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Jonathan A. Karon: President


Jonathan A. Karon,  is the founder of Karon Law, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has a national practice representing the catastrophically injured including cases involving amusement ride accidents, traumatic brain injuries and defective products.  He has spoken on a range of topics including traumatic brain injury cases, amusement ride accidents, products liability, trial practice and personal injury law issues for professional groups including the American Association for Justice, the Massachusetts Bar Association and, of course, MATA. He is former Editor-in-Chief of the MATA Journal, been selected for the list of Massachusetts SuperLawyers® every year since 2008 and is the author of "Smaller Products Liability Cases on a Budget" published in the November 2015 issue of Trial Magazine.


He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law.  More information about him can be found at his firm’s website


Thomas R. Murphy: President-elect


THOMAS R. MURPHY has been active in the greater Boston trial bar since 1985. He has taken numerous state and federal cases to verdict, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, in Massachusetts and elsewhere; in recent years he has been increasingly active in state and federal appellate courts. A member of the Amicus Committee of the Mass. Academy of Trial Attorney’s for ten years and Chair of the Committee for five, in addition to his many reported decisions he has co-written or edited many 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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Kathy Jo Cook: Treasurer


Kathy Jo Cook is the managing member of the KJC Law Firm LLC representing individuals and businesses in civil 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, and recently prevailed in Law v. Griffith, , deemed to be one of the most important decisions of the year. Kathy Jo is A member of ABOTA, 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 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  currently serves on the boards and committees of a number of bar associations, including MATA, MA Employment Lawyers Assn, MBA, and the BBA. She is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and the University of Houston. 

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Brendan G. Carney: Secretary

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.





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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