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Thursday, Sep. 1, 2011
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MBA 2011-12 officers begin term

The Massachusetts Bar Association slate of officers for the 2011-12  term has officially been set. Richard P. Campbell, the 2010-11 president-elect, automatically succeeds to the office of the president today.

During his term, Campbell is committed to educating the public at-large on the implications of underfunding the judicial system to the quality of their lives in the commonwealth, as well as examining closely the ethics of law schools and the current trend of law school graduates facing bleak job prospects. He will also work to include the MBA as part of policy debates and analysis of the "Gateway Cities" in Massachusetts.

Here is the list of the officers and some of their achievements.

Richard P. Campbell

CampbellCampbell is the founder and chairman of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC in Boston, a nationally recognized firm of trial lawyers who primarily represent Fortune 100 corporations in multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation disasters, mass torts, toxic tort, product liability and major commercial disputes. Campbell is one of seven national trial counsel for Caterpillar Inc. and currently serves as lead counsel for one of the commercial airlines in the 9-11 litigation pending in federal court in New York City. In addition, Campbell organizes and leads his firm's pro bono project, educating parents, students and school administrators about civil and criminal laws applicable to underage drinking in private homes. A past MBA secretary, vice president and president-elect, Campbell chaired the MBA's Peremptory Challenges Task Force and has served on the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, for more than seven years; on the Criminal Justice Section Council for five years; and currently as a Massachusetts Bar Foundation trustee and Oliver Wendell Holmes fellow. Campbell is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Campbell is also a past chair of the 34,000-member Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association. Campbell served seven years as the chair of the Board of Overseers for Boston College Law School. In 1995, Boston College Law School honored Campbell with its highest award for dedication to the law the Founder's Medal. In 2009, ABA's TIPS honored Campbell with the Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award, in recognition for his leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS. Campbell lives in Cohasset.

Robert L. Holloway Jr.

HollowayHolloway is a shareholder and president of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody. 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 the 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, and is 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 Topsfield resident, Holloway has served as a member of the town's Board of Health, as an elected representative to the Masconomet Regional School Committee from 1990 to 1999, as director and president of the Topsfield Athletic Association and as chair of the Danvers Recreation Committee. In addition, he was a founding member of Hospice of the North Shore and served for many years as a corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Jeffrey N. Catalano
Vice President

CatalanoCatalano is a partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, where he specializes in representing victims of catastrophic injuries in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, auto accident, class action and other personal injury cases. A chair of the MBA's Volunteer, Recognition, Recruitment & Retention Task Force and a member of its Executive Management Board, he is a past chair of the MBA's Civil Litigation Section and has served on the MBA's governing body, the House of Delegates, since 2006. A Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow, Catalano is a member of the executive committee for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. In addition, Catalano is also on the board of directors for the non-profit law firm Health Law Advocates Inc., where his pro bono work includes patient advocacy and representing chronically ill and impoverished people who are denied access to health care services. Catalano led efforts this year to launch the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program, which promotes the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy. Catalano also led the successful efforts of the MBA Centennial Commission Fundraising Subcommittee over the last year. In 2009, he received a "Hero from the Field" award for his efforts in improving health care quality and patient rights. Catalano was selected as a New England "Super Lawyer" in 2009 and a "Rising Star" by Boston magazine in 2005. He lives in West Roxbury.

Marsha V. Kazarosian
Vice President

KazarosianKazarosian is managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, where she concentrates in civil rights litigation, family law and discrimination. Kazarosian previously served as an MBA secretary and vice president. Chair of both the MBA's Education Committee, and the Technology Implementation Task Force, she served as co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference this past year. 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. Kazarosian has sat on a dozen association committees and sections, including the Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate Law section councils. In addition, Kazarosian is a life fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Long active in bar associations across the state, she is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. An accomplished trial lawyer, Kazarosian was recently nominated as Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women in the Law, and was also named one of the top 10 lawyers in the commonwealth in 1999 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. Kazarosian served a two-year term as one of 25 lawyers in the commonwealth appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel, and a six-year term as a Hearings Committee officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She also hosts an Internet radio program on Legal Talk Network. Kazarosian lives in Haverhill.

Douglas K. Sheff

SheffSheff is senior partner at Sheff Law Offices in Boston, where he specializes in all aspects of personal injury law and is considered an expert in brain injury law. Sheff is also a member of the MBA's Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In addition, he served two terms as MBA vice president, as MBA secretary in 2008-09 and as chair of the MBA Civil Litigation Section in 2005-06. Sheff is chair of the Workplace Safety Task Force and has also served as chair of the MBA Membership Committee and as co-chair of the MBA Centennial Conference. Sheff is also a Massachusetts Bar Foundation fellow. A past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, he was honored with the group's inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Award for his representation of children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Sheff has been appointed trustee of the National College of Advocacy, which provides superior education and training for trial lawyers across the United States. Sheff has been awarded the ORT Award for integrity in the law and is a seven-time recipient of the American Association for Justice's prestigious Wiedemann-Wysocki Award. In addition, Sheff has been awarded the AAJ's New Generation Award and served as chair to the AAJ's Council of Presidents, representing 50,000 attorneys nationwide. A Boston magazine "Super Lawyer," Sheff has also been recognized in Lifesavers for preventing injury through aggressive representation of victims of defective products. He resides in Boston.

Robert W. Harnais

HarnaisHarnais is with Mahoney, Diamond and Harnais Law Offices in Quincy, where his general practice concentrates on criminal law, family law, real estate, labor and consumer law. A member of the MBA House of Delegates since 2006, Harnais has sat on its Executive Management Board and has served as co-chair of the MBA Task Force on Diversity. Harnais is a past president of both the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the National Hispanic Bar Association, as well as a member of the Norfolk County Bar Association. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Race and Ethnic Advisory Board for the Massachusetts courts and the American Planning Board. A Braintree resident, he is chairman of the Braintree Planning Board and is a volunteer coach with Braintree Pop Warner.






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