MBA President Valerie Yarashus receives Women of Justice Award

Issue January 2010

Massachusetts Bar Association President Valerie A. Yarashus was awarded the Women of Justice Award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with the Women's Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, on Dec. 4 at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston.

Yarashus received the Women of Justice Award for her significant contributions in the fields of law, social justice and advocacy.

"Valerie Yarashus is a prime example of a lawyer who has simply 'done good things' for society with her law degree," said David L. Yas, publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. "In addition to her many victories in the courtroom on behalf of consumers, Valerie has been one of the most visible leaders of the legal community on a host of issues. On matters such as women's issues and access to justice, Valerie has been outspoken and persistent.

"As president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, she continues to demonstrate remarkable efforts that stand to benefit lawyers and all those who come into contact with our courts," he said. "We are proud to include Valerie among our elite class of Women of Justice award recipients this year."

Yarashus, a principal with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC in Boston, concentrates in plaintiff's trial practice and a wide variety of other general liability cases. In addition to serving as MBA president, Yarashus is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education.

In representing individuals who have been seriously injured and the families of individuals who have been killed as a result of negligence, Yarashus' goal is to both secure justice and bring about safety-related changes through litigation.

"I love trying cases in court because I believe that is the best way to get to the truth of the matter," Yarashus said in an interview with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

This year, the Women of Justice Award was presented to 40 women from different fields and industries, including lawyers and nonlawyers, established professionals and rising stars.