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Valerie Yarashus Receives Chairman’s Award from AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group

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During the 2018 annual American Association for Justice (AAJ) convention in Denver in July, MBBB attorney Valerie Yarashus was presented with a Chairman’s Award from AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group for her outstanding work and dedication to improving the safety of trucks to prevent injuries and fatalities.  Attorney Yarashus has advocated extensively for the implementation of impact-resistant side guards on trucks (which can keep pedestrians and cyclists from falling under the wheels of trucks and prevent fatal injuries), as well as additional blind spot mirrors.   She serves as the Chair of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group “Vision Zero Liaison Committee.”   Vision Zero is an international safety movement dedicated to reducing traffic fatalities in cities to zero.

Valerie Yarashus serves on the Executive Board of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group , as well as the Board of Regents of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.  She has received a Weidemann Wysocki “Citation of Excellence” from AAJ in both 2000 and 2002 for her commitment to the civil justice system and has since continued to show that commitment in her work within AAJ, as well as other organizations and her practice of law.  This year, Valerie was named again in Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and Top 50 Massachusetts Women Lawyers.  In addition, this year she has also served as faculty at national continuing education seminars for trial lawyers in Maui, HI, Scottsdale, AZ, Atlantic City, NJ, Denver, CO and Columbus, OH and is scheduled to speak in Nashville, TN and New Orleans, LA.  Valerie is a Past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association (2009 – 2010) and of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) (2002-2003).  In addition, she is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Once again this year, she edited the Massachusetts Personal Injury Law Sourcebook, published by MCLE annually.   For many years, she has co-authored the chapters on “Personal Injury,” “Wrongful Death” and “Emotional Distress” in MCLE’s Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, and she has just completed updates to those chapters.

We congratulate Valerie Yarashus on her award from the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, a well-deserved recognition of her dedication to the field of trucking and crucially important safety work.

(From left to right: outgoing Chair, Pete Kestner, Esq, incoming Chair, Marion Munley Cartwright, and Valerie Yarashus, Esq.)