Michael J. Macarro, Esq.
Cushing-Gavin Award Recipient
Management Attorney Award, 2019
Michael Macarro is an attorney at Murphy Hesse Toomey and Lehane, which he joined in 2010 after four years on the legal staff of AFSCME.
As a student at Bates College, Mike studied biochemistry and planned to get his MD. But after two years in a lab at Boston University, initially meant to be a gap between undergraduate and medical school, Mike had started to drift from his vision of becoming a doctor; he found a non-clinical role in the planning department of a New York City hospital, and during his tenure there he took the LSAT, applied to law school and decided to enroll at Northeastern University’s school of law.
He graduated from law school in 2004, still unsure in what area of law he wanted to specialize, and worked for two years as a Superior Court clerk, a position that required intensive study of cases from a broad range of areas of the law, and which allowed him to sample all those areas in the real world. Of all the areas that came across his desk at the Superior Court, employment law clicked with Mike. After years searching for a calling, he’d found it.
When his time clerking came to an end, Mike got a job with AFSCME that sent him all across Massachusetts. He prided himself on his persistence in putting in time before hearings to meet with a client, understand their needs and their case, and lay the groundwork to win what his client deserved, even if it meant long days travelling to all corners of the Commonwealth.
In 2010, Mike accepted a job at MHTL. He works with clients in both the public and private sector in the areas of contract negotiations, arbitration, litigation, and employee benefits. Now a partner, he maintains his good relationships across the labor relations community, with mediators, arbitrators and opposing counsel.
It’s not the first time an MHTL attorney has been awarded at CGA—partners Katherine Hesse, Esq, Michael Lehane, Esq., and Arthur P Murphy, Esq., are also past winners, and this year Mike Macarro joins their ranks.
Mike lives in Chelmsford with his wife Sharon and their two girls, Audrey, age 9, and Scarlet, who just turned 1. The Labor Guild is honored to present the Management Attorney award to Mike Macarro.