Class Notes: Winter 2021

Edward F. Daly

Edward F. Daly was one of six 100th birthday celebrants featured on the Today Show in September. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal two years ago for his World War II service in the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Special Operations Command.

Lawrence A. Ruttman

Lawrence A. Ruttman was featured in a Brookline@Home online article by Susie Davidson regarding the writing of his own chapter about the Covid-19 pandemic. A retired attorney, he is the author of Voices of Brookline, American Jews and America’s Game, and My Eighty-Two Year Love Affair with Fenway Park. His fourth book, Larry Ruttman: A Memoir, is forthcoming.

John “Mike” Callahan

John “Mike” Callahan is the author of “The Complexities of Qualified Immunity” and “Jettisoning the Lethal Force Gold Standard,” published in Police Chief, the official publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. A retired FBI supervisory special agent and chief division counsel, he  continues to do law enforcement training and write books, most recently Supervisory and Municipal Liability in Law Enforcement.

Edward J. Krisor

Edward J. Krisor was honored by the Colorado Bar Association with a commemorative medal for practicing law for fifty years. His private practice in Lakewood, CO, focuses on government, real estate, probate, and business law. His BC Law class didn’t have a commencement ceremony after campuses nationwide shut down over student antiwar protests and the Kent State shootings. Covid-19 similarly disrupted the group’s fiftieth reunion last year.

Edward J. Markey

Edward J. Markey was reelected to another six-year term on the US Senate in November after winning the primary against US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III and becoming the first politician to defeat a Kennedy in a Massachusetts election.

Paul A. Lacy

Paul A. Lacy retired in 2008 as president and secretary of Kronos Inc., a global enterprise software company in Lowell, MA, and continues to serve on the boards of public and private technology companies.

John F. Kerry

John F. Kerry, former US secretary of state and five-term US senator from Massachusetts, was appointed special presidential envoy for climate in President Joe Biden’s administration. A driving force for America’s climate policy, Kerry was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009 and helped negotiate the Paris Agreement in 2016 to strengthen the global response to climate change.

Chuck Greaves

Chuck Greaves has teamed up with BC Law classmate Steven Madison to create a new television series called Badwater produced by Luz de Luna Productions LLC and directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá. The contemporary drama, written by Greaves, is set in the fictional southwestern town of Goodwater, CO, and focuses on intergenerational conflict, environmental issues, and the relationship between Native Americans and white residents in a town on a reservation border.

Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards Jr.

Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards Jr. retired in 2018 as associate justice of the Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court after 16 years of service. In 2019 he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker to a five-year term on the State Ethics Commission. He serves as treasurer of the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the Retired Judges Section of the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference; volunteers for the Justice Bridge law incubator at UMass Law; and is clerk of the Museum of Justice in Salem, MA. Edwards is married to BC Law classmate Evelynne L. Swagerty.

Sandra Leung

Sandra Leung is one of three recipients of the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award presented by the New York City Bar Association. She is the executive vice president and general counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where she leads the worldwide Law Department and is an executive sponsor of its Black Organization for Leadership and Development Resource Group.

Evelynne L. Swagerty

Evelynne L. Swagerty retired as assistant general counsel and senior vice president in the litigation practice group at Bank of America in 2017. She is a volunteer supervisor, volunteer guardian ad litem for children, and a board member at Boston CASA Association, an independent nonprofit supporting the juvenile courts in Suffolk and Middlesex (MA) counties.

Nicole Mauro

Nicole Mauro is operations manager at Interiology Design Co. in Watertown, MA, an award-winning, full-service interior design firm founded by BC alumnus Mark Haddad, company president.

Tracy Miner

Tracy Miner, who founded Miner Orkand Siddall LLP in 2019, renamed it Miner Siddall in January following the departure of Seth Orkand. Megan Siddall remained. The rearrangement makes it Boston’s only all-woman, white collar defense firm.

Eric D. Daniels

Eric D. Daniels and his wife, Patricia J. Campanella Daniels, are recipients of the National Conference for Community and Justice 2020 Human Relations Award for their commitment to equity and inclusion in their workplace and community. He is managing partner in the Hartford, CT, office of Robinson & Cole LLP, where he is chair of the firm’s product liability practice group and a founding member of its manufacturing industry team. Daniels is secretary of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, serves on the boards of iQuilt, MetroHartford Alliance, New Horizons, and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and is an honorary director of Hartford’s Interval House and a founding member of the organization’s Men’s Initiative.

Frederick S. Lane

Frederick S. Lane authored Cybertraps for Educators 2.0, a revised edition of his 2015 book designed to help teachers navigate an increasingly digital-based profession. His book Raising Cyberethical Kids was published by Mathon Press in July. An attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer, Lane is a recognized expert on privacy and the social impact of emerging technologies.

Susan M. Finegan

Susan M. Finegan, a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin, is the recipient of the inaugural Ralph D. Gants Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Pro Bono Service presented by the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. She also serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.

Gina M. Signorello

Gina M. Signorello was named general counsel of Jumio Corporation, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. She previously held senior leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard Company and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Hon. Donald J. Cannava Jr.

Hon. Donald J. Cannava Jr. won reelection to a third term as associate administrative judge of the Domestic Violence Division in the Miami-Dade County (FL) Court. He is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Hon. Janet Autherine James-Mahon

Hon. Janet Autherine James-Mahon is the author of Island Mindfulness and The Heart and Soul of Black Women published in June and September, respectively, by Autherine Publishing. She is founder of the Island Mindful Path to Transformation and an accompanying mentorship program designed to empower women globally. She is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Orlando, FL, and chief executive officer of Autherine Publishing.

Matthew I. Kupferberg

Matthew I. Kupferberg is vice president legal at Digital Medical Technologies LLC in New York, NY, a software and data company that uses its clinically proven technology to improve patient medication adherence.

Michele B. Goodwin

Michele B. Goodwin is the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Academic Senate. She is UCI’s Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding director of the UCI Law Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its Reproductive Justice Initiative. Her latest book, Policing the Womb: Indivisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, was published by Cambridge University Press in February. She recently launched Ms. magazine’s first podcast, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin.

Pamela M. Keith

Pamela M. Keith ran a vigorous but unsuccessful campaign in the Democratic primary for the 18th Congressional District in Florida. She is a former judge advocate in the US Navy and a lawyer with an extensive background in civil rights and labor and employment litigation.

Seema Nanda

Seema Nanda was among a number of Indian American women named to then-President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team. A former US Department of Labor deputy chief, she was appointed to help with the department’s transition. She also previously served as the chief executive officer of the Democratic National Committee.

Louisa M. Terrell

Louisa M. Terrell was named by President-elect Joe Biden as director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. As part of his transition team, she oversaw congressional affairs. In the Obama-Biden administration she served as assistant to the president for legislative affairs. In between the two administrations, she was deputy general counsel and head of public affairs for McKinsey & Company. She has also held senior policy positions at both Yahoo! and Facebook.

Kathryn A. Thomas

Kathryn A. Thomas is vice president legal and managing counsel at Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. in Canton, MA, and concentrates her practice on franchising.

Neil Rosenbaum

Neil Rosenbaum is the director of business development in the Washington, DC, office of Arnold & Porter LLP. He practiced antitrust law for five years following law school and then worked for a legal procurement consulting firm assisting in-house legal departments in their selection of outside law firms.

Hon. Tracy A. Catapano-Fox

Hon. Tracy A. Catapano-Fox is a judge in the 11th Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court. She was elected to the bench of the Civil Court of the City of New York in Queens County in 2017 and appointed supervising judge of the court in 2020.

Lou Leonard

Lou Leonard is dean of the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. He was previously a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, and vice president for climate and energy at the World Wildlife Fund, where he was involved in negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement on climate change and helped launch partnerships such as the We Are Still In coalition.

Michael D. Thomas

Michael D. Thomas is a partner in the Los Angeles, CA, office of Jackson Lewis PC and focuses his practice on class action and complex litigation, corporate diversity counseling, and workplace training. He was previously a partner in the San Francisco, CA, office of Ogletree Deakins.

Geaneen M. Arends

Geaneen M. Arends, a partner in the Detroit, MI, office of Butzel Long, was named chair of the firm’s corporate and finance and real estate practice groups.

Alex F. Mattera

Alex F. Mattera is a partner in the Boston office of Pierce Atwood LLP and a member of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.

Kevin Pearson

Kevin Pearson, director of Corporate Security/Risk Management for Atlanta-based Georgia Power, has been selected to serve on the board of McCarthy Holdings, Inc., the oldest privately held national construction company in the country.

Tracy S. Woodrow

Tracy S. Woodrow is chief human resources officer and a member of the Management Committee at M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY, where she previously served as the Bank Secrecy Act officer. Prior to joining M&T, she was in-house counsel and a senior compliance leader with HSBC Bank USA.

Lara Ewens Montecalvo

Lara Ewens Montecalvo, former assistant public defender and appellate chief, was sworn in as the top public defender in the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office. She is the second woman to hold this position since the office’s inception in 1941.

Mahvesh A. Qureshi

Mahvesh A. Qureshi is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Hogan Lovells. Elected to the firm’s Global Board in June, she is also a member of the global tech mergers and acquisitions and the global private equity and funds leadership teams. She has a strong sense of civic responsibility and commitment to global issues and lists Girl Rising, a global campaign for the education and empowerment of girls, among her pro bono representations.

Sonia I. Raman

Sonia I. Raman was named an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team based in Memphis, TN, making her the 14th female assistant coach in the NBA and the second for the Grizzlies. She previously served as MIT’s head women’s basketball coach for twelve seasons.

Alicia Barton

Alicia Barton was named chief executive officer of FirstLight Power, a renewable clean energy supplier headquartered in Burlington, MA. She was previously president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Barton serves on the boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, Greentown Labs, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Efficiency Forward, and the Advisory Board for New England Women in Energy and Environment.

Heather Lowe

Heather Lowe was named to the list of leaders recommended to the Biden transition team by the Progressive Change Institute. An expert in economic policy, she is legal counsel and director of government affairs at Global Financial Integrity in Washington, DC. Lowe is vice chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition and a member of the Steering Committee of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition.

Nicholas P. Pavlidis

Nicholas P. Pavlidis is founder of Authority Ghostwriting and the Ghostwriter School. He and his team of writers help growth-minded thought leaders increase their impact by using a proprietary content-creation process to write and publish books, articles, and other content. His nonfiction books have made multiple appearances on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon.

Steven J. Boyajian

Steven J. Boyajian is counsel in the Providence, RI, office of Robinson & Cole LLP and a member of the firm’s bankruptcy and reorganizations group. He volunteers with the RI Bar Association’s Elderly Pro Bono Program and is a member of the Town Council of Barrington, RI.

Jennifer Briggs Fisher

Jennifer Briggs Fisher is a partner in the San Francisco, CA, office of Goodwin Procter LLP and is a member of the firm’s litigation and cannabis practice groups. Previously, she was a partner and leader of the cannabis industry group at Duane Morris LLP in San Francisco.

Hon. Elizabeth Gunn

Hon. Elizabeth Gunn was appointed a US bankruptcy judge for the District of Columbia and is the first woman to hold this position. She was previously an assistant AG for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General and the bankruptcy specialist in the Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement. Gunn is a director-at-large of the local International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.

Molly Fox

Molly Fox was elevated to partner at WilmerHale in Boston, where she is a transactional and corporate lawyer.

Hon. Whitney M. Rivera

Hon. Whitney M. Rivera was confirmed as Edmonds (WA) Municipal Court judge. He was previously an attorney with the Snohomish County Public Defender Association in Everett, WA.

Toni Ann Kruse

Toni Ann Kruse and her husband, Jonathan Richard, welcomed a son, Langston Kruse Richard, in January 2019. Kruse is an equity partner in the New York, NY, office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and practices in the private client group.

Brian M. Awe

Brian M. Awe was named to the 2020 “Fifty Under 40” list of rising stars in the US commercial real estate industry by Globe St. Real Estate Forum. He is a partner in the Boston office of DLA Piper.

Kevin Neubauer

Kevin Neubauer, a partner in the New York, NY, office of Seward & Kissel LLP, was selected as a 2020 “Rising Star” by Private Debt Investor and is one of only ten lawyers named to the list of forty honorees.

Michael D. Brier

Michael D. Brier, an associate in the Boston office of Gesmer Updegrove LLP, was selected to co-present the “Employment Law Update,” a Zoom seminar hosted by the New England Corporate Counsel Association in September.

Raghav Kohli

Raghav Kohli was promoted to director and assistant general counsel at Waymo LLC (formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project). He leads a team of attorneys focused on the drafting, negotiation, and execution of commercial and technology transactions supporting Waymo’s mission to make it safe for people and things to get where they’re going.

Victoria “Tori” M. Santoro Mair

Victoria “Tori” M. Santoro Mair, a litigation partner at Boston-based Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC, was elected secretary of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) for 2020–’21. She is a member of the MBA’s Executive Management Board, House of Delegates, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship Committee. She regularly presents at national legal conferences and contributes to legal publications and blogs, including the ABA’s Law Technology Today blog and I Am That Girl online community.

Elizabeth Monnin-Browder

Elizabeth Monnin-Browder is a partner at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston and focuses her employment law practice on litigation, training, and counseling. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, serves on the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Council, was selected for the Women’s Bar Association 2020 Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.

Drew Morgan

Drew W. Morgan is a stand-up comic, writer, and actor. He and his two writing and comedy partners, who perform political satire internationally as wellRED Comedy, are co-authors of the best-selling political humor book, The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, and recently sold a pilot to ABC. His sketches have been featured on Comedy Central, and he has been featured on MTV, The View, and the Funny or Die comedy video website co-founded by Will Ferrell.

Sean G. Kelly

Sean G. Kelly is an associate at Lind, Jensen, Sullivan & Peterson PA in Minneapolis, MN. He previously spent eight years as a judge advocate on active duty in the US Army.

Joshua C. Kushner

Joshua C. Kushner is senior litigation counsel in the Miami, FL, office of PGMBM. Previously, he was a litigator at Kobre & Kim LLP in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2018, he has been instrumental in the recovery of more than $60 million for clients across various practice areas.

Giselle S. Rivers

Giselle S. Rivers, a partner in the Boston office of Cooley LLP, is a member of the firm’s corporate practice and represents high growth companies in the technology, media, fashion, ecommerce, and consumer product industries.

Michael J. Rohr

Michael J. Rohr is a partner in the Boston office of Cooley LLP and a member of the firm’s corporate practice.

Sophia L. Hall

Sophia L. Hall, supervising attorney at Lawyers for Civil Rights, was appointed to the Task Force on Ensuring Police Accountability established by the Boston Bar Association in response to the police killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests. Previously a staff attorney with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, she currently serves on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors and as chair of the Women of Color Committee for the Women’s Bar Association.

Susan Groden McDonald

Susan Groden McDonald and her husband, Tucker, welcomed their first child, Abigail Ann McDonald, in December 2019.

Bryan P. Barash

Bryan P. Barash, general counsel for Massachusetts Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler, is campaigning in a special election in Ward 2 of the Newton (MA) City Council. He worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, followed by stints with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Joe Kennedy, and the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. He is a member of the Newton Human Rights Commission and chapter co-leader of Progressive Newton.

James Bor-Zale

James Bor-Zale and his wife, Kristen, announce the September birth of their son, Luke Guo-Ding Bor-Zale. Bor-Zale is an associate in the Boston office of WilmerHale.

Ryan M. Rosenblatt

Ryan M. Rosenblatt is a recipient of the 2020 Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award presented by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. He is an associate in the Boston office of Sullivan and Worcester and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, and employment counseling and litigation.

Michael L. Thomas

Michael L. Thomas is an associate and a member of the corporate, business, and tax practice at Rubin and Rudman LLP in Boston. He represents clients in corporate, transactional, and intellectual property matters and provides legal support for startups as well as established companies in all aspects of their business operations.

Wagner N. Soto

Wagner N. Soto is an associate in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he is a member of the banking and financial services practice and represents lenders and borrowers in connection with debt financing transactions.

Lauren V. Rossman

Lauren V. Rossman joined the Innocence Program at the BC Law Center for Experiential Learning as a fellow. She received the 2019 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the state Supreme Judicial Court for her prior work with the program to win reversal of a murder conviction of a man incarcerated nearly 20 years.

Landon D. Stinson

Landon D. Stinson is co-founder of Candle, a technology startup creating enterprise software for the legal industry. The company’s first product, Candle Request, is an automated medical record retrieval and lien tracking software, currently featured on the Clio App Directory.

Sarah E. Carlow

Sarah E. Carlow joined the BC Law Center for Experiential Learning as a fellow working with the Innocence Program and Prosecution clinics.

In Memoriam

  • John J. Carroll ’41
  • Alfred H. Rosen ’41
  • John J. Graham ’46
  • Louis W. Diegoli ’49
  • Arthur J. F. Doyle ’49
  • Joseph A. Duffy ’49
  • Ronald P. Corbett ’51
  • Albert J. Marcotte ’54
  • John P. Davey ’55
  • William C. Lynch ’56
  • John F. Healy ’57
  • Margaret C. Mahoney ’57
  • John J. McCarthy ’57
  • Robert S. Lappin ’59
  • Francis X. Quinlan ’59
  • Marcel C. Durot ’60
  • Paul Kenneally ’60
  • Andrew C. Schultz ’62
  • Ernest T. Smith ’62
  • Norman Baker ’63
  • Edward F. Barry ’64
  • Stuart B. Meisenzahl ’66
  • Nicholas Benedict Soutter ’66
  • Evelyn L. Greenwald ’68
  • Kenneth R. Neal ’69
  • Jacek A. Wysocki ’69
  • Gerald S. Cohen ’70
  • John Peter Miller ’73
  • Cornelius J. Sullivan ’73
  • Thomas M. Saunders ’78
  • Melvin Nash ’82
  • Edward L. Toro ’82
  • Virginia Stanton Smith ’84
  • John P. Walker ’85
  • David F. McCarthy ’86
  • Anne Marie Tippett ’86
  • Kevin J. Curtin ’88
  • Kristin Pilar Muniz ’88
  • Maureen O’Halloran RSCJ ’90
  • Brian William Hicks ’98
  • Chris Horner ’11