2012–13 Officers

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.


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: A regular panelist for continuing legal education programs, Holloway is also an emeritus member of the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, having served on that board since 1981. Recognized by Boston magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation, Holloway is also a past president of the Essex County Bar Association. A regular volunteer as a judge for moot court arguments at Boston University School of Law and Harvard Law School, Holloway is a trial advisor in the Harvard Trial Workshop program.

MBA Service: Holloway is a long-term member of the MBA's 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, the governing body of the MBA. The former MBA treasurer, Holloway served as chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. Holloway received the MBA's Community Service Award in 1993 and served on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations for six years. In August 2009, Holloway began a three-year appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

Additional Service: A former member of the Town of Topsfield Board of Health and an elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999, Holloway was also a director of the Topsfield Athletic Association for many years and served as the organization's president. Prior to that, he served as member and chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. In addition, he was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Additional information: Holloway lives in Topsfield.

Douglas K. Sheff

Douglas K. Sheff


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 is a nationally renowned brain injury litigation expert and specializes in all aspects of personal injury law. A seven-time recipient of the American Association for Justice's Wiedemann Wysocki Award, Sheff holds the title of governor to the AAJ, where he has spent more than 20 years working nationally and locally on issues that affect the trial bar. A Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, Sheff is a recipient of the AAJ's Next Generation Award. In addition, Sheff is a Boston magazine "Super Lawyer," and has been recognized in Lifesavers, for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products.

MBA Service: Sheff served two terms as MBA vice president and is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In addition, Sheff served as MBA secretary in 2008-09 and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section from 2005 to 2006. Sheff is chair of the MBA Workplace Safety Task Force, and has also served as a chair of the MBA Membership Committee and co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference Committee.

Additional Service: Sheff is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, serving on its board of governors for more than 20 years. Sheff was recently honored with MATA's inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Elected by his national peers, Sheff is a past chair of the AAJ's State Delegates and served as chair of its Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide. Appointed a trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides education for lawyers across the United States, Sheff is also a recipient of the ORT Award for integrity in the law.

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

Robert W. Harnais

Robert W. Harnais

Vice President

Firm: Mahoney, Diamond and Harnais Law Offices in Quincy.

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1984; J.D.,  New England Law | Boston, 1989.

Legal Career: A general practitioner, Harnais concentrates on criminal law, family law, real estate, labor and consumer law.  A member of the Norfolk County Bar Association, Harnais has served as a member of the Race and Ethnic Advisory Board for the Massachusetts courts and the American Planning Board.

MBA Service: Harnais joins MBA leadership following many years of volunteer service. A member of the MBA House of Delegates since 2006, Harnais has sat on the MBA's Executive Management Board and has served as co-chair of the MBA Task Force on Diversity.

Additional Service: Harnais is a past president of both the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the National Hispanic Bar Association and remains highly involved with both organizations.

Additional information: Harnais lives in Braintree.

Christopher P. Sullivan

Christopher P. Sullivan

Vice President

Firm: Partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Boston.

Education: B.A., College of 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. Additionally, Sullivan is currently an Executive Board Member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and is New England Chapter Vice President of the Fordham University Law School Alumni.

MBA Service: Sullivan has previously served as an MBA member-at-large of the House of Delegates and as a member of the Executive Management Board. He also sat on the Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils. Sullivan also served as tri-chair of the Federal Practices and Procedures Committee.

Additional Service: Sullivan has served as president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2010-2011) and is currently the FBA's vice president for the First Circuit. He has also served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Additional information: Sullivan is a resident of Hingham.

Marsha V. Kazarosian

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: Long active in bar associations across the state, Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, she was recently nominated as Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women in Law. Kazarosian 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. Since 2006, when Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian," she has been identified as one of the top woman lawyers in Massachusetts and New England.

MBA Service: Co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference committee and chair of both the MBA's Education Committee and the Technology Implementation Task Force, Kazarosian has served on 10 association committees and sections, including the Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate Law section councils. Previously an MBA secretary, she was vice president from 2008 to 2009. 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.

Additional Service: Kazarosian has served a two-year term as one of 25 lawyers in the commonwealth appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courts Pro Bono Panel and a six-year term as a Hearings Committee Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In 2005, Kazarosian debuted as the host of her own internet radio program on the Legal Talk Network, in which she discusses relevant legal issues. Active in the North Shore Community, Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and was a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation.

Additional information: Kazarosian lives in Haverhill.

Martha Rush O'Mara

Martha Rush O'Mara


Firm: Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara in Melrose.

Education: B.S., Salem State College, 1974; J.D., New England Law | Boston, 1990.

Legal Career: Rush O'Mara focuses her practice in children's law. A former president of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, Rush O'Mara previously served two terms on the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee (IOLTA), as well as two terms as a Hearing Officer for the Board of Bar Overseers.

MBA Service: Rush O'Mara previously co-chaired the MBA's Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section and also sat on the Law Practice Management Section Council. She also serves as an MBA designee on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) and sits on the association's Executive Management Board, as well as its governance and membership committees.

Additional Service: Rush O'Mara serves as a judge for the MBA's annual Mock Trial Program and has served as a mock trial judge at Brandeis University and for the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Rush O'Mara devotes a significant amount of time to her volunteer work in the Massachusetts legal community, supporting pro bono projects and mentoring law school students and recent graduates.

Additional information: Rush O'Mara lives in Melrose.

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