Class Notes: Summer 2020


Alan Neigher

Alan Neigher, a media and entertainment lawyer in Westport, CT, is legal counsel, consultant, and one of four executive producers of Big Dogs, a crime drama set in New York City. The eight-part series debuted in July on Amazon Prime and the commercial streaming service Tubi.

David T. Flanagan

David T. Flanagan was appointed executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Maine Power, a utility company that he led as its chief executive officer from 1994 to 2000. A native of Maine, he has served in various high-profile roles in the nonprofit and public sectors throughout a career marked by a strong sense of civic responsibility.

Len DeLuca

Len DeLuca, a veteran of three decades at CBS Sports and ESPN, was selected for the inaugural class of Boston-based Digital Sports Desk’s “75 Over Sixty” award honoring mentors and icons of the sports industry. He was also named one of the eight outside board directors of the Heights, publisher of the eponymous independent student newspaper at BC, where he was sports editor in 1973 and 1974. He is the founder of Len DeLuca & Associates LLC in New York, NY.

Mitchell Rudin

Mitchell Rudin was appointed chairman and CEO of Savills North America in June. He had joined Savills in 2018 and became president in 2019. Rudin previously was CEO of Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and CEO and president of US Commercial Operations at Brookfield Office Properties.

E. Christopher Kehoe

E. Christopher Kehoe, a partner in the Boston office of Robinson & Cole LLP, was presented with the Richard B. Johnson Award by the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA) for his contributions to advancing the practice of real estate law.

Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan

Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan, retired from the US Coast Guard, was elected president of the Judge Advocates Association. He is a former judge advocate general of the Coast Guard and later, as district commander, led the Coast Guard’s highly praised response to Hurricane Katrina.

Michael K. Fee

Michael K. Fee is a partner in the Boston office of Verrill Dana LLP, where he leads the health care and life sciences defense practice group and focuses his practice on white collar criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement matters. He was previously a litigation partner in the Boston office of Latham & Watkins LLP.

Lynne Spigelmire Viti

Lynne Spigelmire Viti was awarded an honorable mention in the 2020 Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest for her poem, “Meditations at Newcomb Hollow Beach.” Distinguished poet Marge Piercy served as judge. Viti is a professor emerita at Wellesley College following retirement as a senior lecturer in writing. Her debut short story collection, Going Too Fast, was published in March by Finishing Line Press and her poetry collection, Dancing at Lake Montebello, will be released in November by Apprentice House Press.

Rebecca Pomeroy McIntyre

Rebecca Pomeroy McIntyre, a trial attorney at Sarrouf Law in Boston, married David Jay Corrsin in Greenport, NY, in February. The nuptials were featured in the Sunday “Vows” section of the New York Times on March 15.

Nancy G. O’Donnell

Nancy G. O’Donnell is counsel in the Boston office of Verrill Dana LLP and a member of the firm’s family law group. Previously an attorney at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston, she has more than thirty years of legal experience in family and general law. She also  serves on the Council for Women at BC.

James P. McKenna

James P. McKenna is co-author of “The Legality of QALY under the ADA,” a report released by the Pioneer Institute that suggests the adoption of the quality of life years (QALY) measurement by state Medicaid programs has the potential to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is a senior legal fellow at the Pioneer Institute in Boston, teaches courses on law and ethics as an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and serves as town moderator in Millbury, MA.

Walter E. Judge

Walter E. Judge assisted in securing a victory for Ben & Jerry’s, the iconic Vermont ice cream maker, which was sued in federal court by an environmental advocate, who alleged the company misled customers with their “happy cows” advertising regarding the sourcing of their milk and cream products. He is a partner in the Burlington, VT, office of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and focuses on business litigation issues.

Michelle R. Peirce

Michelle R. Peirce was named president-elect of the Women’s Bar Foundation, where she has served as a trustee and is a volunteer with its Family Law Project. A partner in the Boston offices of Barrett & Singal PC, she is co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice group and focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

ileta A. Sumner

ileta A. Sumner, founding general counsel of the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter in San Antonio, TX, was appointed to the San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2020.

Susan M. Finegan

Susan M. Finegan, a partner in the Boston office of Mintz and chair of the Pro Bono Committee, was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She also serves as co-chair of Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and was named to Law360’s 2020 Access to Justice Editorial Advisory Board.

John F. Malitzis

John F. Malitzis is the managing director and global head of surveillance for Citigroup Global Markets and is responsible for trade and electronic communication surveillance. He was previously deputy general counsel at Citadel Securities and an executive vice president at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and NYSE Regulation.

Hon. Thomas R. McKeon

Hon. Thomas R. McKeon was confirmed as a justice of the Maine Superior Court following nomination by Governor Janet Mills. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was a partner at Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger in Portland, ME.

Aaron M. Toffler

Aaron M. Toffler was appointed director of policy at Boston Harbor Now, a nonprofit organization promoting the economic, social, and environmental health of Boston’s waterfront, harbor, and islands. Formerly, he was director of the environmental studies program and dean of the School of Communication and the Arts at Lasell University in Newton, MA.

Darren T. Binder

Darren T. Binder is senior vice president and chief legal and risk officer for St. Charles Health System in Bend, OR, where he is responsible for the Legal, Internal Audit, Compliance, Risk Management, and Information Security departments and serves on the corporation’s executive care team. He was previously vice president and general counsel at Bon Secours Health System.

Marianne C. LeBlanc

Marianne C. LeBlanc, a partner at Boston-based Sugarman & Sugarman PC, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, the American Association for Justice Board of Governors, and the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors.

Martin S. Ebel

Martin S. Ebel was named chief operating officer of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, DC. With the agency since 2010, he has served in a number of key positions, most recently as director of field management programs.

Christopher Mirabile

Christopher Mirabile was appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee in May. He is senior managing director and board member of Launchpad Venture Group and chair emeritus of Angel Capital Association.

Jay R. Talerman

Jay R. Talerman, a municipal law partner at Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC in Newburyport, MA, is director of operations of Boston Glory, the newest franchise in the American Ultimate Disc League. As the team’s director of operations, he is responsible for overseeing staff and players in every facet of running a sports franchise and handles all contracts and legal issues. An ultimate player since 1985, he was a coach of the BC team while attending BC Law and, more recently, a member of the 2018 World Over-50 Championship Team.

Ellen J. Zucker

Ellen J. Zucker was named to the 2020 list of Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers by The National Law Journal. She is a partner in the Boston office of Burns & Levinson LLP.

Seema Nanda

Seema Nanda, the first Indian American to be appointed as the chief executive officer of the Democratic National Committee, has stepped down after two years in the position. While she had not announced any future plans at press time, she is “continuing the fight for our democracy and to elect Democrats everywhere.”

Nerre Shuriah

Nerre Shuriah presented a session entitled “Leading with Planning to Grow: Business Development in the New Paradigm” at the American Bar Association Wealth Management and Trust Conference in Orlando, FL, in February. She is senior vice president and director of wealth planning at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, NC.

Ingrid C. Schroffner

Ingrid C. Schroffner is senior associate attorney at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Office of Management. In her new position, she advises UMMS business units on such matters as contract drafting, negotiation, health care compliance, public procurements, conflict of interest, and assists in training. She was previously associate general counsel with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower

Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower is the new president and chief executive officer of the National Association for Law Placement Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. She is former assistant dean for career development and public service at Boston University School of Law.

Miles E. Roeder

Miles E. Roeder is a partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack in San Diego, CA, and focuses his practice on immigration and nationality law. Since 2015, he has spent a week each year volunteering at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Dilley, TX, where he prepares recently arrived asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for credible fear interviews and bond hearings.

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas is a partner in the Los Angeles, CA, office of Ogletree Deakins and represents employers in both class action lawsuits and single-plaintiff litigation.

Daniel H. Weintraub

Daniel H. Weintraub was the recipient of a 2019 American Lawyer Industry Award in the category of Best Mentor–In-House. He is the chief administrative and legal officer and a managing director at Audax Group in Boston.

Myles K. Bartley

Myles K. Bartley is special counsel in the New York, NY, office of Phillips Lytle LLP and specializes in the areas of commercial litigation and mass and toxic torts.

Garin L. Veris

Garin L. Veris is a member of the marketing team at Foran Realty Group in Dennis, MA. He is also known as a former National Football League defensive end who played for the New England Patriots for seven seasons.

Karoline K. Shair

Karoline K. Shair is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Akouos, a Boston-based genetic medicines company developing potential gene therapies for hearing disorders. She was previously the vice president and head intellectual property counsel at Biogen, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA.

Brian P. Frane

Brian P. Frane was recently confirmed as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court following nomination by Governor Charlie Baker and a unanimous teleconference vote by the Governor’s Council. He is former attorney in charge and interim managing director of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Children and Family Law Division.

Mark Meltz

Mark Meltz was appointed CEO and general counsel at Kinnate Biopharma in San  Diego, CA, in May. He joined Kinnate from another California company, Audentes Therapeutics, where he served as senior vice president and general counsel. He played a lead role in the sale  of the company to Astellas Pharma in January.

Sharon G. Leifer

Sharon G. Leifer is a partner in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial leasing. She is active in her community. Among her roles is serving as president of the Westwood (MA) Community Chest and as a member of the Westwood Professional Women’s Group.

Nathalia A. Bernardo

Nathalia A. Bernardo is a partner in the New York, NY, office of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and a member of the firm’s real estate practice group.

Michael S. Gove

Michael S. Gove is a member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs attorneys. He is founding partner of Gove Law Office LLC in Northampton, MA, and focuses his practice on complex estate planning, business representation, and commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Geiza Vargas-Vargas

Geiza Vargas-Vargas is a partner in the Charleston, SC, office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and focuses her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, and general corporate law. Previously, she was an assistant professor and assistant dean of academic success at Charleston School of Law and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Patrick A. Jackson

Patrick A. Jackson is counsel in the Wilmington, DE, office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. His practice is focused on advising companies during pre-bankruptcy contingency planning, as Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, and in related litigation in federal and state courts.

Hilary Dorr Lang

Hilary Dorr Lang is a partner in the Nashville, TN, office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. A registered patent attorney with a doctorate in organic chemistry, she focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical, biologic, and pharmaceutical patents and the management of large patent portfolios in those areas. She previously served as counsel in the Nashville office of McNeill Baur PLLC.

Brian P. Maloney

Brian P. Maloney is counsel in the New York, NY, office of Seward & Kissel LLP. He is a commercial litigator with significant experience across a wide range of sectors, including banking, maritime, and securities.

Jeffrey M. Gould

Jeffrey M. Gould is a partner at Oppenheim & Zebrak LLP in Washington, DC, and focuses his practice on complex litigation and counseling in intellectual property and commercial disputes, with an emphasis on copyrights, trademarks, and related commercial matters. His pro bono practice includes counseling the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in a series of cases involving land disputes throughout the state. He also serves as a board member for Equal Justice Under Law.

M. Patrick Moore Jr.

M. Patrick Moore Jr. was named a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for his work securing a favorable judgment for the plaintiff in The McLean Hospital Corporation v. Town of Lincoln, a case in which the Supreme Judicial Court reversed an earlier Land Court decision and clarified the educational use exemption under the Dover Amendment. He is a partner at Boston-based Hemenway & Barnes LLP and concentrates his practice on complex business, administrative, land use, and appellate litigation.

Adam M. Baker

Adam M. Baker is an assistant US attorney at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He was previously a partner in the New York, NY, office of Alston & Bird LLP and a member of the firm’s government and internal investigations and litigation and trial practice groups.

Ciara R. M. Baker

Ciara R. M. Baker is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of WilmerHale and focuses her practice on transactional and tax law.

Toni Ann Kruse

Toni Ann Kruse and Jonathan Richard welcomed baby boy, Langston Kruse Richard, on January 2, 2019. Big sister, Annabelle, is taking her job of teaching her brother very seriously. Kruse was promoted to equity partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP last January. She practices in the Private Client group in the firm’s NY office, where she has been since graduating from BC Law.

Colm P. Ryan

Colm P. Ryan is a partner in the Albany, NY, office of Barclay Damon LLP and concentrates his practice on commercial, construction, and tort and insurance litigation. He represents corporations, partnerships, individuals, and school districts in a variety of matters, including negligence and liability claims and commercial litigation related to breach-of-contract claims.

Nicole R. Love

Nicole R. Love is a partner in the New York, NY, office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and concentrates her practice on general commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and securities enforcement, with a focus on government and regulatory investigations.

Kevin M. Neubauer

Kevin M. Neubauer is a partner in the investment management group in the New York, NY, office of Seward & Kissel LLP.

Gregory S. Bombard

Gregory S. Bombard is a partner in the Boston office of Duane Morris LLP and focuses his practice on trade secret litigation, business torts, and complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. He serves as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Committee and is a member of the BBA IP Section Steering Committee and the BBA Senior Associates Forum. In addition to his law practice, he is a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank’s young professional group.

John R. Davis

John R. Davis is a partner in the Austin, TX, office of Slack Davis Sanger and is the youngest attorney to be elected partner in the firm’s twenty-seven-year history. Lead attorney of the firm’s class action and whistleblower practices, he focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on consumer fraud, health care fraud, antitrust, environmental, and insurance matters. He was previously an attorney at Kanner & Whiteley LLC in New Orleans, LA, and a law clerk for the federal district court.

Carla Reeves

Carla Reeves was named to the National Black Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” list for her professional achievement and leadership and selected for the 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program. An associate in the Boston office of Goulston & Storrs, she focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling.

Paul A. Trifiletti

Paul A. Trifiletti was a five-time undefeated champion and earned more than $100,000 as a contestant on Jeopardy in March, making him eligible for the program’s Tournament of Champions. He is an assistant district attorney at the District Attorney’s Office in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit in Jefferson, GA.

Alana V. Rusin

Alana V. Rusin, a real estate associate in the Boston office of Goulston & Storrs, was named a 2020 “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her professional achievements and community work. She is also an advocate for domestic abuse victims.

James P. Blenk

James P. Blenk is a senior associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP in Buffalo, NY, and a member of the firm’s litigation practice. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and the defense of municipalities in a variety of matters and advises municipalities in the areas of municipal law and risk avoidance.

Robert Rudolph

Robert Rudolph received the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious Daniel R. Ginsberg National Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding young professionals for their leadership in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of hate. A litigation associate at Rudolph Friedmann LLP in Boston, Rudolph has been active in the ADL since high school.

Priya K. Amar

Priya K. Amar was named vice president and trust counsel at Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston. Previously, she was a private client and trust associate at Boston-based Goulston & Storrs PC. She is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is also a member of the BBA Trust and Estates Section Steering Committee, the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and the Young Professional Advisory Council at the nonprofit Housing Families.

Mathew J. Todaro

Mathew J. Todaro is a partner in the Portland, ME, office of Verrill Dana LLP and focuses his practice in the areas of environmental regulation, litigation, and energy and natural resources.

Hilary L. Weddell

Hilary L. Weddell is a partner at McManis Faulkner in San Jose, CA, and specializes in employment law. She is also a professor of remedies at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Tere Ramos

Tere Ramos received the 2020 Patricia Blake Advocacy Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs for her advocacy for disabled children and their families with limited English language skills. An education, disability, and civil rights attorney at Ramos Law LLC in Wellesley, MA, she helps families access Social Security disability benefits and represents children with special needs and students who have faced bullying and harassment in the school system.

John C. Leddy

John C. Leddy married Chelsea V. Sullivan in New York’s Central Park in February. He is a litigation associate in the New York, NY, office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP,  focusing on defending companies in the transportation, construction, and real estate industries. He was previously at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston.

Patrick T. Ciapciak

Patrick T. Ciapciak is an associate in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP and concentrates his practice in the areas of nursing home and long-term care facilities, hospital and medical malpractice, and general liability defense.

John Gavin, Nicholas Perkins, and Christopher Warner

John Gavin, Nicholas Perkins, and Christopher Warner, all classmates and first-year associates at K&L Gates in Boston, were co-recipients of the PAIR Project 2020 Pro Bono Detention Award, presented in June for representing detained asylum seekers in the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. Each took on representation of an asylum seeker held in ICE custody at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

Julian A. Viksman

Julian A. Viksman is a staff attorney in the Los Angeles, CA, office of Hanson Bridgett LLP and a member of the firm’s government practice group. He was previously an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois.

In Memoriam

  • Robert C. Currivan ’49
  • Hon. J. Albert Lynch ’49
  • Marshall M. Dranetz ’50
  • Robert T. Abrams ’54
  • Hon. James A. Redden ’54
  • Frank J. McGee ’55
  • Elisabeth S. McMahon ’56
  • Hon. Conrad J. Bletzer Sr. ’57
  • James P. Dillon ’57
  • Richard K. Scalise ’57
  • Paul F. Degnan ’59
  • John B. Walsh ’59
  • Brian T. Callahan ’60
  • Richard F. Hughes ’60
  • Elwynn Jordan Miller ’60
  • John A. Silvaggi ’60
  • Raymond I. Bruttomesso ’61
  • Raymond F. Murphy ’61
  • Ernest Bradbury Sheldon ’61
  • John M. Callahan ’62
  • David T. Pagnini ’65
  • Alan Chew ’66
  • Charles P. O’Connor ’66
  • Michael E. Mone ’67
  • David J. Levenson ’68
  • Ronald A. Pina ’69
  • Edward S. Roman ’69
  • William J. Groff ’72
  • Paul A. Francis ’74
  • Herbert Frederick Lach Jr. ’74
  • Fay A. Rosovsky ’76
  • Carol R. Cohen ’78
  • Adam Lloyd Levin ’78
  • Robert E. Bostrom ’80
  • Helen Cashman Velie ’84
  • Alison J. Bane ’88
  • Robert Godfrey ’89
  • Christopher J. Hurley ’93
  • Timothy J. Nolan ’96