Leadership

Our Attorneys Taking the Lead

 

Leo V. Boyle
Leo V. Boyle

Leo was recently selected by the Boston Globe as one of Boston’s Best Lawyers. In addition, in September 2007, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Attorney Boyle as one of the most influential lawyers of the last 35 years, which is consistent with prior awards for his success as a trial attorney in Massachusetts. In 1998 the same publication recognized Attorney Boyle as one of the most influential lawyers over the last 25 years, and Lawyers Weekly USA recognized Attorney Boyle in 2001 as one of ten “Lawyers of the Year” for his leadership as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, like many of the other attorneys in the firm, Attorney Boyle has been included on the SuperLawyers® list ever since the beginning of its publication in Massachusetts.

Serving the Community:

Leo serves on the Court Management Advisory Board, and is a past-president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New England Bar Association, and Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. Attorney Boyle was awarded the 2004 Public Justice Achievement Award by the organization Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the 2001 David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego at their annual meeting for his work on behalf of victims of September 11. Attorney Boyle also spent several years as a member and President of the Boston College Law School Alumni Association.

 


Peter J. Black

Peter was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in its 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Attorney Black has been included on the SuperLawyers® list ever since the beginning of its publication in Massachusetts.

Serving the Community:

Peter is a former President of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association., and Vice Chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association. Attorney Black also served our nation as an officer in the U. S. Navy and spent five years as a naval aviator, completing 150 combat missions in Vietnam.

 


Michael B. Bogdanow

Michael is a member of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments in Massachusetts, and has served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. Attorney Bogdanow has been asked to serve on numerous legal educations panels and to contribute to several publications. He has also been included on the SuperLawyers® list every since the beginning of its publication in Massachusetts, and was recognized in a full page article in the “SuperLawyers®” Magazine, commending him for his versatility and range of accomplishments as a well-known author, artist and musician.

Serving the Community:

Michael has served as Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments in Massachusetts, and is a former Co-Chair of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association. Attorney Bogdanow also served as president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys committee on education. He has also devoted a significant amount of time to the work of the Massachusetts Bar Association, serving as Education Chair, and as Vice-Chair of the Civil Litigation Section. Attorney Bogdanow is also an award-winning artist whose work is exhibited world-wide.

 


Brad M. Henry

Brad was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in its 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Attorney Henry has been included on the SuperLawyers® list several times.

Serving the Community:

Brad is a former National Deputy Section Coordinator in the Federal Bar Association (FBA). Attorney Henry has also served in the House of Delegates of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

 


Valerie A. Yarashus

Valerie was listed by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 1997 as one of the “Rising Stars” in the legal profession in the Commonwealth, in their first annual survey of attorneys in practice for less than 10 years. In October 2004, Valerie was named by Law and Politics magazine (“Best of Boston”) as one of the “Massachusetts Super Lawyers,” as selected by her peers, and has been listed every year since that time. She was selected by this Best of Boston survey as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts from 2005 – the present. Lawyers Weekly inducted her into the “Up and Coming Lawyers Hall of Fame” in 2006; this honor has been awarded to only three other Massachusetts lawyers. Valerie is also listed in the 2005-present editions of Best Lawyers in America. Valerie has received an AV rating, the highest rating, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This rating is given only to lawyers who have Very High to Preeminent Legal Ability and who embrace Very High Professional Standards.

Serving the Community:

Valerie is the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association She is also Co-Chair of their Monthly Leadership Roundtable, a past Co-Chair of their Diversity Task Force and a past Chair of their Health Law Section. She is serving as Co-Chair on a special bench-bar task force for Plain English Jury Instructions. Valerie is an Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and has served on their grant advisory committee. She is a past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA)(2002-2003), as well as a member of their Executive Committee and Board of Governors. She served as Chair of State Legislation for MATA from 1998-2001. In both 2000 and 2002, she was awarded a prestigious Weidemann Wysocki “Citation of Excellence,” from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (an organization with 60,000 members, now renamed the American Association for Justice) for her commitment to the civil justice system. She has served on national committees for AAJ, including Legal Affairs. Valerie has served as a speaker or moderator at two previous national conventions sponsored by AAJ. Recently, she has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

 


John J. Carroll

Serving the Community:

John is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) House of Delegates and the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Association’s Judicial Administration Committee. Attorney Carroll is a Hearing Officer for the Board of Bar Overseers, and serves as a panel member for the American Arbitration Association. Attorney Carroll, a long time supporter of increasing access to legal representation for the indigent, sits on the board of directors for the Greater Boston Legal Services, and is an Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.