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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Attorney Valerie A. Yarashus of Holliston to the Superior Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Valerie A. Yarashus of Holliston to the Superior Court. Attorney Yarashus brings over 25 years of experience in private practice to the court and is currently a Principal at Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston.
“Attorney Yarashus has the leadership and trial skills to serve on the Superior Court as evidenced by her experience serving as president of both the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Association,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to nominate and submit her name to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Attorney Yarashus’ academic credentials, professional accomplishments as a trial practitioner and her commitment to public service will serve both the bench and the bar well,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident that she will serve the people of the Commonwealth with distinction.”
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
About Valerie A. Yarashus:
Since 2009, Valerie A. Yarashus has been a Principal at Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow, P.C., one of the leading wrongful death/medical malpractice plaintiff-side firms in the Commonwealth. Yarashus began her legal career in 1990 as an Associate at Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C. She became a partner with that firm in 1996, where she also concentrated in personal injury and wrongful death cases with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries until 2008. Yarashus graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University in 1987 and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School with cum laude honors in 1990. While at Harvard Law, she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Yarashus continued her involvement in the legal community, including in her role as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2009-2010. She is on the steering committee of the MBA’s Leadership Academy and is a mentor in that program, as well as serving as a mentor in the MBA’s Tiered Community Mentoring Program. She has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America and Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts.