2006–07 Officers

Mark D Mason

Mark D Mason


Firm: Principal of Cooley, Shrair P.C. 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.

David W. White Jr.

David W. White Jr.


Firm: Principal of Breakstone, White & Gluck of Boston.

Education: B.S., University of Vermont, 1976; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1984.

Legal Career: Practice concentrates in personal injury, insurance company bad faith, medical malpractice and professional liability litigation.

MBA Service: Has chaired the Civil Litigation Section Council and the Law Management Section Council; chaired the MBA Annual Conference in 2005.

Additional Service: Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and contributor to legal publications; served as a member of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments from 1999-2001; named one of the "Lawyers of the Year" by Lawyers Weekly newspaper in 2004.

Additional Information: Westwood resident.

Valerie A. Yarashus

Valerie A. Yarashus

Vice President

Firm: Yarashus, Wagner, Cook, Freiberger & Washienko LLC, Boston

Education: George Washington University, 1987; Harvard Law School, 1990.

Legal Career: Practice concentrates in plaintiff’s trial practice, including medical malpractice, product liability, construction site liability, motor vehicle liability and a wide variety of general liability cases.

MBA Service: Has chaired the Health Law Section Council; House of Delegates member.

Additional Service: Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; co-authored the sample jury instructions used by many Superior Court judges in personal injury and wrongful death cases; frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education.

Denise Squillante

Denise Squillante

Vice President

Education: B.S., Roger Williams College, 1980; J.D., New England School of Law, 1983.

Legal Career: Solo practitioner in Fall River since 1983, concentrating on family law, corporate law, injury and estates.

MBA Service: Has chaired the Family Law Section Council; has served as a featured speaker for various legal educational programs; former chair of legislation for the Family Law Section Council; has been an associate member of the House of Delegates; serves on various MBA committees, including the Child Support Guideline Committee.

Additional Service: Amicus Committee; Joint Bar Committee; Bristol County Bar Association Executive Committee member; past president of the Fall River Bar Association.

Robert F. Lucas

Robert F. Lucas


Firm: Senior partner with Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP in Wakefield, where he practices general law.

Education: B.A., Bates College, 1956; J.D., Boston University Law School, 1959.

MBA Service: Has sat on 14 MBA committees and boards; chaired three of those; has been a member of the House of Delegates as both a regional delegate and a delegate at-large, and has received the MBA Community Service Award and the Membership Recruitment Award.

Additional Service: Past president of the First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association; trustee at the Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund; former president of the Melrose Citywide PTO; corporator of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital; former mock trial lawyer-coach for Malden Catholic High School; and a current Foundation Fellow at the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Edward W. McIntyre

Edward W. McIntyre


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.

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