OFFICERS



 



 

PRESIDENT ׀ Christine M. Netski

Chris is the managing partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she concentrates her practice in business and employment litigation. At the BBA, Chris is a member of the Executive Committee, and also serves on the BBF Board of Trustees. She has served as BBA Treasurer and as Chair of the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors; and as Co-Chair of the Law Day Steering Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Task Force on the Future of the Profession. She has also served as a member of the Fellows Committee, the Rule 3:16 Committee, the Future of the Legal Profession Implementation Working Group, the Communications Study Group, and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Chris is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows, and served as the BBA’s appointee to the Access to Justice Commission’s Working Group in 2012. Beyond the BBA, Chris has served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Women’s Bar Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Boston University School of Law Small-Midsized Firm Apprenticeship Program. She was Vice President of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice from 2013-2015.

Chris is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.    

PRESIDENT-ELECT | Martin F. Murphy

Martin F. Murphy

Marty is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP where he represents individuals, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and law firms in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He is currently President-Elect and a member of the BBA Executive Committee. He also previously served as Treasurer and Secretary of the BBA, Chair of the BBA/BBF Joint Finance Committee, Chair of the Immigration Working Group, and as a member of the Amicus Committee.  He has served as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, the White Collar Crime Conference Advisory Committee, the Death Penalty Working Group, the BBA Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, and the Criminal Law Section. He has also served on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors and the Nominating Committee.  Marty is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows, and served as the BBA’s designee on the Massachusetts Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System. Beyond the BBA, he serves on the Board of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts, on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and as a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  From 2010-2015 he served as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.

Marty, a former state and federal prosecutor, is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to the late Hon. A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court.

VICE-PRESIDENT | Deborah J. Manus 

Deborah J. ManusDeb is Chair of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. At the Boston Bar, Deb serves on the BBA Executive Committee and the BBF Board of Trustees, and is a member of the BBA/BBF Joint Finance Committee and the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum Advisory Committee. Deb has previously served as Treasurer of the BBA. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee and on the Fellows Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. A leader in numerous business and civic organizations, Deb is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and serves on the Board of Overseers of the New England Aquarium. She is past president and board member of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association. In 2017, Deb was selected as an inaugural “Women Who Mean Business” honoree by the Boston Business Journal and as a “Top Women of Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. 

She is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School.    

TREASURER | Chinh H. Pham 

Chinh H. Pham Chinh is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig where he chairs the Emerging Technology Practice and co-chairs of the Boston IP Practice.  His practice focuses on the strategic creation, implementation and protection of intellectual property rights for technology and life science clients. Chinh was previously Secretary of the Council of the Boston Bar Association and a Council member and Executive Committee member. He also served on the Nomination Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Chinh is a member of the Society of Fellows and the Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group. Outside of BBA, he is Chair of the Board of Overseers at the Boston Museum of Science, President of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys, and company mentor at Harvard iLab, Northwestern University The Garage, and MassChallenge. Chinh has been named a top patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000 and was recognized in 2008 as one of the “Top Ten Intellectual Property Lawyers Influencing Nanotechnology.”    

Chinh is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

SECRETARY | Hannah L. Kilson

Hannah is a partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, where she concentrates her practice on real estate transactions, with a special focus on affordable housing and community development. She represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, borrowers and lenders in real estate development transactions involving various financing sources. Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, she was the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. She is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section, as Co-Chair of the Section’s Affordable Housing Committee, and as a member of the BBA Immigration Working Group. Hannah is Chair of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee, and is a member of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency’s Multifamily Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the Board of Trustees for the Advent School, where she was Co-Chair of the Education and Diversity Committees. Hannah has also been a Director at the Lawyers Clearinghouse for Affordable Housing and Homelessness and a Director at the Museum of African American History.    

Hannah is a graduate of Amherst College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Law School.



 

COUNCIL MEMBERS

 



John Affuso

John AffusoJohn is the Senior Legal Counsel, Transactions at the Massachusetts Port Authority, where he specializes in real estate and public finance matters. At the Boston Bar, John is the co-chair of the Real Estate Section and has previously served as co-chair of the Leasing Committee. He is a former Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and has been honored by them with the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service.  John is also a member of the Fenway Health Board of Visitors and is a former member of the national Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. He previously worked for the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

John is a veteran and a graduate of Rutgers University and Boston College Law School.    

Jonathan M. Albano (President Emeritus)

Jonathan M. Albano Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. He has previously served as Secretary and Treasurer of the BBA Council, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Joint Planning Committee, and Co-Chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section. Jon has also served as a member of the Amicus Committee, the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee, the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group, the BBA/BBF Joint Audit Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and as a BBA Bar Exam Coach.  He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.    

Jon is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Krietta Bowens Jones

Krietta Bowens JonesKrietta is Associate General Counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she advises on corporate, regulatory and risk management matters.  She also counsels on patient care matters and privacy and data security, including HIPAA and state medical privacy laws.  Prior to working at Dana-Farber, Krietta was an associate in the Health Law Department at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  At the BBA, Krietta is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Steering Committee.  She has previously served as Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section and on the Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference Advisory Committee.  She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the BBA, Krietta currently serves as a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and serves on its Diversity + Inclusion Committee.

She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law.    

Elaine Herrmann Blais

Elaine Herrmann BlaisElaine is a partner and head of the litigation department at Goodwin Procter, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly on patent litigation. Elaine was a member of the Boston Bar’s Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum. She also works with numerous public service and civic organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense and the Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Project. Elaine also is an immigration equality attorney representing LGBTQ and HIV Positive immigrants, and is a past co-chair of the board of Lawyers for Civil Rights.  Elaine was honored for her pro bono work with the Boston Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 2017.

She is a graduate of Allegheny College and the Ohio State University College of Law.    

Edward V. Colbert III 

Ed is a partner at Casner & Edwards LLP. He has extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation, and his practice often involves business disputes and government enforcement actions. Prior to joining Casner & Edwards, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since joining the firm, he continued to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth. At the Boston Bar, he co-chaired the Litigation Section and served on the Annual Meeting and Law Day Steering Committees and the Strategic Planning Committee. Recently, Ed served as one of the BBA’s representatives on the Joint Bar Committee.    

Ed is graduate of Wesleyan University and Suffolk University Law School.    

Juliet A. Davison

Juliet A. DavisonJuliet is the founder of Davison Law, LLC, where she focuses her practice on business, employment, and fiduciary litigation.  At the Boston Bar, Juliet is Co-Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section.  She is also a member of the Practice Launch Workshop Advisory Committee and the Fellows Committee, and has previously served on the Law Day Steering Committee and the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Juliet is a member of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association – MA Chapter.

Juliet is a graduate of Brown University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.    

Prasant D. Desai

Prasant D. Desai Prasant is an attorney and shareholder at Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C., where he focuses his practice on business immigration matters. He frequently addresses businesses, scholars, entrepreneurs, and students on federal immigration policy changes, including the recent executive orders on travel and enforcement priorities, compliance matters, employment visas, pathways to lawful permanent residency, and naturalization. He represents a wide range of clients, including academic institutions, medical centers, start-up enterprises, and individuals. At the BBA, Prasant is a member of the Executive Committee.  He has served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Section, as Co-Chair of the Section’s Business Committee, and on the BBA Council’s Immigration Working Group.  Prasant is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a former member of its national amicus committee.    

He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and George Washington University School of Law.    

Francesco A. De Vito

Francesco A. De VitoFrank is a director at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C., where he specializes in commercial real estate and finance transactions.  He chairs the firm’s Finance and Workout Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Frank is Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section.  Previously, he served as Co-Chair of the Section’s Real Estate Finance Committee.  Beyond the BBA, he is on the Board of Directors of Zoo New England, which owns the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo.  Frank has also served on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) and the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

Frank is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.    

Jessica M. Dubin

Jessica M. DubinJessica is a partner at Lee & Rivers LLP who specializes in family law.  Jessica was previously Co-Chair of the BBA’s Family Law Section and is currently a Section member. She was also Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Education Committee and has testified on behalf of the BBA before the Joint Committee of the Judiciary regarding Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Legislation. Outside of the BBA, Jessica is a mentor and attorney for the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project, which provides pro bono representation to survivors of domestic violence, and is the WBF’s 2018 Pro Bono Honoree. She also volunteers as an “Attorney for the Day” and an Attorney Representing Children in the Norfolk Probate & Family Court and as a conciliator for the SERV Project in the Suffolk Probate & Family Court.

Jessica is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.    

Maria R. Durant

Maria is a partner at Hogan Lovells, where she focuses her practice on internal corporate and government investigations, government enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation, including qui tam actions.  She serves clients in the life sciences, healthcare, environmental, real estate, financial services, and construction industries.  At the BBA, Maria has served as Co-Chair of the inaugural White Collar Crime Conference Advisory Committee and of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee.  She has previously served on the Amicus Committee, the Criminal Law Section Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee.  She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Maria is a Past President of the Women’s Bar Foundation and currently serves as a Member of the Emeritus Board.    

She is a graduate of Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School.

Martha J. Nahill Frahm

Martha is a director at Goulston & Storrs PC, where she concentrates her practice on federal and state tax planning for businesses and individuals relating to business formations, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, and partnership formations including venture capital and real estate joint ventures. She also specializes in representing tax-exempt and charitable organizations, including educational institutions, health care companies, academic medical centers, and non-profit foundations. At the BBA, she is a member of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Section Steering Committee and the Joint Governance Committee. She has served as Co-Chair of the Section’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and as a member of the Chapter 180 Working Group. She was the inaugural Co-Chair of the Tax Exempt Organizations Section, and also served as Co-Chair of the Tax Exempt Organizations Committee, and on the Business Law Section Steering Committee and the By-Law Review Committee. Outside of the BBA, Martha served on the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Committee from 2009-2010.

She is a graduate of Tufts University and of Boston University School of Law for both her J.D. and her LL.M.

Angela Gomes

Angela GomesAngela is a Partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she focuses on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, disclosure and periodic reporting, and corporate governance matters. She was previously Counsel in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Angela is currently the co-chair of the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section and has previously been a member of the Public Interest Leadership Program, the New Lawyers Forum, the Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. Beyond the BBA, Angela has been actively involved in pro bono work and was awarded Boston University’s Alumni Pro Bono Award in 2014. She also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations.

Angela is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law.    

Stephen P. Hall

Stephen P. HallStephen is a Senior Counsel and litigation attorney at Holland & Knight.  As a former CPA, Stephen utilizes his combined financial and legal expertise in representing clients in matters involving complex commercial disputes, class actions, false claims, fraudulent activity, unfair and deceptive business practices, unfair settlement practices, and executive-level employment issues. Stephen is the Treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation and a member of the BBA’s Joint Finance Committee. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and has been involved in pro bono work for Kids In Need of Defense and the Innocence Project. Stephen also serves on the Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee for Holland & Knight’s Boston Office.

He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and Suffolk University Law School.    

Rachel E. Hershfang

Rachel is a Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. She works in the Enforcement Division, representing the Commission in federal court and the Division before administrative law judges. Before joining the SEC, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where she was the Deputy Chief of the office’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Before that, Rachel worked as a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray. At the BBA, in addition to her Council service, she serves on the steering committees of the Criminal Law Section and the Financial Services Section. She also serves on the board of her daughters’ former daycare and tries to catch her kids in action by volunteering for Law Day in the Schools.

Rachel is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and Yale Law School.    

Erin K. Higgins

Erin is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where she focuses on professional and product liability defense and insurance coverage matters, and represents lawyers and insurance agents and brokers in defending against professional liability claims. At the Boston Bar, Erin has served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, the Lawyer Referral Service Review Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee.  She has also been a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section Steering Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the Education Committee, and the Fellows Committee.  She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Erin recently served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and serves as President of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.  She also sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation.

Erin is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School.    

Paul G. Lannon        

Paul is a litigation partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he counsels and represents businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions in civil litigation and regulatory proceedings.  He is Co-chair of the firm’s education law team and also serves as the outside general counsel for several private colleges and schools in New England.  At the BBA, Paul is the Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.  He has previously served as Co-Chair of the College & University Law Section and as Chair of the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors.  He has also been a member of the Active Duty Military, Family Members & Veterans Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Communications Study Group.  Beyond the BBA, he is a board member at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and recently ended a term on the Board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  Additionally, he works with several veterans and youth services programs.  Paul is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Virginia School of Law.    

He clerked for the Hon. Joseph R. Nolan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Peter N. Lefkowitz

Peter is the Chief Digital Risk Officer at Citrix Systems, where he specializes in privacy law, data governance, cloud, regulatory compliance, and public policy.  Peter served this year as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference Advisory Committee, and has previously served on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Intellectual Property Law Section Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Privacy Law Committee.  Beyond the BBA, he is Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Peter is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Diana K. Lloyd (BBF President)

Diana is a Practice Group Leader at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. She is co-chair of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Compliance practice group. She has over 25 years of experience in federal and state government enforcement matters, internal investigations and related business and securities litigation. She is former co-chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee, and a member of its Diversity Committee. Diana is President of the Boston Bar Foundation. She has previously served as BBF Secretary, on the BBF’s Grants Committee and Executive Committee, and as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Diana is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. At the BBA, she has served on the Council, Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, and Law Day Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section. Beyond the BBA, Diana is a Trustee of Gann Academy, and is active in Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

She graduated as Valedictorian, summa cum laude, from St. Lawrence University and New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review.    

Diane E. Lopez        

Diane is Vice President and General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University, where she oversees the office’s practice, including managing its outside legal budget. In her legal practice, she assists the University on a variety of commercial transactions, with a focus on protecting intellectual property assets.  She also advises on health care, privacy, and student issues, on concerns involving the use of human subjects and animals in research, and on legal and legislative matters related to human embryonic stem cell research. She was a member of the Harvard President’s Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.  At the BBA, she has served as Co-Chair of the College & University Law Section.  Ms. Lopez has presented at numerous BBA educational programs, the most recent as a panelist for “What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking – Strategies for In-House Counsel,” part of the BBA White Collar Crime Conference in January 2018.  She is a former Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, also serving as its Treasurer during the construction of its museum in the Seaport District.

She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University Law School, and is a widow who lives in Belmont with her two children.    

Matthew V.P. McTygue        

Matt is the managing partner of the Boston Office of Locke Lord LLP, where he practices private equity, private credit and finance law, representing private equity, private credit and venture capital firms, investors, commercial lenders, and private companies in business and financing transactions. At the BBA, Matt serves on the Executive Committee and has served as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the BBA/BBF Joint Finance Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, the Beacon Award Selection Committee, the Summer Jobs Steering Committee, and the Justice is Sweet Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Matt also serves on the Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s Membership Committee and the Board of Pride in Our Workplace.

Matt is a graduate of Denison University and Cornell Law School.

Lili Palacios-Baldwin

Lili Palacios-BaldwinLili is Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Litigation at Tufts University.  Lili began her career at Robinson & Cole LLP where she practiced in the areas of land use, real estate, labor and employment law.  After R&C, she served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she practiced for almost ten years.  Lili continued her law practice with the firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP and joined the Tufts University Office of University Counsel in 2013.  Lili has been Co-Chair of the BBA Labor & Employment Education Committee; Steering Committee member and Co-Chair of the College & University Section, and most recently co-chaired that section’s third annual conference.  Beyond the BBA, she is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), currently serving on its Committee on Legal Education and as a member of the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusivity.  Lili is on the advisory board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions and is active in other professional and community organizations. 

Ms. Palacios-Baldwin is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University School of Law.    

Ian Roffman        

Ian is Chair of the litigation department of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. He represents individuals, boards, and companies in SEC and other government investigations, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations. Ian sits on the Financial Services Section Steering Committee, and has previously served as Co-Chair of the Section.  He has also served as Co-Chair of the BBA Annual Meeting Steering Committee, as BBA designee to the Federal Court Bench-Bar Conference Steering Committee, a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and on the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee. Prior to joining Nutter, Ian was Senior Trial Counsel in the Boston office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was awarded the SEC Enforcement Director’s Award and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.

Ian is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Law School.    

Paige Scott Reed

Paige recently became a Partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP. She was previously Counsel at Anderson & Kreiger, LLP, where she specialized in public law and the formation of public-private partnerships. Before that, she served as General Counsel to MassDOT and the MBTA, and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to the Boston 2024 Partnership. At the Boston Bar, Paige is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and the BBF Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the 2017 John & Abigail Adams Benefit. She is President-Elect of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts and the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookline Community Foundation.    

Paige is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.    

Elizabeth A. Soulé

Elizabeth Soulé is the Executive Director of MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham.  She has held that post since her appointment in September 2008.  Prior to her appointment in 2008, she worked for 20 years as an elder law attorney and supervisor of the government benefits unit at MetroWest Legal Services.  Ms. Soulé is a member of the Equal Justice Coalition, vice-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Access to Justice Section Council, a member of the Boston Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Section Council and the chair of the Wayland Council on Aging Board of Directors.   In addition to being a faculty member for the Trial Skills training program at the Center for Legal Aid Education in Boston, she has taught as a visiting clinical supervisor at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau and given numerous presentations on many elder law topics in a wide range of contexts.  Ms. Soulé has received the Person of the Year Award from Baypath Elder Services and received the 2014 President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association as a member of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Increasing Funding for Civil Legal Aid.    

Ms. Soulé earned her B.A. in Sociology magna cum laude in 1984 from The Catholic University of America and her Juris Doctor degree in 1987 from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mary B. Strother

Mary is First Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, where she oversees the legal work of three bureaus and administrative work across the office. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office in January 2017, Mary spent over twenty years at WilmerHale, where she served as Deputy General Counsel beginning in 2005. At the BBA, Mary has been a member of the Ethics Committee and is on the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum.  She served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers from 2010-2015, and was chair from 2014-2015. In 2000, she served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases. She clerked for the Hon. William H. Orrick, Jr., US District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Hon. Stanley F. Birch, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mary is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

E. Abim Thomas

Abim is Head of Global Litigation at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She was previously a partner at Goodwin, where she concentrated her practice on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and False Claims Act litigation. Before Goodwin, Abim served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Deval Patrick. At the BBA, Abim has served on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Business & Commercial Litigation Section Steering Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Beacon Award Selection Committee. Abim is a past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (2013-2014). She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Women's Bar Foundation and as a mentor in the Women's Leadership Initiative of the Women's Bar Association. She is a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Oversight Committee, and the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules.

Abim is a graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Natashia Tidwell

Natashia TidwellNatashia is Counsel at Hogan Lovells, where she specializes in white collar and civil litigation matters. Her practice also includes a significant civil rights component in the education and law enforcement space. She is a member of the Joint Bar Committee, appointed by BBA President Christine Netski, and is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section and served on this year’s Beacon Award Steering Committee. She previously served on the Criminal Law Section, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. Natashia draws on her experience as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office of Massachusetts, as well as her past experience as a police officer in Cambridge, where she was the first female lieutenant in the department’s history. She currently serves as the lead Monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, where she oversees implementation of a series of court-ordered reforms following the Department of Justice’s pattern and practice investigation of the City’s police department and municipal court.

Natashia is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and New England School of Law.    

Patrick S. Tracey

Patrick S. Tracey Patrick recently became a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, previously having worked at PIB Law as an experienced litigator. Before that, he was Vice President & Director of Litigation at Santander Bank. At the BBA he is a member of the Military, Family Members & Veterans Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Law Day Dinner Steering Committee and the Insurance Law Committee, and as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Public Service Oversight Committee, and the Ad Hoc Insurance Committee, in addition to the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee. Patrick is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation New England Chapter. 

Patrick is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and Suffolk University Law School, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Nancy R. Wilsker

Nancy R. WilskerNancy is a partner at Hinckley Allen, where she represents financial institutions and other businesses with respect to regulatory compliance, operations, privacy, and data security matters. Nancy chairs the Firm’s Privacy & Data Security Law Group and co-chairs its Banking & Financial Institutions Law Group. At the Boston Bar, Nancy was Co-Chair of the Banking Committee from 2005 to 2009, served on the Diversity & Inclusion Section from 2010 to 2014, and is now a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She has been named a “Leader in Diversity” by the Boston Business Journal and has been recognized as one the Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2019 for her work in Banking & Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law. Nancy is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and is a member of the Board of Directors of Engaging Schools, the Women’s Network Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.

She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston College Law School.