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Alumni Roundup

Accomplishments On and Off the Court

The latest news of alumni ranging from the Class of 1960 to the Class of 2022.

Mingyu “Lydia” Zu ’22, center, wins table tennis championships in her spare time when not at work at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. 

Mingyu “Lydia” Zu ’22, above center, is counsel in the Litigation Bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She was previously a tax associate at Andersen LLC in Boston. Zu, who represented BC Law in the National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships, has resumed playing and recently won gold at the 2023 US Para Open in Texas. She is committed to participating in two international tournaments annually towards her goal of competing in the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games.

Hon. Edward F. Harrington ’60
Harrington retired as senior district judge of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in September after thirty-five years on the federal bench. He was appointed to the court in February 1988 and assumed senior status in 2001. Harrington previously worked in the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and in Boston and is one of only seven individuals who served as both US district judge and US attorney for the District of Massachusetts since its establishment in 1789. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Harrington was honored with the inaugural Edward Bennett Williams ’41 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Holy Cross Lawyers Association for his distinguished service to the legal profession and commitment to the college.

Thomas J. Carey Jr. ’65
Carey opened the Office of Thomas J. Carey Jr., a solo appellate practice in Hingham, MA. He was previously an attorney in the Boston office of Hogan Lovells LLP. In addition to his practice, he is an adjunct faculty member at BC Law; serves as chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association Amicus Curiae Committee and co-chair of its Appellate Bench-Bar Committee; and is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Council of Appellate Lawyers, and the Massachusetts Law Review Editorial Board.

John F. Dobbyn ’65
Dobbyn’s seventh mystery thriller, Deadly Depths, was published by Oceanview Publishing in August. The plot draws on events among groups from three centuries: The Aztecs of central Mexico, the pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, and the Maroons of current times. Known for his novels set in Boston and featuring the lawyers Lex Devlin and Michael Knight, he has also published short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Dobbyn is a professor emeritus at Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA, following a forty-seven-year career teaching criminal, constitutional, and corporate law.

Kurt M. Swenson ’70
Swenson, chief executive officer and board chair of the Swenson Granite Works in Westbrook, ME, since 1975, retired in 2016 when the company, founded by his great grandfather John Swenson in 1883, was sold. He hopes to start a trend of class note submissions from “those of us out fifty years plus” and reports that he regularly sees fellow classmate Gary Richardson, as they both lived in Hopkinton, NH, during their working careers, and have winter homes in Florida.

John “Jack” H. Cunha Jr. ’77
Cunha is the 2023 recipient of the Joseph J. Balliro Award presented by the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in recognition of his lifetime dedication and commitment to the rights of the accused. He is a partner at Boston-based Cunha & Holcomb PC and focuses on criminal defense—trial and appellate—personal injury, and civil rights litigation.

Leonard F. DeLuca ’77
DeLuca was honored as the 2023 “Adjunct Faculty Teacher of the Year” for both Seton Hall University in South Orange, NY, and the university’s Stillman School of Business, where he teaches sports marketing and sports business analytics, and oversees the sports internship program. In addition to advising law firms and serving as an expert witness in sports media matters, he is an adjunct assistant professor in the Entertainment Media and Technology Program at NYU Stern School of Business and at the NYU Tisch Institute of Global Sport.

John A. Amabile ’78
Amabile is immediate past president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. A principal attorney at Amabile & Burkly LLP in Worcester, MA, he concentrates his practice on civil and criminal litigation.

Mitchell E. Rudin ’78
Rudin is chair and chief executive officer of Savills North America in New York, NY, a subsidiary of Savills, one of the largest global real estate service companies. A hallmark of his more than thirty years of leadership in commercial real estate has been a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion in the industry. Rudin is an avid basketball player, whose weekly games and use of the court for networking were featured in an article entitled “Basketball at the CEO’s House, and the Office Is Invited” in the Wall Street Journal in April.

Thomas A. Barnico ’80
Barnico is the author of “Texas Impeachment Trial Brings Back Mass. Memories of Daniel Coakley” published on CommonWealth magazine’s website in September, regarding the 1941 impeachment trial of a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council. He is an adjunct faculty member at BC Law and teaches the Attorney General Civil Litigation Program and Seminar and the Administrative Law Externship Seminar.

John N. Montalbano ’80
Montalbano announces the relocation of Montalbano Law LLC to Portland, CT, where he focuses on plaintiff personal injury law and workers’ compensation claims and “is enjoying his forty-third year of practice.” As past president of the Middlesex County (CT) Bar Association, he coordinated a naturalization service and spoke to the new citizens about the American dream from his perspective as a first-generation American. He has been a seminar speaker for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and a book reviewer for Trial Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Hon. Leslie E. Harris ’84
Harris was presented with the inaugural Honorable Leslie E. Harris Award by the Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney’s Office at the Juvenile Justice Youth Symposium in June. Retired as a judge of the Massachusetts Trial Court, he was recognized for his dedication to youth and contributions to the Juvenile Court.

William R. Hart Jr. ’86
Hart was nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the US Senate in June to serve as the US marshal for the District of New Hampshire. In 2022 he retired as chief of police in Londonderry, NH, after more than twenty-two years of service. Before that, he was a Rockingham County, NH, attorney and served as a prosecutor for several towns in the state.

Richard E. Mancuso ’88
Mancuso is general counsel at Athletic Brewing Company LLC in Milford, CT, the largest brewer of only non-alcoholic beer in the country and 13th largest craft brewer overall. Athletic operates breweries in Connecticut and California and donates $2 million annually to protecting and restoring outdoor spaces as part of its Two for the Trails program. He was previously a partner in the corporate law practice at Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC in Greenwich, CT.

Hon. Erik P. Kimball ’90
Kimball was named chief judge in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida in September, following his 2022 reappointment to a second fourteen-year term on the bench. Florida’s Southern District ranks among the top seven highest federal districts in the country in terms of caseload per judge.

ileta A. Sumner ’90
Sumner is the 2023 recipient of the Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award presented by the Bexar County (TX) Women’s Bar Association for her volunteerism in the legal profession and the community. Former founding general counsel of the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter in San Antonio, TX, Sumner left the full-time practice of law for health reasons and continues to volunteer with local legal organizations, including the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court and the San Antonio Legal Services Association, and is a contributing author for San Antonio Lawyer magazine.

Marc S. Lampkin ’91
Lampkin was named to the Board of Trustees of Howard University in Washington, DC. He is the managing partner in the Washington, DC, office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and co-chair of the firm’s government relations practice.

Jennifer Z. Flanagan ’92
Flanagan is a partner in the Worcester, MA, office of Mirick O’Connell and a member of the trusts and estates and individual client services practice areas.

Lawrence M. Friedman ’93
Friedman is co-author of the second edition of The Law of American State Constitutions, published by Oxford University Press in April. A recognized expert in constitutional law, privacy law, national security, and federal and state constitutional law in the digital age, he is a professor at New England Law in Boston, the series editor for the Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States, and frequently serves as a constitutional law expert for WHDH-TV Boston.

M. Karen Noble ’93
Noble is a partner in the West Hartford, CT, office of Gfeller Laurie LLP and co-chair of the firm’s new healthcare and professional liability practice group.

Eric N. Einhorn ’95
Einhorn is of counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Jenner & Block LLP and a member of the firm’s communications, internet, and technology practice. He previously served as chief of staff and senior counsel for Technology and Communications Policy in the Office of US Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii. Prior to his work in the Senate, Einhorn held senior roles in telecommunication companies and at the Federal Communications Commission.

Michele B. Goodwin ’95
Goodwin was a member of the “50 Years of Ms. Magazine” panel hosted by the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, in October. She is the executive producer of Ms. Studios, host of the podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, and a frequent contributor to the magazine. Goodwin is the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Constitutional Law and Global Health Policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

John G. O’Neill ’95
O’Neill is a partner in the Boston office of Sulloway & Hollis, where he is a member of the insurance and reinsurance group and focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage, and professional liability defense. He was previously a civil litigation partner at the recently closed Boston firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC.

Ingrid C. Schroffner ’95
Schroffner is the author of World as Refuge, a collection of songs and art about our collective emergence from the pandemic, published by BookBaby in July and benefiting the Coalition for Anti-Racism and Equity in Education, a grassroots organization in Massachusetts. In September she presented diversity, equity and inclusion training sessions for the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission in Boston. Schroffner is senior associate attorney in the Office of Management at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Kent F. Hughes ’96
Hughes, general manager of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) and former ice hockey player and player agent, was one of two agents that NHL star and Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron mentioned in his retirement letter with gratitude for helping him navigate life as a professional athlete. Hughes and his wife, Deena, have three children, Riley, Morgan, and Jack.

Douglas J. Nash ’96
Nash, a partner in the Syracuse, NY, office of Barclay Damon LLP, was named chair of the firm’s newly formed AI Ad Hoc Committee to study the impact of artificial intelligence on the practice of law. Nash is chair of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice and co-team leader of the medical devices and communications and networking technology teams.

Richard J. Farrell Jr. ’97
Farrell is the 2023 recipient of the Willie J. Davis and Edward J. Duggan Award for Outstanding Criminal Defense Advocacy presented by the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. He is a trial attorney and partner at Farrell Fernandez PC in Worcester, MA, and serves as a supervising attorney for the Bar Advocates of Worcester County.

Sean P. Mahoney ’98
Mahoney, general counsel at Northern Bank in Woburn, MA, published an essay entitled “Team Northern Hits Another Homerun for Heading Home” in the June issue of Compass, the bank’s internal newsletter, highlighting a group of Northern employees who volunteer to help displaced families move into permanent housing through Heading Home, a Boston nonprofit providing housing and support services to the homeless. Mahoney is general counsel at Northern Bank in Woburn, MA. Fellow BC Law grad James J. Mawn Jr. ’95, president and chief executive officer at Northern Bank, was named Heading Home’s “Corporate Partner of the Year” in 2019 and is currently a member of their board of directors.

Geoffrey G. Why ’98
Why is a partner in the Boston office of Verrill and was appointed the firm’s first diversity partner in August. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Asian Community Development Corporation and is a member of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts and the National Advisory Board for Boston College’s Forum on Racial Justice in America.

Deirdre Griffin ’99
Griffin, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is in ministry with Annunciation House and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center at the US–Mexico border in El Paso, TX, welcoming people seeking safety in the United States and providing pro bono immigration legal services. She writes that “both organizations are in need of short- and longer-term volunteers to help with hospitality and/or legal services. Spanish is helpful, but not required. Just come with your open heart!”

Roxanne M. Lucy ’01
Lucy is a manager in risk and brand protection at Deloitte in Charlotte, NC. Before Deloitte, she was of counsel at Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes in Charlotte.

David G. Delaney ’03
Delaney is vice president and associate general counsel at the State Employees’ Credit Union in Raleigh, NC, and serves as a Chatham County (NC) commissioner. He was previously vice president and assistant general counsel for cybersecurity and privacy for Truist Bank in Chapel Hill, NC, and before that, maintained a private practice and taught law and public policy at Brandeis University, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael H. Hayden ’04
Hayden is vice president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and previously served as chair of the association’s Judicial Administration Section Council. A partner in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney LLP, he is chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and focuses his practice on the defense of non-medical professionals.

Hon. Rhana Ishimoto ’05
Ishimoto was appointed the assistant chief immigration judge for San Diego and Honolulu Immigration Courts. She previously served as a deputy chief counsel in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, the largest legal program in the US Department of Homeland Security, in San Diego, CA.

George M. Kopcsay ’05
Kopcsay is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Atlas Air Worldwide, a leading provider of aviation cargo services and operator of the largest international fleet of 747 freighters, in New York, NY. He previously served as the company’s vice president and associate general counsel. In his new role, he is responsible for the company’s legal matters, regulatory affairs, and compliance and government affairs. Before joining Atlas in 2010, Kopcsay was an associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP.

Javier Chavez Jr. ’06
Chavez was appointed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox to the Utah Board of Higher Education, which oversees the state’s public universities, colleges, and technical schools. He is founder and managing attorney at the Law Office of Javier Chavez Jr. PLLC, a commercial law firm in Ogden, UT, and founder and president of Cerveza Zólupez Beer Company, launched in 2017 to share the diverse culinary and beer heritage of his Mexican culture.

R. Victoria Fuller ’06
Fuller is a partner in the Boston office of White & Williams LLP and a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice. She was previously a partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP in Boston. Fuller also serves as co-chair of the Professional Liability Sub-Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Insurance and Tort Litigation Section and is a volunteer hearing officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

William G. Cosmas Jr. ’07
Cosmas is a partner at Boston-based Laredo & Smith LLP, where he focuses his practice on business litigation, government investigations, and white-collar criminal defense, and real estate, and serves as local counsel for out-of-state firms requiring assistance in Massachusetts courts. Cosmas maintains an active pro bono practice and commitment to community service. He was previously in private practice at Cosmas Law LLC in Beverly, MA.

Asha A. Santos ’07
Santos is the managing partner in the Portland, ME, Providence, RI, and Boston offices of Littler. She focuses her practice on employment litigation and serves as a neutral investigator for sexual harassment and discrimination claims. A frequent speaker on addressing bias in the workplace, she developed a bystander intervention training for organizations.

Stephen E. Spaulding ’09
Spaulding testified before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution about the constitutional amendment process on Constitution Day in September. Spaulding, who has held senior staff positions on Capitol Hill in both the House and Senate, is the policy director of the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and adviser to the committee chair, Senator Amy Klobuchar. He is former vice president of policy and external affairs at Common Cause in Washington, DC, where he previously served as senior counsel for public policy and government affairs and senior advisor to its president.

Victoria M. Santoro Mair ’10
Santoro Mair was named president-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association for 2023–2024. She is a partner in the Boston office of Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP and handles a variety of cases, including pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and sexual assault.

Amy Lai ’11
Lai is the 2023 recipient of the Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding, and Respect for Difference presented by the University of Potsdam in Germany for her book, In Defense of Free Speech in Universities: A Study of Three Jurisdictions, published by the University of Michigan Press in September. A forthcoming project examines encroachments on academic freedom and legal debates around the cancel culture movement in the UK, US, Canada, and Germany. She is a lawyer, scholar, and visiting researcher and associate professor at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. Read her blog here.

Michael K. Reer ’13
Reer was instrumental in securing a verdict and final judgement of $11.5 million in an environmental liability case brought by a small oil and gas producer against one of the largest wastewater disposal companies in the country. The case, PPC Energy, LP v. NGL Water Solutions, was recognized as the largest environmental law verdict and the twenty-sixth largest verdict in Texas in 2022. Reer is a litigation partner at Harris, Finley & Bogle in Fort Worth, TX, and focuses on complex, high stakes litigation involving oil and gas disputes. He was previously an associate in the Pittsburgh, PA, office of Babst Calland and a member of their energy and natural resources and environmental service practice groups.

Casey B. Nathan ’14
Nathan is a partner at Sinclair Braun Kargher LLP in Los Angeles, CA, and focuses his practice on civil litigation. He was previously a litigation partner in the Woodland Hills, CA, office of Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara LLP.

Andrew M. Trombly ’14
Trombly is chief of the General Crimes Unit at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. He was previously an assistant US attorney in the Cybercrime Unit at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Before joining the DOJ, Trombly was a senior litigation associate at Wilmer Hale in Boston and a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County (MA) District Attorney’s Office.

Arianne M. Waldron ’14
Waldron was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by Boston Business Journal and a “Top Women in the Law” honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for 2023. An attorney at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, she is president of BC Law’s Black Alumni Network, a director-at-large for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and serves on the governing board of Boston Community Leadership Academy. Waldron is also co-owner of District 7 Tavern, a neighborhood bar in Roxbury, MA.

Ethan J. Davis ’15
Davis is assistant general counsel at Brink’s in Dallas, TX, where he also served as senior counsel. He was previously an associate in the Boston office of Jackson Lewis PC and focused on employment litigation and defense.

Zain Ahmad ’17
Ahmad, former counsel for business and legal affairs at Marvel Studios, has made a super leap of his own to begin a career as an actor and screenwriter. He recently appeared in his first national television commercial for Toyota’s Grand Highlander and is currently working on a script for a television series. Before Marvel, Ahmad served as a policy advisor for the Federation of American Scientists Day One Project and had worked as a corporate attorney in San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY.

Taylor C. Lockridge ’18
Lockridge is a grants specialist at Child Mind Institute, an independent nonprofit in New York, NY, committed to transforming the lives of children affected by mental health issues and learning disorders. She previously worked as a strategy and planning specialist at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York, NY, where she was named a 2022 recipient of the Excellence and Leadership in Collaboration Award.

Daniel J. Sorger ’18
Sorger is an associate in the litigation practice at Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff LLC in Milford, CT. He was previously a litigation associate in the Hartford, CT, office of Murtha Cullina LLP. In addition to his practice, he is a member of the Town of Guilford (CT) Conservation Commission.

Samuel J. Kanusher ’19
Kanusher is an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, NY. He was previously an associate in the New York City office of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

Lauren A. Koster ’19
Koster is principal attorney at Boston-based Nonprofits Counsel LLC, a firm serving not-for-profit organizations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She previously served as a judicial law clerk at the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and in 2020 was awarded a Skadden Fellowship in juvenile rights, including education issues.

Galie Benshoshan ’21
Benshoshan is an associate in the New York, NY, office of Fox Rothschild and a member of the firm’s real estate and retail industry practices.

Meghan K. Murphy ’22
Murphy is a staff attorney in the Detained Adults Program of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition in Washington, DC. She was previously a Refugee Resettlement Fellow in the Washington, DC, office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she managed the refugee resettlement cases throughout the Caribbean and worked part time for the agency’s Individual Case Team, conducting legal intake for individuals in immigration detention nationwide. She attributes her work at UNHRC and her commitment to assist immigrants and refugees to her selection as a 2022 Public Service Legal Fellowship recipient and to the BC Law community at large.

Richard A. Foley ’55
Lawrence J. Fagan ’56
Walter I. Corcoran ’57
Thomas P. Curran ’58
Robert S. Flynn ’58
Hon. Michael S. Sahady ’59
John F. McKenna ’60
R. Robert Popeo ’61
Peter R. Blum ’63
John “Jack” R. Murphy ’63
Robert L. Devin ’66
Cyril A. Krenzer ’66
Lawrence Arthur Maxham ’66
Matthew F. Callaghan Jr. ’67
Paul Michael Shanley ’69
Richard S. Bowers Jr. ’70
Marc J. Gordon ’70
Robert A. Lusardi ’71
Diane R. Gordon ’72
Alex Hofrichter ’72
Chester S. Goldberg ’73
David Alan Kaplan ’73
Roy Edward Thompson Jr. ’73
Vincent Joseph Molloy ’76
Alice Oliff ’76
Patricia Ouellette ’76
Gail L. Sunderlin ’79
Cheryl A. Tracy ’79
Stephen Ernest Urquhart ’79
James H. Lerner ’80
Jeffrey William Pofit Sr. ’82
Marc D. Padellaro ’83
Tracie Lynn Longman ’85
Jane B. Parker ’87
Michael Francis Dunphy ’88
Lois Blum Reitzas ’88
David A. Petrini ’05