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The Clients' Security Board consists of seven members of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as public trustees of the Clients' Security Fund. A portion of the annual fees paid by each member of the bar is allocated to the Fund.  Board members manage and distribute the monies in the Fund to members of the public who have sustained a financial loss caused by the dishonest conduct of a member of the bar acting as an attorney or a fiduciary. Board members receive no financial compensation for their time and efforts in performing their duties as Board members.

Board Members and Staff

Michelle M. Porter

Michelle M. Porter, Esq., Chair effective February 3, 2013 and a Board member since March 1, 2010, is a Director in the Private Client and Trust Group of Goulston &Storrs whose practice is focused on estate and tax planning, trust and estate administration and charitable giving.  Prior to her present position, she practiced with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, California.  Ms. Porter received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.  She is a member and past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Trusts and Estates New Developments Committee, a member of Professional Advisory Network of the Boston Foundation, a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, and a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Action Committee.

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Francis C. Morrissey

Francis C. Morrissey, Esq., Vice Chair, appointed to the Board effective March 1, 2010, is a partner in the firm of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos, LLP, Braintree, where he concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and insolvency matters.  His practice encompasses all aspects of the bankruptcy process, including contested and competing plan confirmation hearings, contested relief from stay and cash collateral hearings and fraudulent transfer and preference litigation. In addition, Mr. Morrissey is a faculty member for the LLM Program in Banking and Financial Law at the Morin Center at Boston University School of Law and New England Law | Boston.  He serves on the Legal Affairs Committee of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Boston, as Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Business Law Council.  Mr. Morrissey received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

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D. Ethan Jeffrey

D. Ethan Jeffery, Esq., Treasurer, was appointed to the Board on January 1, 2011. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Murphy & King, P.C. where his practice focuses on representing debtors, trustees, and creditors in complex Chapter 11 cases, and representing debtors and creditors in non-bankruptcy restructurings and workouts. Mr. Jeffery received a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a J.D. from Villanova Law School. Mr. Jeffery is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Executive Advisory Board for the Northeast Conference, is the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Commercial Finance Committee, and is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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Amy S. Locke

Amy S. Locke, Esq., Secretary, was appointed to the Board effective February 1, 2013. She is a senior litigation management associate at Coverys, a medical malpractice insurer. Prior to achieving this position, Ms. Locke was a career trial attorney who focused her practice on defending bodily injury claims, investigating and litigating suspected cases of insurance fraud, and analyzing coverage issues. She practiced at the Cambridge firm of Bellotti & Barretto and at the Boston regional office of Wilson Elser. Ms. Locke received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and her J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. In 2012, she earned the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) Designation and recently began teaching the Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance module for the RPLU program.

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Joseph H. Baldiga

Joseph H. Baldiga, Esq., was appointed to the Board on March 1, 2012. As a partner in the Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Group of the Worcester firm of Mirick O'Connell, LLP, he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial creditor and debtor rights, bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court loan restructurings and the purchase and sale of distressed businesses. Since 1998, Mr. Baldiga has also served as a panel Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the District of Massachusetts (Western Division), and has acted as an operating trustee, liquidating agent and court-appointed examiner in numerous matters. Mr. Baldiga received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College, and previously served as co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section of each of the Boston Bar Association and the Worcester Bar Association.

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John G. Bagley

John G. Bagley, Esq., was appointed to the Board effective February 1, 2013. He is a partner in the Springfield office of Morrison Mahoney LLP, where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation. He is a past President of the Hampden County Bar Association; former Chairperson of the Mass Bar Association Judicial Administration Section; former Chairperson of the Hampden County Medical-Legal Society; has served on the Board of Editors of Mass Lawyers Weekly; and is a former member of the Mass Bar Association Committee on Judicial Appointments. In 2008, he was elected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2011, he was invited to Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and presently serves as a member of its State Committee. Mr. Bagley, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Suffolk Law School, he was admitted to the bar in 1983.

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Martin J. Newhouse

Martin J. Newhouse, Esq., was appointed to the Board effective December 1, 2013. Mr. Newhouse is President of the New England Legal Foundation. Founded in 1977, NELF is a public interest nonprofit and nonpartisan courtroom advocate for the New England business community, as well as a resource on important business law and property rights issues. Prior to joining NELF in 2004, Mr. Newhouse had a twenty-year legal career at Ropes & Gray LLP, where he was a partner in the Litigation Department, chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, and advised the firm on legal ethics. As President of NELF, Mr. Newhouse oversees a legal staff that is active in appellate litigation throughout New England and the rest of the country, filing amicus briefs in both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, in business and property rights cases. Mr. Newhouse served as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers from 2003-2009, is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and teaches Professional Responsibility at Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Newhouse received an A.B. in economics from Columbia College, a Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. In addition to his legal activities, Mr. Newhouse is on the Advisory Boards of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Winchester Community Music School, and has published on a variety of subjects from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to current legal issues.

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Michael Fredrickson

Michael Fredrickson, Esq., is counsel to the Clients' Security Board. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Macalester College, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and did graduate work in English literature at the University of Toronto. After receiving his law degree from Harvard Law School, he worked for over five years as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow before taking his present position with the Clients' Security Board. He also serves as general counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers, the state's lawyer disciplinary agency.

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Karen O'Toole

Karen D. O'Toole, Esq., has been the assistant board counsel to the Clients' Security Board and the associate general counsel to the Board of Bar Overseers since 1989. From 1986 until 1989, Ms. O'Toole was an associate at the Boston firm of Hoch & McHugh practicing maritime law. She received her B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Northeastern University.

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Adam Lutynski

Adam M. Lutynski, Esq. became assistant board counsel in 2002 after fourteen years as general counsel and secretary to an NYSE-listed technology solutions company.  He is also a former public defender, legal aid lawyer and law school instructor. B.S., Loyola University (Chicago) - J.D., University of Chicago Law School. 

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