Massachusetts Bar Association

20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: (617) 338-0500
Fax: (617) 338-0650


Established: 1910
Total Number of Members: 18,500
Membership is: Voluntary

Bar Profile:
The Massachusetts Bar Association was founded in 1910 as a means to unify, and make more effective, efforts of Massachusetts' many smaller bar associations to improve the quality of justice. From its very early years, the MBA encouraged a great diversity in its membership. Women, African-Americans, Jews, Irish and others denied membership in other bars were welcomed into the ranks of the MBA. The association also launched the first legal education programs, helped create the first legal aid services for Massachusetts poor, initiated the Client Security Fund to repay the client victims of thieving lawyers and, most recently, championed the cause of court management reform leading to the 1993 reorganization of Massachusetts trial court management structure and practice.

The MBA sponsors hundreds of CLE programs throughout Massachusetts and publishes numerous books on law practice. The association also publishes Lawyers Journal, the largest circulation lawyers' newspaper in Massachusetts; the weekly electronic newsletter Lawyers e-Journal; and two respected quarterly publications, Section Review and Massachusetts Law Review.

The MBA is the primary organization representing the legal profession before the state Legislature. Areas of particular interest to the MBA include auto insurance reform, capital punishment, unauthorized practice of law, lawyer advertising, access to justice, and law-related education in public schools.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is a voluntary association. Of the state's 43,000 practicing lawyers, 18,500 are members of the association. The Massachusetts Bar Association is a member of the New England Bar Association.

Annual Meeting
March 2007
MBA Annual Conference
Marriott Copley Hotel, Boston, MA

Current Officers & Leadership

Mark D. Mason
Cooley, Shrair, PC
1380 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103-1616
Phone: (413) 781-0750
Fax: (413) 733-3042

David W. White-Lief
Breakstone, White-Lief & Gluck, PC
2 Center Plaza, Suite 530
Boston, MA 02108-1906
Phone: (617) 723-7676
Fax: (617) 723-7777

Valerie A. Yarashus
Sugarman and Sugarman
1 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 542-1000
Fax: (617) 542-1359

Denise Squillante
Denise Squillante, PC
PO Box 3128
190 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02722-3128
Phone: (508) 673-0032
Fax: (508) 673-0146

Robert F. Lucas
Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas
649 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: (781) 245-4545
Fax: (781) 245-1999

Edward W. McIntyre
Law Office of Edward W. McIntyre
162 Church Street
Clinton, MA 01510
Phone: (978) 368-1251
Fax: (978) 368-8132

Executive Director
Marilyn J. Wellington
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 338-0500
Fax: (617) 542-7947

General Counsel
Martin W. Healy
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 338-0500
Fax: (617) 542-7947


Director of Media and Communications
Tricia M. Oliver
Phone: (617) 338-0677
Fax: (617) 338-0503

Director of Programs and Services
Lisa A. Ferrara
Phone: (617) 338-0545
Fax: (617) 338-0550

Director of Public Services
Elizabeth A. O'Neil
Phone: (617) 338-0560
Fax: (617) 542-0503