Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
MBA Past President Mark D Mason Nominated to Springfield District Court
Mason served as MBA president during the 2006-07 association year
Governor Deval Patrick recently announced the nomination of Mark D. Mason, an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator, to the Springfield District Court.
“The depth and breadth of Mark Mason’s experience make him uniquely qualified to sit on the District Court,” Patrick said. “Beyond his proven legal skills and excellent reputation, Mason has throughout his career consistently given back to his community and the bar through pro bono representation, leadership, and volunteer work.”
Mason, a graduate of Columbia University and Boston University School of Law, is a partner with the Springfield law firm of Cooley Shrair PC. He represents individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in a variety of matters including business litigation, domestic relations, personal injury and real estate and also frequently serves as a court-appointed master, mediator and arbitrator.
A longtime MBA officer and committee member, Mason served as association president from 2006-07. Mason, who is married, was the first openly gay president of the MBA. He is currently a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board. In the past, Mason has chaired the Post-Goodridge Task Force and co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force in 2003-04. A former chair of the Young Lawyers Division, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the MBA Task Force on Same Gender Marriage, Mason is also a former secretary of the Judicial Administration Section Council. A devoted violinist, Mason, a resident of Springfield, has performed as a member of the First Violin Section of the Pioneer Valley Symphony since 1992.
Mason is slated to fill the vacancy on the Springfield District Court created by the retirement of Judge William W. Teahan Jr.