The 2018 LBA Officers and Executive Committee
Samer Obeid, President
Samer is a trial attorney who represents clients in state and federal courts in Massachusetts. He represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business disputes, construction litigation, commercial and residential evictions, oil and hazardous waste violations, and probate disputes. Samer was an associate at Corwin & Corwin, LLP, where his practice focused on representing general and subcontractors in complex construction litigation. Samer currently serves as President of the Cornell Delta Phi Association.
Hayne Barnwell, President-Elect
Attorney Hayne Barnwell has provided fierce and intelligent representation protecting the constitutional rights of her clients since she was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006. She has honed her skills throughout her work for prominent criminal defense/appeals law firms in Boston and Cambridge. She now focuses her practice on appeals, both civil and criminal, and criminal defense, in state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts.
Kavita Goyal, Vice-President
Kavita Goyal is a litigation attorney with a focus on employment disputes, including discrimination, wage and hour, and wrongful discharge. She also routinely provides advice and counseling on workplace investigations, dispute resolutions, and severance agreements to employers and employees.
Attorney Goyal also spends a portion of her practice handling unemployment appeals at the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security.
Victoria Ranieri, Treasurer
Victoria Ranieri is a Supervising Trial Attorney in the Lawrence office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Victoria has been committed to the zealous representation of clients since her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 2010. She has tried misdemeanor and felony cases in both the District and Superior Courts of Essex County. Victoria received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
John Fraser, Secretary
John attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1982 to 1986. He graduated from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, in 1989. John was sworn into the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1989. In 2005, he was sworn into the Bar of the State of New Hampshire and into The Supreme Court of the United States in 2009. John has served as a Conciliator for the Superior Court of Essex County since 2005.
In May of 2001, Carol-Ann T. Fraser and John C. Fraser formed Fraser Law Office LLP. Fraser Law Office LLP assists individuals and businesses with all their legal needs. Whether it is a personal injury case, criminal case or business related matter, Fraser Law Office LLP is and always will be qualified and equipped to well represent its clients. Fraser Law Office LLP maintains an active trial practice in both civil and criminal matters. In January of 2016, Fraser Law Office LLP became Fraser Law Office LLC when Carol-Ann T. Fraser accepted the position of General Counsel and Assistant Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
At Fraser Law Office, John has continued to meet the diverse legal needs of his clients. John has developed a growing business law practice assisting clients in forming businesses, addressing day-to-day legal issues and prosecuting or defending lawsuits. John serves as Corporate Counsel for businesses in a variety of industries.
John has continued to represent clients in personal injury cases and general civil litigation cases. At Fraser Law Office, John has represented clients in many different types of cases, including, wrongful death cases, traumatic head and brain injury cases, product liability cases, construction site accidents case and car accident case. John has had the unique opportunity to represent in some case the injured party and in other cases the person or business that is being sued. This has afforded John the opportunity to gain insight into how to best represent a client whether the client is bringing a claim or defending a claim.
John continues to put to use his experience as a criminal defense attorney for his clients that find themselves charged with crimes. He has represented persons accused of drug related crimes, operating under the influence of alcohol (OUI/DWI), and crimes of violence. John has the experience to guide a client charged with a criminal offense through the maze that is our criminal justice system.
The professional relationship between John and his clients is of great importance to him. John stands ready to do whatever he reasonably can to meet the needs of, and get the best results for, his clients.
Members of the Lawrence Bar Association Executive Committee
- Cynthia Grover Hastings*
- Matthew Ginsburg*
- Mark Machera*
- Carol Cahill
- Dennis D'Angelo
- Socrates De La Cruz
- Ben Falkner
- Nick Guerrera
- Nancy Ignazi
- Alicia McNeill
- Jesse Redlener
- Joanna Rodriguez
- Hilary McCamick
- Jennifer Capone
- David Haynes
* Ex-officio former presidents