Sep 1 2022

Grace V.B. Garcia Elected President of the Massachusetts Bar Association

Boston, MA – Morrison Mahoney partner Grace V.B. Garcia has been elected President of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2022-23 year, effective September 1. She will serve as the leader of the MBA’s officer team, which includes President-elect Damian Turco, Vice President Victoria Mair, Treasurer Michael Hayden and Secretary Sam Segal.  During her presidency, Grace will emphasize three “C’s” - communication, collaboration, and community - to strengthen the MBA, the legal community, and the community at large.

In addition to serving as MBA president, Grace is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board and Budget & Finance Committee. Among many MBA positions she has held, Grace co-chaired the MBA’s Lawyer Well-Being Committee from 2019-2022, which is tasked with implementing the Supreme Judicial Court’s recommendations for making positive changes in attorney well-being. Under Grace’s leadership, the MBA’s Lawyer Well-Being Committee produced a toolkit for bar associations in Massachusetts, which offers extensive resources for individuals, employers, and organizations to help them attain greater success in achieving a healthy, positive, and productive balance of work, personal life and wellness. The Lawyer Well-Being Committee also presented several well-being programs which provided the legal community with resources that encouraged, motivated, and inspired a balanced lifestyle and better overall well-being. 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, she also led the MBA’s Naturalization Disability Waiver Training in partnership with Project Citizenship. Further, Grace coordinated the MBA’s Law Day initiative in 2019 and 2021, which sent volunteer attorneys and judges to high school history and political science classes around the commonwealth to engage students on the topics of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” and “Advancing the Rule of Law,” respectively. Grace has also chaired the MBA’s Volunteer Recognition Committee since 2011, is a member of the MBA’s COVID Response Task Force and has previously served on the MBA's Civil Litigation and Business Law section councils.

Grace 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. In 2022, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association named Grace its “Lawyer of the Year.”  Grace was also 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.

Grace 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 chaired 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, Grace 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, Grace 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, Grace graduated with honors from both the University of Rochester in 1994, and from Boston University School of Law in 1998.

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.

A new House of Delegates governs the business of the MBA each association year and is comprised of officers and section chairs, along with the two immediate past presidents, regional delegates, at-large delegates and representatives of MBA's affiliated bar associations, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and the Massachusetts ABA delegate. MBA officers include the president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Each fulfills a one-year term. The president is responsible for selecting the association's executive management board and section leadership. Section Council chairs select a group of 10-15 legal professionals to serve on their respective councils. The section councils are responsible for much of the association's activity throughout the year under the leadership of officers. 


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