Damian J. Turco
Firm: Founder and Managing Partner at Turco Legal PC, and Co-Founder and President of JusticeApp, Inc.
Education: B.S., Bryant College, 1999; J.D., New England Law | Boston, 2008
Legal Career: Damian J. Turco is the founder and managing partner at Turco Legal PC, a 12-attorney divorce and family law firm with offices in Andover, Boston, Newburyport and Newton. Since 2008, he and his practice have represented clients through complex divorces, child custody cases, adoptions and other family law matters. He’s been lead counsel in hundreds of matters, both in Florida and Massachusetts, and today his role is that of a senior strategist in both the litigation and business interests of the firm and its client matters. The professional achievement he’s most proud of is shepherding Turco Legal from a solo practice to a team of highly competent and experienced attorneys and support staff twice, first in Florida and, since 2013, in Massachusetts. The firm’s culture is one of support, compassion, inclusion and flexibility. Access to justice, diversity and well-being initiatives are well established and supported at the firm, and contribute to the pursuit of a fair, equitable, and balanced practice of law. The entirety of the 20-member staff work hybrid schedules, with unlimited vacation time and incentives for taking on leadership roles, presenting and attending educational programming, and receiving positive client feedback. Turco has mentored dozens of lawyers, students, and support staff in their pursuits of legal careers and practice-building, and he’s been honored by numerous organizations, including Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an Up and Coming Lawyer and the MBA for his volunteerism and leadership.
Legal Tech Career: Turco is also the co-founder and president of JusticeApp, Inc., a legal technology company with the mission of eliminating injustice nationwide. JusticeApp is a mobile app that aggregates free legal resources and offers low-cost legal form generation and secure data storage designed to simplify the legal system for unrepresented parties. He established JusticeApp to serve as a reliable resource for those litigants in the justice gap, those in need of legal help without the resources to secure it.
MBA Service: Since 2013, Turco has been an active and contributing leader and volunteer at the MBA, working meaningfully and intentionally to improve the organization, its membership and the legal community at large through service. First serving on the MBA’s Law Practice Management Section, where he took on the vice chair and then chair positions, he’s participated in or overseen dozens of law-practice-focused programs and publications. While serving in this role, Turco developed and launched an MBA Mock Interview Program, which has benefited hundreds of graduating law school students by providing them with job interview skills through mock interviews with MBA lawyer volunteers. Turco has served on the MBA’s Civility and Professionalism Committee and has served on and chaired the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee, the MBA’s Digital Marketing Committee, and the Annual Gala Committee. Turco served on the MBA’s COVID Response Task Force and was instrumental in forming and running the Family Law COVID Working Group and the Law Practice Management/Remote Practice Working Group. He’s volunteered in the MBA’s High School Mock Trial program, both as a judge and a coach, and Law Day program, taking the initiative to collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to expand the programs’ reach. Turco has served on the MBA’s Budget & Finance Committee and the Executive Management Board since 2016, overseeing the MBA’s financial interests, administration and strategic planning alongside officers, past presidents, other leaders with extensive experience at the MBA and the organization’s staff. He’s routinely a representative of the MBA elsewhere in the community, presenting at Massachusetts attorney swearing-in ceremonies and at events of other organizations, such as the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association and the New England Bar Association. He’s lobbied both the state and federal legislatures for increased funding for legal aid on behalf of the MBA and its membership. He’s also built effective working relationships with leaders in the Trial Court, law schools, and affinity and county bar associations across the commonwealth. Turco has served as the MBA’s secretary, treasurer, vice president, president-elect, and now president.
Additional Service: Turco has served in important leadership roles outside the MBA. He’s served in leadership on the New England Bar Association, including as president for the 2023-24 term, collaborating with bar leaders at the other New England state bar associations on best practices and emerging challenges. He was also one of three attorneys to re-establish the Greater Newburyport Bar Association to a thriving, local legal community and served as the organization’s treasurer and on its board for several years. He’s served in leadership roles at Lawyers for Affordable Justice, a Boston-based legal incubator founded by Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University law schools, and he served on the board of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC), a phone-based legal access resource. Turco’s performed extensive volunteer work in the community, including at the Greater Boston Food Bank, St. Francis House Day Shelter, and other homeless and day shelters across the commonwealth.
Additional Information: He grew up in Andover and lives in Newburyport with his wife, Melina, and three daughters.