OFFICERS

PRESIDENT  ׀ Mark D. Smith

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Mark is currently the BBA President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee, the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, and the BBF Board of Trustees. He has served as the BBA’s Vice President and Secretary, 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.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT ׀ Jonathan M. Albano

Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis. He focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. Jon is a member of the BBA’s Amicus and Executive Committees and is also a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation. He previously served as Secretary and Treasurer of the BBA Council, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section. Jon has also served as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.

Jon is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.


VICE 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 has served as Treasurer and as a member of the Council and Executive Committee; 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.


TREASURER | 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 Secretary of the BBA and serves on the Executive Committee, the Amicus Committee, and the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. He has served as a member of the BBA Council and as Co-Chair of the BBA 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 in 2012. Beyond the BBA, he serves on the Board of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts and on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. From 2010-2015 he served as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, and he is the former Massachusetts State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


SECRETARY | Chinh H. Pham

Chinh is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he co-leads the firm’s Emerging Technology Practice and co-chairs the Boston Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. He focuses his practice on intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on the strategic creation, implementation, and protection of intellectual property rights for technology and life science clients. At the BBA, Chinh is a member of the Council, the Executive Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and serves as Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Conference Steering Committee. Chinh has also served as a member of the Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the International Intellectual Property Committee, and as a member of the Education Committee and the Future of the Legal Profession Implementation Working Group. He is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Beyond the BBA, Chinh serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science, as an Advisory Board Member of Nanotechnology Law & Business Journal, and as a Company Mentor at local technology incubators and universities.

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


COUNCIL MEMBERS


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 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.


Russell Beck

Russell is a founding partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP, where he has a national trade secrets and noncompete practice, handles complex business and intellectual property disputes, and serves as a mediator. He also teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law. At the BBA, Russell is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees, the BBA and BBF Executive Committees, the Joint Audit Committee, and the Intellectual Property Law Section. In 2017, he served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Russell has previously served on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the BBF Fellows Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Beyond the BBA, Russell serves as chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee, and has authored several resources for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

Russ is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.


Margaret A. Brown

Peggy is a Retired Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where until recently she was head of the firm's Boston office and the leader of the Boston-based Mergers and Acquisitions Group. She worked on a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Peggy has also counseled clients on a broad range of business-related matters, including directors' duties and responsibilities and other aspects of corporate governance, disclosure issues, corporate compliance matters and internal investigations. At the BBA, Peggy is a member of the Executive Committee. She served on the 2017 Nominating Committee, and will chair the Committee in 2018. She has also served as Co-Chair of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors at Tufts Medical Center, a Member of the Board of Trustees of Tufts Medical Center, and served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission from 2005-2007.

Peggy is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School.


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 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.


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 before immigration authorities including academic institutions, medical centers, start-up enterprises, and individuals. At the BBA, Prasant has served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Section, and as Co-Chair of the Section’s Business Committee. 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.


June Duchesne

June is Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, Legal, at Dell, where she provides integrated legal support for a new $31 billion global business. Prior to joining Dell, June was Senior Vice President and Assistant Secretary of EMC Corporation, where she worked on a wide variety of M&A, corporate and securities matters and also worked with key committees of the Board of Directors. June served as Co-Chair of the 2017 BBA Strategic Planning Committee. In the past, she has served as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and on the Beacon Award Nominating Committee, the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Mentoring Committee.


Jennifer Sevigney Durand

Jen is a partner at Schmidt & Federico, P.C., where she focuses her practice in all areas of domestic relations and family law. Jen is also a trained Conciliator and a mentor for the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. Prior to joining Schmidt & Federico, Jen clerked for two years for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court. She is a co-author of Divorce Law Practice Manual, Chapter 13 Marital Agreements, MCLE, 3rd Edition, 2016. At the BBA, Jen serves on the Executive Committee and the Family Law Section Steering Committee. She has served as Co-Chair of the Public Service Oversight Committee, Co-Chair of the Family Law Section, Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Education Committee, and as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. She is a member of the Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court, and a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Jen is a graduate of Providence College and Northeastern University School of Law.


Michael C. Fee

Mike is a shareholder at Pierce & Mandell, P.C. where he represents companies and individuals in many forms of transactions, as well as in business, real estate, and probate litigation. At the BBA, he is a member of the Joint Finance Committee and the Amicus Committee. He has also served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Real Estate Section, as a member of the Law Day Steering Committee, and on the Land Court’s Working Group on Cost Effective Litigation. He is member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Mike previously chaired Sudbury’s Planning Board for nearly a decade, and served as Sudbury’s Town Moderator.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.

Mark Fleming

Mark is a partner at WilmerHale, where he is Vice-Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice. He practices appellate litigation and other complex litigation matters. Mark’s prior experience includes clerkships with the Honorable David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Honorable Michael Boudin of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Honorable John C. Major of the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as an associate legal officer in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. At the BBA, Mark is a member of the Executive Committee and the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group. He has also recently served on the Finance Committee and the Beacon Award Selection Committee, and as Chair of the Nominating Committee. Previously, Mark served as Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee, as Co-Chair of the International Law Section, and as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the International Dispute Resolution Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.

Mark is a graduate of the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University and Harvard 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. 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.


Anthony 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 President of the Boston Bar Foundation and has served as a member of the BBF Executive Committee and as Chair of the Development Committee, as Chair of the Communications & Fundraising Committee, and as a member of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Tony is a BBF Senior Fellow. He has also served as Chair of the BBA Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, and on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the Law Day Steering Committee. Tony serves as Treasurer of the Holy Cross Varsity Club and, 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.

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


Megan Gates

Megan is a member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where she is a member of the firm's Policy Committee and Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on providing counsel to public companies with respect to public and private equity financings, merger and acquisition transactions, and compliance and disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Before joining Mintz Levin in 2000, she was Associate General Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees, the BBF Executive Committee, and the Joint Finance Committee. She has also served as a member of the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee, as Co-Chair of the Business Transactions Section, as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee, and on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the Law Day Steering Committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Megan is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She is also a member of the Corporate Board Committee at the Boston Club, a member of the Boards of Directors of Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Pine Street Inn, and a member of the Life Sciences Council at Springboard Enterprises.

Megan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.


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 is a member of the Joint Finance Committee. He served on the 2017 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 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, where 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, and 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, she serves on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, which she chaired from 2013 through 2015. She also serves on the steering committees of the Criminal Law Section and the Financial Services Section. She serves on the board of her younger daughter’s daycare and catches annual glimpses of her older daughter’s class through Law Day in the Schools volunteering.

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

Peggy L. Ho

Peggy is Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for LPL Financial and oversees the government relations, legal operations, and commercial contract functions for the firm. She directs the firm’s government relations strategy and operations, working with business partners to develop and advocate for public policy positions on issues affecting the delivery of objective financial guidance and advice. Peggy 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. She also manages a multi-disciplinary team of professionals responsible for the review and negotiation of all commercial contracts and for optimizing the delivery of legal services to the firm. Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2007, Peggy was a senior corporate associate with Ropes & Gray LLP. She began her career as a teacher at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA. She is a member of the BBA Executive Committee, and serves 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, equity investors, syndicators and lenders in 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, and as Co-Chair of the Section’s Affordable Housing Committee. Hannah has also served as the BBA representative on the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee. In addition, she coaches youth basketball for the Curtis Hall Basketball League at the City of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. 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.


Sarah Kim

Sarah is General Counsel to the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, where she works on legal matters pertaining to the Massachusetts Treasury, including its subsidiary agencies and affiliated programs. Previously, Sarah served as the Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud & Financial Crimes Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Before entering public service, Sarah worked for ten years at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she focused her practice on securities enforcement, securities litigation, and broker-dealer defense. At the BBA, Sarah is a member of the Joint Finance Committee. She has served as a Co-Chair of the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Committee, and as a member of the Beacon Award Selection Committee, the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee, the Pipeline and Recruitment Committee, and the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. Additionally, Sarah is a past president of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

Sarah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Villanova University School of Law.


Matthew V.P. McTygue

Matt is the managing partner of the Boston Office of Locke Lord LLP, where he practices private equity and commercial finance law, representing private equity and venture capital firms, investors, commercial lenders, and private companies in business and financing transactions. At the BBA, Matt has served on the 2017 and 2016 Beacon Award Selection Committees, as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Law Day Steering 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 and the Attorney General’s Office/Chamber Student Debt Working Group. He is a member of the Massachusetts Senate President’s LGBT Advisory Committee. He has served on the boards and fundraising committees of various nonprofits, including Transition House, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

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


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, and as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering 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.


Vincent Rougeau

Dean Rougeau is the dean of Boston College Law School, where he has led a reorganization in leadership structure that supports a more holistic approach to student services, expanded the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse student body, and enhanced the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement. The School recently opened its Center for Experiential Learning, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, and launched a Global Practice Program. Dean Rougeau is active in discussions on legal education at the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools. His teaching interests are in contract and real estate law, as well as in law and religion. Before entering the academy, he practiced law at the Washington, DC office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Dean Rougeau is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.


Anthony A. Scibelli

Tony is a partner at Barclay Damon, LLP and has over 27 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 Executive Vice President 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.


Carol A. Starkey

Carol is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP. Her practice concentrates in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory law, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. Carol serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Practice Group and formerly as a member of the firm’s management committee. Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Carol was Chief of the Economic Crimes Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where her work concentrated in the areas of white-collar crime and public corruption. Carol is the immediate past BBA President. She has also served as the BBA’s President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, a member of the Council and the Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Group Mentoring Program, and the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. She is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Carol is a past Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the former Vice Chair for the White Collar Defense & Investigations Committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel. Carol has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 publication of The Best Lawyers in America. She is repeatedly recognized as one of the top lawyers in New England for white collar defense and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Massachusetts.

Carol is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Suffolk University Law School.


Mary B. Strother

Mary is First Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, where she oversees the work of the bureaus and legal 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 is a member of the Ethics Committee. 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 is on The Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors and the Business & Commercial Litigation Section Steering Committee. She has served on 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 currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women's Bar Foundation, and has served 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 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. 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 is Senior Vice President & Director of Litigation at Santander Bank. Patrick and his team of attorneys and legal staff manage the litigation portfolio, including class actions and regulatory investigations; labor and employment litigation, advice, and counseling; and enterprise-wide reporting. Patrick also chairs the Santander Pro Bono Council. Previously, he worked as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 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. 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 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. Patty has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Labor & Employment Section, and she has also served as the Employment Section Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She 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 a co-chair and frequent panelist for 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, this year, was selected as a Top Women of Law honoree.

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


Raquel Webster

Raquel is 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 Boston Preparatory Public Charter School. 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.