2019–20 Officers 

morrissey John J. Morrissey

President

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 practices in the area of plaintiffs’ personal injury, 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 is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board, the Leadership Academy Steering Committee and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee; co-chair of the MBA Trial Academy; and an arbitrator on the Fee Arbitration Board. He has also served in the House of Delegates, and as chair of the MBA’s Judicial Administration Section Council. 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 bombing.

Additional Service: Morrissey was appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court in 2015, and currently serves as chair. He has also served on the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys’ Board of Governors and its executive committee. Morrissey is a life fellow and has served as a member of the Grant Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In addition, he is a director of Independent Bank Corporation and Rockland Trust Company, and serves as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Trust Committee. Morrissey also 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

President-elect

Firm: Partner at 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 will be inducted into Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence in November 2019. In 2015, she was honored as one of the Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers by The Boston Globe. In 2011, Murphy was awarded the MBA’s Centennial Award, celebrating her service to the profession and her community. She 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 a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In 2019, Murphy served as the MBA representative on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, which released a report that made recommendations regarding the state of lawyer well-being in the commonwealth. She currently serves on the Mentoring Program Working Group, which arose out of the SJC’s report. From 2015-16, Murphy was the chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments. She previously served as the chair of the MBA’s Labor & Employment Section, and 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’s Conversations on Law and Liberty Program.

Additional Service: Murphy is a mentoring circle leader for the Women’s Bar Association, a former member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, a former member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grant Review Committee and a group leader for Christmas in the City. Murphy is also the co-chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers' Chief Counsel Search Committee.

Additional information: Murphy is a resident of Westwood.

Bond2018Thomas M. Bond

Vice President

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 maritime and construction personal injury litigation for more than 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 has argued or briefed more than 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 Connecticut and New Hampshire. 

MBA Service: Bond is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. He also serves as 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 Service: Bond is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), where he has served on its Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He received MATA’s President’s Award in 2014. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice. A frequent lecturer on admiralty law at Suffolk University Law School, Bond has also lectured locally at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association and the New England School of Law, and nationally before the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute in New Orleans, the American Association for Justice and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Additional Information: Bond is a resident of Hopkinton.

Garcia2018Grace V.B. Garcia

Treasurer

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 defending companies and businesses in 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 Law,” and, in 2019, she was elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.

MBA Service: Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In 2019, she chaired the MBA’s Civics Task Force, which hosted the first MBA Civics Bee and raised $15,000 to support iCivics, a digital learning platform that is helping to implement a recent Massachusetts law mandating improved civics education in public high schools by 2020. As chair of the Civics Task Force, Garcia also led the MBA’s Naturalization Disability Waiver Training in partnership with Project Citizenship, and coordinated the MBA’s Law Day initiative, which sent volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and political science classes around the commonwealth to engage students on the topic of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Garcia has also chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, and she previously served on the MBA's Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils. 

Additional Service: Garcia is a board member and past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active with ALFA International, where she chairs its Construction Law practice group and has served as a member of the board and held leadership positions in its Product Liability & Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia is the state representative for 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.

Turco, Damian headshotDamian J. Turco

Secretary

Firm: Owner and principal attorney at Turco Legal PC, which has offices in Andover, Newburyport, Newton and Boston

Education: B.S., Bryant College, 1999; J.D., New England Law | Boston, 2008

Legal Career: Turco is the principal attorney at Turco Legal PC, a divorce, family law, and personal injury firm with offices in Andover, Newburyport, Newton and Boston. Since 2008, he has represented divorce, custody and other family law and personal injury clients. 

MBA Service: Turco is member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee, and he chairs the MBA’s Membership Committee. He previously served as chair of the MBA’s Law Practice Management Section Council, where he helped develop and launch the MBA’s Mock Interview Program, which benefits graduating law school students by providing them with job interview skills through mock interviews with MBA lawyer volunteers. In addition, since 2013, he has chaired, participated in or overseen more than 35 law practice management programs and publications. Turco is also an active member of the MBA’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee, Civility and Professionalism Committee, and Annual Dinner Committee.

Additional Service: Turco holds leadership roles in the Greater Newburyport Bar Association, which he re-established in 2015 with two fellow Newburyport attorneys. He also serves as executive director of Lawyers for Affordable Justice Inc., a nonprofit legal incubator developed with the law schools at Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University. The program connects sole practitioners with clients who need legal services, but do not qualify for legal aid help.

Additional Information: Turco is a resident of Newburyport.

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."