Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Squillante appoints 2011 Nominating Committee

MBA President Denise Squillante has announced the members of the 2011 MBA Nominating Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing the nominations submitted for consideration for MBA officer positions for the 2011-2012 association year to begin Sept. 1, 2011.

Nominations for 2011-12 officer/delegate positions are due to MBA Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. Click here for more information.

Valerie A. Yarashus, chair


Valerie A. YarashusValerie A. Yarashus is the MBA immediate past president and a principal with Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow PC, where she concentrates in plaintiff's trial practice and a wide variety of other general liability cases. Yarashus co-founded the MBA Monthly Leadership Roundtables, spearheaded the MBA Diversity Task Force from 2005 to 2007 and is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Awarded the prestigious Wiedemann-Wysocki "Citation of Excellence" from the American Association for Justice for her commitment to the civil justice system, Yarashus has also been named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Hall of Fame for Up and Coming Lawyers.

Thomas J. Barbar


Tom BarbarThomas J. Barbar, an MBA Family Law section council co-chair from 2008 to 2010, is a principal with the family law department at Deutsch Williams, Brooks, DeRensis & Holland PC in Boston, where he concentrates in the fields of probate and domestic relations. Before joining his current firm, Barbar was a solo practitioner in West Roxbury, where he grew up. Barbar has testified at the Statehouse on behalf of the MBA regarding family law bills. He has also been a panel participant and chair for probate and family law issues for the Boston Bar Association and the MBA.

Warren Fitzgerald


FitzgeraldWarren Fitzgerald is the founding manager of Fitzgerald Law Firm and Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution. Previously, he was a partner with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Fitzgerald, and an associate with Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and with Hutchins and Wheeler. In addition to serving as MBA president (2005-06), Fitzgerald has served as treasurer and vice president and as chairperson of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section. He has been a member of the Executive Management Board, the Budget and Finance Committee and the House of Delegates for many years and is a former chair of the Court Reform Task Force and co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice. He is also a past chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Edward W. McIntyre


McIntyreEdward W. McIntyre is an MBA past president and a solo practitioner in Clinton. A civil litigator in state and federal court, he concentrates his practice in the areas of spinal cord and brain injury law. McIntyre, a U.S. Army veteran, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1998, sat on the MBA President's Task Force on Judicial Evaluations and the MBA's ABA Nominating Committee. In addition to serving as president, McIntyre served as MBA secretary. He also fulfilled one-year appointments as vice-chair and chair of the Judicial Administration Section Council. Chair of MBA's Judicial Performance Evaluation Standing Committee since 2004, McIntyre is a former recipient of the MBA's Community Service Award and is a Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow and trustee.

Kathleen M. O'Donnell


Kathy ODonnellKathleen M. O'Donnell, MBA president from 2004 to 2005, is an attorney with Marcotte Law Firm, where she specializes in all aspects of serious personal injury litigation. O'Donnell served as the co-chair of the MBA's Presidential Task Force on the Preservation of Rights, Liberties and Access to Justice from 2001 to 2004, as the 2001-02 chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and as Civil Litigation Section Council chair in 2000. The first woman elected to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, O'Donnell is also a past president of the the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Greater Lowell Bar Association.

Marilynne R. Ryan


Marilynn RyanMarilynne R. Ryan, an attorney with Ryan & Faenza, is a seasoned trial attorney whose practice is devoted to family law. A former member and vice chair of the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force, Ryan has served as a chair of the MBA's Family Law Section Council and on the MBA's Standing Committe on Judicial Evaluation, Budget and Finance Committee and Probate Law Section Council. Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2008 and 2009, Ryan is a frequent guest lecturer for the MBA, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and other organizations.

David W. White Jr.


WhiteDavid W. White Jr. is a principal of Breakstone, White & Gluck PC of Boston, where he concentrates in personal injury, insurance company bad faith, medical practice, and professional liability litigation. Prior to serving as president for the 2007-08 association year, he chaired the MBA's Civil Litigation Section Council, the Law Management Section Council and the MBA Annual Conference in 2005. White also served on the Joint Bar Committee and the Governance Task Force and he co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force. A recipient of the 2004 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" Award, he was also chosen as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of plaintiff's personal injury law by Boston magazine from 2004 through 2009, and was one of Massachusetts Top 100 Lawyers in 2005 and 2006.

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