Francis X. Bellotti, Of Counsel to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Vice Chairman of Arbella Insurance Group, has been named the 2013 Insurance Professional of the Year by the Insurance Library Association of Boston. He will be honored at a luncheon on October 18 at the Boston Park Plaza hotel.
Mr. Bellotti had been a prominent figure in the Massachusetts legal and political communities for over 50 years. He was first elected to public office in 1962 as lieutenant governor. He later served as attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1987. By eliminating part-time assistants and implementing a merit-based hiring system, he turned the attorney general’s office into a model for national and local prosecutors alike. He established a reputation as a well-respected trial lawyer at virtually every level of the state and federal judicial systems.
In 1981, the 54-member National Association of Attorneys General unanimously voted to award Mr. Bellotti the prestigious Louis C. Wyman Award as the most outstanding attorney general in the United States. A US Navy veteran of World War II, he has received numerous honors and awards for public service and has also received honorary law degrees from the New England School of Law and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
In 1992, the Social Law Library created the Francis X. Bellotti Endowment for Special Acquisitions in his honor. In 2001, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) created the Francis X. Bellotti Award to be presented annually to a member of the Society of Attorneys General Emeriti (SAGE) who has served NAAG and worked to further its vision and mission. In 2012, the District Court of East Norfolk, located in Quincy, Massachusetts, was renamed the Francis X. Bellotti Courthouse, in his honor. In 2013, Frank received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Attorneys General, in recognition of his lifelong service and commitment to the attorneys general community.