2008–09 Officers

Edward W. McIntyre

Edward W. McIntyre

President

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

Legal Career: 1987-2007, 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.

Valerie A. Yarashus

Valerie A. Yarashus

President-elect

Firm: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, 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. In 1997, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Yarashus one of the "Rising Stars" in the legal profession, and in September 2006, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Up-and-Coming Lawyers Hall of Fame. In 2005 and 2006, she was recognized by Boston magazine, in conjunction with Law and Politics, as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Massachusetts and as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of personal injury law. Yarashus has been listed in the 2004-2007 editions of Best Lawyers in America and is the editor of MCLE's Massachusetts Personal Injury Sourcebook.

MBA Service: Has chaired the Health Law Section Council; House of Delegates member. Yarashus served two terms as vice president, and spearheaded the MBA Task Force on Diversity in 2005-06 and continues to chair this committee that works to increase diversity in the law profession and encourage young, minority students to consider legal careers. She also served on the Civil Litigation Section Council from 1994 to 1997. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education.

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.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Vice President

Firm: Shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC, Peabody.

Education: B.A., Amherst College, 1968; J.D., Boston University Law School, 1973.

Legal Career: His practice focuses on the resolution of complex litigation matters for business and individual clients, in a wide range of substantive areas. He has successfully litigated shareholder derivative actions, securities fraud, lender liability, partnership and close-corporation dissolution matters, trade regulation and consumer protection matters, land use, construction, commercial and banking transaction matters, products liability, employment and discrimination claims, as well as creditor and debtor disputes in the Bankruptcy Court and elsewhere. His representation has included both plaintiffs and defendants in these and many other civil litigation matters. His trial and appellate experience has included federal and state courts in Massachusetts, as well as courts in other jurisdictions.

MBA Service: Long-term member of the Massachusetts Bar Association 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. In addition, Holloway received the MBA's Community Service Award in 1993 and has served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years.

Additional Service: Holloway regularly volunteers as a judge for moot court arguments at Boston University School of Law and Harvard Law School and as a trial advisor in the Harvard Trial Workshop program. He is also a regular panelist on continuing legal education programs, including the recurring MCLE program, "How To Try A Civil Case In Superior Court" and an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. He is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association, past member of the Town of Topsfield Board of Health and served as the elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999. For many years he was the director of the Topsfield Athletic Association and also served as the organization's president for a time. Prior to that, he served as an appointed member and chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. He was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served for many years as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Additional information: Lives in Topsfield.

Vice President

Vice President

Marsha V. Kazarosian

Firm: Managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill.

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

Legal Career: Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, she was named one of the top 10 lawyers in the state in 1999 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. In 2006, Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story titled, “The Power of Marsha Kazarosian.”

MBA Service: Kazarosian has served on nine committees and sections, including the Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate Law section councils. 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. In addition, she is a life fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, this year serving on the Fellowship Committee.

Denise Squillante

Denise Squillante

Treasurer

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

Legal Career: Solo practitioner in Fall River since 1983, she is engaged in general private practice with an emphasis on family law, corporate law, injury and estates, and also provides business and legal consulting services to corporations.

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. Squillante has served on the MBA’s Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee and the Joint Bar Committee. She is a former recipient of the MBA’s Pro Bono Publico Award and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow. She has testified in front of the Massachusetts Legislature on behalf of the MBA and is a frequent guest lecturer for the MBA’s Continuing Legal Education programs. This past year, she was instrumental in establishing the MBA’s new General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, as well as leading the MBA’s efforts to assist lawyers in transition. This will be Squillante’s second term as MBA vice-president. She also served as secretary in 2005-06.

Additional Service: Amicus Committee; Joint Bar Committee; Bristol County Bar Association Executive Committee member; past president of the Fall River Bar Association. Co-chair of the joint MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force and the MBA representative on the Equality Commission, a collaborative effort of the BBA/MBA, Women’s Bar Foundation, and the Women’s Bar Association. She is a member of the Bristol County Bar Association Executive Board and former president of the Fall River Bar Association. She is highly involved with efforts to address domestic violence in Fall River. Squillante is a former member of the board of directors at the Katie Brown Educational Program, YMCA-Fall River and Domestic Violence Task Force. Squillante is a former visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State College and Bristol Community College.

Douglas K. Sheff

Douglas K. Sheff

Secretary

Firm: Senior partner at Sheff Law Offices in Boston.

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

Legal Career: Sheff specializes in all aspects of personal injury law and is considered an expert in brain injury law. A past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Sheff has been appointed Trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides superior education and training for trial lawyers across the United States. He is also a director of the Belli Society, a recognized group of outstanding trial attorneys, and has been awarded the ORT ward for integrity in the law. A five-time recipient of the American Association for Justice's Wiedemann Wysocki Award, Sheff was elected by his peers nationally to chair the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's 100 State Delegates. Sheff has also served as chair of the AAJ's Council of Presidents. AAJ is the largest trial bar association in the world, representing 50,000 attorneys in the United States alone.

MBA Service: 2007 Gala Dinner Committee chair; former regional delegate to the House of Delegates; member of Executive Management Board; past memberof the Civil Litigation Section Council.

Additional Information: Sheff lives in the North End neighborhood of Boston.

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