert W. Harnais

President

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: Harnais is the MBA's first Hispanic president. He has volunteered his service to the MBA for many years, serving as an officer and as a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and House of Delegates. Harnais has also served as co-chair of the MBA's Crime Lab Task Force and chair of the MBA's Diversity Task Force.

Additional Service: Harnais is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA) and a past regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and remains highly involved with both organizations. In 2014, MAHA honored Harnais with its Leadership Award for his dedication to the Hispanic bar. That same year he received the Quincy Bar Association's Alfred P. Malaney Award, commonly referred to as the "Man of the Year Award," for distinguished legal services. Harnais is also a past recipient of the Norfolk County Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2011).

Additional information: Harnais is a resident of Braintree.

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Jeffrey N. Catalano

President-elect

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. In 2015, The Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal named Catalano a "2015 New England Best Lawyer" for Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs. Catalano has also been named a 2016 Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation. From 2009 to 2014, Super Lawyers 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, secretary and treasurer, 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 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.

A past MBA vice president, secretary and treasurer, 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 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. He was recently selected to serve on the Board of Advisors for the National Patient Safety Foundation, a non-profit that partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. Catalano 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 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."

MBA Service: A past MBA secretary, Kenney is the chair of the MBA's Consumer Advocacy Task Force 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.

Christopher P. Sullivan

Christopher P. Sullivan

Treasurer

Firm: Partner at Robins Kaplan 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.

MBA Service: Sullivan is a chair of the MBA's Membership Committee and has served on the MBA's Executive Management Board and House of Delegates. 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 is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the FBA and a former FBA vice president for the First Circuit. He is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, the philanthropic partner of the MBA. He is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association. Recently, Sullivan was appointed a Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Officer, with a term lasting through 2017. Sullivan is currently an executive board member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and is the New England Chapter vice president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

Additional information: Sullivan is a resident of Hingham.

John J. Morrissey

John J. Morrissey

Secretary

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.

MBA Service: Morrissey serves as a member of the MBA Executive Management Board, an arbitrator with the MBA Fee Arbitration Board and is a member of the Workplace Safety Task Force. A past MBA vice president, he has also served on 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: Morrissey was recently appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers by the Supreme Judicial Court. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys' Board of Governors. Morrissey 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 $7.2 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.

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