Massachusetts Bar Association Honors Foley Hoag’s Michael B. Keating with MBA Gold Medal Award at May 19 Centennial Ball

May 3, 2011

Michael B. Keating, chairman of the Litigation Department at Foley Hoag LLP, will be honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Gold Medal Award at its Centennial Ball at the Boston Sheraton Hotel May 19.

Keating has been one of Foley Hoag LLP’s leading trial lawyers for more than 30 years. Consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Massachusetts Super Lawyers and recognized by The National Law Journal, he practices extensively in both the federal and state courts. Keating has represented major corporate clients in diverse matters. He also has substantial experience in the arbitration and mediation of commercial disputes both as counsel and as an arbitrator/mediator. Early in his career, he served as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserves.

“This award is well deserved. Mike Keating epitomizes the qualities that built Foley Hoag’s reputation in the legal community,” said Adam P. Kahn, co-managing partner of Foley Hoag. “We are privileged to have Mike as our partner, and we are delighted that his skills and dedication to the practice of law have been recognized by the MBA and other prestigious organizations.”

An instructor of civil trial practice at Northeastern Law School, Keating is also chairman of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts' Court Management Advisory Board and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Among other civic and charitable activities, he is chair of the board of directors of the Boston Foundation. He is also is a trustee for the Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Foley Hoag Foundation, The Boston Children’s Museum, and Williams College. Keating served as president of the Boston Bar Association from 2001 to 2002.

“Because we work with Mike Keating on a daily basis, we at Foley Hoag know how devoted Mike is to his clients and his profession,” said William R. Kolb, co-managing partner of Foley Hoag. “This honor from the MBA helps others appreciate Mike’s dedication. We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone with him.”

The MBA's Gold Medal Award is reserved for individuals who have provided outstanding legal services that have benefited the legal profession in Massachusetts. The Centennial Ball, the culmination of the MBA Centennial Conference, will also feature a keynote address from U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a special presentation of the MBA Hennessey Award to retiring U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner and the posthumous presentation of the MBA Centennial Award to the late Richard G. Mintz of Mintz Levin.

About The Massachusetts Bar Association

The Massachusetts Bar Association, incorporated in 1911, is celebrating a century of service to the public, the profession and the rule of law throughout its 2010-11 association year. The MBA is the preeminent voice of the legal profession that serves the legal community and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law.

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