Class Notes: Winter 2018


James T. Grady

James T. Grady was honored with the 2017 John J. Sbrega Exemplary Service Award by Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA, for his invaluable contributions as a former member of the college’s foundation board and board of trustees.

Thomas E. Peisch

Thomas E. Peisch was reappointed chair of the Board of Trustees of MassBay Community College. He is a partner at Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford LLP in Boston and focuses on commercial and tort litigation.

Hon. Ellen Segal Huvelle

Hon. Ellen Segal Huvelle, a senior judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was presented with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the DC Circuit at the circuit’s Judicial Conference in June.

Thomas E. Lynch III

Thomas E. Lynch III, a principal in the Frederick, MD, office of Miles & Stockbridge PC, was named a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree by the Maryland Daily Record at its annual Leadership in Law event.

Richard W. Paul

Richard W. Paul, a partner in the Troy, MI, office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, was elected president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.

Brian Spero

Brian Spero was elected president and CEO of Beacon Mutual Insurance Company in Providence, RI. He was previously a founding partner at Partridge Snow Hahn LLP.

Robert J. Ambrogi

Robert J. Ambrogi is one of three recipients of the Yankee Quill Award presented by the Academy of New England Journalists in recognition of his lifetime contribution to excellence in journalism in New England. He is principal at the Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi in Rockport, MA, and serves as executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.

Nelson G. Apjohn

Nelson G. Apjohn was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A partner in the Boston office of Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP, he is also a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and chair of the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Eric D. Daniels

Eric D. Daniels was elected to the MetroHartford Alliance Board of Directors. The partner in charge in the Hartford, CT, office of Robinson & Cole LLP, he is chair of the firm’s product liability practice group and a founding member of the firm’s manufacturing industry team.

Walter J. Sullivan Jr.

Walter J. Sullivan Jr., after more than twenty years in government, is of counsel in the Boston office of Preti Flaherty and serves as a lobbyist for Preti Strategies, an affiliate government, public, and business affairs company of the firm. His practice is focused on government and public affairs, labor and employment issues, and the representation of regulated industries.

Brian C. Dunning

Brian C. Dunning is a partner at Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner PC in New York, NY, and concentrates his practice on advising clients, particularly from Spain and Latin America, facing litigation or arbitration in the US and other venues.

Michelle R. Peirce

Michelle R. Peirce is one of five Circle of Excellence honorees named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly at the 2017 Top Women of Law event in November. A partner at Donoghue Barrett & Singal PC in Boston and co-chair of the firm’s litigation practice, she focuses her practice in the areas of complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

Joshua D. Rievman

Joshua D. Rievman is a partner at Cohen Tauber Spievack & Wagner PC in New York, NY, where he specializes in the litigation and arbitration of commercial disputes.

Robert C. Troyer

Robert C. Troyer, former acting US attorney for the District of Colorado, was appointed full-time to the position by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions until the US Senate confirms a presidential nominee. He was also appointed to the Governing Board of the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative and is the first federal prosecutor to serve in this position.

Susan M. Finegan

Susan M. Finegan is the 2017 recipient of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Yvette C. Mendez Award for her commitment to the VLP Pro Bono Appellate Project. Additionally, she was presented with a 2017 Pro Bono Service Award by the Legal Services Corporation. A partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, she also serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

John E. Henry

John E. Henry, the principal at Marlinspike LLC in Weston, MA, was elected to the Board of Directors of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Megan E. Carroll

Megan E. Carroll is a financial specialist/client relations manager at the Bullfinch Group, a financial services firm headquartered in Needham, MA.

Joseph J. Centeno

Joseph J. Centeno is a partner in the Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY, offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment section.

Jonathan W. Hugg

Jonathan W. Hugg is a partner in the Philadelphia, PA, office of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. He was previously a partner in the Philadelphia office of Clark Hill PLC.

Shaun B. Spencer

Shaun B. Spencer was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, MA.

Frank G. Lowenstein

Frank G. Lowenstein is special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the United States Department of State in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior advisor to the secretary of state at the US Department of State.

David W. Penczar

David W. Penczar, staff judge advocate of the 86th Airlift Wing stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was part of a delegation of Air Force and Army judge advocates and civilian attorneys from the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany who attended a German–American Legal Conference in Ramstein, Germany, in May 2016.

Kimberly A. Lowe

Kimberly A. Lowe is a co-founding partner at Avisen Legal PA in Minneapolis, MN, and practices in the areas of business law and nonprofit law. She was previously a senior business lawyer at JUX Law Firm in Plymouth, MN, and a partner at Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron PA. In June, she was appointed to a three-year term on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

Erin Powers Brennan

Erin Powers Brennan is a partner in the Boston office of Morgan Lewis and a member of the firm’s corporate and business transactions practice group.

Jennifer R. Delgado

Jennifer R. Delgado is of counsel in the Phoenix, AZ, office of Burch & Cracchiolo PA and practices in the areas of real estate law and business and corporate law. Previously, she was founder and principal of the Delgado Law Group PLC in Phoenix.

Wendie E. Murstein

Wendie E. Murstein is a partner at Fields and Dennis LLP in Wellesley Hills, MA, and practices in the areas of domestic relations and family law.

Briana E. Thibeau

Briana E. Thibeau is deputy general counsel at National Public Radio in Washington, DC. She was previously assistant chief counsel at Time Warner Cable.

Eric F. Allendorf

Eric F. Allendorf is a recipient of the 2017 Cornerstone Award presented by Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of pro bono legal services to nonprofits. A real estate partner in the New York, NY, office of Paul Hastings LLP, he volunteers with New York Disaster Interfaith Services to provide temporary housing for displaced New Yorkers.

Zachary Heiden

Zachary Heiden is the legal director of the ACLU in Maine.

Robert F. Morrissey

Robert F. Morrissey was named to the Boston College Board of Trustees. He is a partner at Boston-based Morrissey, Hawkins & Lynch and practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, probate, fiduciary services, charitable foundations, taxation, real estate, and business planning.

Justin P. O’Brien

Justin P. O’Brien is a partner in the Boston office of Hogan Lovells and a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.

Jamie Azevedo

Jamie Azevedo is an associate at Bodyfelt Mount LLP in Portland, OR, and focuses her practice on general civil litigation.

Christina Nolan

Christina Nolan was sworn in as the 38th US attorney for the District of Vermont in November. Former assistant US attorney in Vermont, she is the first women in the state’s history to be nominated and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as a federal prosecutor.

Steven J. Boyajian

Steven J. Boyajian was named a “40 Under 40” honoree for 2017 by Providence Business News for his professional achievement and community involvement. He is counsel in the Providence, RI, office of Robinson & Cole LLP and a member of the firm’s business litigation group.

Jennifer N. Bruzan

Jennifer N. Bruzan and her husband, Matthew Taylor, of Chicago, IL, announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Celine Taylor, in February 2017. She joins her big brother, Nolan Jack Taylor, age 2.

César Cuauhtémoc Garcia Hernández

César Cuauhtémoc Garcia Hernández is the author “ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy,” an op-ed published in the New York Times in November. He is an associate professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and publisher of the award-winning crImmigration.com blog.

Joseph F. Kadlec

Joseph F. Kadlec is a partner in the Philadelphia, PA, office of Pepper Hamilton LLP and concentrates his practice on corporate and securities matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions in the private equity and health care areas.

Gavi Wolfe

Gavi Wolfe is legislative director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. As a lobbyist at the Massachusetts State House and the author of numerous blogs, he addresses such issues as individual rights, confidential health care insurance, and public records laws.

Jed S. Rosenkrantz

Jed S. Rosenkrantz is corporate counsel at Forrester, a technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA. He left his former position as a corporate associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago, IL, to travel around the world for a year with Caitlin Johnson, who became his wife in Nashville, TN, in September.

Kristen M. Whittle

Kristen M. Whittle, a partner in the Providence, RI, office of Barton Gilman LLP, was named a “40 under 40” honoree for 2017 by Providence Business News for her professional accomplishment and community involvement.

Michael D. Brier

Michael D. Brier is an associate in the Boston office of Rubin and Rudman LLP and a member of the firm’s litigation and labor and employment practice groups.

Irina Feldman

Irina Feldman is corporate counsel at Salesforce in Sydney, Australia.

Leah Rabinowitz Lenz

Leah Rabinowitz Lenz and her husband Peter welcomed their first child, Elliot Samuel, on February 4, 2017. Elliot’s hobbies include crawling, eating mashed bananas, and making trouble. The family resides in Valhalla, NY.

Colin S. Levy

Colin S. Levy is manager of contract negotiations at Pearson Education in Boston, having previously worked for a major global technology and manufacturing company. He is founder and publisher of the Legal Musings for the Uncommonly Curious blog.

Stephen L. Altieri

Stephen L. Altieri is a partner in the Boston office of Morgan Lewis and a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. His practice is focused on patent counseling, procurement, and licensing in the life sciences sector.

Dylan Hayre

Dylan Hayre is the author of “How to Reform Criminal Justice, When Prosecutors Hold the Power,” a commentary published on public radio station WBUR’s Cognoscenti opinion page in July, and featured in the Marshall Project, the Crime Report, and BC Law Magazine. He is an associate in the Charlestown, MA, office of Dhar Law LLP and practices criminal defense law, housing law, and family law. Previously, he founded Lawyer for Soldiers, a solo practice that provided legal representation to veterans and military families.

Daniel H. Ko

Daniel H. Ko is an associate in the New York, NY, office of Rawle & Henderson LLP and focuses his practice in the areas of casualty and premises liability, commercial motor vehicle litigation, and construction defect cases.

Paul D. Bekker

Paul D. Bekker is an associate in the Boston office of Murtha Cullina LLP and a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Department and its real estate, land use, and affordable housing practice groups.

James M. Diaz

James M. Diaz, a staff attorney and public advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, was featured in an article entitled “ACLU of Vermont Experiences Unprecedented Growth” by Alicia Freese in the Burlington, VT, alternative weekly newspaper, Seven Days.

Michele L. McClafferty

Michele L. McClafferty is an associate in the Birmingham, AL, office of Burr & Forman LLP and a member of the firm’s tort trial and insurance practice group.

Jennifer A. Henricks

Jennifer A. Henricks, as part of a legal team at Boston-based Gesmer Updegrove LLP, secured a $32 million verdict in a breach of contract case against Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest private hospital operator in the US, headquartered in Boston.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller and Matthew Rogers ’14 were married at the Parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola in June with BC Law Professor Frank Herrmann, SJ, ’77 officiating and many BC Law classmates and friends in attendance.

Hale H. Melnick

Hale H. Melnick is an associate in the Portland, ME, office of Verrill Dana LLP.

Ross V. O’Bryan

Ross V. O’Bryan has joined ShuffieldLowman, working in the Orlando office in corporate, securities, and tax law. He previously worked with a technology consulting firm, and brings experience in venture capital investment, financial reporting, and monitoring of financial markets.

Alexander Porter

Alexander Porter is an associate in the Portland, ME, office of Verrill Dana LLP.

In Memoriam

  • Arthur E. Gozzi ’39
  • Hon. Paul V. Mullaney ’48
  • John E. Ryan ’50
  • Edward T. McHugh ’51
  • Hon. Vincent A. Ragosta ’51
  • Hon. Silvio T. Valente ’52
  • Andre J. Barbeau ’54
  • John M. Casey ’54
  • John A. O’Callaghan ’55
  • Lionel J. Richard ’55
  • David J. Fenton ’56
  • William H. Borghesani ’57
  • Joan Cleveland ’57
  • Robert J. Mroczek ’58
  • Clifton E. Helman ’59
  • James C. Vogt ’59
  • Robert W. Jones ’61
  • James F. Sullivan ’61
  • Francis M. O’Boy ’64
  • George M. O’Connor ’64
  • Leo R. Reynolds ’64
  • Richard I. Samuel ’65
  • Louis R. ViTiello ’65
  • Gilbert B. Beck ’68
  • James N. Doherty ’68
  • Robert T. Harrington ’69
  • James M. O’Connor ’69
  • Mario A. Clavell ’72
  • Charles E. Schaub ’72
  • Thomas F. Murphy ’76
  • Michael K. Vlock ’78
  • Francis Matthew Lynch ’81
  • Margaret A. Skinner ’81
  • Carlos J. Deupi ’88
  • Edouard LeFevre ’95
  • Christopher B. Johnson ’00
  • Rachel M. Reinsvold ’05