Three Boston Attorneys Pledge $100K to Boston Bar Foundation

The Boston Bar Foundation thanks John Donovan of Ropes & Gray, Michael Fee of Ropes & Gray and Tony Froio of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi for increasing their level of giving through the BBF Society of Fellows Program and collectively pledging a total of $100,000 for the BBF’s endowment.  The proceeds from the endowment provide a stable base of support for the BBF’s work in the community, funding operational and administrative expenses and freeing up fundraising revenue for other projects or programs. View the list of all new Fellows and upgrades.

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John D. Donovan
Ropes & Gray LLP

“Over the past several years, I have held many roles within the Boston Bar Foundation and have seen first-hand the dramatic impact on lives that the Foundation’s work affects, as well as the inspiring generosity of legal professionals who have pledged their support of the BBF’s mission through the Fellows program. Each pledge received helps to ensure the strong future of the organization and inevitably touches the lives of thousands in the Greater Boston community. I am honored to upgrade my pledge to the Executive Level and encourage others to join me in supporting the BBF’s exemplary work that continues to make a substantial impact each day.”

John is a partner in the Litigation Department of Ropes & Gray and one of the nation’s premiere litigators.  He served as President of the Boston Bar Foundation from 2010-2012, and currently serves on the BBF Development and Investment Committees, and as Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Nominating Committee.

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Michael K. Fee
Ropes & Gray LLP

Michael is partner at Ropes & Gray who focuses his practice on white collar criminal, civil and administrative matters.  He has served as co-leader of the firm’s Government Enforcement Practice Group, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Faulkner Hospital and as a Member of the Corporation for Partners HealthCare, Inc.  Michael has been a member of the BBF Society of Fellows since 2002, and has also served on the BBA’s Annual Meeting Steering Committee.

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Anthony A. Froio
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

“I am privileged to serve in several different capacities at the Boston Bar Foundation, and am grateful to play a small part in its important work and mission. Joining with so many other legal professional fellows is an honor, and the continued growth of the Society of Fellows program has inspired me to upgrade my pledge to the Senior Fellow level. I hope and urge others to do the same. The impact that we can continue to have on the lives of others in our Community is awesome and incredibly rewarding.”

Tony is the Regional Managing Partner of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where he represents clients in complex litigation related to intellectual property and trademark infringement, employment and bankruptcy litigation, as well as general commercial disputes.  Tony currently serves on the BBF Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, as Chair of the Development Committee, and is a former Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit.  He is also a member of the Boston Bar Association Council and Executive Committee.
John, Michael and Tony join the following individuals who have increased their level of giving to a Senior or Executive Fellow level.

Executive Fellows
Hon. Nonnie S. Burnes
Laurie Burt
M. Ellen Carpenter (dec.)
R. J. Cinquegrana
John F. Cogan, Jr.
Paul T. Dacier
John D. Donovan
Lena G. Goldberg
Joan A. Lukey
William C. Mutterperl
Regina M. Pisa
R. Robert Popeo
Joel M. Reck
Hon. Christine M. Roach
Gary A. Spiess
J. Owen Todd
John Towers

Senior Fellows
John H. Clymer
Gene D. Dahmen
Karen F. Green
Michael K. Fee
Anthony A. Froio
Julia Huston
Wm. Shaw McDermott
Christopher Panos
John J. Regan
Lauren Stiller Rikleen & Sander A. Rikleen

We thank all Fellows for their investment in the Boston Bar Foundation’s vital work and for setting an inspiring example for others in the legal community to follow. All members of the Society of Fellows are eligible to increase their support at any time, with any prior pledge amount paid applicable to an upgrade.

To learn more about how membership in the Society of Fellows provides a lasting gift of support, please visit the BBF’s website or contact Jennifer Merrill at or 617-778-1938.