Class Notes: Summer 2021

Tim O’Leary

Tim O’Leary published Robes, a whodunit about a controversial judge’s murder that continues the adventures of Connor McNeill, the protagonist in his 2011 debut political thriller, The Day Job. He is the former deputy director of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

Charles B. Gibbons

Charles B. Gibbons, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), spoke on federal evidence at the Pacific Judicial Council and ACTL Trial Practice Training in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. He is of counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Pittsburgh, PA.

Steven B. Farbman

Steven B. Farbman retired in 2020 after more than 40 years, first at the Civil Aeronautics Board, then with the Federal Highway and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Hon. John L. Olson

Hon. John L. Olson is a partner in the Miami, FL, office of Genovese, Joblove & Battista PA and focuses his practice on bankruptcy, restructuring, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He previously served as a US bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Florida.

William D. Kirchick

William D. Kirchick was elected president of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAECP). A member of the association’s board since 2010, he also served as co-chair of the NAECP Accredited Estate Planner Designation Committee. He is a partner in the Private Client Department at Nutter in Boston.

Peter D. Goldstein

Peter D. Goldstein was appointed chief legal officer of Associated Capital Group, headquartered in Greenwich, CT, and the parent operating company for Gamco Investors and Gabelli Funds, where he serves as general counsel. He was previously chief compliance officer and general counsel at Buckingham Capital Management in New York, NY.

Thomas O’Halloran

Thomas O’Halloran was profiled in an article entitled “Why a Growth Stock Fund Is Betting on Align Technology, DocuSign, and Apple” in the March 2021 issue of Barron’s. He is a partner and portfolio manager at Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC in Jersey City, NJ, where he leads the firm’s innovation growth equity team, serves on the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Investment Stewardship Council.

Alex Sirotkin

Alex Sirotkin is the author of The Long Desert Road, his debut novel published by Archway Publishing in November 2020. A story about addiction and love, the book is dedicated to the memory of his daughter Stephanie, who ultimately lost her heartbreaking struggle with bipolar disorder and substance abuse. He is chief executive officer of the Rhinebeck Fund LLC in Maplewood, NJ.

Hon. Phillip L. Weiner

Hon. Phillip L. Weiner was featured in “Small Group of Jews Caught in Bosnia’s COVID Crisis,” an article by Bette Keva in the April 22 edition of the Jewish Journal regarding his efforts to provide aid to Bosnia’s Jewish community. Weiner lived in Sarajevo, now the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, during his tenure as a judge in The Hague Court at the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal and prosecuted those responsible for Bosnian War atrocities.

Paul J. Ayoub

Paul J. Ayoub was appointed to the International Institute of New England’s Host Committee for its 2021 International Women’s Day Celebration. He is a partner in the real estate practice group at Nutter in Boston and on the Real Estate Finance Association Board.

Martin J. Hatlie

Martin J. Hatlie is one of two recipients of the inaugural Michael Seres Humanitarian Award presented by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. He is president and chief executive officer of Project Patient Care in Chicago, IL, and co-director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety in Columbia, MD. A leader in patient safety throughout his career, he works as a consultant for US federal health system transformation projects funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

William E. Vita

William E. Vita is a partner in the New York, NY, office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon and represents national and international corporate clients in various aspects of complex civil litigation. He was previously a partner at Westerman Ball Ederer Miller Zucker & Sharfstein LLP in Uniondale, NY.

Lynne Spigelmire Viti

Lynne Spigelmire Viti is the author of Dancing at Lake Montebello, her debut poetry collection published last October by Apprentice House Press and nominated for a 2020 Massachusetts Center for the Book Award. She is a lecturer emerita at Wellesley College.

Heidi Brieger

Heidi Brieger was appointed to a five-year term as chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She had been serving as the regional administrative judge for civil business in Suffolk County and chairs the Superior Court Education Committee.

Maryam Elahi

Maryam Elahi was awarded an honorary doctoral degree and presented the graduation address at the 131st annual commencement at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. A recognized leader, teacher, and advocate in the human rights community, she currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London.

Frederick S. Lane

Frederick S. Lane, an attorney, expert witness, author, and lecturer on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology, is co-host of the Cybertraps Podcast. The twice-weekly podcast features current-events discussions and interviews with national experts in the fields of education, parenting, sociology, educational technology, and cybersafety.

Leon Rodriguez

Leon Rodriguez testified at the US Committee on International Religious Freedom Hearing on Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution. He is an immigration partner in the Washington, DC, office of Seyfarth and former director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services at the US Department of Homeland Security.

Aileen Walborsky Josephs

Aileen Walborsky Josephs is co-author and producer of Prosecuting Crimes of the State, a documentary based on the Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project conference at BC Law and available at She is founder and sole practitioner at the Law Office of Aileen Josephs in West Palm Beach, FL, and focuses on immigration and human rights issues.

Hon. Maureen Mulligan

Hon. Maureen Mulligan was confirmed as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to her nomination, she was a partner in the Boston office of Peabody & Arnold LLP.  Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, she has been a career-long advocate for the advancement of women in the profession.

Michelle R. Peirce

Michelle R. Peirce joined Hinckley Allen in January as co-chair of the Government Enforcement and White Collar Defense group after 17 years at Barrett & Singal.

Rhona Silverbush

Rhona Silverbush is co-author of three more titles, Potty!, New Baby!, and Time to Go!, in the Terrific Toddlers series of picture books. Published by Magination Press, the children’s book imprint of the American Psychological Association, the series has drawn the attention of early childhood initiatives, such as the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail and the National Black Child Development Institute, which are partnering with the authors to create greater access to books that promote children’s social-emotional development and help parents navigate the toddler years.

Douglas Landy

Douglas Landy is a partner in the New York, NY, office of White & Case LLP and a member of the firm’s global financial services regulatory practice specializing in banking and securities law. He was previously a partner in the New York City office of Millbank LLP.

Deborah J. Peckham 

Deborah J. Peckham was profiled in the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. She is a partner at Boston-based Burns & Levinson and co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property group.

Karen A. Whitley

Karen A. Whitley, a partner at Sheehan Phinney, was named to the firm’s five-person Management Committee as the at-large member representing the Boston office. The committee oversees the firm’s administrative and business functions and strategic planning initiatives.

Deirdre M. Robinson

Deirdre M. Robinson is a partner in the Boston office of Robinson+Cole and focuses her practice on all aspects of affordable housing development. She was previously a partner at Sullivan & Worcester in Boston. Her professional memberships include the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, and the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association.

Antonia Soares Thompson

Antonia Soares Thompson was appointed the inaugural director of Racial Justice Initiatives in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan ’79. She was previously program coordinator of Restorative Justice Project for the City of Stamford, CT.

Seema Nanda

Seema Nanda was nominated by President Joe Biden as the solicitor in the US Department of Labor. If confirmed, she will join a department charged with responsibilities for economic recovery. Previously, she has served as deputy solicitor and chief of staff at the DOL and chief executive officer of the Democratic National Committee.

Ingrid C. Schroffner

Ingrid C. Schroffner was reappointed to a two-year term on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. She is the senior associate attorney at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Management.

Timothy J. Pastore

Timothy J. Pastore is vice-chair of the Litigation Department in the New York, NY, office of Montgomery McCracken. As a former military prosecutor (USAF JAG) and special assistant US attorney, he is a trusted advisor to major companies, including industry-leading cable, telecommunications, technology, and commercial real estate companies.

Pamela Salpoglou

Pamela Salpoglou is the recipient of the 2021 Pro Bono Award presented by the Bar Association of Norfolk (MA) County (BANC). Founder and solo practitioner at the Law Office of E. Pamela Salpoglou in Stoughton, MA, she focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, and mental health commitment defense. She is vice chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Real Estate Law Section Council and is a member of the MBA’s Nominating Committee and its Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments.

Jennifer E. Reddin Cassar

Jennifer E. Reddin Cassar is the legal director of JCCA’s Family Court Practice. Formerly the Jewish Child Care Association, JCCA, in Brooklyn, NY, provides child welfare and mental health services to New York’s disadvantaged children and families. She has an extensive background in family court and foster care agency matters, holds both MSW and JD degrees, and is pursuing a PhD degree at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She also teaches as an adjunct professor there.

Joseph L. Farmer

Joseph L. Farmer was named chief business and administrative officer at Zenas BioPharma, a cross-border biopharmaceutical company based in Hong Kong and Boston and committed to the development and delivery of immune-based therapies. He was previously chief operating officer at Xilio Therapeutics in Waltham, MA.

David H. London

David H. London is a cartoonist and the co-author of two books featuring a family of comic strip canines, Pet Peeves: A Comic Strip About How Family Life Can Get Pretty Hairy and More Social than Distant: A Pet Peeves (Quarantine) Collection published in 2019 and 2021, respectively. He is a trial attorney in the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Boston.

Jonathan D. Plaut

Jonathan D. Plaut is the author of I’ll Take the Case: Wild and True Law Stories published by BookBaby in March. A partner at Cohan Rasnick Plaut LLP in Boston and of counsel in the New York, NY, office of Ritholz Levy Fields LLP, he focuses his litigation practice on civil and criminal trial work and appeals.

Geaneen M. Arends

Geaneen M. Arends, a partner in the Detroit, MI, office of Butzell Long, was elected vice president of the firm’s board of directors and is the first person of color and third woman to serve in the role in the firm’s 167-year history. She is also chair of the firm’s corporate and real estate practices and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In May, she was named one of the 2021 Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Crain’s Detroit Business and appointed to the Barbara Ann Karmonos Cancer Institute’s Board of Directors.

Pablo M. Koziner

Pablo M. Koziner leads Nikola’s hydrogen fueling and battery charging business as president of Nikola Energy, a global leader in zero-emissions and infrastructure solutions headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. He previously served as vice president of Caterpillar Electric Power Division in San Diego, CA.

Christopher Andrew Jarvinen

Christopher Andrew Jarvinen is featured in a chapter entitled “Efforts and Opportunities to Create Value” in the Handbook for the Protection of Creditors’ Claims in Bankruptcy published by the Law Press-China of the People’s Republic of China. He is a partner on the business organization team in the Miami, FL, office of Berger Singerman LLP.

Jennifer R. Delgado

Jennifer R. Delgado was elected to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona Board of Directors. She is of counsel in the Phoenix, AZ, office of Burch & Cracchiolo PA and focuses her practice on representing entrepreneurial individuals and companies in all areas of transactional business and real estate law. A charter member of Local First Arizona, she was appointed to the nonprofit organization’s Business Coalition Advisory Council.

Jessyn S. Farrell

Jessyn S. Farrell is campaigning for mayor of Seattle, WA, following a previously unsuccessful run in 2017. She served two terms in the Washington House of Representatives and was instrumental in negotiating the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Previously, she was senior vice president at Seattle-based Civic Ventures.

Shoba Pillay

Shoba Pillay is a partner in the Chicago office of Jenner & Block. She was previously an assistant US attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. She is a writer and speaker on topics that include trade secret protection and enforcement, cybercrime, and human trafficking, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Christina E. Nolan

Christina E. Nolan is a partner at Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC in Burlington, VT, and focuses her practice on complex civil litigation. She previously served as a federal and state prosecutor and as the US attorney for the District of Vermont.

Chiquisha R. Robinson

Chiquisha R. Robinson is the author of The DC Reentry Navigator: Empowering You to Succeed with a DC Criminal Record published by the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia. Her article, “Defense Attorneys Are the Best Line of Defense Against the COVID-19 Pandemic for Incarcerated People,” appeared in the fall 2020 issue of Criminal Justice 2020, a publication of the American Bar Association. She is deputy chief of the Prisoner and Reentry Legal Services Program in the Community Defender Division at PDS.

Leila A. Amineddoleh

Leila A. Amineddoleh was featured in the “Power List: Top Female Attorneys in the Art World” by Art She Says, a digital magazine designed to empower women in the art industry. Internationally recognized in the field of art and cultural heritage law and a specialist in art authentication, she has been involved in the repatriation of priceless stolen fine art and looted antiquities. She is the founder and managing partner of Amineddoleh & Associates LLC in New York, NY.

Meagan E. Garland

Meagan E. Garland was highlighted as a rising attorney by Color magazine during Women’s History Month 2021. A partner in the San Diego, CA, office of Duane Morris LLP, she practices employment law. She is a member of the Steering Committee and programming chair of the Women’s Impact Network for Success Inclusion Committee, and co-chair of the Recruiting Committee in the firm’s San Diego office.

Jennifer Bruzan Taylor

Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, of Naperville, Illinois, was recently elected to the Naperville City Council. She spent the majority of her career as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and taught Constitutional Law at North Central College.

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore was featured in a January 2021 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article for his work as deputy general counsel on the Biden campaign. He helped lead the litigation team tasked with preserving voters’ rights to a free and fair election and defending the election results from challenge.

Seth B. Orkand

Seth B. Orkand is a partner in the Boston office of Robinson+Cole and a member of the firm’s business litigation group. He was previously a partner at Boston-based Miner Orkand Siddall LLP.

Bianca M. Forde

Bianca M. Forde was featured in an April article on the Shoutout Atlanta website regarding her journey from federal prosecutor to global ethics and compliance executive, author, advocate, and activist; and in an article entitled “Delicate Balance for Black Women Attorneys in Government” by Tonée Jones in the March/April issue of Washington Lawyer. In January she published her first book, Prosecuted Prosecutor: A Memoir and Blueprint for Prosecutor-led Criminal Justice Reform. She is senior director and counsel and global head of investigations at Otis Elevator Co.

Palash R. Gupta

Palash R. Gupta is a partner and the head of international arbitration at Jerome Merchant+Partners LLC. He divides his time between the Mumbai and Singapore offices.

Adam N. Mueller

Adam N. Mueller, a partner at Haddon, Morgan & Foreman PC in Denver, CO, is a criminal and civil appellate specialist. His wife, Tenley J. Oldak ’07, is a partner in the Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and is a member of the tax litigation and corporate and business practice groups.

Bradley J. Roberts

Bradley J. Roberts is an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, where he focuses on environmental criminal prosecutions of statewide significance.

Daphne M. Van De Meerssche

Daphne M. Van De Meerssche is senior counsel at Moderna in Cambridge, MA, and has extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, and international matters.

Michael D. Brier

Michael D. Brier is a partner in the Boston office of Gesmer Updegrove LLP and focuses his practice on complex business, employment, and trust disputes. He was previously a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and continues to represent criminal defendants in some matters.

Clara N. Jimenez

Clara N. Jimenez is senior counsel at Johnson & Johnson. How she combined her two great passions, the law and science, to help advance critical health care solutions is the topic of an article, “Clara Jiminez Takes a Scientific Approach” by Lucy Cavanagh in the April 12 online issue of Hispanic Executive.

Carla A. Reeves

Carla A. Reeves, an associate in the Boston office of Gouston & Storrs PC, was named to the 2021 list of “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her professional and community work.

Gregory R. Bradford

Gregory R. Bradford is a partner at Boston-based Nutter and a member of the firm’s commercial and real estate finance and development, land use, and permitting practice groups. He is co-chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee of the Boston Bar Association Real Estate Section and has co-authored case law updates for the MCLE Annual Environmental, Land Use, and Energy Law Conference.

Aimee Fukuchi Bryant

Aimee Fukuchi Bryant is a partner in the Private Client Group at Nutter and a member of its Nonprofit and Social Impact practice group in Boston. She focuses her practice on comprehensive estate planning and on estate and trust administration. She is a member of MCLE’s Estate Planning Curriculum Advisory Committee, co-chairs the Estate Planning Committee of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Trusts and Estates Section, and is a regular speaker for both MCLE and the BBA.

Dylan Hayre

Dylan Hayre is director of criminal justice at Arnold Ventures (AV), a philanthropy focused on evidence-based solutions that “maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.” As director, he oversees two parts of AV’s criminal justice reform portfolio, focusing on supervision, probation and parole, and reintegration. He was previously with the ACLU’s Justice Division and led the organization’s advocacy work on criminal reform, clemency, and death penalty repeal.

Jennifer M. Kent

Jennifer M. Kent is an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the private equity finance practice. She has extensive experience with complex cross-border financings and worked in the firm’s London office on European-based financings and restructurings. In her pro bono practice, she advises small businesses and low-income entrepreneurs through the Small Business Legal Assistance Program of the DC Bar.

Jordan A. Smith

Jordan A. Smith is an associate in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and a member of the firm’s development, environmental zoning and land use, and real estate practice groups.

Haley S. Grissom

Haley S. Grissom is an associate at Caldwell Cassady & Curry in Dallas, TX. She has experience in cryptocurrencies, corporate law, real estate issues, and product liability claims, and expertise in court procedures and employer responsibilities related to COVID-19.

Xiang Qu

Xiang Qu is an associate in the Greenwich, CT, office of Cummings & Lockwood and a member of the firm’s private client and trusts and estates practice groups.

Cusaj D. Thomas

Cusaj D. Thomas, an associate in the Boston office of Goodwin Proctor LLP, was named to the National Black Lawyers “Top 100” and “Top 40 Under 40” lists for his professional accomplishments, leadership, and community involvement.

John W. Fitzpatrick

John W. Fitzpatrick is an associate at Boston-based Laredo & Smith LLP and concentrates his practice on civil litigation.

In Memoriam

  • Francis J. Grondin ’50
  • James A. McAvoy ’51
  • James Carver Farrington Jr. ’52
  • Raymond A. Terfera ’53
  • Robert H. Breslin Jr. ’54
  • Ellen Craig Davey ’54
  • Theodore S. Samet ’54
  • Robert P. Dolbec ’55
  • Victor L. Hatem ’56
  • William Walsh Corcoran ’58
  • Douglas J. MacMaster Jr. ’58
  • Robert W. McAllister ’59
  • David C. Lee ’60
  • Francis J. Shea ’60
  • Robert Edward Galvin ’61
  • Edward I. Rudman ’62
  • Herbert L. Turney ’62
  • Hon. B. L. Hassenfeld-Rutberg ’65
  • Kevin L. O’Brien ’65
  • Richard J. Pentland ’65
  • John W. Kershaw ’66
  • Peter F. Staiti ’68
  • Robert L. Dolan ’69
  • Hubertus “Hupi” Victor Sulkowski ’69
  • Maryel Finney Locke ’72
  • Howard B. Barnaby ’74
  • Joseph P. Godino ’75
  • Lenny B. Mandell ’76
  • Frederick W. Lord ’77
  • John David Delahanty ’78
  • Robert Howard Quinn ’78
  • Martin E. Doyle ’79
  • Julie Ann Lacy ’87
  • Peter E. Haller ’93
  • Steven H. Fox ’94
  • John Thomas Battaglia ’97
  • John Joseph Sullivan ’97