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  • 06 May 2015 9:11 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    How Judges Judge – The Role of Personal Values in Judicial Decisions is coming up at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30pm.

    Hon. Nancy Gertner and Hon. Salim Joubran, the first Arab Israeli to receive permanent appointment to the Supreme Court of Israel will speak.

    Tickets are $18. Contact 617-965-5226, boxoffice@jccgb.org or visit www.bostonjcc.org/hotbuttons.  

  • 16 Mar 2015 12:06 PM | Stephanie Giancola

                                 A group of members volunteered to work recently at the Greater Boston Food Bank in the first community service event sponsored by MassDLA. Based on its success, members can look forward to more community service opportunities through MassDLA and are invited to suggest and organize future events.

  • 06 Jan 2015 12:23 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    MassDLA has a new address:



    151 Tremont Street, Suite 110

    Boston, MA   02111-1151 

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  • 15 Apr 2013 2:22 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Many area attorneys and law students alike came together on April 11th to hear a distinguished panel of experts speak about diversity in the practice of law. Scenes from the event:







  • 15 Apr 2013 2:05 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    The recent event held in March at the Hyatt Regency in Boston attracted larger numbers than expected. Members of both MassDLA and MATA gathered to hear tips from experts on both sides of the bar about how to advocate effectively and professionally. Following the experts' presentation both sides joined in refreshments and laughs with comedian Rick Roberts.  More than one attendee suggested this joint event for an annual return.  Scenes from the night:


      Andrew Abraham, immediate Past President of MATA speaks, left.

      Bob Curley, Past President of MassDLA and Defense Lawyer of the Year speaks, right.


    Christopher Kenney, Past President and Defense Lawyer of the Year for MassDLA speaks, left.

    From Left to Right: Mike Sams, Holly Polglase, Marianne LeBlanc, John ryan, Brad Henry, Bob Curley, Annette Gonthier-Kiley, Patrick Jones, Andrew Abraham, Christopher Kenney, Peter Knight and Tim Kelleher.

  • 14 Feb 2013 11:47 AM | Stephanie Giancola
    MassDLA Construction Law & Insurance and Bad Faith Law Committees Presented an after work "Brown Bag" event on February 12th highlighting Insurance coverage issues in construction defect actions. Numerous case sitations and sage advice were provided to attendees, as well as refreshments. Thank you to Morrisson Mahoney, and in particular Grace Garcia, for hosting the event. Special thanks go to Bill Mekrut, pictured here, for assembling an impressive array of information for the lucky attendees.
          Bill Mekrut
  • 04 Feb 2013 10:26 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA) held its Winter Social on January 31st at the Boston College Club, located high atop the financial district of the city with over 80 members and guests in attendance. After a brief presentation about the organization’s coming events from MassDLA President Mike Sams, DRI Representative Emily Coughlin explained the benefits of joint DRI/MassDLA membership to the group.

    In addition to the BC Club event, Ray Catougno hosted a Winter Social in Springfield on February 6th for members and friends of MassDLA in the western part of the state, pictured here.

    This informal event is gaining in popularity each year. This year’s events saw almost a 50% increase in attendance over last year. Members and guests enjoyed refreshments, conversation, breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and the generosity of Ray Catougno and other sponsors. The attendees were also able to meet with many of the organization’s past presidents and Defense Lawyer of the Year recipients. MassDLA thanks all of its loyal sponsors who helped make these events such a success.

  • 21 Dec 2012 12:34 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Judge Cohen, Pam Berman and Judge Saris, pictured from left to right, speak at the Women in the Courtroom Event sponsored by MassDLA on November 28, 2012.




         U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz (at right) addresses the audience at the recent Women in the Courtroom event at the Federal Courthouse in Boston.


        Women in the Courtroom Event Participants

    Women in the Courtroom moderators and panelists (L-R) Grace Garcia, Elizabeth Mulvey, Lisa Goodheart, Judge Cohen, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Pam Berman, Judge Saris and Emily Coughlin.

  Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, 151 Tremont Street, Suite 110, #308, Boston, Massachusetts 02111  
Executive Director:  Cheryl Palombizio                                                                                                                          
  Contact: executivedirector@MassDLA.org                                                                                                                    

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