MBA honors Judge Agnes, attorneys Doyle and Reardon
with Centennial Awards
The Massachusetts Bar Association recognized Superior Court
Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr., attorney Shirley A. Doyle and attorney
James G. Reardon, who passed away in 1999, with Centennial Awards
on Jan. 20 at the MBA's House of Delegates Meeting in
"These honorees have given of themselves to both their profession
and their communities," MBA President Denise Squillante said. "They
exemplify the spirit of public service on which the Massachusetts
Bar Association was founded a century ago."
Throughout the state, the MBA's Centennial Awards have been and
will continue to be given throughout 2011 to persons of
extraordinary achievement who materially advanced the rule of law,
enhanced the integrity of lawyers, judges or the legal profession,
engaged or is engaging in important legal scholarship, or protected
the democratic principles upon which our country is founded.
- Agnes was appointed to the Superior Court in 2000, previously
serving as a District Court justice for 10 years. A member of the
MBA's Task Force on Peremptory Challenges, he is also a
commissioner of the Supreme Judicial Court's Access to Justice
Commission, serves as the assistant editor of the Massachusetts
Guide to Evidence and chaired the SJC's Standing Committee on
Dispute Resolution from 1994 to 1998.
- Doyle, a former president of the Worcester County Bar
Association, is a long-time active member of the MBA. A member of
MBA's Crisis in Court Funding Task Force, she has run her own law
office for two decades, is a board member of the Worcester chapter
of Dress for Success, a member of the Worcester Academy Board of
Trustees and an incorporator of the St. Agnes Guild Day Care
- Reardon, a long-time MBA member, was a beloved trial attorney
who had a zeal for justice and was an intense advocate for his
clients. A co-founder of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial
Attorneys, he was bestowed the Courageous Advocacy award by the
group a year after his death.
DeNapoli recognized as Neponset Valley Business Person
of the Year
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) named Albert A.
DeNapoli, a partner at Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC, its
Business Person of Year for 2010.
At the Chamber's Annual Awards dinner in Foxboro on Jan. 21, NVCC
praised DeNapoli for his "selfless giving of time and talent over
the years" to NVCC and his involvement in the economic and
community development issues in the region.
DeNapoli, the chairman of the firm's Hospitality Practice Group,
concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with a focus on
contract disputes and employment issues. He is a founding member
and executive director of the Family Business Association, whose
mission is to recognize excellence within family
businesses and provide resources to help family businesses
DeNapoli is past chairman of the NVCC and currently serves as a
member of the board of directors and executive board, and is also
general counsel to the chamber. Since 1894, the NVCC has promoted
business growth in the Neponset Valley.