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MATA 2019-2020 Officers



Kathy Jo Cook: 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. 




Brendan G. Carney: President-Elect

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: Treasurer


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: Secretary

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. 

Thomas R. Murphy: Immediate Past-President

THOMAS R. MURPHY has been an Associate, Partner, and Of Counsel in the greater Boston litigation community since 1985. He has taken scores of cases to verdict in state and federal courts, in Massachusetts and other states. Among them is the highest plaintiff’s verdict, as of 1998, in Montgomery County, Ohio. He has also briefed and argued cases at all levels of the Massachusetts courts, in the First and the Sixth Circuit of the federal courts of appeals, and he has briefed (but not argued) in the Supreme Court of the United States. He was lead appellate counsel in seven reported cases, among them DiCarlo v. Suffolk Construction Co., Inc., a 2016 watershed case with a plaintiff-side interpretation of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation lien statute. A member of MATA’s Amicus Committee since 2008 and Chair of that Committee since 2013, he has co-written or edited more than 20 of MATA’s amicus filings. Inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005, he was first elected as the Ipswich Town Moderator in 2011 and has been elected annually since then.





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President:  Jonathan Karon

President-elect:  Thomas Murphy

Treasurer:  Kathy Jo Cook

Secretary: Brendan Carney

Immediate Past President:  Annette Gonthier-Kiely

Regional governors, Terms expire 2019


Chris Dodig

Gerard DiSanti

Ryan Alekman

Edward Bassett

John McMaster

Maureen Counihan

Alan Klevan

Michael Heineman

Morton Shuman

Rhonda Maloney

Janet Dutcher

Robert DeLello

Stanley Helinski

Marc Breakstone

Michael Lennon

Michael Harris

Robert Feinberg

Leo Boyle

Steven Coren

Kenneth Levine

Paula Bliss

Sean Flaherty

Bruce Bierhans

John Stobierski

Paul Weinberg

Non-Regional governors, Terms expire 2018 (20 spots)


Peter Ainsworth

Thomas Bond

Cathleen Crowley

Lee  Dawn Daniel

Marc Diller

Scott Goldberg

Walter Kelley

Deb Kohl

Michael Mone, Jr. 

Russell Pollock  

Mala Rafik

Donald Gibson

Richard Rafferty


Don Pitman

Simon Dixon

Andrew Nebenzahl

Frank Riccio

Ronald Gluck

John DiBartolo


Presidential Appointees (10 spots)

Matt Fogelman

Phillip Crowe

Andrew Meyer

Lloyd Rosenberg

Earlon Seeley, Jr

Kim Dougherty


David Hoey

Judson Pierce

Hans Hailey

Nicholas Cappiello


AAJ Representatives

AAJ Delegates: Mike Gillis, Marianne LeBlanc, Terrence Parker

AAJ Governors: Ed Wallace, Doug Sheff, Lauren Barnes, Marianne LeBlanc



Executive Committee

Jonathan Karon, Tom Murphy, Kathy Jo Cook, Brendan Carney, Annette Gonthier-Kiely

Edwin Wallace, Doug Sheff, Lauren Barnes, Marianne LeBlanc, Tom Bond, Andy Abraham, Charlotte Glinka, Scott Goldberg, Tim Kelleher, Mike Conley, Robert DeLello, Lee Dawn Daniel





























































































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