Meet the 2016-2017 Section Co-Chairs

Bankruptcy Law Section
Business and Commercial Litigation
Business Transactions Section
Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section
College & University Law Section
Criminal Law Section
Diversity & Inclusion Section
Environmental and Energy Law
Family Law Section
Financial Services
Health Law
Insurance and Tort Litigation
Intellectual Property
International Law
Labor & Employment Law
Multidistrict Ligitation and Class Actions
New Lawyers
Real Estate
Solo & Small Firm
Tax-Exempt Organization
Trusts & Estates

Bankruptcy Law Section

D. Ethan Jeffery
D. Ethan Jefferey, a shareholder at Murphy & King, will serve the second year of his two-year term as section co-chair. Mr. Jeffery’s practice is focused on representing debtors, trustees, and creditors in complex Chapter 11 cases, and the representation of debtors and creditors in non-bankruptcy restructurings and workouts.


Lee Harrington
Lee Harrington, who starts as a section co-chair in September, 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.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Debra Squires-Lee
Debra Squires-Lee, who will serve the second year of her two-year term as a section co-chair, is a partner in Sherin and Lodgen's Litigation Department. She also serves as co-chair of the Business Litigation and Professional Liability Practice Groups, and co-chair of the firm’s Mentoring Committee. Debra is an experienced trial lawyer and concentrates her practice on legal malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation.

Brenda Sharton
Brenda Sharton, who is also returning for her second year as a co-chair, is a senior partner with Goodwin Procter LLP. She is a first chair trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience. Ms. Sharton is the Chair of Goodwin’s Business Litigation practice as well as its Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. She counsels and represents public and private corporations and their boards in complex commercial litigation, arbitrations and civil government/regulatory matters. Ms. Sharton also is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in the area of privacy law, having handled well over a hundred data privacy breach investigations, high profile class action privacy litigations and government enforcement actions.

Business Transactions Section

Andrew Kopans
Andrew Kopans, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Unidine Corporation, is returning for his second year as a section co-chair. At Unidine, he directs all matters and activities related to corporate and financial transactions, contracts, litigation and compliance with relevant laws. Prior to joining Unidine, he represented some of the region’s largest companies in a wide variety of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Elizabeth Fraser
Elizabeth Fraser, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, will begin her term as a section co-chair after previously serving on the Securites Law Committee. She concentrates her practice on corporate and securities law, representing both public and private companies in public offerings of debt and equity securities, private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Elizabeth also advises public companies on corporate governance, executive compensation, and director responsibilities and fiduciary duties.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section

Rahsaan Hall
Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, will serve the second year of his two-year term as section co-chair. At the ACLU, Hall helps develop an integrated advocacy approach to address racial justice issues. Through legislative advocacy, litigation and community engagement, the program works on issues that deeply impact communities of color and historically disenfranchised communities.

Kathryn Cook
Kate Cook, of counsel at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, will begin her first term as section co-chair. Cook concentrates in general business, employment, environmental and real estate law.  In addition to litigation matters, her practice includes helping businesses, institutions and government entities navigate administrative law, permitting and regulatory matters. She has served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel to Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee and Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Boston.

Criminal Law Section

Paula DeGiacomo
Paula DeGiacomo, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, will serve the second year of her two-year term as section co-chair. DeGiacomo concentrates her practice in the area of white collar defense and related complex civil litigation. She represents individuals and corporations in government enforcement and regulatory actions concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, antitrust and other fraud and corruption matters. Paula also represents corporations in corporate internal investigations.

Dean Mazzone
Dean Mazzone, who serves as Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, will begin his first term as section co-chair in September. 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.

College & University Law Section

Rebecca Ginzburg
Rebecca Ginzburg, who will serve the second year of her term as a section co-chair, works in the office of the General Counsel at Boston University.  Her main areas of practice include commercial transactions, investment matters, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, and general business matters. Ginzburg earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 2001, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 2004.

Brenda Ulrich
Brenda Ulrich, a partner at Rubin & Ulrich, will be serving her first year as section co-chair. She 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.

Delivery of Legal Services Section

Krietta Bowens Jones
Krietta Bowens Jones, Associate General Counsel at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, will serve the second year of her term as a section co-chair. At Dana Farber, Jones concentrates on health law, transactions, patient risk management, HIPAA and privacy law and employment. She is a graduate of Brown University, the Boston University School of Public Health and Boston University Law School.

Elizabeth Soulé
Elizabeth Soulé is the Executive Director of MetroWest Legal Services, an organization dedicated to providing legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. Prior to her appointment as co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section, Soulé served on the Boston Bar Association Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Access to Justice Section Council and the Equal Justice Coalition.  She received her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of America.

Diversity & Inclusion Section

Robert Quinan
Robert Quinan, Managing Attorney in the Administrative Law Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, will begin his first term 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.

Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan, an associate at Proskauer Rose, will serve the second year of his two-year term as section co-chair. Nolan is an associate in the Corporate Department and a member of the Private Investment Funds Group. Kevin’s practice focuses on the representation of private equity funds and institutional investors on a broad range of issues including fund formations, secondary transactions and portfolio investments.

Family Law Section

Jessica Dubin
Jessica Dubin is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University (1998) and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (2001), where she served as executive editor of the Women’s Law Journal. Before joining Lee & Rivers LLP (formerly Lee, Rivers & Corr LLP) in May 2004, Ms. Dubin worked as a litigation and domestic relations associate at the Boston firm of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP. Ms. Dubin became a partner of Lee, Rivers & Corr LLP in January 2013.

Wendy Hickey
Wendy Hickey, a partner at Nissenbaum Hickey, has been a practicing trial lawyer and family law attorney since 2003 and  has been named  one of the Massachusetts SuperLawyers in Family and Appellate Law. Wendy co-authored an article “What You Need To Know About Vaughan Affidavits” which was published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and regularly writes on various family law topics for the Boston Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter.

Financial Services Section

Luke Cadigan
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Cadigan was an Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, serving that role in both the Boston Regional Office and in the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit. He is now a partner at K & L Gates focusing on Government Enforcement. He will be serving his second year as section co-chair.

Eben Colby
Eben Colby is a partner with the Litigation Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the firm’s Boston office. He will serve his first year as section co-chair. His 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. Mr. Colby has litigated in state and federal courts, trial and appellate, around the United States, regulatory and administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations and mediations. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Insurance and Tort Litigation Section 

Michael Appel
Michael Appel, a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, will serve the first year of his term as section co-chair. In his many years of experience, Michael has obtained numerous large verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, workplace injury, and motor vehicle accident cases. In addition, Michael represents plaintiffs in litigation against the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

John Harding
John Harding is a partner in the Boston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice. He will serve the second year of his term as section co-chair. For more than 25 years, John’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of complex insurance coverage litigation and advice, reinsurance disputes and bad faith litigation. John has represented insurers on a national basis in connection with coverage disputes arising out of underlying environmental, asbestos, products liability, pharmaceutical and medical device claims, employment discrimination and other liabilities.

Immigration Law Section

Prasant Desai
Prasant Desai has practiced U.S. immigration law since 1992, with a focus on business immigration matters. Prasant has lectured frequently on U.S. immigration law matters to a variety of professional associations, institutions and continuing legal education seminars. He will serve the second year of his term as section co-chair.

Roseanne Milano
Rosanne T. (“Rosie”) Milano is an associate attorney at Barker, Epstein, & Loscocco in Boston, MA, having joined the firm in 2007. She will serve the first year of her term as section co-chair. Her practice focuses on all immigration matters including filings before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (previously known as the INS), the Executive Office of Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Milano received her J.D. cum laude in 2007 from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. cum laude in International Relations from Boston University.

Health Law Section

David Sontag
David will serve his second year as co-chair of the BBA Health Law Section. He is Deputy General Counsel at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and formerly practiced as an associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP.  He is a graduate of Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received degrees in both law and bioethics. 

Emily Schulman
Incoming co-chair Emily Schulman, a partner at WilmerHale, 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.

Intellectual Property Law Section 

Mike McGurk
Mike McGurk, who will serve his second year as co-chair, has more than 25 years of experience in virtually all aspects of patent law. As a partner at DLA Piper working with clients ranging from small startups to large Fortune 100 companies, he provides counsel in due diligence matters, global portfolio development and adversarial proceedings, including litigation, interferences and reexaminations. Mike works primarily in the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device, mechanical technology and robotics fields.

Erica Han
Erica Han 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 will begin her first term as section co-chair.

Labor & Employment Law Section

William Hannum
Will is Managing Partner of Schwartz Hannum PC, and will return for his second year as section co-chair. He represents employers in the full spectrum of labor and employment law matters, and he represents independent schools, colleges and universities in a broad range of labor, employment, and education matters.  Will also regularly counsels non-profit boards on governance issues, acting in the role of general counsel, and also leading board orientations and governance retreats.

Robert Fisher
Robert Fisher 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 is Robert's first year as section co-chair.  

Multidistrict Litigation and Class Actions Section

Andrew Glass
Andrew Glass is continuing as section co-chair. He is a partner resident in K&L Gates’ Boston office, and a member of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Class Action Litigation Defense groups, with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation.

Lauren Guth Barnes
Lauren Barnes will continue as section co-chair. She is a partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, where her practice focuses 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.

New Lawyers Section

Azure Aronsson
Azure Aronsson will serve her second year as section co-chair. At Collora LLP, she has represented individuals and entities in all phases of civil and criminal litigation and defense of government enforcement actions, including agency investigations, civil and criminal discovery, trial preparations, trials, post-conviction litigation, sentencing and appeals.

Michael Birch
Michael Birch is an associate at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston, where 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.  This will be his first year serving as section co-chair

Real Estate Section

Matthew Lawlor
Matthew Lawlor is an attorney with Robinson+Cole in the firm's Boston office and a member of the Real Estate + Development Group, where he focuses his practice on representing public authorities and agencies, lenders, developers, nonprofits, and commercial landlords and tenants in matters involving transit-oriented and mixed-use development, affordable housing, commercial real estate development and leasing, and land use and planning law. He will serve his second year as section co-chair.

Francesco De Vito
Francesco De Vito 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 firm’s Finance and Workout Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. This will be his first year as section co-chair.