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Anatomy of a Success Story: Tavares Brewington's Vision

Perhaps better than anybody else, Tavares Brewington could understand the perspective of the 58 Boston teenagers waiting to embark on their first day of work through the BBA Summer Jobs Programs. In his keynote speech at the program’s kickoff, he spoke openly about his background: born in Southern Florida, surrounded by gang violence and raised by a single mother, Brewington overcame the obstacles of his youth to become a partner at Prince Lobel Tye. Here is a brief recap of his journey, what he learned throughout it, and why he is so passionate to share this message with the students who, as he shared with a smile, reminded him of himself:

• “Tavares, What’s Your Vision?” After moving from Florida to western Massachusetts at the age of 14, Brewington had a whole new set of challenges to face. When he approached his mother for help and advice, she would always respond with “Tavares, What’s Your Vision?” Tavares explained: “What she meant was to not focus on the now, focus on where you want to go and what you want to have happen.”

• Turning It Around: With this new frame of mind, Tavares worked to improve his failing grades and entered the College of the Holy Cross as an honors student and scholar athlete.

• Why the Law? “Lawyers are empowered through their training and the honor of the profession to help others create and achieve their vision… A significant part of being a lawyer is helping clients figure out what they want to do with their business and how they impact the community—it’s not just courtrooms, judges, and juries.”

• From Pro Football to the US Attorney’s Office: After a tour in Europe playing professional football, Tavares worked at Nixon Peabody, then served as an Assistant US. Attorney, specializing in cases that targeted firearm and drug trafficking. He made this change to better serve the community; along the way, he met other legal professionals “who dedicated their lives and their vision to justice and the integrity of the legal system.”

• The Difference a Vision Makes: Beyond sharing his story, Tavares motivated the students to take control of their own lives and reshape how they approach work and life in general. “When you do your job, don’t just ask how to do it,” he advised. “Ask why it is important and what you are trying to achieve… you will see the beauty of the profession.”

The BBA would like to extend a special thanks to Tavares for sharing his inspirational story with 58 Summer Jobs Students as they start journeys of their own.

Business Transactions Committees

  • Business Transactions Public Policy Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Business Transactions and Financial Services Sections. The BBA is very active on the legislative front. Often times, business attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.
  • Business Transactions Public Service Committee
    This is a joint committee of the Business Transactions and Financial Services Section. This committee helps with the Business Law Pro Bono Project which is run by Lawyers Clearinghouse. This committee also works to find new transactional pro bono opportunities for business attorneys.
  • Commercial and Consumer Finance Committee
    This committee focuses on commercial and consumer lending.

    Contact Information

    Christopher Somma

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-3948

    Robert Cooper

    OneUnited Bank

    (617) 457-4400

  • Communications Committee
    This is a joint committee between the Business Transactions and Financial Services Sections. This committee publishes information relevant to the business bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing an article, please contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    Scott P. Macbeth

    EMC Corporation

    (508) 249-1492

  • Corporate Counsel Committee
    This committee focuses on programs and activities of interest to in-house counsel.

    Contact Information

    Elizabeth Black

    The TJX Companies Inc.

    (508) 390-1000

    Jill A DiGiovanni

    The Endurance International Group, Inc.

    (781) 852-3200

  • Corporate Law Committee
    This committee focuses on the development of laws and policies affecting corporations — both profit and nonprofit — and business trusts.

    Contact Information

    Jonathan Draluck

    Gesmer Updegrove LLP

    (617) 350-6800

  • Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts.

    Contact Information

    Jamie M. Tosches

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    James M. Avery

    Pierce Atwood LLP

    (617) 488-8125

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
    This committee addresses issues unique to business combination transactions, including mergers, share exchanges, tender offers and asset purchases. Lawyers representing buyers, sellers and advisers in planning, negotiating and executing international and domestic public and private transactions are involved.

    Contact Information

    Michael A. Conza

    Morgan Lewis

    (617) 341-7700

    Marc D. Mantell

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 348-3058

  • Securities Law Committee
    This committee provides members with opportunities to learn about and discuss issues in securities law, such as compliance and regulatory issues.

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    Elizabeth W. Fraser

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    (617) 310-6237

    Benjamin Michael Hron

    McCarter & English, LLP

    (617) 449-6584

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
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