Lawyers Journal

Member Spotlight: Kazarosian, Morrissey, Kenney

MBA Vice President Kazarosian featured on Lawyers Weekly Forum Panel

Over the past two decades, Kazarosian has built a national practice representing clients in high profile media cases, making case law with precedent-setting issues in areas such as gender and disability discrimination and police excessive force/civil rights litigation in the Federal Court. She is the past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and in June 2002, she became the second female president in the history of the Essex County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the nation.

MBA Vice President Marsha V. Kazarosian participated in Lawyers Weekly's Women's Breakfast Forum held in late May at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston. One of four panelists, Kazarosian provided attendees with an opportunity to learn more about her experiences as principal of Kazarosian Law Offices.

Over the past two decades, Kazarosian has built a national practice representing clients in high profile media cases, making case law with precedent-setting issues in areas such as gender and disability discrimination and police excessive force/civil rights litigation in the Federal Court. She is the past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and in June 2002, she became the second female president in the history of the Essex County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the nation.

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MBA Business Law Chair receives honor from BU School of Law

Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law Section Chair Francis C. Morrissey has received the 2012 John S. Baerst Award for Excellence in Teaching. The honor is bestowed by the Boston University School of Law's Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law. There, Morrissey teaches bankruptcy and creditors' rights.

Launched in 1984, the program was the first in the nation to grant the master of laws degree in banking law with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. The late John S. Baerst directed the program from 1996 to 2005. The annual award was established in his name to honor his memory and years of leadership.

"I am extremely grateful and honored to be receiving this award," said Morrissey. "My teachers at Boston University School of Law were inspiring and they provided us with a wonderful education. I am very fortunate to follow in their footsteps."

Morrissey is a partner in the firm of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, where he concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, and distressed acquisitions and divestitures. He also serves, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court, as a trustee of the Client Security Board and recently completed his second term as a hearing committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers.

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Kenney named MDLA's Defense Lawyer of the Year

Massachusetts Bar Association Ex­ecutive Management Board member Christopher A. Ken­ney was named the Defense Lawyer of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. The high honor is pre­sented to the defense lawyer whom the as­sociation believes has best demonstrated the ideals of the legal profession. Ken­ney is a founding member and manag­ing shareholder of Kenney & Sams, P.C. where he represents clients in all types of civil litigation, including employ­ment litigation, business disputes, real estate and construction disputes, tort claims and insurance matters.

Kenney is a former president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers As­sociation, a national director of the De­fense Research Institute, and a member of the International Association of De­fense Counsel. He has been selected for inclusion in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" for the past four years.

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