Class Notes: Summer 2018

James S. Bolan

James S. Bolan was a guest on NewTV’s That’s the Law! with Attorney BJ Krintzman episode, “Attorney/Client Relationship in Wake of Cohen Raid,” in May; and quoted in an April 16 article entitled “Legal-Mal Suit Not Time Barred” in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly regarding the statute of limitations and malpractice lawsuits. A partner at Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox & Bolan PC in Newton, MA, who has represented and advised lawyers and law firms for many years, he is actively involved in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations.

William D. Kirchick

William D. Kirchick, a partner in the Boston office of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, was elected secretary of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils and serves on the association’s board of directors.

Leonard B. Mandell

Leonard B. Mandell is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, IL, following retirement in 2016 as associate dean of student services. The college established the Leonard B. Mandell Scholarship in his honor in 2014, and this year hosted the 36th annual Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition.

Jane Raskin

Jane Raskin and her husband Martin Raskin, who together formed the Miami firm Raskin & Raskin, were hired in April by President Donald Trump as part of his legal team.

Paul J. Ayoub

Paul J. Ayoub, a partner in the Boston office of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In January he was elected president of the Real Estate Finance Association, a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

David F. Capeless

David F. Capeless announced his retirement after fourteen years as US district attorney in the Berkshire (MA) District Attorney’s Office.

Edward Siedle

Edward Siedle has been identified by American Bankerand the Providence-based website as the winner of a record $48 million whistle-blower award from the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the publications, Siedle tipped off the SEC to wrongdoing by J.P. Morgan Chase, which failed to notify its money management clients that it was steering them to funds operated by its affiliates or by third parties that kicked back part of their fees to the financial giant. Siedle was also identified as the winner of a record $30 million award from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, also for his role in exposing the conduct by J.P. Morgan Chase.

Linda B. Meyers

Linda B. Meyers was appointed to the CATIC Board of Directors. She is a managing partner at Webber & Meyers LLC in Simsbury, CT, and focuses her practice on real estate.

Barbara A. O’Donnell

Barbara A. O’Donnell is a partner in the Providence, RI, office of Sulloway & Hollis PLLC and practices in the areas of liability insurance coverage, bad faith defense, and professional liability defense.

Lynne Spigelmire Viti

Lynne Spigelmire Viti announced the publication of her new poetry collection, The Glamorganshire Bible, by Finishing Line Press in May. She read from “Our Mothers: The Poetry of Lynne Viti and Heather Corbally Bryant” during a Poetry Month event at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA; her poem, “The Summer People in Winter,” was featured on WCAI’s Poetry Sunday segment in February; “Rene and Marcella” won an honorable mention in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest; and her microchapbook, Punting, is available to download from Origami Poems Project. Professor emerita at Wellesley College following retirement in July as a senior lecturer in writing, she plans to teach creative writing in Boston and continue writing poetry and fiction. Her blog can be found at

Dianne M. Baron

Dianne M. Baron was named among the 2018 “Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for significant contributions to her community. A founder and president emerita of the Westport (MA) Education Foundation and chair of the Westport School Building Committee, she was instrumental in winning voter approval to fund a new school in a special February election.

Brian R. Cook

Brian R. Cook is a professor of sports law and compliance in the Masters in Sports Administration Program at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. He was previously a professor in the Sport Management Department at Lasell College in Newton, MA. He and his wife, Amy Berlin Cook ’85, an adoption and reproductive technologies lawyer at Altman & Cook LLC in Wellesley Hills, MA, have two children, Max and Emma, and live in Duxbury, MA. He successfully lobbied BC for a portrait of Louise Clark, former admissions director, to be included among those who have contributed to the success of BC Law.

Stephen G. Dambruch

Stephen G. Dambruch was named court-appointed US attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island following the expiration of his tenure as interim US attorney. He will continue as the state’s top federal law enforcement officer until a presidential appointee is approved by the Senate.

Deahn L. Berrini

Deahn L. Berrini is the author of A Roanoke Story, historical fiction about the first encounters in 1587 between the native Roanoke people and the English settlers, published in May 2017 by Dean Papademetriou ’87, the founder of Somerset Hall Press, and edited by Ann Marie Monzione ’87.

Dennis M. Duffy

Dennis M. Duffy is a recipient of the John Marshall Trial of Litigation Award presented by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the 65th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, for outstanding performance in the conviction of a United Blood Nation member. He is an assistant US attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy appeared on the Today ShowJune 4 to talk about her new book about her father, Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope. One of the important lessons she learned from him, she said, is to “love our country and be kind to others.” The social justice activist also gave the Holocaust/Human Rights Project Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at BC Law in April.

Josephine McNeil

Josephine McNeil was honored with the 10th annual Woman of the Year Award by the Women’s Law Center at BC Law and selected among the 2017 “Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts” by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for her work to address homelessness and social justice issues in the Newton, MA, community. She has retired as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is chief executive officer (CEO) of Evergreen in Shanxi Province in China, where he and his wife, Carol, a family practice physician, have served since 2007. In addition, he is the CEO of Half Crown Media, a company producing a Hollywood movie and a documentary on the life of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China in 1865; serves as deputy leader of the Missional Business Support Unit, which provides consultation services to businesses in China and Southeast Asia; and is founder and principal of Santrin Global Capital Advisors.

Michelle R. Peirce

Michelle R. Peirce was named a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her role in representing the former co-owner and head pharmacist in the New England Compounding Center trial. She is a partner in the Boston office of Barrett & Singal and co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice.

Jeffrey S. Bagnell

Jeffrey S. Bagnell published “One Question Too Many: The Trial of Captain Charles B. McVay III” in the Spring 2018 edition of Litigation Commentary & Review. It’s about an injustice done to McVay, who committed suicide long before he was exonerated for an incident during World War II. Bagnell is founder of Bagnell Law in Westport, CT, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Joel A. Goldberg

Joel A. Goldberg, senior counsel in Content Acquisition for Netflix, spoke at a dinner and conversation event sponsored by the BC Law Business Law Society and the Boston Alumni Chapter at the Cadigan Alumni Center at BC in April.

Donald J. Savery

Donald J. Savery was promoted to vice president and general counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in Boston. He is an adjunct professor and teaches civil litigation at BC Law and is a member of the American Law Institute.

James Michael Cantwell

James Michael Cantwell is Massachusetts state director in the office of US Senator Edward J. Markey ’72. Previously, he was a state representative in the 4th Plymouth (MA) District and a partner at Graeber, Davis & Cantwell LLP in Quincy, MA.

Susan Hanmer Farina

Susan Hanmer Farina is founder and chief executive officer of start-up Uneva Health. She was previously president of Proveris Scientific Corporation in Marlborough, MA.

Randall McMillan

Randall McMillan was named to the newly created position of Vice President, Business Affairs, Creative & Licensing, by BMI, the nation’s largest music rights organization. He will be based in the New York office. McMillan came to BMI from Pandora Music, where he was senior corporate counsel.

Deirdre E. Sanders

Deirdre E. Sanders is a partner in the Concord, MA, office of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds and practices in the areas of strategic biotechnology patent prosecution counseling and intellectual property litigation and enforcement.

Ingrid C. Schroffner

Ingrid C. Schroffner, assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), is chair of the newly expanded EOHHS Diversity Council. She is involved in the council’s new initiatives and continues to design and lead unconscious bias and inclusivity and accessibility training sessions for EOHHS agencies and employees. She is also the lead attorney in charge of MassHealth Estate Recovery litigation for Massachusetts.

Paul Testa

Paul Testa is chief medical information officer at New York University Langone. He holds JD, MPH, and MD degrees. He recently appeared on a panel about the opioid crisis at NYU Law with Professor Mary Ann Chirba.

Christopher J. Hunter

Christopher J. Hunter, a former federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, is a Democrat candidate for Congress in Florida’s 12th Congressional District. As an adjunct professor of law, he teaches international environmental politics and policy at the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL, and trial advocacy at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. His children’s book on conservation biology, Seagrass Surprise, was published by Guardian Angel Publishing in November.

Mathhew J. Lawlor

Matthew J. Lawlor is the president of WalkBoston and the 2018 recipient of the advocacy organization’s Golden Shoe Award for his commitment to enhance the city’s walking environment. He is a partner in the Boston office of Robinson & Cole LLP and a member of the firm’s real estate and development practice group.

Ellyn Heimlich Hurd

Ellyn Heimlich Hurd is a partner and a member of the Complex Litigation Department in the New York, NY, office of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. Her practice focuses on litigating sexual abuse cases nationally and internationally, multidistrict pharmaceutical litigation, and financial loss class actions.

Marianna Putnam Liddell

Marianna Putnam Liddell, a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Pierce Atwood LLP, was named chair of the firm’s trusts and estates practice group.

Nathaniel C. Stinnett

Nathaniel C. Stinnett, founder and chief operating executive of the Environmental Voter Project, was featured in the cover story of a recent issue of Washington Monthly titled “Planet Earth Gets a Ground Game” for his work to make the environment a political priority.

Daniel E. Burgoyne

Daniel E. Burgoyne is a partner at Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce in Providence, RI, and focuses his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law.

William W. Stroever

William W. Stroever is a partner in the Hackensack, NJ, office of Cole Schotz PC and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He was previously a partner at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Pratt N. Wiley

Pratt N. Wiley was presented with the 2018 Trailblazer Award by the BC Law Black Law Students Association at the annual Ruth-Arlene W. Howe Heritage Banquet. He is chief operating officer and general counsel at Centaurus Four Holdings LLC in Brookline, MA.

Lisa J. Holtzmuller

Lisa J. Holtzmuller is of counsel in the Boston office of Barton Gilman LLP and a member of the firm’s education practice.

Travis J. Norton

Travis J. Norton is of counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

Margaret G. Smith

Margaret G. Smith is a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Pierce Atwood LLP and a member of the firm’s real estate practice group.

Carl Takei

Carl Takei is a senior staff attorney at the Trone Center for Justice and Equality of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He was previously a staff attorney at the ACLU National Prison Project. His most recent blog post entitled “The East Mississippi Correctional Facility Is ‘Hell on Earth’” was published on the ACLU website in March.

Branden D. Brooks

Branden D. Brooks is assistant circuit attorney in the St. Louis (MO) Circuit Attorney’s Office. He previously worked as a child advocate attorney at Voices for Children in St. Louis.

Stephanie A. Capistron

Stephanie A. Capistron is a partner in the Boston office of Dechert LLP and practices in the areas of financial services and investment management.

Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is the deputy counsel for Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) in the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel. While she oversees all practice areas of the SSP, including federal acquisition law, environmental law, international law, arms control, intellectual property law, and ethics, her primary focus is civilian personnel law and related litigation.

Julie Flygare

Julie Flygare was named president and chief executive officer of Project Sleep, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of sleep health, in February. She is the organization’s founder and previously served as president of its board of directors.

AiVi Nguyen

AiVi Nguyen was interviewed regarding her new role as the youngest and first Asian elected chair of the United Way of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors on Charter TV3’s The Hank Stolz Experience. A partner in the Worcester, MA, office of Bowditch Dewey LLP, she participated in the Nonprofit Director Bootcamp for students at BC Law in February; was featured in a BC Law Magazine online exclusive entitled “Boards Are Not Boring”; and was the executive speaker for the Pursuit of Success Session at the 2018 Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference presented by Color Magazine in Boston.

Larry L. Sandigo

Larry L. Sandigo is managing attorney of the Florence Project Bono Program, a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to individuals and families in immigration custody in Arizona, and the advocacy chair of the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). His post on AILA’s Think Immigration blog, “Halfway Around the World, An Immigration Lawyer On-the-Ground in a Refugee Crisis,” recounts his experiences volunteering with Syrian refugees in Greece.

Julie Rau

Julie Rau was hired as an attorney advisor at the US Department of Justice after completing a judicial clerkship with the Hon. William P. Robinson III at the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Taisha Sturdivant

Taisha Sturdivant is the recipient of the 2018 Young Alumni Award presented by the BC Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at the annual Ruth-Arlene W. Howe Heritage Banquet. She is an associate in the Boston office of Klein Hornig LLP and focuses her practice on affordable housing and community development.

Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim was assigned as a legal expert to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law-Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific on behalf of the Korean Ministry of Justice in February. Following post-graduation internships in the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office and the Kings County (NY) District Attorney’s Office, she works as a prosecutor in South Korea.

Trisha E. Starkey

Trisha E. Starkey is an associate at Black Marjieh Leff & Sanford LLP in Elmsford, NY, and focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation.

In Memoriam

  • Rene R. Bernardin ’39
  • John R. Serafini ’49
  • Hon. L. John Cain ’50
  • Frank T. Healey ’51
  • Gertrude M. Averbach ’53
  • John P. Carty ’55
  • John F. Bigley ’56
  • Martin J. Dolan ’56
  • Joseph E. Marino ’57
  • Ira N. Nottonson ’58
  • Donald F. Smith ’58
  • John J. White ’58
  • Paul F. Amico ’60
  • Arthur J. Caron ’61
  • Paul F. Cavanaugh ’61
  • James A. Connor ’61
  • Michael L. Colten ’62
  • Peter D. Rigero ’62
  • Joseph P. Foley ’63
  • Stanley Snowman ’66
  • Hon. David A. McLaughlin ’68
  • James W. Flood ’71
  • Albert A. Chappell ’74
  • Thomas A. Pluta ’75
  • Kenneth G. Bouchard ’76
  • Stephen I. Burr ’76
  • Edouard Charles LeFevre ’95
  • Clifton D. Mueller ’05
  • Alyce E. Gowdy Wright ’15

Correction In the Winter 2018 issue, we mistakenly included Frank LaRocca, SJ, ’10, in this list. He is not deceased. BC Law Magazine sincerely regrets the error.