OFFICERS

PRESIDENT ׀ Jonathan M. Albano

Jonathan M. Albano Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. Jon is a member of the Executive Committee and the BBF Board of Trustees. 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.


PRESIDENT-ELECT ׀ Christine M. Netski

Christine M. NetskiChris 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 currently the President-Elect and 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.


VICE PRESIDENT | Martin F. Murphy

Martin F. MurphyMarty 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 was previously Treasurer of the BBA, Chair of the BBA/BBF Joint Finance Committee, Chair of the Immigration Working Group, and a member of the Executive Committee and the Amicus Committee. He has served as BBA Secretary and 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.


TREASURER | Anthony A. Froio

Anthony A. Froio Tony is an elected-member of the Executive Board at Robins Kaplan LLP, and Regional Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston office. He represents clients in complex litigation related to intellectual property and trademark infringement, employment, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Tony is the immediate Past President of the Boston Bar Foundation. He has served as Chair of the BBF Development Committee and Communications & Fundraising Committee, and as a member of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. He has also served as Chair of the BBA Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, and on the Joint Governance Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee. Tony is a BBF Senior Fellow. Tony serves as Treasurer of the Holy Cross Varsity Club and is a co-founder of the Holy Cross Diamond Baseball Club in Worcester. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, and a long-standing member of the Personnel Board for the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He is also active with several professional associations including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Boston Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Boston Patent Law Association.

Tony is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.


SECRETARY | Deborah J. Manus

Deborah J. ManusDeb is Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and chairs the firm’s Executive Committee. 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 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 previously served as Treasurer of the BBA and on the Executive Committee and Council. 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.


COUNCIL MEMBERS


Thomas O. Bean

Thomas O. Bean Tom is a partner at Verrill Dana, LLP, where he represents businesses in complex disputes and insolvency matters. In the past, he served for five years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office, and in 2005, the Supreme Judicial Court appointed Tom to a five-year term on the Client Security Board. At the BBA, he has served on the Immigration Working Group, the Public Service Oversight Committee and as Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section. He was also a member of the Bankruptcy Law Steering Committee, the Litigation Section Steering Committee, and the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Tom is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. He has been selected multiple times for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2012, he co-founded Spark Academy, a public middle school in Lawrence that integrates academics and athletics in a pioneering program. In 2016, he received an “Excellence in the Law” award from Mass Lawyers Weekly for his pro bono contributions.

Tom is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of Michigan 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.


Peter Coulombe

Peter Coulombe Peter is Regional Director of the Metro office of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division. In this capacity, Peter manages a team of sixty staff members that handle the establishment, modification, and enforcement of paternity and child support orders for over 25,000 families in Suffolk County. He has worked at the Department of Revenue since 2006 and has previously served as in-house counsel and Disclosure Officer for the agency. Prior to working at the Department of Revenue, Peter was a Senior Attorney in the Family Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and worked in the Family Law and Benefits Units at New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. At the BBA, Peter serves on the Amicus Committee, the Joint Governance Committee, and the Family Law Section Steering Committee. He served on the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee, and has also served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section and of the Section’s Legislation and Public Policy subcommittee. Outside of the BBA, Peter has served on numerous family law policy task forces and committees. He directs the handbell choir at Old South Church in Boston.

Peter is a graduate of Yale University and Cornell 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 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.


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.


Douglas R. Gooding

Doug is co-chair of the Business Department and former practice group leader of the Finance and Restructuring Group at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, where he has practiced his entire career. He has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate finance, restructuring, bankruptcy, and related litigation. At the BBA, Doug has been a member of the Joint Finance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee, and has served as Co-Chair of the Public Service Oversight Committee and the Bankruptcy Section, and as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the BBA/BBF Partnership Committee, and the BBF Fellows Committee. He also has been active with the BBA’s Financial Literacy Program. Doug is a frequent lecturer and participant on educational panels relating to finance, bankruptcy, and insolvency. He also has been a long-standing member of an advisory committee to Tufts Medical Center. Doug has been listed in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. He is a Fellow of The American College of Bankruptcy.

Doug is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Duke University School of Law.


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.

Peggy L. Ho

Peggy is executive vice president, Government Relations and chief of staff to the chief legal officer for LPL Financial. As chief of staff, she manages the strategy and business operations for the Compliance, Legal, and Risk department. Peggy also directs the firm’s government relations strategy and operations, working with business partners to develop and advocate public policy positions on issues affecting the delivery of objective financial guidance and advice. She oversees the firm’s relationships with policymakers at the federal and state levels, as well as industry trade associations to ensure that the views of LPL Financial are effectively communicated. Prior to joining LPL in 2007, Peggy was a senior corporate associate with Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, MA, where she represented public and private companies, financial sponsors, and financial institutions on transactional and ongoing matters, including mergers and acquisitions and debt financings; she served as lead associate in a diverse range of transactions, from small municipal bond issuances to multi-billion-dollar private equity deals. Peggy began her career as a teacher at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA. She is a member of the BBA Executive Committee, and has served as Co-Chair of the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group. Peggy has also served on the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. In addition, she is a board member of The New England Council and Secretary of the Committee for the Choral Endowment at Harvard University. She is a past president and a current board member of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

Peggy is a graduate of Harvard University, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and the Georgetown University Law Center.


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 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.


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 Deputy 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 BBA/BBF Joint Finance Committee and has served as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Law Day Steering Committee, Beacon Award Selection Committee, Summer Jobs Steering Committee, and 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.


Kevin K. Nolan

Kevin is Of Counsel at DLA Piper, where he focuses his practice on the representation of institutional investors and sponsors of private investment funds on a broad range of issues including fund formations, secondary transactions, and investments in alternative assets. At the BBA, Kevin is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. He has previously served as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as Co-Chair of the Section’s Retention and Promotion Committee. Kevin has also served on the Nominating Committee and the Beacon Award Selection Committee. Beyond the BBA, Kevin is a member of the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., and a member of the Board of Overseers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina 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.


Anthony A. Scibelli

Tony is a partner at Barclay Damon, LLP and has over 28 years of experience handling complex business and commercial litigation matters. Tony has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of contexts, including shareholder litigation, securities litigation, trade secret and non-competition litigation, media rights and public access litigation, and real estate litigation. Prior to joining Barclay Damon, LLP, he was a founding Partner of Scibelli, Whiteley and Stanganelli, LLP, a Junior Partner at Hale and Dorr, LLP, and a Middlesex County Special Assistant District Attorney. At the BBA, Tony is a member of the Executive Committee and the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section Steering Committee; he previously served as Co-Chair of the Section. He is a member of the Amicus Committee, and previously served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Committee. Tony also was a member of the BBA Gun Control Working Group. He also serves as a volunteer mediator with the North Shore Community Mediation Center.

Tony is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law School.


Paige Scott Reed

Paige is of Counsel at Anderson & Kreiger, LLP, where she specializes in public law and the formation of public-private partnerships. She previously served as General Counsel to MassDOT and the MBTA, and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to the Boston 2024 Partnership. At the BBA, Paige was on 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.


Mark D. Smith (President Emeritus)

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Mark is the BBA’s immediate Past President and serves on the BBF Board of Trustees. He is has previously served as the BBA’s Vice President and Secretary, on the Executive Committee, on the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, as Chair of the Education Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section. Mark served as the BBA’s appointee to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee on Juror Voir Dire from 2014-2016. He is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Prior to entering private practice, Mark served for eleven years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. During his time at the AGO he served as Chief of the Public Integrity Division and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau. Mark began his legal career in New York City, where he worked as a public defender for four years. He also clerked for the New York State Supreme Court.

Mark is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School.


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.


Lisa M. Tittemore

Lisa M. Tittemore Lisa is a partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, where she is Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice and Chair of the Trademark Practice. Lisa serves as lead counsel in patent, trademark and copyright litigation in federal courts throughout the United States. At the BBA, Lisa has served on the Law Day Dinner Steering Committee and the Intellectual Property Section Steering Committee, as well as the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee. She has served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, the IP Litigation Committee, and the Federal Practice and Procedure Committee, and as the Chair of the Children and Youth Outreach Task Force. In 2005, Lisa was recognized with the BBA Children and Youth Outreach Leadership Award. Lisa is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows, and she has served on the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and as a member of the BBA/BBF’s Civil Right to Counsel Oversight Committee. Lisa is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a mentor with the Women’s Bar Association. She was selected for the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, recognized as a Woman Leader in the Law by Fortune Magazine, and honored as one of the top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts.

Lisa is a graduate of Tufts University and the American University Washington College of Law.


Patrick S. Tracey

Patrick S. Tracey Patrick is a Partner at PIB Law, where he concentrates in commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, among others. He was previously Vice President & Director of Litigation at Santander Bank. Patrick and his team of attorneys and legal staff managed the litigation portfolio, including class actions and regulatory investigations; labor and employment litigation, advice, and counseling; and enterprise-wide reporting. Patrick also chaired the Santander Pro Bono Council. Before then he worked as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 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.


Patricia A. Washienko

Patricia A. Washienko Patty is an experienced employment attorney who represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of employment matters at Freiberger & Washienko, LLC. Her practice includes the negotiation of sophisticated employment and separation agreements, the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and the litigation of workplace-related claims. In addition to serving on the Council, Patty has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Labor & Employment Section, the Immigration Working Group and the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee. She has also served as the Employment Section Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. Patty has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in cases raising significant issues in the fields of employment discrimination and civil rights law. She is active in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, serving on the MCLE Employment & Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Committee and as chair and frequent panelist for numerous programs. Patty has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top lawyers in Massachusetts in employment law, as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Massachusetts, and as a Top Women of Law honoree.

Patty is a graduate of Harvard University and Boston University School of Law.


Raquel J. Webster

Raquel J. WebsterRaquel is a Senior Regulatory Counsel at National Grid. In this role, she represents the company in regulatory proceedings in Rhode Island and advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and strategy. Prior to working at National Grid, Raquel was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Boston Law Department and a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Raquel was a member of the 2012-2013 BBA Public Interest Leadership Program, where she helped to pilot a Community Reentry Readiness Series that provides educational workshops for federal probationers. Raquel currently serves on the BBA’s Reentry Education Subcommittee and was a member of the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee. She has also served on the steering committees of the BBA Diversity & Inclusion and Administration of Justice Sections. Raquel is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association, and the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. Raquel is a former Board member of the Boston Preparatory Public Charter School and the Boston Debate League. She is an appointed hearing officer for the Boston Board of Bar Overseers and an appointed member of the City of Boston Women’s Workforce Council.

Raquel is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law.