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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Appoints New Chair, Vice-Chair and Members of the Board of Bar Overseers

For immediate release:
10/04/2017
  • Supreme Judicial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

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Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

Boston, MA — The Supreme Judicial Court today announced the recent appointments of a new Chair, Vice-Chair and three new attorney members to the Board of Bar Overseers.

Vincent J. Pisegna was named Chair effective July 1, 2017.  He has been a BBO member for four years, having previously served as Vice-Chair. Mr. Pisegna is a partner and head of the litigation practice with the Boston law firm, Krokidas & Bluestein LLP.  He has over 38 years of experience practicing civil litigation in state and federal courts.  

John J. Morrissey was named Vice-Chair effective July 1, 2017.  He has been a BBO member for three years.  Mr. Morrissey has been a trial attorney for over 25 years and is a founding partner of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP in Braintree, where he practices in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and represents individuals and businesses in commercial and real estate disputes.  

The new members are attorneys April C. English, Jeffrey R. Martin, and Tejal R. Mehta. Their terms took effect July 1, 2017 and will expire on June 30, 2021.

April English is a fourteen-year veteran of the Attorney General’s Office, currently serving as the first chief of organizational development and diversity within Attorney General Maura T. Healey’s Executive Bureau.

Jeffrey Martin is General Counsel, Partner, and Co-Chair, Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, of the Boston-based firm, Burns & Levinson.

Tejal Mehta is a trial attorney and founder of the Mehta Law Offices in Woburn.  She previously served eleven years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

The Board of Bar Overseers was established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as an independent administrative body to adjudicate complaints against the Commonwealth’s attorneys and to take disciplinary action, or recommend such action to the Supreme Judicial Court, as appropriate.  The Board also administers attorney registration, including the registration fees and “Access to Justice” fees.  The twelve-member Board is comprised of volunteers appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to four-year terms. Eight members are lawyers; the other four are public members

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Supreme Judicial Court 

The SJC is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

The Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of the Bar Counsel were established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as independent administrative bodies to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers.

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