Foley Hoag LLP partner Michael B. Keating was honored as a "Lawyer of the Year" by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court at its Annual Banquet on June 5 in Boston. Keating was recognized for his outstanding pro bono contributions and achievements as a litigation attorney.
Also cited at the event were Hon. Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr., Massachusetts Appeals Court as Judge of the Year and JoDee Doyle, Essex Superior Court as Clerk of the Year. The Frank J. Murray Inn of Court Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Hon. Robert A. Mulligan, Chief Justice of the Trial Court in recognition of his longstanding service to the bar and the judiciary.
Keating is past Chairman of Foley Hoag's Litigation Department and has been the firm’s leading trial lawyer for over thirty years. He has represented major corporate clients and individuals in both the state and federal courts. In 2011, Keating received the Massachusetts Bar Association Gold Medal Award for distinguished public service. That same year he was appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as Chair of a search committee to select the first Court Administrator for the Massachusetts court system. Keating previously served for six years as Chair of the Court Management Advisory Board.
“I am honored to receive such a meaningful award from the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court,” Keating said. “I stand alongside my fellow recipients who have made such significant contributions to our field. I also highly commend the work and objectives of the Murray Inn, which has such positive, far-reaching effects on our judicial system.”
The Murray Inn, named after the late Superior Court and U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Murray, is a chapter of the American Inns of Court. Its mission is to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. Each year, the Inn selects and honors a judge, lawyer and clerk, each of whom exemplifies its goals and principles.