Morrison Mahoney Partner Grace V.B. Garcia has been elected treasurer of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2019-20 year, beginning on Sept. 1. She will serve as a member of the MBA’s leadership team under incoming President John J. Morrissey, who will lead the bar’s efforts to improve lawyer well-being and civility, with a focus on diversity and inclusion at the MBA and across the profession.
In addition to serving as MBA treasurer, Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. In 2019, she chaired the MBA’s Civics Task Force, which hosted the first MBA Civics Bee and raised $15,000 to support iCivics, a digital learning platform that is helping to implement a recent Massachusetts law mandating improved civics education in public high schools by 2020. As chair of the Civics Task Force, Garcia also led the MBA’s Naturalization Disability Waiver Training in partnership with Project Citizenship, and coordinated the MBA’s Law Day initiative, which sent volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and political science classes around the commonwealth to engage students on the topic of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Garcia has also chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, and she previously served on the MBA's Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils.
Garcia is a board member and past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. She is also active with ALFA International, where she chairs its Construction Law practice group and has served as a member of the board and held leadership positions in its Product Liability & Complex Tort and Women’s Initiative practice groups. In addition, Garcia is the state representative for Defense Research Institute.
Garcia is a partner at Morrison Mahoney LLP in Boston, where she has more than 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 defending companies and businesses in 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 Law,” and, in 2019, she was elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.
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.
A resident of Braintree, Garcia graduated with honors from both the University of Rochester in 1994, and from Boston University School of Law in 1998.
The MBA’s leadership team for the 2019-20 year includes President John J. Morrissey, President-elect Denise I. Murphy, Vice President Thomas M. Bond, Treasurer Grace V.B. Garcia and Secretary Damian J. Turco. Martin W. Healy is the MBA’s chief legal counsel and chief operating officer. Full officer bios are available at www.massbar.org/officers.
About the Massachusetts Bar Association
Incorporated in 1911, the Massachusetts Bar Association is a non-profit organization that serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law. The MBA represents a diverse group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals across the commonwealth.