2004–05 Officers

Kathleen O'Donnell

Kathleen O'Donnell


Firm: Marcotte Law Firm, Lowell.

Education: B.A., Wheaton College, 1977; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1980.

Legal Career: O'Donnell is an expert in auto insurance. She concentrates her practice in civil trial work, but also specializes in workers' compensation, criminal, probate and domestic law. A former instructor of legal practice skills at Suffolk University Law School (1980-82), she has lecture frequently on auto insurance issues at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

MBA Service: O'Donnell has held every position as an Officer of the Massachusetts Bar Association. In addition, she had served on the MBA's Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice (co-chair, 2001-2004); Budget and Finance Committee (chair, 2002-2003); Amicus Committee (chair, 2001-2002) and Civil Litigation Section Council (chair, 2000-2001). She currently serves on the MBA's House of Delegates.

Additional service: She has been involved with a number of other major legal organizations, including the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (president, 1995-1996); Association of Trial Lawyers of America (member since 1995; State Affairs Committee co-chair 1998-2004); American Board of Trial Advocates (first woman elected to Massachusetts Chapter); Greater Lowell Bar Association (president, 1990-1991; director, GLBA Conciliation Program, 1989-1996); Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (vice president, 2002-2003; member, Board of Directors, 1998-present). In addition to her legal activities, O'Donnell has been involved in community service, including the Sohier Park Committee, York, Maine (chair, 1992-1993); Greater Lowell Rape Crisis Services (member, Board of Directors, 1990-1994); as well as several other Great Lowell organizations.

Additional information: O'Donnell lives in Lowell.


Warren Fitzgerald

Warren Fitzgerald


Firm: Partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Fitzgerald, Boston.

Education: B.A., Boston University; J.D., Boston University Law School.

Legal Career: Fitzgerald has been with Meehan Boyle since its founding in 1985. Prior to that, he was an associate with Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and with Hutchins and Wheeler. In addition to his MBA activities, Fitzgerald is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, a sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and a member of the American, Women’s and Essex County bar associations.

MBA Service: Fitzgerald has served as Treasurer and Vice President of the association and Chairperson of its Civil Litigation Section. He has been a member of the Executive Management Board, the Budget and Finance Committee and the House of Delegates for many years and is a former co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice.

Additional information: Fitzgerald lives in Andover.

Edward W. McIntyre

Edward W. McIntyre

Vice President

Education: New England School of Law, Saint Bonaventure University, and Assumption College.

Legal Career: 1987-2004, solo practitioner in Clinton, concentrating in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Concentration emphasizes spinal cord & brain injury. Appellate experience: U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court. 1982-1992 Schneiders & McIntyre, in Canton; 1983-1987, McGrail, McQuoid, McIntyre & Gibbons, in Clinton.

Professional Service: Delegate, Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates, 1998-2004; Executive Management Board 2002-2004; President’s Task Force on Judicial Evaluation 2003-2004; Judicial Administration Section Council, chair, 2003-2004, vice-chair, 2002-2003; member 2000-2004; MBA’s ABA Nominating Committee 2003, 2004; Mock Trial 1998-2004; Conversations 2004; Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation. MBF Grant Review Committee, 2000-2004.

Additional Service: Supreme Judicial Court’s Clients’ Security Board, chair 2003-04, vice-chair 2003, member 1999-2004; Supreme Judicial Court’s Pro Bono Standing Committee, 1999-2004; member, Hearing Committee, Board of Bar Overseers, 1999-2005; president, Worcester County Bar Association 1998-99; director, Worcester Bar Foundation, 1998-2004; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1982-1998; Board of Governors, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1992-1997; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1982-1999; panel member, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments 1997-1998; member, Worcester Courthouse Site-Selection Advisory Committee, 1998-1999.

Additional Information: Served in Vietnam, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Mark D Mason

Mark D Mason

Vice President

Firm: Principal of Cooley, Shrair of Springfield.

Education: B.A., Columbia College, 1980; J.D., Boston University Law School, 1984.

Legal Career: Principle in firm's litigation department, where he concentrates his practice in commercial litigation and domestic law; and admitted to the state courts of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Massachusetts.

MBA Service: Vice President, 2003-2004; Secretary, 2002-2003; Treasurer, 2003-4; former chair of New Lawyers Section Council and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; former secretary, Judicial Administration Section Council; current chair, Same Gender Marriage Task Force; co-chair, Anniversary Fee Task Force; and has served seven years on the MBA House of Delegates and Board of Delegates and six years on the Executive Management Board and Executive Committee.

Additional Service: Former Big Brother and Mentor; Community Music School of Springfield board member; March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts past president and board member; co-founder and past president of the Gay & Lesbian Civic Association of Greater Springfield; City of Springfield Cultural Council past chair and councilor; former member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution; coordinator of the Hampden County Probate and Family Court Volunteer Mediator Program; and recipient of the 2001 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award.

Additional information: Lives in Springfield.

Jeffrey B. Loeb

Jeffrey B. Loeb


Firm: Rich May, Ipswich.

Education: B.A., Yale University in 1982; J.D., cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1985.

Legal Career: Loeb serves primarily as a business litigator with significant experience in the areas of general civil litigation and business and commercial law. He has been a frequent lecturer and contributor for continuing legal education programs run by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He is the co-author of the chapter on appeals from the District Court in MCLE's publication on appellate practice and procedure.

MBA service: Mr. Loeb is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (Secretary 2003-2004; Treasurer 2004-2005; MBA House of Delegates, 1993-1994, 1995-1997, 2002-2004, 2005-2007; Budget & Finance Committee 1994-2005, 2006-2007; Executive Management Board 2002-2005, 2006-2007; Policy and Governance Committee 2002-2004; Chair, Young Lawyers Division 1993-1994).

Additional service:  He is a member of the Salem Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1994-2003), Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has been an elected member of the Ipswich School Committee since 1995. He served as Chair from 1999 to 2001 and 2006 to 2007. He was a member of the Building Committee that oversaw the construction of Ipswich’s new High School/Middle School. He is also active in Ipswich Youth Soccer, serving as both a coach and Travel Director.

Additional information: Mr. Loeb lives in Ipswich with his wife and 3 children. 

Katherine Hesse

Katherine Hesse


Firm: One of the founding partners of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, offices in Boston and Quincy.

Education: B.A., Smith College; J.D., Boston University Law School.

Legal Career: She concentrates her practice primarily in labor and employment and employee benefits law, serving as counsel to business, government, and tax-exempt organizations including hospitals, colleges, churches, and major private and public retirement and health plans. She has taught at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts and authored a number of published articles. She frequently conducts training seminars for the MBA, MCLE, BBA, and for clients and other professional and business groups on employment and benefits related topics including sexual harassment and diversity.

MBA Service: She has served as MBA Secretary, and has served on the Executive Management Board and House of Delegates. She is a trustee and Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Additional Service: She sits on the board of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; serves as president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and a founding steering committee member of its Women's Business Connection; is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Women and Infants Center; is past president of the Alliance of Women's Business and Professional Organizations (an umbrella organization of women's business organizations dedicated to enhancing the power, visibility and influence of business and professional women); is former vice chair of the board, Saint John of God Hospital; and is former chair of the board, St. Coletta's of Massachusetts Inc.

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