Jeffrey B. Mullan, former Secretary
and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, has joined Foley Hoag
LLP in its Boston office, returning to the firm where he began his legal career.
Mullan will resume a transportation practice focusing on local, regional and
national infrastructure and redevelopment issues. He previously served as chair
of Foley Hoag's Infrastructure and Transportation Practice until 2007, when he
was appointed undersecretary and general counsel of the former Executive Office
of Transportation and Public Works.
"Jeff has been a leader in transportation issues and projects for more than
20 years," said Adam Kahn, Foley Hoag co-managing partner. "During his 14 years
at Foley Hoag, Jeff became the go-to person for legal counsel on transportation
matters. His experience will add to the high-level legal service that we provide
our clients. We welcome him back to the firm."
Among his many accomplishments during his four years with the administration
of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Mullan was responsible for the
management of the merger of the Commonwealth's surface transportation agencies
into one organization: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
He also worked to create the New England/New York Transportation Compact, a
regional group of state transportation leaders, was active in national issues as
a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials (AASHTO) Board of Directors, and remains a member of the Northeast
Mullan was involved in several major redevelopment and transportation
projects while at Foley Hoag from 1993-2007, including the Central Artery/Tunnel
Project, the Greenbush commuter rail line and the Route 3 North reconstruction
project. He also represented the Commonwealth in the creation of the Rose
Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in 2004.
"Jeff has a tremendous depth of knowledge about transportation law, finance
and operations," said Doug McGarrah, co-chair of Foley Hoag's Real Estate/Land
Use and Development Practice. "Having worked in both private practice and as the
leader of MassDOT, Jeff is in a unique position to help our clients solve
infrastructure challenges on local, state and national levels. I am excited
about his return to Foley Hoag and look forward to working with him
The opportunity to remain active in major infrastructure and development
matters while practicing law at his former firm was a key reason for returning
to Foley Hoag, Mullan said.
"Foley Hoag is known for representing clients on a wide range of legal issues
that affect a variety of industries," Mullan said. "Infrastructure investment
and development are key drivers of our national economy, and the firm's depth
will help public- and private-sector organizations confront a variety of
challenges facing the transportation industry. I am excited about the
opportunity to return to Foley Hoag and work with my former colleagues and
clients, and I look forward to this next chapter in my career."
Within the Patrick administration, Mullan was appointed as General Counsel,
Undersecretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Office of
Transportation; as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority;
as Chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority's Board of Directors; and as
Secretary of Transportation. He served as Secretary and CEO of MassDOT from its
formation in 2009 until Sept. 2, 2011.
Patrick recently appointed Mullan to serve on the University of Massachusetts
Board of Trustees. A Worcester native, Mullan is a graduate of the University of
Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School.
Mullan is the latest addition to Foley Hoag. On Sept. 1, John Ruggie, the
former U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative on Business and Human
Rights and a current Harvard University professor, joined Foley Hoag in Boston
as a senior advisor in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice. Ruggie
authored the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which the U.N.
Human Rights Council formally endorsed in June after six years of development.
During the summer, Foley Hoag opened an office in Paris, adding international
litigation and arbitration partners Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua, counsel
Hery Frederic Ranjeva, and associates Ivan Urzhumov and Carlos Arrue
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