2018–19 Officers 

Kenney2018Christopher A. Kenney

President

Firm: Founding member and managing shareholder of Kenney & Sams PC in Boston

Education: B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1987; J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1990

Legal Career: A founding member and managing shareholder of Kenney & Sams PC in Boston, Kenney has tried cases before every level of the state and federal trial court system in Massachusetts, and in several other states across the country. Kenney has served as an appellate advocate before the Massachusetts Appellate Division, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association named Kenney the 2012 Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of the Year. He has consistently been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2009.

MBA Service: While serving as president of the MBA for the 2018-19 membership year, Kenney also serves as co-chair of the MBA’s Leadership Academy, a position he has held since its inception in 2016. In addition, Kenney is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board. He is a former chair of the MBA’s Civil Litigation Section and the MBA’s Consumer Advocacy Task Force, and he has also served in the MBA’s House of Delegates. 

Additional Service: Kenney is a former president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and former co-president of the Boston Inn of Court. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Law, and frequently writes and lectures for business groups, trade associations and bar associations. Kenney was appointed to serve as the director of the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University Law School. Boston University School of Law honored Kenney in 2012 with the Silver Shingle Award for outstanding service to the school. Kenney served as president of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association in 2010-11.

Additional information: Kenney is a resident of Sudbury, where he lives with his wife and four children.

morrissey John J. Morrissey

President-elect

Firm: Founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989, J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1992

Legal Career: Morrissey is a founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree, where he has a trial practice handling personal injury claims, including wrongful death, catastrophic injury and workers' compensation claims. He also represents individuals and businesses in commercial and real estate disputes. An accomplished trial lawyer, Morrissey has been named a New England Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers every year since 2005.

MBA Service: Morrissey currently serves as president-elect of the MBA. He is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board, the Leadership Academy Steering Committee and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee, and serves as an arbitrator on the Fee Arbitration Board. A past MBA vice president, treasurer and secretary, Morrissey has served in the House of Delegates, and as chair of the MBA’s Judicial Administration Section Council. He also previously chaired the MBA’s Membership Committee. In 2013, Morrissey volunteered for the MBA Marathon Bombing Victims’ Legal Assistance Program, where he provided free legal services to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Additional Service: Morrissey was appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court in 2015, and in 2017 was appointed to serve as vice chair. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys’ Board of Governors and its executive committee. Morrissey is also a life fellow and has served as a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. He serves as a director of Independent Bank Corporation and Rockland Trust Company and as a rotating member of its executive and trust committees. Morrissey served as a commissioner of the Hingham Conservation Commission appointed by the board of selectmen between 2014 and 2017.

Additional information: Morrissey is a resident of Hingham.

murphyDenise I. Murphy

Vice President

Firm: Rubin and Rudman LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1980; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1988

Legal Career: A partner at Rubin and Rudman LLP, Murphy chairs the firm’s Labor and Employment Division. She counsels regional and national businesses on a broad variety of employment law-related issues; litigates sexual harassment and discrimination claims; conducts independent investigations; and drafts a multitude of employment contracts, severance agreements, handbooks and policy statements. Murphy was recognized as one of the Top Women of Law in October 2015 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in 2012 by The Boston Globe. In 2011, Murphy was awarded the MBA’s Centennial Award, celebrating her service to the profession and her community. Murphy has been listed as one of Boston Magazine’s Top 50 Women Attorneys and as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers since 2008.

MBA Service: Murphy is serving her second consecutive term as MBA vice president; she has also served as secretary. A member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board, Murphy has also served on the Budget & Finance Committee. From 2015–16, Murphy was the chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, and she has previously served as the chair of the MBA’s Labor & Employment Section. In addition, she has participated in the association’s Task Force on Employment Opportunities; Task Force on the Court System’s Anniversary Fee Assessment; and the September 11th Committee, Conversations on Law and Liberty Program.

Additional Service: Murphy is a mentoring circle leader for the Women’s Bar Association, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grant Review Committee and a group leader for Christmas in the City.

Additional information: Murphy is a resident of Westwood.

Bond2018Thomas M. Bond

Treasurer

Firm: Founder and managing partner of the Kaplan/Bond Group in Boston

Education: B.A., Northeastern University, summa cum laude, 1982; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1985

Legal Career: A trial lawyer and admiralty lawyer who has specialized in litigation for over 30 years, Bond’s trial practice includes admiralty and maritime law, construction, product liability, automobile, personal injury and general liability. He has tried many cases, and argued or briefed over 25 cases before various courts of appeal, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Supreme Courts of New Hampshire and Connecticut. 

MBA Service: In addition to serving as MBA treasurer, Bond is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. He is also a chair of the MBA’s Judicial Diversity Task Force. He previously served as chair of the MBA’s Judicial Administration (JA) Section, where he also chaired the section’s Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Diversity, which successfully introduced a resolution at the MBA’s House of Delegates supporting efforts to increase diversity in the court system. Bond is a frequent moderator of the MBA’s Judicial Administration Section’s “View from the Bench” CLE series, which features judges as panelists.

Additional Information: Bond is a resident of Hopkinton, where he lives with his wife of 33 years. They have two grown daughters.

Garcia2018Grace V.B. Garcia

Secretary

Firm: Partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston

Education: B.A., University of Rochester, 1994; J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1998

Legal Career: Garcia has 20 years of trial experience and has obtained successful outcomes on behalf of her clients in both state and federal court. She concentrates her practice in the areas of product liability, construction law, OSHA, commercial litigation, employment litigation, premises liability and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases. In 2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected her as one of the “Top Women of the Law.”

MBA Service: Garcia is a board member and past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active with ALFA International, where she serves as a member of the board and has held leadership positions on its Construction Law, Product Liability and Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia is a member of the Safety Committee of the Massachusetts Associated General Contractors, as well as a member of the Construction Law Steering Committee of the Defense Research Institute. She is a frequent lecturer on the topics of OSHA, risk transfer and indemnity issues, defending traumatic brain injury cases, best discovery practices, and deposition techniques. A former legal writing and research instructor at Boston University School of Law, Garcia has also authored several legal articles and has provided expert commentaries for Lexis on issues, such as indemnity, premises liability and collateral estoppel.

Additional Information: Garcia is a resident of Braintree.

healyMartin W. Healy

Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

Company: Massachusetts Bar Association

Education: B.S., Suffolk University, 1985; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, 1988

Legal Career: Appointed as a National Uniform Law Commissioner for Massachusetts by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Healy is also a member of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Board, where he represents House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Healy was honored with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 2014 Lawyer of the Year award for his work in making attorney-conducted voir dire a reality in Massachusetts. He actively serves as a volunteer juvenile law attorney with the CPCS Youth Advocacy Project. He previously served as a hearing committee member with the Board of Bar Overseers and as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in its Masters in Criminal Justice program. The Massachusetts Juvenile Bar Association (MJBA) presented Healy with its 2014 Chief Justice Francis J. Poitrast Award for his advocacy on behalf of the juvenile justice system, including his efforts to increase compensation for attorneys who handle juvenile cases through CPCS. Healy formerly served as a commonwealth of Massachusetts bar examiner for the Supreme Judicial Court. He has been appointed to the Firearm Licensing Review Board by Gov. Charlie D. Baker. Prior to joining the MBA staff, Healy worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Appellate Division and as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts Senate.

MBA Service: Healy serves as the Massachusetts Bar Association's chief legal advisor, as well as the MBA's liaison to the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Healy is responsible for providing legal advice in corporate matters and legal support in issues of public policy concerning the practice of law and the administration of justice. In addition, he serves as counsel to the MBA leadership team and the MBA House of Delegates and Executive Management Board. In his capacity as a registered legislative and executive agent, Healy works with the MBA's sections and committees to analyze legislation, draft bills and amicus curiae briefs, and testify before legislative committees. Healy also serves as executive secretary to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments, which confidentially reviews judicial candidates for the governor of the commonwealth.

Additional Service:
A long-term member of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Board of Editors, Healy is a regular contributing columnist of the publication, writing the feature "Healy on the Hill."