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MATA 2020-2021 Officers


Brendan G. Carney: President

After gaining valuable litigation experience at a downtown Boston law firm, Attorney Brendan G. Carney joined his father,  Gerard B. Carney to form Carney Law Firm in 2010. Brendan has been recognized by Boston Magazine's Super Lawyers publication as a "Rising Star" every year since 2012. He has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of complex personal injury matters, including construction site accidents, product liability, wrongful death, premises liability and motor vehicle collision which have resulted in six and seven figure settlements and verdicts. In addition to the representation of injured clients in “third party” litigation, Brendan represents injured workers and their families, including professional athletes, in workers’ compensation claims at the Department of Industrial Accidents.  Brendan has frequently lectured on the topic of workplace safety, workplace injuries and workers’ compensation benefits to various local building trades unions and to members of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA). Attorney Carney is actively involved in efforts to support legislation to achieve fairness for working families and consumers of Massachusetts.  Brendan is  a 2002 graduate of Boston College, and a 2007 graduate of Suffolk University Law School.


Lee Dawn Daniel: President-Elect


Lee is a highly skilled litigator with over 33 years of experience representing the injured in matters of personal injury and medical negligence, and has secured multiple million-dollar-plus settlements and verdicts throughout her distinguished career, including a Top Ten Verdict in the Commonwealth for 2003. She has been a repeat presenter at professional development events for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), instructing her peers on topics such as evidence, case evaluation, discovery procedures, and trial tactics and techniques. She has also successfully tried contract and bad faith claims. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and the State University of New York at Binghamton with Honors. After having her own firm for many years, most recently Daniel and Fontaine, LLC, she is now Of Counsel at Alekman DiTusa, LLC, a personal injury firm based in Springfield, MA with a statewide practice. She is also admitted in New York and Pennsylvania.


Peter J. Ainsworth: Treasurer

Peter Ainsworth joined the firm of Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. as an attorney in 2003, after volunteering his time as a law student assisting with the firm’s pro bono claims before the federal Victim Compensation Fund, helping families who lost loved ones in the September 11th tragedies. Since then, he has continued his commitment to helping those in need by actively participating in the firm’s medical malpractice, product liability and general liability cases. He is one of the firm’s lead trial attorneys and he is actively involved in multiple bar associations on a state and national level.  He was named a Director of the firm in 2011 and Managing Director in 2019.   He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. 

Rhonda Maloney: Secretary

Rhonda Maloney is active in the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, an organization dedicated to promoting public safety and welfare, and the protection of individual liberties. She served on the organization’s Board of Governors (2009- 2014) and was Chair of the Education Committee (2010-2014). She was the recipient of the President’s Award in Education (2013.) Her Academy-related presentations addressed distracted driving and ethics and civility in the practice of law.  Attorney Maloney is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Association, where she proudly serves as a certified pro bono conciliator for the Superior Court. She is rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell (1988- present) for ethics and legal ability and was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2012-2013) through a process of peer nomination and independent research, which measure peer recognition and professional achievement.

Kathy Jo Cook: Immediate Past-President

Kathy Jo Cook is the managing member of KJC Law Firm, LLC, which represents individuals and businesses in civil and criminal cases, including personal injury, wrongful death, medical and legal malpractice, consumer protection and employment discrimination.  She litigated the first successful claim in MA to holding that an insurance company’s meritless appeal of an injured worker’s verdict violated the Consumer Protection Statute.  in 1999, she was named by MA Lawyers Weekly as one of the top five "up and coming" attorneys in MA, and in 2007, became the third lawyer ever to be inducted into the MLW "Hall of Fame."  Kathy Jo is a member of ABOTA.  She was named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in MA by Law & Politics Magazine in 2008, and has been named as a Super Lawyer every year since. Kathy Jo was the 2008-2009 President of the WBA of MA, and she has served on the boards and committees of a number of bar associations, including MATA, MBA, MELA and the BBA.  She is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and the University of Houston





Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

2020-2021 Leadership





Brendan G. Carney



Lee Dawn Daniel



Peter Ainsworth



Rhonda Maloney


Immediate Past President

Kathy Jo Cook


Regional governors -

Terms Expire 2021

Non Regional/At-Large governors, Terms expire 2020

Region 1 – Berkshire

Chris Dodig

Alan Klevan

Cathleen Crowley

John DiBartolo

Marc Diller

Simon Dixon

Donald Gibson

Scott Goldberg

Ronald Gluck

Walter Kelley

Deb Kohl

Russell Pollock  

Mala Rafik

Richard Rafferty

Andrew Nebenzahl

Frank Riccio

Elliot Beresen

Tucker Merrigan

Erica Pereira

Randy Shuman

Hans Hailey

Region 2 – Hampden

Gerard DiSanti

Ryan Alekman

Region 3 – Worcester

Edward Bassett

John McMaster

Region 4 –  Middlesex

David Hoey

Michael Heineman

Morton Shuman

Maureen Counihan

Region 5 – Essex

Robert Mazow

Rhonda Maloney

Region 6 – Suffolk



Michael Lennon

Michael Harris

Robert DeLello

Robert Feinberg

Leo Boyle

Marc Breakstone

Nicholas Cappiello


Region 7 –Norfolk

Steven Coren

Kenneth Levine



Matt Fogelman

Phillip Crowe

Andrew Meyer

Earlon Seeley III

Stacey Pietrowicz

Allison MacLellan

Region 8 – Plymouth


Region 9 – Bristol

Sean Flaherty

Region 10 – Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket

Bruce Bierhans

Region 11 – Franklin

John Stobierski

Region 12 – Hampshire

Paul Weinberg

AAJ Representatives

AAJ Governors: Lauren Barnes, Doug Sheff, Marianne LeBlanc

AAJ Delegates: Mike Gillis

AAJ Minority Delegate: Terrence Parker

Executive Committee

Kathy Jo Cook

Brendan Carney

Lee Dawn Daniel

Peter Ainsworth

Thomas Murphy


Lauren Barnes

Michael Conley

Robert DeLello

Scott Goldberg

Annette Gonthier-Kiely

Jonathan Karon

Timothy Kelleher

Marianne LeBlanc

Rhonda Maloney

Steven Schafer

Doug Sheff




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