The Massachusetts Bar Foundation has elected as its new president Harvey Weiner, senior counsel to Peabody & Arnold, LLP, where he practiced civil litigation for over forty-seven years. Weiner will lead a board of twenty-two members, made up of lawyers and judges from across the commonwealth, all dedicated to increasing access to justice in Massachusetts, especially for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.
Weiner first became a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation in 2005, and has been an active member in many ways, including participating in the Foundation’s annual grant application review process and serving in various officer roles for the Board of Trustees.
In addition to his distinguished career as a civil litigator, Weiner is extremely active in both bar and community organizations. Weiner is Past Co-President of the Boston Inn of Court and Past President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. He is President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and served two terms on the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. He served as Millis Town Counsel in Norfolk County for over a decade. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow of the MBF. He has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has written and spoken on various law topics around the country for over forty years and has been a trial advisor for the Harvard Law School Advocacy Course for thirty years.
Weiner served as a U.S. Army Captain in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star (m). He is a U.S. Department of Veterans Accredited Attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is the National Judge Advocate for the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, the nation’s oldest veterans organization. He was a frequent participant in the MBA's Veterans' Dial-a-Lawyer program. He is a certified mediator, particularly for veterans’ issues.
A Boston native, Weiner is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Columbia Law School, and the London School of Economics.