Meet the 2017-2018 Co-Chairs

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Bankruptcy Law Section

Lee Harrington

Lee Harrington, who returns as section co-chair for the second year, is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice. He is a leader of the group’s distressed asset acquisition team and one of the group’s principal restructuring litigation specialists, practicing in both federal and state courts. Lee draws on his extensive experience in the music business in representing clients throughout the entertainment industry in music, film, television and related fields.

Jennifer Doran
Hinckley Allen

A partner at Hinckley Allen, Jennifer focuses her practice on business law, with an emphasis on privately held businesses, commercial transactions, and creditors’ rights. She counsels clients on formation issues, mergers and acquisitions, contract preparation, distribution rights, licensing, and other commercial matters. This will be her first year as section co-chair.

Business and Commercial Litigation Section

Paula Bagger
Law Office of Paula M. Bagger, LLC

Paula has significant experience helping clients resolve a broad range of commercial and business disputes.  She has tried, arbitrated, and settled business cases of many different types, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair and deceptive business practices, and shareholder and partner disputes.  Many of her cases arise in the financial services industry, and she is experienced in cases involving mutual funds, private equity funds, investment advisors, custodian banks, administrative services providers, and broker-dealers.  This will be her first year serving as section co-chair. 

 Stephen Riden
Beck Reed Riden

A partner at Beck Reed Riden, Stephen is a commercial litigator who represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of disputes across the country. He has extensive experience litigating business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, and noncompete agreements. He has represented companies in a variety of governmental investigations. This will be his first year serving as section co-chair.

Business Transactions Section

Marc D. Mantell
Mintz Levin

At Mintz Levin, Marc's practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, primarily for companies engaged in the technology ecosystem. Marc represents private and public companies, investors, underwriters, and other parties in a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and debt financings. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

Elizabeth W. Fraser
Greenberg Traurig

A shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, Elizabeth concentrates her practice on advising public and private companies on corporate and securities law matters, public debt and equity securities offerings, private placements of securities, and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly counsels public company boards and management on corporate governance matters, SEC disclosure and reporting obligations, marketplace compliance, executive compensation, director responsibilities and fiduciary duties. She returns this year as section co-chair.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section

Kate Cook 
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen

As Of Counsel at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, Kate advises public- and private-sector clients on government ethics, administrative law, crisis management, constitutional law, public records, lobbying, campaign finance, election law, municipal law, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Kate also represents government entities in a broad range of litigation matters, and she helps private parties who are in litigation that involves complex issues relating to government agencies and policy. This will be her second year serving as section co-chair.

Natashia Tidwell
Hogan Lovells

At Hogan Lovells, Natashia represents businesses and individuals in connection with white collar criminal and civil litigation matters. Her practice also focuses on internal investigations, monitorships and compliance where she applies her specialized knowledge of law enforcement practices, including the internal affairs process and policy development and review.

College & University Section

Brenda Ulrich
Rubin & Ulrich LLC

A partner at Rubin & Ulrich LLC, Brenda has practiced intellectual property law for 15 years, with a focus on copyright, trademark, publishing, and higher education.  Brenda’s clients include colleges and universities establishing and maintaining copyright ownership and use policies, authors establishing relationships with collaborators, agents and publishers, retailers registering and policing their trademarks, and educational organizations and consortia negotiating software licensing agreements. This will be Brenda's second year as section co-chair.

Nora Field
Boston College

Nora is Deputy General Counsel at Boston College, where she started as an Associate Counsel in 2005. Prior to joining Boston College, Nora worked at Harvard University and Foley Hoag. She received her J.D. from Boston College and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Nora is beginning her first year as section co-chair.

Criminal Law

John Hayes
Committee for Public Counsel Services

John is the Attorney in Charge for the Boston Superior Court Trial Unit of Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). He graduated from Boston College Law School in 1990, and has been an attorney with CPCS since then. He has worked in the Worcester, Essex, and Suffolk Superior Court Offices, and has been Attorney in Charge of the Boston Superior Court Office since 2009. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

Dean Mazzone
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Dean Mazzone, who serves as Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, returns for his second year as section co-chair. Mazzone has been with the Attorney General's office for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Delivery of Legal Services Section

Rebecca Cazabon
Foley Hoag

Rebecca is the Pro Bono Managing Attorney in Foley Hoag's Boston office, playing a significant role in the firm's pro bono work and training program. She also represents low-income clients, mainly domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, in abuse prevention, immigration, privacy, housing, special immigration, criminal advocacy, and appellate matters.  In addition, Rebecca assists with the administration of Foley Hoag’s litigation curriculum for junior associates. Rebecca is beginning her first year as section co-chair.

Elizabeth Soulè
MetroWest Legal Services

Elizabeth Soulè 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 South Middlesex Legal Services (now MetroWest Legal Services.) This will be Elizabeth's second year serving as section co-chair.

Diversity & Inclusion Section

Robert Quinan 
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Robert is Managing Attorney in the Administrative Law Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. He will begin his second year as section co-chair in September. The Administrative Law Division defends legal challenges to state statutes and regulations, suits that challenge state policies and programs, and suits that challenge the decisions of state administrative agencies.

Angela Gomes
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

As Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Angela focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, in addition to handling general corporate matters. She advises clients, including public companies, on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, disclosure and periodic reporting, and corporate governance matters. Angela served as president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association from 2015-2016. This will be her first year serving as section co-chair.

Environmental and Energy Law Section

Jennifer Sulla
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Jennifer is Deputy General Counsel - Environment at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where she started as counsel in 2016. Before that she was in private practice, advising clients on the environmental aspects of transactions, regulatory compliance, and litigation. This will be her first year as section co-chair.

Peter F. Durning
Mackie Shea

As a shareholder at Mackie Shea, Peter focuses his practice in the areas of environmental litigation, enforcement defense, land use and permitting, with a specific focus on water and wetlands related matters. His experience includes adjudicatory hearings before the MassDEP, zoning disputes, judicial review of administrative proceedings, and appellate work. This is his second year as a section co-chair.

Family Law Section

Wendy Hickey
Brick, Sugarman, Jones & McBrien, LLP

Wendy has as an international reputation for handling the most challenging, precedent setting, complex, and sometimes contentious family law cases with both the sensitivity and creativity they require. She is returning as section co-chair this year.

Lisa Wilson
Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie

A partner at Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, Lisa's practice includes a long history of advocating for the rights of her LGBTQ clients, representing them vigorously in all areas of family law and real estate. Lisa has skillfully and successfully navigated them through the state's evolving legal landscape, whether they are creating their own families, or ending a relationship. This is her first year as section co-chair.

Financial Services Section

Kathryn Alessi
Sidley Austin

As counsel at Sidley Austin, Kathryn represents public and private financial services, technology, healthcare and life sciences companies and their boards of directors and officers, and private equity firms and their portfolio companies, in securities class action lawsuits, derivative litigation, public company merger and acquisition litigation, appraisal actions, private company post-closing disputes, and litigation surrounding private financings. She also represents corporate and individual clients in connection with proceedings by governmental and regulatory agencies, including the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice, FINRA, and the Massachusetts Securities Division, and conducts and guides clients through internal investigations. This will be her first year serving as section co-chair.

Eben Colby
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

A partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Eben's practice involves a wide range of large-scale and complex commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on representing mutual fund companies and other asset management businesses. This is his second year serving as section co-chair.

Health Law

Emily Schulman

A partner at WilmerHale, Emily has extensive trial and appellate experience in white-collar matters. She has briefed and argued dozens of cases before the United States Courts of Appeals, and has tried more than 20 jury trials in the United States District Courts. Her practice focuses on internal and governmental investigations and white collar defense. She returns this year for her second year as section co-chair.

Maureen Bennett
Jones Day

A partner at Jones Day, Maureen represents life sciences and health care clients conducting global clinical trials and research collaborations. For almost 20 years, Maureen has advised clients on the contractual, regulatory, and ethical issues associated with clinical research. She negotiates clinical trial agreements, reviews informed consents, provides advice regarding novel patient recruitment strategies and assists with interactions with regulatory agencies, including the FDA. This will be her first year as section co-chair.

Immigration Law Section

Shiva Karimi
McLane Middleton

Shiva’s practice focuses on immigration law. She advises clients on a broad range of immigration matters including business and family immigration, federal immigration litigation and naturalization. Her clients range from multi-national corporations to start-up high technology companies, independent schools, and individual foreign nationals. This is her first year as section co-chair.

Insurance and Tort Litigation Section

Michael S. Appel
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen

A partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, Michael has achieved excellent results for his clients in catastrophic personal injury matters. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's top mass-tort lawyers, based on his work pursuing cases against the drug and medical-device industry. He returns this year to serve as section co-chair for the second year.

Nigel Long
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Nigel is Corporate Counsel in the Litigation Group of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual as Corporate Counsel, he was Senior Trial Attorney at Lynch & Lynch specializing in complex tort litigation. His trial practice has included a wide variety of subject matters including wrongful death, construction-blasting cases, traumatic brain injuries, severe injury causing paraplegia, as well as defending lawsuits brought against major corporations. This is his first year serving as section co-chair.

International Law Section

Carl A. Valenstein
Morgan Lewis

Carl focuses his practice on domestic and international corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, project development, and transactional finance. He counsels extensively in the life science, telecom/electronics, and maritime industries, and he has worked broadly in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is his first year as section co-chair.

Intellectual Property Law Section

Michael H. Bunis
Choate, Hall & Stewart

As co-chair of the Choate, Hall & Stewart's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, Michael is a leading litigator with more than 20 years of experience representing technology and life sciences companies in high stakes litigation and other complex IP related disputes. He has been recognized by The Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Mr. Bunis is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

Erica L. Han
Ropes & Gray

Erica is a counsel in Ropes & Gray's intellectual property transactions practice group. Erica advises consumer branded product companies in relation to global brand strategy, trademark clearance and prosecution, advertising clearance, and resolution of intellectual property disputes. She is returning to serve as section co-chair for the second year.

Labor & Employment Law Section

Robert A. Fisher
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Robert is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with significant experience handling traditional labor matters on behalf of employers in a wide variety of industries, including higher education, hospitality, technology, and construction. He regularly represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board in representation petitions and unfair labor practices proceedings. This will be his second year serving as section co-chair.

Brian J. MacDonough
Sherin and Lodgen

A partner at Sherin and Lodgen, Brian concentrates his practice in employment law and executive advocacy. He handles a wide range of matters, including contract negotiation and enforcement, discrimination, whistleblowing, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. A trusted advisor to his clients, Brian often works with them throughout their careers as they transition to new opportunities. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

New Lawyers

Courtney L. Hayden

In her practice at Goodwin, Courtney defends financial institutions against lender and servicer liability claims in various state and federal courts and agencies. Ms. Hayden's practice includes both individual matters, and defending against putative state and federal class actions. This will be her first year as section co-chair.

Michael C. Birch
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein

Mike is an employment lawyer and business litigator at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein. He advises private and nonprofit businesses on all aspects of employment law, including hiring, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour compliance, paid and unpaid leave, restrictive covenants and noncompetition, terminations, reductions-in-force, and personnel policies. He is returning for his second year as section co-chair.

Multidistrict Litigation & Class Actions

Paula Bliss
Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky

At Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, Paula focuses her practice on personal injury, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice and mass tort/complex litigation cases involving pharmaceutical drugs and devices. She has spent her career representing people in state and federal courts throughout the country, mostly concentrating on those injured by pharmaceutical drugs that have been inadequately tested and labeled. This is her first year as section co-chair.

Lauren Guth Barnes
Hagens Berman

A partner at Hagens Berman, Lauren focuses her practice on antitrust, consumer protection and RICO litigation against drug and medical device manufacturers in complex class actions and personal injury cases for consumers, large and small health plans, direct purchasers and state governments. She is returning this year for her second year as section co-chair.

Real Estate Section

Francesco A. De Vito
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster

Frank is an experienced real estate and finance attorney, serving as counsel to lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and tenants in a broad range of commercial transactions. He chairs the Finance and Workout Group and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster. This will be his second year as section co-chair.

John Affuso
Boston College Law School

At Boston College Law School, John serves as primary counsel to the Authority's Administration and Finance Department with responsibility for all legal issues relating to financial matters, including debt issuance, disclosure and post issuance compliance, investments, OPEB liability, compliance with the Authority's Enabling Act, trust agreements, federal securities laws and FAA regulations and policy. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

Solo & Small Firm Section

Adam T. Sherwin
The Sherwin Law Firm

At his solo practice, Adam assists homeowners, landlords and tenants with a variety of real estate matters, at trial and on appeal. He has successfully assisted many clients in keeping their homes and working out long-term resolutions for their problems. This will be his first year as section co-chair.

Juliet A. Davison
Davison Law

Juliet Davison has been practicing law for over 25 years and founded Davison Law in 2008. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, Juliet has a broad litigation background and deep experience representing individuals and companies in the trial and appellate courts, before agencies and in mediation and arbitration. This will be her second year as section co-chair.

Tax Law Section

Julie Hogan Rodgers

Julie Hogan Rodgers has extensive experience in the practice of tax law, focusing on taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, bankruptcies and restructurings, and lending and financing transactions. She advises on tax-related matters for a myriad of industries, including technology, life sciences, financial services, energy, clean technology and manufacturing, among others. She returns for her second year as section co-chair.

Jason M. Zorfas
Ernst & Young

Jason is and Executive Director at Ernst & Young where he has been practicing in the state and local tax areas for more than 20 years. He is an active member of taxation committees for groups that include Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Biotech Council. This is his first year as section co-chair.

Tax Exempt Organizations Section

M. Bradford Bedingfield
Hemenway & Barnes

As Counsel at Hemenway & Barnes, Brad works extensively with nonprofit organizations, navigating tax, regulatory, and governance matters, guiding charities and other nonprofits through formation, reorganizations, mergers, affiliations, and dissolution, and advising on innovative use of charitable assets, including social impact bonds and other forms of impact investing. He also provides planning advice for international and domestic families, including structured charitable giving, estate planning and lifetime gifting strategies, and coordination of tax and legal requirements for cross-border families. This will be his second year as section co-chair.

Anita S. Lichtblau
Casner and Edwards, LLC

Anita provides comprehensive legal advice to tax exempt organizations and businesses and individuals involved in nonprofit matters. Anita advises on issues including nonprofit corporations and governance, grants and contracts, and employment. Anita is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rebecca Pomroy Foundation. This will be her first year as section co-chair.

Trusts & Estates Section

Joseph L. Bierwirth
Hemenway & Barnes

A partner at Hemenway & Barnes, Joe concentrates his practice in the areas of probate, trust, real property, and business litigation. He also provides counsel to individuals and families on estate planning and probate matters, and serves as a trustee of private and charitable trusts. He has substantial experience representing trust and estate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in court proceedings and contested matters. This will be his second year as section co-chair.

Stacy K. Mullaney
Fiduciary Trust Company

As Chief Fiduciary Officer at Fiduciary Trust Company, Stacy is responsible for ensuring that the work performed by our professionals meets the highest fiduciary standards. In doing so, she applies her legal expertise, tax planning and estate administration capabilities to implement client goals and objectives. Stacy enjoys working with her colleagues to deliver solutions to the complex issues that can arise in the management and stewardship of multigenerational wealth. This will be her first year as section co-chair.