Lawyers Journal

Member Spotlight

Thomas F. Caffrey, an MBA member who practices law in Lawrence with his firm Caffrey & Smith, received the St. Marguerite d'Youville "Pilgrimage of Love Award," an award recognizing service to the elderly, from Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. The award is named for the founder of the Grey Nuns of Lawrence. A past member and former chairman of the Mary Immaculate board of directors, Caffrey has a long history of volunteerism and community service.

Edwards & Angell LLP of Boston has named Kathleen B. Carr a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. Carr practices in complex litigation with concentrations in technology, intellectual property and maritime law.

MBA Health Law Section Chair Michael R. Costa, a health-care attorney in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, has been named one of the city's young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal. The Boston Business Journal named Costa one of its "40 under 40" in an annual supplement profiling the city's brightest business and civic personalities.

MBA member Frank P. Fitzgerald of Wilbraham was recently named Western New England College Alumnus of the Year for his commitment to professional achievement, civic responsibility, high personal standards and to the school. Principal of the law firm Frank P. Fitzgerald, PC, Fitzgerald has served on the college's board of trustees since 2000.

MBA member William E. Halmkin, a former chief of the Massachusetts Estate Tax Bureau and deputy commissioner of the state Department of Revenue, has joined Sullivan & Worcester's Boston office as a partner in the tax department, where he will continue his specialized state tax planning and litigation practice. Halmkin was most recently a former partner and state tax specialist with Peabody & Arnold LLP. Co-author of the "Massachusetts Taxation and DOR Practice," Halmkin often lectures about state tax planning issues to professional organizations.

Boston area lawyers and MBA members Richard Howard, retired from Perkins, Smith & Cohen, LLP and Lawrence Green, a partner in the same firm, are featured in "Rest Assured: The Sabbatical Solution for Lawyers." The book, written by Lori Simon Gordon, is being released by the American Bar Association Career Resource Center. It is designed to help legal workplaces recognize ways to invest wisely in their professional "human capital," and to help lawyers form the framework for proposing and implementing a sabbatical break.

MBA members and attorneys in the Boston office of the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP Robert J. Kates and Robert Somma have been included in the 2003-2004 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." Kates specializes in family law, while Somma specializes in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.

Deborah Pechet Quinan, an MBA member and Topsfield resident, has been named a director at the law firm of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston. Quinan, who specializes in estate and business succession planning for entrepreneurs, corporate executives and owners of closely held businesses, will be a member of the firm's trusts and estates department.

MBA member Norman J. Shachoy of Marion has been awarded the 2002 Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law. A member and former chairman of the law school's board of consulters, Shachoy also has served as chairman of the New England Regional Campaign for the Reuschlein Fund, which enables the school to bring in scholars to teach and publish its law review.

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