2009–10 Officers

Valerie A. Yarashus

Valerie A. Yarashus

President

Firm: Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC, Boston

Education: B.A., George Washington University, 1987; J.D., Harvard Law School, 1990.

Legal Career: Yarashus concentrates in plaintiff's civil trial practice, including medical malpractice, product liability and a wide variety of general liability cases.Yarashus was awarded the prestigious Weidemann-Wysocki "Citation of Excellence" from the American Association for Justice for her commitment to the civil justice system. In 1997, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Yarashus one of the "Rising Stars" in the legal profession, and in 2006, inducted her into its Up-and-Coming Lawyers Hall of Fame. Since 2004, she has been named in every edition of Best Lawyers in America. Also, Yarashus has been listed by Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of personal injury every year since 2004, and as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Massachusetts (including every practice area) annually since 2005.

MBA Service: A past-chair of the Health Law Section Council and House of Delegates member, Yarashus served as treasurer following two consecutive terms as vice president. Yarashus 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. A Civil Litigation Section Council member from 1994 to 1997, Yarashus is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education. In addition, she co-chairs a bench-bar task force for plain English jury instructions.

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.

Additional Information: Yarashus lives in Holliston.

Denise Squillante

Denise Squillante

President-elect

Firm: Denise Squillante, Attorney at Law.

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

Legal Career: A solo practitioner, Squillante concentrates in family law, corporate law, injury and estates, and also provides business and legal consulting services to corporations.

MBA Service: Long active in the MBA's Family Law Section Council and its associated committees, Squillante has also lent her energy to the MBA's Presidential Task Force on Terrorism, the Amicus Committee and the Joint Bar Committee. A former recipient of the MBA's Pro Bono Publico Award, Squillante is a longtime member of the House of Delegates and a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow. Squillante has testified in front of the Massachusetts Legislature on behalf of the MBA and is a frequent guest lecturer for MBA continuing legal education programs. Instrumental in establishing the MBA's General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section, as well as leading the MBA's efforts to assist lawyers who are transitioning in or out of the practice of law, this will be Squillante's fifth term as an MBA officer.

Additional Service: 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. Squillante is a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc., and she also takes part in the Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee Self-Represented Litigants Advisory Group. In addition, Squillante is the Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. 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.

Additional Information: Squillante lives in Fall River.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Treasurer

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: Holloway's 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. In August, Holloway began a three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

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: Holloway lives in Topsfield.

Douglas K. Sheff

Douglas K. Sheff

Vice President

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 five-time recipient of the American Association for Justice's Wiedemann Wysocki Award, Sheff serves on the AAJ's Board of Governors, its Leaders Forum and its Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. In addition, Sheff has been awarded the AAJ's New Generation Award and has been elected by his peers nationally to chair the AAJ's 100 State Delegates. A Boston Magazine "Super Lawyer," Sheff has also been recognized in Lifesavers, for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products. Sheff is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow and a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, which supports consumer rights nationwide.

MBA Service: MBA membership committee chair; 2007, 2008 Gala Dinner Committee chair; former regional delegate to the House of Delegates; member of Executive Management Board and Budget and Finance Committee; and past member of the Civil Litigation Section Council.

Additional Service: 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. Sheff 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. Sheff also served as chair to the AAJ's Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide.

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

Richard P. Campbell

Richard P. Campbell

Vice President

Firm: Founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC in Boston.

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1970; J.D., Boston College Law School, 1974.

Legal Career: Campbell represents individuals in serious personal injury matters, commercial disputes, multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation disasters, toxic tort and product liability disputes. In addition, Campbell organizes and leads his firm's pro bono project, educating parents, students, and school administrators about civil and criminal social host liability laws. Campbell was was awarded Boston College Law School's highest award for dedication to the law ― the Founder's Medal.  Campbell was also the 2009 recipient of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, in recognition for his leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS.

MBA Service: A past MBA secretary, Campbell has served on the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, for more than five years; the Criminal Justice Section Council for four years and currently serves as a trustee on the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Additional Service: Campbell is a past chair of the 34,000-member Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and director of its National Trial Academy. Campbell also served as dean of the International Association of Defense Counsel's Corporate Counsel College and has been a member of the Executive Committees of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Product Liability Advisory Council. The president of the American Bar Association appointed him to the ABA's Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and Campbell has also served as chair of the Task Force on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Additional Information: Campbell lives in Cohasset.

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Jeffrey N. Catalano

Secretary

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. Catalano was selected as a New England "Super Lawyer" in 2009 and a "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine in 2005.

MBA Service: A past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section, Catalano has served on the MBA's governing board, the House of Delegates, since 2006 and is a member of its Executive Management Board.

Additional Service: A Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, Catalano is also a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. 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. In 2008, he was recognized by Health Law Advocates for his exceptional pro bono representation.

Additional information: Catalano lives in West Roxbury.

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