Damon Hart, a litigation partner in Holland & Knight’s Boston office, has been named president-elect of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) for the 2007-2008 term. He will assume the role of president of the association in April 2008. Hart has served as treasurer for the past year and has been a member since he began practicing in 1999.
“The MBLA is an organization with a rich history and I am honored to serve it,” Hart said. “In so doing, I am enjoying the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of my mentors and heroes in the law while continuing to increase opportunities, training and access for attorneys of color.”
Hart practices in the area of commercial litigation, with particular focus in technology, intellectual property, and labor and employment matters. In addition to his litigation work, he also provides clients with business advice with regard to employment, contract, real estate and development matters. He advises a number of churches and other religious organizations in their unique business and organizational challenges, and has gained significant experience in constitutional “separation of church and state” issues and inter-denominational disputes.
Hart has been named by his colleagues as a “Massachusetts Rising Star” in the field of Business Litigation in 2006 and 2007, and listed among Boston’s Ten Outstanding Leaders” by the Boston Jaycees for outstanding professional and community leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1996 from The College of Holy Cross and earned his law degree in 1999 from Boston College Law School.
About the MBLA: With approximately 200 active members, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association has served the African-American legal community since its inception in 1973. Through trainings, continuing legal education and mentorship programs, the MBLA reaches out to 500 legal professionals and provides opportunity for career development and advancement.
About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Beijing, Tokyo and Mexico City, with representative offices in Caracas, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. www.hklaw.com
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