BOSTON, MA – On Friday, June 3, Grace V.B. Garcia received the 2022 Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA) Defense Lawyer of the Year. This award is presented annually to one attorney chosen by the MassDLA board and is based on characteristics of the recipient which include the public’s opinion of the attorney, trial and defense experience, contribution to the legal community and the community at large, and contribution to MassDLA and its stated Mission.
“As observed by MassDLA leadership on Friday, Grace was THE clear choice for this award applying all of the criteria, and everyone at Morrison Mahoney applauds Grace on this well-deserved recognition. There are very few attorneys who are able to balance, as Grace does, the grueling hours required to excel at the representation of her clients, while at the same time working tirelessly to lead so many local and national organizations that support the bar and our mission, and concurrently, mentoring the next generation of defense lawyers. Yet, Grace succeeds at all of this, along with raising two great and very active children. Anyone who has worked with Grace as client or colleague knows that she exemplifies the best of the MassDLA," stated Scott D. Burke, the firm’s Managing Partner.
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 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.” Garcia also has been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©.
Garcia is currently President-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association and is past president of the MassDLA and had served as a board member for ten years. In addition, Garcia has been the state representative for Defense Research Institute (DRI) and currently serves on its State and Local Bar Organization committee. Further, along with several other committee involvements, Garcia Chairs the Construction Practice Group of ALFA International. Garcia 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.
The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association is a voluntary association of trial lawyers who defend corporations, individuals and insurance companies in civil lawsuits. The purpose of the MassDLA is to improve the administration of justice, legal education, and professional standards and to promote collegiality and civility among all members of the bar. MassDLA welcomes diversity, in all categories, in its members, officers and board of directors. To learn more about the Award, please click here.