Nicholas Macaronis Named Chairman of the Board of Suffolk University

12/1/2001

Nicholas A. Macaronis, a prominent Lowell attorney and a Suffolk University trustee, has been named Chairman of the Board of Suffolk University, President David J. Sargent announced today.

"We are honored and delighted to have Nicholas Macaronis as our new Chairman of the Board," said President Sargent. "He is one of our most loyal and dedicated trustees, deeply committed and passionate about Suffolk University, its people and the Beacon Hill community. He has earned immeasurable respect from his colleagues on our board and within the law profession. We are confident that he has all the qualities to lead our board of experienced and dedicated professionals in the years ahead."

Macaronis is thrilled to have been chosen for this prestigious position. "Suffolk University has always been a place close to my heart, so this is a tremendous honor," said Macaronis. "Knowing the people who comprise our board, I see a wealth of ideas, spirit and enthusiasm to make an outstanding educational institution such as Suffolk University even better."

The son of immigrants, Macaronis was born at the height of the Great Depression, the youngest of seven children. Working at many jobs as a youngster to assist his family, he went on to Lowell High School, where he excelled in sports. His skills as a baseball player led to him being signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. An injury cut short his baseball career and he turned to the study of law.

He applied to Suffolk University Law School, working part-time jobs to earn the annual $500 tuition. Taking to law, as Macaronis puts it, "like sponge to water," he graduated fourth in his class in 1954.

After serving in the Army and working as a trial lawyer for a Boston law firm, Macaronis opened his own law office in Lowell in 1957. In the ensuing four decades,

Macaronis has compiled an admirable record of success. His practice continuously flourished, and at one time grew to a staff of 16 attorneys.

He is a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, having had numerous million-dollar recoveries for his clients. In 1980, he was the first lawyer in Massachusetts to win a personal injury million-dollar verdict at Middlesex Superior Court with a jury sitting in Lowell. In 1987, he was the first lawyer in Massachusetts to win a jury verdict involving a $1.2 Megabucks lottery ticket, when a father successfully sued his son over the disputed ownership of the ticket. The case received attention on a national level.

In 1991, in a criminal case in which his client was indicted for first-degree murder when his home was invaded, Macaronis’ advocacy led to his client receiving a suspended sentence with no committed time and five years straight probation. It is believed to be the only time a defendant received "street" on an indictment for a first-degree murder in the Commonwealth.

A classmate of President Sargent, Macaronis has been a loyal Suffolk alumnus and generous benefactor over the years. In 1999, he made the largest individual donation ever to the law school.

"Suffolk gave me the opportunity to do something with my life," said Macaronis. "That gift was part of a greater appreciation of Suffolk University that is instilled in me to this day."

Two years ago, Suffolk University Law School established the Macaronis Institute of Trial and Appellate Advocacy, which offers highly specialized programs to practicing attorneys and students from Suffolk and other law schools. The Institute’s first program focused on the use of DNA science in various types of trials. Another early program targeted the use of social sciences in court proceedings. Esteemed experts in the field looked at issues such as battered women’s and child abuse syndromes.

The Director of the Institute is retired Chief Justice John J. Irwin, Jr. of the Massachusetts Superior Court. The most recent program on "Improving Your Chances of Success on Appeal" included on its faculty Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court, Christopher J. Armstrong, Chief Justice of the Appeals Court, and Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Macaronis, a resident of Weston, actively participates in many civic and community affairs, including serving as president of the board of directors of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is also involved with the Greek Diocese of Boston and St. Demetrios Church of Weston.

For more information, please contact Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448.

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