Each year since 2009 the ALFA International Nathan Fishbach Attorney of the Year Award has been presented at the Annual Business Meeting to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the association. The ALFA International Firm of the Year Award is also presented to the firm who has made an incredible impact on the network over the year.
The first recipient of the Attorney of the Year Award and its namesake, Nathan Fishbach, exemplified the best attributes of an attorney, ALFA International colleague and friend. Each year when the award is presented the network pauses a moment to remember Nathan’s incredible contributions to ALFA International and the legal profession. We are proud to honor him annually with this award. Click HERE for more information on the late Nathan Fishbach.
The 2021 recipient, Sheila Kerwin, continues Nathan’s legacy by exemplifying the ideals of active involvement and friendship. Sheila represents her firm as an ALFAI Contact Partner. Sheila is also an energetic Steering Committee Member of ALFAI’s Women’s Initiative, Product Liability & Complex Torts and Transportation Practice Groups. In addition, Sheila became the Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee during this past year and has provided strong leadership in the Committee’s efforts to promote fairness and equality for persons of all races, genders and sexual orientations. As an organization, ALFAI would not be what it is today without attorneys like Nathan and Sheila.
The 2021 law firm recipient is Morrison Mahoney LLP with four locations in Massachusetts, including Boston, Fall River, Springfield and Worcester. Morrison Mahoney first joined ALFAI in 1986 when the network had only 25 member firms. The firm has been very active throughout its membership and has attorneys currently serving in 10 different ALFAI Practice Group Steering Committees. In addition, many Morrison Mahoney attorneys are part of Practice Group leadership, including Grace Garcia, Construction Practice Group Chair, Richard Hennessey, 2022 Professional Liability and Insurance Program Co-Chair, Doyle Valley, Chair Emeritus/Marketing Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group and Sean McDonough, 2022 Transportation Practice Group Program Chair. Moreover, Morrison Mahoney’s Managing Partner Scott Burke has been heavily involved in getting ALFAI’s Managing Partners’ initiative off the ground. The firm is highly committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts and hosted a Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) intern the past four summers.
|2021||Morrison Mahoney LLP|
|2020||Lewis Wagner, LLP|
|2018||Frantz Ward LLP|
|2017||Leake & Andersson, L.L.P.|
|2015||Charles Russell Speechlys|
|2014||Young Moore and Henderson P.A.|
|2013||Hall & Evans, LLC|
|2012||Cowell Clarke and Cornwalls|
|2011||Johnson & Bell, Ltd.|
|2010||Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP|
|2009||Nilan Johnson Lewis PA|