BOSTON, MA – Morrison Mahoney Partner Grace V.B. Garcia has been elected President-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2021-22 year, effective September 1. Garcia will continue to serve as a member of the MBA’s leadership team, and will emphasize the MBA’s role as an ally to lawyers from diverse backgrounds and build upon efforts to develop the MBA into a wellness resource for all Massachusetts attorneys.
In addition to serving as MBA President-elect, Garcia is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Garcia co-chairs the MBA’s Attorney Well-Being Committee, which is tasked with implementing the Supreme Judicial Court’s recommendations for making positive changes in attorney well-being. For the last couple of years, Garcia both coordinates and volunteers with the MBA’s Law Day initiative, which sends volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and political science classes around the commonwealth to engage students on the topics such as “The Rule of Law” and “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” In 2019, she chaired the MBA’s Civics Task Force, which supported iCivics, an organization that helps students become engaged in civics through an interactive digital platform. As chair of the Civics Task Force, Garcia also led the MBA’s Naturalization Disability Waiver Training in partnership with Project Citizenship. 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 partner in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP, one of the northeast region’s leading litigation firms, 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, OSHA, commercial litigation, employment litigation, premises liability and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases. Garcia was inducted into Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence in 2020, which recognizes women who continue to exemplify professional, civic and mentoring achievements year in and year out in the Massachusetts legal community and beyond. In 2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected her as one of the “Top Women of Law,” and has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© since 2019.
Garcia is past president of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and served as a board member for ten years. 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 has been the state representative for Defense Research Institute and currently serves as it State and Local Bar Organization committee. Further, she is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). 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 2021-22 year includes President Thomas M. Bond, Vice President Damian J. Turco, Treasurer Victoria Santoro Mair and Secretary Michael H. Hayden.
About the Massachusetts Bar Association
Founded in 1911, the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) 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.