Nationally recognized as one of the finest volunteer bar associations in the country, the Macomb County Bar Association (MCBA) has named Anthony J. Bellanca as its 81st President.
Tony was honored to be chosen from the ranks of over 1400 attorneys and judges who are members of the Bar and elect a new president each year.
Anthony (Tony) Bellanca, began his law career over forty-five years ago in practice with the firm his father founded in 1935, now Bellanca, Beattie and DeLisle. He has been a MCBA member since the 1970’s and helped establish the Macomb County Bar Foundation. Its mission is to support law-related education projects, provide scholarship grants and to support community nonprofits that serve victims of abuse.
Mr. Bellanca was also an active volunteer with the Italian American Cultural Society, with over 26 years of support to the organization his father founded in 1957. He was a Catholic Youth Organization trustee and serves as President of the New Italian Horizon Foundation. In the past ten years, the Foundation has helped enroll 5,000 students in Italian language classes with its support of school curriculum.
He has also shared his specialized knowledge with service on the Macomb County Solid Waste Planning Committee and the Macomb County Friend of the Court Advisory Committee.
Tony’s practice specialties include real estate law, family law cases involving no-fault divorce and transactional law for sales and acquisitions of closely held companies. He is a certified mediator and facilitator and is often called upon by judges and private parties for this service.
In the year ahead as new MCBA President, Tony will bring his skills as a mediator and facilitator to the task of guiding the organization to greater success. Mr. Bellanca said, “The economic climate for lawyers and the MCBA is the same as it is for all local businesses. With the support of 1400 energetic members, our great executive committee and board, the MCBA can ‘do more with less’ and continue to grow while offering its members enhanced services that offer real value to their practices.”
The MCBA was established in 1906 with 39 lawyers. By the 1950’s, the organization grew to over 100 members and added seminars, networking opportunities and public service activities to its regular meeting schedule.
Today, the MCBA has more than 1,400 members and offers member benefits, continuing legal education seminars, networking and referral opportunities, and a free-to-thepublic lawyer referral service.
Mr. Bellanca said of his new responsibilities, “If one is going to do a good job, you have to devote yourself to it correctly.” If the past is any guide, it is quite certain that he will.