BOSTON, Mass. — Morrison Mahoney LLP partner Grace V.B. Garcia has been elected secretary of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2018-19 year, beginning on Sept. 1. Garcia will serve as a member of the MBA’s leadership team under incoming President Christopher A. Kenney, who will seek to strengthen the MBA’s role as a partner to the legal profession, and promote civics and civic responsibility in Massachusetts through education, empowerment and engagement.
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 the areas of 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 the Law.”
In addition to serving as MBA secretary, Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. She has chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, and she previously served on the Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils. Garcia has also served as a regional delegate to the MBA’s House of Delegates.
Garcia is a board member and past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active with ALFA International, where she serves as a member of the board and has held leadership positions on its Construction Law, Product Liability and Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia is a member of the Safety Committee of the Massachusetts Associated General Contractors, as well as a member of the Construction Law Steering Committee of the 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.
Garcia graduated with honors from the University of Rochester in 1994, and from Boston University School of Law in 1998. She is a resident of Braintree, Mass.
Alongside Garcia, the other 2018-19 MBA officers include President Christopher A. Kenney, Sudbury; President-elect John J. Morrissey, Hingham; Vice President Denise I. Murphy, Westwood; and Treasurer Thomas M. Bond, Hopkinton. Martin W. Healy is the MBA’s chief legal counsel and chief operating officer.