Grace Bacon Garcia typically recognizes others’ contributions

Issue August 2012 By Nora Lockwood Tooher

Grace Bacon Garcia is quick to lavish praise on other attorneys for their volunteer work at the Massachusetts Bar Association.

But as chair of its Volunteer Recognition Committee for the past two years, Garcia, a partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, devotes long hours herself to honoring members who deserve special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the MBA.

From putting out the call for nominations to combing through nominations with the five other committee members and then recommending honorees, Garcia puts great effort into helping select the recipients of the association's annual Volunteer Recognition Awards.

"There are so many volunteers within the MBA," she said. "It's a fantastic way for those who have volunteered, who work without the limelight, to get recognition."

Garcia has been on the committee since its inception three years ago, and has been active in various MBA sections for the past 11 years. She was a council member of the Civil Litigation Section from 2006 to 2009; the Business Law Section from 2003 to 2006; and the New Lawyers Section from 2001 to 2003.

Working on various committees and sections was "great," she said, "because you meet people certainly from other practices and various firms outside of Boston."

In addition to her committee work, Garcia is a program chair and lecturer for the MBA. Since 2002, she has taught at least one continuing legal education course a year on taking depositions and conducting discovery.

"For both these CLEs (discovery and depositions), audience participation is important because my goal is for every person in the audience to leave with whatever questions they came with answered, or learning one new tool to use in their next deposition or their next case for discovery," she said.

Garcia graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1998, worked for a year as a contract attorney at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, then spent three years as a litigation associate at Sherin and Lodgen LLP in Boston.

She joined Morrison Mahoney in 2002 and became a partner in 2006. Her practice is focused on civil litigation defense, including construction, product liability, premises liability, business/commercial matters, disability public access claims and transportation.

Garcia said she enjoys sharing her knowledge about litigation techniques.

"Someone has spent time helping me, mentoring me," Garcia said. "So, with the CLEs, to an extent I can help someone in an area that they need help on, is gratifying."

Her Volunteer Recognition Committee work is also rewarding, Garcia said, because it gives her the opportunity to learn about the many selfless efforts of attorneys throughout Massachusetts on behalf of the MBA.

"You're never giving as much as you get back," she said. "It's really inspiring."