News & Events
annual meeting update and election results

     Over 250 members attended the Worcester County Bar Association’s annual meeting held on June 20, 2017 at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston.

     Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court and Jonathan S. Williams, Trial Court Administrator provided remarks to the membership.  
     Edward P. Ryan, Jr., president of the WCBA, presented the first WCBA Judicial Excellence Award to the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman, Federal District Court.   This prestigious award was created to honor a federal or state court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, creativity, sound judgement, intellectual courage, and decisiveness.  In addition the award recognizes the recipient’s participation and involvement in Worcester County Bar Association activities.
     President Ryan also honored attorneys Scott R. Davis and Cassandra Arriaza, with the President’s Award for their dedication and service to the Worcester County Bar Association.  Thomas J. Noonan, long time Clerk-Magistrate of the District Court, Worcester Division was presented with a President’s Award for his service and dedication to the administration of justice in the Trial Court of the Commonwealth and to the citizens of Worcester County. 
     Recognized as fifty year members were attorneys William L. Gendler, Richard A. Morocco, Conrad M. Swartz, Harold K. Vickery, Jr. and Don J. Virostek. These members have been admitted to the practice of law for fifty years and have been active members of the Worcester County Bar Association. They were honored for their 50 years of dedicated service to the legal profession.
     Attorney Lynette Paczkowski, of the law firm of Bowditch and Dewey, Worcester, was elected to the office of president-elect of the Association. Attorney Paczkowski’s term as president will follow Attorney Richard J. Rafferty, of the law firm of Eden Rafferty, Worcester, who will take office as president of the WCBA on September 1st of this year.  Attorney Rafferty’s practice concentrates in the areas of personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and criminal law.  He also works with local labor unions and remains invested in representing these unions.    
   Anthony J. Vigliotti was re-elected to the office of secretary/treasurer. Attorney Vigliotti is the Register of Deeds for Southern Worcester County.  
     The following members will serve on the Executive Committee of the association for fiscal year 2018:  Leonardo A. Angiulo, Cassandra Arriaza, Ryan P. Avery, Katherine A. Bagdis, Padgett D. Berthiaume, Roy A. Bourgeois, James C. Bradbury, Patrick K. Burke, Scott R. Davis, Matthew J. Holmes, Terry J. McLaughlin, Ann E. Meilus, Brian E. Murphy, Michelle M. Murray and John A. Shea.   
     Congratulations to all!
remarks by
president-elect richard j. rafferty
at the wcba annual meeting

      Honored guests, fellow members:  Before I begin my remarks, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our out-going President, Ed Ryan, for his leadership during this past year.  As many of you know, this was Ed’s second term as President and it is indicative of his tireless commitment to our profession and this fine organization.   Ed, we greatly appreciate all your efforts on behalf of the Worcester County Bar Association and I am honored to give you this gift as a token of our gratitude.   

      I also want to commend Sandy DiLuzio and the entire staff of the Worcester County Bar Association for the outstanding work they do each and every day and for putting on this great event. I know I can count on your help in this coming year.  

      As I stand here, before you, humbled by the honor you have bestowed on me by electing me President of this great organization, I cannot help but look back on my early years. Many of you know my long time partners, Jane Eden and Roxann Tetreau.  The three of us go back many years.  Our friendship was borne out of similarities in our lives. We came from families who did not know privilege - so we saw first-hand the inequities and difficulties of those who were not as fortunate.   We know how oppressive and intimidating government and big business can be to people who do not have the educational or fiscal resources to access justice.   We chose to become attorneys so that we could make a difference in the lives of those who do not know how to seek protection of the courts and the rights given to all of us through the Constitution.     

      It is crucial for all of us to remember we took an oath to zealously advocate for our recognize that the problems they bring to us are of the utmost importance to them and to do our very best.  People look to us to protect, guide, and help them.  It is an awesome responsibility and every day, when we do our work, we must hold ourselves out there, to earn their trust.  So, it is more important than ever that we work together, not only for our clients but for the betterment of our profession.  

      As I look forward to this upcoming year, I do so acknowledging that we are witnesses to one of the most uncertain political periods in the recent history of our country.  

      We have a duty to rise above politics, pride, and even privilege in some cases, and be worthy of the respect we strive for and the values that we represent.  We can do this by working together, freely sharing our experiences, knowledge, and ideas with members of this legal community, particularly the new attorneys among us.    Each and every one of us has something to offer and, together, we can succeed.

      The Worcester County Bar Association has had a long and successful history of service to the lawyers and clients throughout Worcester County and it is my sincere hope to continue that legacy and move us even further along during my tenure.

      Thank you!  


As a WCBA member you have access to our Mentor Program. We have over 75 experienced attorneys covering a wide variety of practice areas. These attorneys are available to assist you with questions you may have within a particular practice area, practical advice, and/or information on law office management, etc.

If you are a current member of the Worcester County Bar Association and you wish to utilize the services of this program, contact the WCBA office at 508-752-1311 and we will be happy to provide you with the name of an attorney to assist you. It's that simple!

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FY 2018 Sustaining Members

Agnelli Law Offices, P.C.
Stephen R. Anderson
Gregory J. Angelini
Michael P. Angelini
Leonardo A. Angiulo
Robert J. Arakelian
Burton F. Berg
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
Stephen P. Bik
Bourgeois White LLP
Michael D. Brockelman
Kevin T. Byrne
Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos, LLP
Hon. John J. Conte
James F. Cosgrove, Esq.
Daniel W. Cronin
Shirley A. Doyle
Jane Eden P.C.
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau (ret.)
Fletcher Tilton PC
Francis A. Ford
Patrick A. Fox
Attorney Todd A. Gattoni 
Hon. Andre A. Gelinas (ret.)
Hon. Geoffrey R. German
Deirdre Healy
Jan L. (Najemy) Heinrichs
Highland Law Offices,
   Hon. Mel L. Greenberg (ret.)
Timothy S. Hillman
Matthew J. Holmes
Martin B. Kallio, Jr., Esq.
Karpenski & Schmelkin
Landry & Meilus, LLP
Ellyn Lazar-Moore
Joseph Lian, Jr.
Lian Zarrow
Jonathan Mannina
Hon. John S. McCann (ret.)
Mirageas & Avery, LLC
Michelle M. Murray
Christine G. Narcisse
O'Connell & O'Connell
Lynette Paczkowski
Charles F. Proctor, Esq.
Richard J. Rafferty
Richard Ricker
Sbrogna, Brunelle & Donius, LLP
George F. Sullivan
Paul M. Sushchyk
Tashjian Simsarian, LLP
William C. Tattan
Law Offices of Polly A. Tatum
Christopher M. Tully
Anthony J. Vigliotti
Wickstrom Morse, LLP


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