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.
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
Valerie A. Yarashus, chair
Valerie 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
Thomas J. Barbar
Thomas 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
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
Edward W. McIntyre
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
Kathleen 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
Marilynne 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
David W. White Jr.
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