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Thursday, May. 6, 2010
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MBA Vice President Douglas K. Sheff

MBA vice president to receive inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award

Massachusetts Bar Association Vice President Douglas K. Sheff will be honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Advocacy from the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys this May. Sheff is being recognized for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. This is the first time the award will be presented.

"Doug's representation of TBI victims sets the standard in representing the underrepresented for the trial bar," said MATA President Christopher Milne, who will present Sheff with the award on May 19 at the academy's annual dinner in Newton. A past president of MATA, Sheff has served on its Board of Governors for more than 20 years.

Sheff has represented clients with TBI since 1984. A combination of cutting edge advocacy and proper utilization of medical technologies has enabled him to deliver consistently favorable results on his clients' behalf.

Currently serving his second term as MBA vice president, Sheff is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, he served as MBA secretary in 2007-08 and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section in 2005-06. Sheff also serves as chair of the MBA Membership Committee and has chaired the MBA Annual Dinner Committee.

"This high honor is a reminder of the tireless commitment of attorneys on behalf of their clients. Doug's example of professionalism and altruism has had an immeasurable impact in MBA leadership and the larger Massachusetts legal community," said MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus.

In addition to his professional affiliations in the commonwealth, Sheff holds the title of governor to the American Association of Justice, where he has spent more than 20 years working nationally and locally on issues that affect the trial bar. Elected by his national peers, Sheff chairs the AAJ's State Delegates and served as chair of its Council of Presidents. Sheff is a recipient of the AAJ's Next Generation Award and a five-time recipient of its Wiedeman Wysocki Award.

Sheff has also been appointed a trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides education for lawyers across the United States. Also, he received the ORT Award for integrity in the law and has been recognized by the publication, "Lifesavers," for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products.

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