OFFICERS

PRESIDENT ׀ Paul T. Dacier
 
Paul is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation. He is responsible for EMC’s worldwide legal group, which consists of more than 100 attorneys. Paul is a member of the BBA’s Executive Committee and has served as President-Elect, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Council. Under Governor Mitt Romney, Paul was a commissioner of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission. Paul was instrumental in establishing the Business Litigation Session in Suffolk County and is a member and past chair on the board of the New England Legal Foundation. He is a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and the Social Law Library. 

Paul is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University Law School. Lean more about Paul here.

PRESIDENT-ELECT ׀ Julia Huston

Julia is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, where she chairs the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition Practice Group. Her practice includes litigation, counseling and strategy in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, patents, Internet commerce, domain name piracy, false advertising, and unfair competition. Julia has served as Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary on the Council and as Chair of the Amicus Committee, Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section, the Litigation Section, and the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. Julia previously served as Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, President of Greater Boston Legal Services, and President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. Julia is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation.

Julia is a graduate of Boston University, Harvard University, and Boston University School of Law.

VICE PRESIDENT ׀ Lisa G. Arrowood

Lisa is a founding partner of Arrowood Peters LLP, whose practice concentrates on business litigation, employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury, and legal malpractice. At the BBA, Lisa has served as the Secretary of the Council, the Co-Chair of the BBA Torts Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, as well as various other committees. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and immediate past Chair of the ACTL Massachusetts State Committee. She currently holds a three year appointment as the First Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Lisa served as a Member of the Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and is a member of the Board of Bar Overseers.

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

TREASURER ׀ 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. 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. She has served as the BBA’s Secretary, a member of the Council and the Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Group Mentoring Program, and as the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section Steering Committee. Carol is the current Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and is also the Vice Chair for the White Collar Defense & Investigations Committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel.

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

SECRETARY ׀ Michael D. Ricciuti

Michael is a partner at K&L Gates LLP and the Co-Coordinator of the firm’s Government Enforcement Practice Group.  He currently leads the BBA’s Drug Laboratory Task Force, is a member and past Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section and a past member of the Council.  Mike served on a number of BBA task forces and committees and as the BBA’s representative on the Governor’s Anti-Crime Council.  For a decade, Mike was a federal prosecutor in Boston, where served as Chief of the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit, Coordinator of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  He was also a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division.  Mike is a contributing author of the ABA’s Securities Enforcement Manual and teaches Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure at Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the board of First Literacy, a Boston-based literacy organization. 

Mike is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Susan H. Alexander

Susan is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Biogen Idec, Inc. Prior to that, she had served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PAREXEL International Corp., as the General Counsel of IONA Technologies, and as Counsel at Cabot Corp. Prior to that, she was a partner at the law firms of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and Fine & Ambrogne. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New England Legal Foundation and the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter. At the BBA, Susan is the Chair of the Beacon Award Selection Committee.

Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law.

Katharine E. Bachman

Kathy is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she is Vice Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group. She represents clients in a broad range of real estate development, leasing and financial transactions, with a particular focus upon life science and technology companies, and projects involving public/private partnerships and affordable housing. She has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Kathy has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including service as President of New England Women in Real Estate, a Trustee of Dickinson College, and membership on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and other non-profit organizations. Kathy is currently a member of the BBA’s Finance Committee.

Kathy is a graduate of Dickinson College and New York University School of Law.

Navjeet K. Bal

Navjeet is a member of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Public Finance Group and has extensive experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and borrower’s counsel in publicly and privately placed debt financings for governmental, quasi-public, and nonprofit borrowers. She was formerly the Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointed in 2008 by Governor Deval Patrick. She is also a Board member of the Federation of Tax Administrators. Prior to her appointment, Navjeet practiced at Mintz Levin in its Public Finance Department, where she co-founded Mintz’s Domestic Violence Project. Navjeet is currently a Board member of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and was appointed in February 2010 by Chief Justice Margaret Marshall to the Access to Justice Commission. Navjeet is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston Advisory Board and recipient of the National South Asian Bar Association’s Cornerstone Award. She is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and the Co-Chair of this year’s Annual Meeting Steering Committee.

Navjeet graduated from Williams College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Roberto M. Braceras

Roberto is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities, products liability, and business litigation and is head of the Litigation Department at the firm’s Boston office. He also serves as Chairman of the firm’s Diversity Committee and sits on the Hiring Committee.  He is a Board member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel and previously served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, State Ballot Law Commission, a U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, and a Federal Court Judicial Selection Committee.  Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Roberto served as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice.  He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts He is a former Co-Chair of the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section.

Roberto is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Yale Law School.  .

John H. Clymer - BBF President

Jack is Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, where his practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, representation of charitable organizations, and counseling owners and managers of private businesses. He currently serves as President and Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and has previously chaired the BBF Investment Committee. He is a member of the BBF Executive Committee. Jack is a member of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Public Charities. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a member of its Charitable Planning and Organizations and Practice Committees, and has served as State Chair for Massachusetts. In addition, Jack is a director of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Vice Chair of its Trust and Investment Committee, and Chair of its Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Hyams Foundation, Inc. and the Town of Concord’s Community Preservation Committee.

Jack is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Paul G. Cushing

Paul is the head of the Litigation and Compliance Section in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare.  He is also the Secretary and coordinates legal services for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home.  Paul is a member of the BBA’s Executive Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Ethics Committee and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and he has served as a member of various other committees.  He is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and its committee.  Paul is on the board and is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a founder and past chair of the chapter’s Ethics Committee and its Diversity Committee.  He is a frequent panelist for in-house counsel events and has taught as an adjunct professor at New England Law | Boston.

Paul is a graduate of Boston College and its Law School.  He is also a graduate of the General Electric Company Financial Management Program.

Susan M. Finegan

Sue is a litigation partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. She currently serves as the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and serves as the firm’s full-time Pro Bono Partner. From 2004-2007, Susan was the Legal Director of the Victim Rights Law Center, overseeing civil legal services to sexual assault survivors. Susan previously served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Delivery of Legal Services Section and as a member of the BBA’s Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel. Susan is a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, the Access to Justice Commission, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and is an ex officio member of the SJC’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. She is a former board member of the Women’s Bar Foundation. Sue is a former law clerk to the late Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey and Honorable Francis P. O’Connor.

Sue is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School.

Anthony A. Froio

Tony is the Regional Managing Partner of the Boston office at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. He represents clients in complex litigation related to intellectual property and trademark infringement, employment and bankruptcy litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. He serves as Treasurer of the Holy Cross Varsity Club in Worcester, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, and Chair of the Personnel Board for the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He also recently served on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Litigation Section. Tony belongs to the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Boston Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association. He currently serves on the Boston Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the BBA and the BBF Executive Committees, and as the chair of the BBF Development Committee.

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

Joseph M. Griffin

Joe has been a solo practitioner since 1999.  His practice is concentrated in criminal defense and business litigation.  At the BBA, Joe has served as co-chair for the Solo/Small firm Section.  Also, as the BBA’s liaison to the Boston Municipal Court, Joe has been a member of The Best Practices Initiative Committee and Best Policies and Implementation Committee at the Boston Municipal Court.  Joe was also one of the BBA representatives of the Bar Exam Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Commission. 

Joe is a graduate of Providence College and New England Law.

Maura T. Healey

Maura most recently served as the Chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she oversaw work in consumer protection, health care, environment, antitrust, civil rights, and insurance and financial services.  Prior to that, she was Chief of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division, and a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County.  Previously, she was a Junior Partner in the business and securities litigation departments at WilmerHale LLP.  She is a past Co-Chair of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, and she served on the BBA’s Beacon Award Nominating Committee and the BBA’s Legal Services Committee for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families. Currently, Maura is a member of the BBA Executive Committee. She is a member of the Boston Advisory Board of the American Constitution Society, a recipient of the Mass LGTBQ Bar Association’s Larkin Award for Public Service, and a member of the Women’s Bar Association’s Leadership Initiative Charter Class.

Maura is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Dustin F. Hecker

Dusty is a partner of and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP. Previously, he was Co-Chair of the BBA’s Litigation Section and of the Business Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section, and of the BBA Ethics Committee. Dusty also was a member of a BBA subcommittee that evaluated and commented on the SJC’s proposed changes to contingent fee agreements.  He has for many years been one of Posternak’s representatives to Mackrell International, an international association of medium–size law firms such as Posternak.  For the first three years after law school, Dusty practiced in the litigation department of a law firm in New York City. Currently, Dusty serves on the BBA Finance Committee.

Dusty is a graduate of the University of Virginia and its Law School.

Gerald P. Hendrick

Gerald (“Jed”) is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Jed served as a Co-Chair of the Business Law Department and is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. He acts as General Counsel to numerous public and private companies in diverse industries, and also advises boards of directors regarding governance and fiduciary matters. Previously, Jed was Senior VP, General Counsel for Dennison Manufacturing Company, and Senior VP-Administration, General Counsel for H.P. Hood. Jed participates actively in local and regional projects, including serving as director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer tutor in Boston public schools. He is also a frequent author and panelist for MCLE. Jed is a member of the BBA/BBF Joint Audit Committee and of the Beacon Award Selection Committee.

Jed is a graduate of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Providence College, and Suffolk University Law School.

Geoffrey A. Howell

Geoff is a partner at DLA Piper LLP, where he concentrates on real estate development, finance, and leasing matters. He represents regional and national owners, developers and lenders, as well as public agencies, in a range of complex commercial real estate transactions.  He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section and the Leasing Committee, and he was a member of the BBA Future of the Profession Task Force. Geoff serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Boston Legal Services, the Executive Committee for MassEcon, and is an Associate Member of the Board of Directors for A Better City, Inc. Geoff currently serves on the BBA’s Finance Committee.

Geoff is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Boston College Law School.

Sheila A. Hubbard

Sheila is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. Dedicating her entire professional career to public service, she has worked as a Homeless Specialist for the Department of Social Services, Director of Boston’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Office, the Chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board and President of the Association of Paroling Authorities International.  She was the Associate Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School, assisting law students and alumni to pursue public interest and legal service careers, and Senior Program Director for the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama working on issues of race and poverty.

Sheila is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. 

Kelly A. Leighton

Kelly is a partner at Barnes & Leighton, where she focuses on all aspects of domestic relations.  Prior to entering private practice, she was a Senior Attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services and spent thirteen years representing low-income victims of domestic violence in family law cases.  Kelly is a past Co-Chair of the BBA’s Family Law Section and the Section’s Policy and Legislative Subcommittee. She was the BBA’s liaison to the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Task Force, which produced the bill that ultimately became the Alimony Reform Act of 2011. Kelly is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Massachusetts Chapter, and has long served as a trainer and mentor for the Family Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation. She also is a frequent panelist and author on domestic relations topics.

Kelly is a graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College Law School.

Diana K. Lloyd

Diana is a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Compliance Group. She is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and Associates Committee, has co-chaired the firm’s Hiring Committee, and has sat on its Diversity Committee. Diana served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston and as a Special ADA in the Suffolk County D.A.’s Office. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse in the Second Circuit. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation. Diana formerly served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section and as a member of the Law Day Steering Committee. Diana currently serves on the BBA’s Executive Committee.

Diana is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and New York Univeristy (J.D. and M.A.).

Deborah J. Manus

Deb is Co-Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and former chair of the Trusts & Estates Department. She represents high net worth individuals and families on estate and trust administration and estate planning, helping to structure large, tax-efficient gifts, and implementing other planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. Deb is a member of the BBA Trusts and Estates Steering Committee and serves as a representative on the ad hoc committee formed by the BBA, the MBA, and the WBA to recommend proposed revisions to the Commonwealth’s elective share legislation. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and serves on the Society of Fellows Committee. Deb served on the steering committees of the 2012 and 2013 Annual Law Day Dinners and Co-Chaired the 2012 Annual Meeting Steering Committee.

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

Christopher M. Morrison

Chris is a partner at Jones Day where he practices in business and intellectual property litigation.  He is the Boston office’s hiring partner and served for two years as its Pro Bono Coordinator.  An alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program, Chris served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the BBA’s Business Litigation and Antitrust Committee, and as a member of the BBA’s Strategic Planning, the Strategic Communications, and Website Committees. Chris also Co-Chaired the BBA Law Day Dinner and the BBF’s Adams Benefit Steering Committees.  He serves on the SJC’s Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, the Massachusetts Appleseed Board, and the Medfield School Committee. Currently, Chris is a member of the BBA’s Public Service Oversight Committee and Co-Chair of its Public Interest Leadership Program Subcommittee.

Chris obtained his B.A., M.Ed., and J.D. from Boston College.

Camille A. Nelson 

Camille is Dean and Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. Prior to joining Suffolk, Camille served as Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, a member of the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Law, and as a visiting professor at Washington University in Saint Louis. Prior to pursuing her scholarly career, Camille clerked for Justice Frank Lacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada before working as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto, the largest law firm in Canada. Camille is a member of the American Law Institute and is widely recognized for her writings and lectures, which have focused on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular focus on criminal law and procedure, health law, and comparative law.

Camille is a graduate of the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and Columbia Law School.

Christine M. Netski

Chris is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she focuses on business, employment and product liability litigation.  She currently Co-Chairs the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  At the BBA, Chris is on the Executive Committee and recently served as Co-Chair of the Future of the Profession Task Force.  She has served in the past as Co-Chair of the Law Day Dinner, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Boston Bar Journal.  Chris also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

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

Colin Owyang

Colin is Senior Vice President and US General Counsel at National Grid. He previously served as Vice President of Global Records Management and Assistant General Counsel for Commercial Litigation; Director and Counsel of Merger Integration and Strategy Implementation; and Assistant to the CEO. Prior to joining National Grid, Colin was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, DC, a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, an associate at Foley Hoag and a judicial clerk for three federal judges in Boston and Detroit. Colin serves on the Boards of the New England Legal Foundation and the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth and is a member of the External Diversity Committee of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Colin is also on the legal committees of the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association where he serves on the Leadership Council. He is a past chair of the Beacon Award Selection Committee and a member of the Summer Jobs Committee.

Colin is a graduate of Yale College, Yale University, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Jeffrey J. Pyle

Jeff is a partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he focuses on commercial, First Amendment, criminal defense, and media litigation matters. He has represented media organizations and individuals in a range of matters involving constitutional rights, including defamation cases, disputes over subpoenas to the press, and proceedings for access to sealed court documents. Jeff also serves on the firm’s pro bono committee.  At the BBA, Jeff is a past Chair of the Amicus Committee. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, and on several ad-hoc committees and working groups.  Jeff is the Treasurer of the Petra Foundation and serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Inc.

Jeff is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston College Law School.

Mark D. Roellig

Mark is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is responsible for all legal affairs of the company. He is also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, government relations, and the corporate administration and real estate/facilities departments of MassMutual. Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, Mark was general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sales/mergers. Mark received the ACC Excellence in Corporate Practice Award (2012), is Co-Chair of the PLI Corporate Counsel Institute, is President of the Board of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Mark is a graduate of University of Michigan and George Washington University Law School. He earned his M.B.A. at the University of Washington.

Rachael Rollins

Rachael is the Chief Legal Counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority. She previously served as General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA. She was the first female General Counsel in the history of the MBTA and the first person to ever serve jointly as General Counsel for both entities. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. As an AUSA, Rachael prosecuted both civil and criminal cases, defended the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil and criminal suits.  Prior to joining the USAO, Rachael was an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Rachael is a former Co-Chair of the BBA Mentoring Program and current member of the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. She is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

Rachael is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Northeastern University School of Law. She earned her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sara J. Shanahan

Sara is a partner at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, where she focuses on complex business litigation and insurance coverage disputes.  Sara is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and is Co-Chair of the Business Litigation and Social Media and Digital Technology Practice Groups.  Currently, Sara is Co-Chair of the BBA’s Administration of Justice Section.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a member of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows, and a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Council for the New England Legal Foundation.  Before entering private practice, Sara served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

Sara is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School.

James D. Smeallie- BBA President Emeritus

J.D. is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP. His practice is concentrated in business litigation and the representation of educational institutions. J.D. has served on the firm’s Directors Committee, as Chair of the Education Team and as the Executive Partner of the Boston office. At the BBA, J.D. is a former member of the Executive Committee and has served as President, Vice President, Co-Chair of the Strategic Communications Work Group, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and as a member of the Diversity Leadership Task Force. He has also served as a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. J.D. is a past Vice President of the Boards of Trustees at Shore County Day School and the Pingree School. 

J.D. is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School.

Mark D. Smith

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith LLP, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. He has served as Chair of the BBA’s Education Committee and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. 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 including 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’s Supreme Court.

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

Wendell C. Taylor

Wendell is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, initial public offerings, and continuing public company reporting requirements. Wendell has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion and as Co-Chair of the International Transactions Committee. Wendell is a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law where he teaches “Negotiated Mergers & Acquisitions.”  Wendell also has an active pro bono practice, which includes providing legal services to the firm’s nonprofit partners in the Youth and Education Initiative.

Wendell is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Boston University School of Law.

Laura M. Unflat

Laura is a sole practitioner in Wellesley, concentrating her practice in all matters of family law.  A portion of her practice is dedicated to representing clients with modest incomes and assets.  A second-career attorney, Laura previously worked as a human resources professional.  Laura is a past Co-Chair of the BBA’s New Lawyers Section and, more recently, of the Solo & Small Firm Section. She is a current member of the BBA’s Finance Committee. She is active in the Women’s Bar Association, where she Co-Chairs the Employment Issues Committee. Laura mentors newer lawyers and law students through the BBA, the Women’s Bar Foundation, Senior Partners for Justice, and Suffolk Law School, and is active in the Newton community.

Laura is a graduate of the Harvard Extension School and Suffolk University Law School.