OFFICERS

PRESIDENT | Deborah J. Manus

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Deb is the former Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and a current Chair of the firm. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Currently, Deb is the President of the Boston Bar Association, a Trustee the Boston Bar Foundation and a member of the Executive Committees of both the BBA and BBF, as well as of the Foundation’s Investments Committee. Previously, Deb served as the BBA’s President-Elect, Vice President and Treasurer. She has served as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Joint Finance Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum Advisory Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Active in the community, Deb has held leadership positions in Nantucket-based nonprofits and is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Deb has been honored as “Women Who Mean Business” by the Boston Business Journal and as a “Lawyer of the Year” and “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Deb is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School. Click here to read Deborah J. Manus' Presidential Profile.

PRESIDENT-ELECT | Chinh H. Pham

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Chinh is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he co-chairs the Venture Capital & Emerging Technology Practice and co-chairs the Boston Intellectual Property Practice. His practice focuses on the strategic creation, implementation, and protection of intellectual property rights for technology and life science clients. Chinh is currently serving as BBA President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee. He previously served as Treasurer and Secretary of the BBA and as a member of the Council. He has also served on the Nominating Committee, chaired the Life Sciences Industry Group, and served on the BBA’s Strategic Planning Committee. Chinh is a member of the Society of Fellows. Outside of the BBA, he serves on the Board of Trustees at the Boston Museum of Science and is a Board member of the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys. He is also a company mentor at Harvard iLab, “The Garage” at Northwestern University, and MassChallenge. Chinh has been recognized as a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, acknowledged as one of the “Top Emerging Tech Lawyer” by TechCrunch, named a leading IP Strategist by IAM Strategy 300, and honored as an “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business," by the Asian American Business Development Center.

Chinh is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

VICE PRESIDENT | Hannah L. Kilson

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Hannah is a Partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP, where she concentrates her practice on real estate transactions in the area of affordable housing and community development. Hannah is currently serving as Vice President of the BBA and a member of the Executive Committee. She previously served as BBA Treasurer, Secretary and Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBA’s Crisis Response Working Group, which works to coordinate the BBA’s response to COVID-19 related matters concerning access to justice and the administration of law. Previously, she was Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section, Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, and a member of the Joint Governance Committee. She was also a member of the Immigration Working Group. Beyond the BBA, Hannah is a member of the Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Since 2013, she has served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Committee. Hannah was recently elected a member of the directors of the American Civil Liberties Union – Massachusetts and is a member of Horizon for Homeless Children’s Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Abstract Club and served on the BBO Bar Counsel Search Committee.

Hannah is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Law School.

TREASURER | Matthew V.P. McTygue

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Matt is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Locke Lord LLP, where he practices private equity and commercial finance law. Matt currently serves as Chair of the firm’s practice development committee. He is a former Co-Chair of the firm’s debt finance practice group and member of the firm’s board of directors. At the BBA, Matt serves as Treasurer and a member of the BBA Executive Committee. He previously served on the Joint Finance and Beacon Award Selection Committees and as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section. He was also a member of the BBA’s Law Firm Leadership Forum, Nominating Committee, Law Day Steering Committee, and Co-Chair of the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. Matt is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Outside of the BBA, Matt serves on the board and membership committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of Leadership Brainery and Pride in Our Workplace.

Matt is a graduate of Denison University and Cornell Law School.

SECRETARY | Suma V. Nair

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Suma is a director at Goulston & Storrs PC in the Private Client and Trust group, where she provides sophisticated estate and tax planning advice for high-net-worth individuals, counsels clients regarding charitable giving, and advises generally on family and tax matters involving business and wealth succession. She also represents professional and family fiduciaries in connection with estate and trust administration. Suma is Secretary of the BBA and is a member of the BBA Executive Committee. She has served as BBF Secretary, as well as on the BBA Council and BBA Executive Committee, and the 2017 BBA Strategic Planning Committee, while chairing the Governance Subcommittee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Trusts & Estates Section and of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Suma is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts and a former member of the Boston Foundation Professional Advisors Committee.

Suma is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

John Affuso

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John is the Senior Legal Counsel, Transactions at the Massachusetts Port Authority, where he specializes in real estate and public finance matters. At the Boston Bar, John was the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Section and has previously served as Co-Chair of the Leasing Committee. He is a BBA Council member and a member of the Joint Audit Committee. He is a former Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and has been honored by them with the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service. John is also a member of the Fenway Health Board of Visitors and is a former member of the National Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. He previously worked for the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

John is a veteran and a graduate of Rutgers University and Boston College Law School.

Russell Beck (BBF President)

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Russell is a founding partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP, where he has a national trade secrets and noncompete practice, handles complex business and lawyer mobility disputes, and serves as a mediator. He also teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law. At the Boston Bar, Russell is a member of the Society of Fellows, has served as Chair of the Joint Audit Committee, and as member of the BBA Council and the BBA and BBF Executive Committees. In 2017, he served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Russell has previously served on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the BBF Fellows Committee, and as Co-Chair of both the Intellectual Property Law Section and the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Beyond the BBA, Russell is a founding member of the Sedona Conference’s Steering Committee for the Trade Secrets Working Group, has assisted the Obama Administration formulate its noncompete regulatory approach, and has authored several resources for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

Russell is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.

Elaine Herrmann Blais

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Elaine is a partner and head of the litigation department at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly on patent litigation. She has served as a member of the BBA’s Joint Planning Committee and the Amicus Committee. Elaine was also a member of the Boston Bar’s Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum. She works with numerous public service and civic organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project. Elaine also is an immigration equality attorney representing LGBTQ and HIV Positive immigrants and is a past Co-Chair of the board of Lawyers for Civil Rights. Elaine was honored for her pro bono work with the Boston Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 2017.

Elaine is a graduate of Allegheny College and the Ohio State University College of Law.

Philip Y. Brown

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Phil is the founder of Brown Counsel, where he represents companies, pension funds, entrepreneurs and other individuals in litigation and provides advice on avoiding and resolving disputes. Phil is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and is a former Co-Chair of the BBA’s Solo and Small Firm Forum Steering Committee. He serves as the elected Chairman of the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (also known as “PERAC”), which is entrusted with overseeing, monitoring, and regulating the 104 public pension systems in the Commonwealth. Phil is active on the Tufts Medical Center's Board of Governors as the Chair of the Community Benefits Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee. He has also served for many years as Vice-Chair of the Norwell Zoning Board of Appeals.

Phil is a graduate of Haverford College, New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Masters in Politics), and Northeastern University School of Law.

Mark H. Burak

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Mark Burak is the managing shareholder in the Boston and Portland, ME offices of Ogletree Deakins. He has specialized in the representation of employers in labor and employment matters for nearly 30 years. Mark’s practice focuses on defending employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Mark’s clients span a number of industries, including life sciences and bio-tech, high technology, healthcare, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and non-profit organizations. Mark has been active with the BBA for many years. He served for over a decade on the BBA’s Labor & Employment Committee, and served as Co-Chair. He is the author of the BBA’s "Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law" and has spoken on many occasions at BBA seminars.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University School of Law.

Luke Cadigan

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Luke Cadigan is a partner in the Securities Litigation Group at Cooley LLP, where he is head of Business Litigation for the East Coast. An experienced trial attorney, he concentrates his practice on securities enforcement matters, shareholder disputes, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and advice on regulatory compliance. Luke co-chairs Cooley’s Mental Health & Wellness Committee and its Legal Education Committee. He is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and active in the firm’s hiring. At the BBA, Luke has served as Co-Chair of the Financial Services Section, Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, Member of the Law Day Steering Committee, and a contributing author to the Boston Bar Journal. Prior to joining Cooley, Luke was first a Senior Trial Counsel and then an Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was also a partner at K&L Gates, LLP and an associate at Ropes & Gray, LLP.

Luke served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward F. Harrington of the United States District Court in Massachusetts and as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School.

Yvonne W. Chan

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Yvonne is a partner at Goodwin, where she focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation for financial institutions and technology and life sciences companies. She is also the Chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice group and represents colleges and universities in a variety of disputes. She serves on Clark University’s Health Advisory Board, which was established to provide expert guidance and support for the University’s health and safety goals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yvonne was twice recognized as a New England “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Yvonne is active in pro bono matters; her representation of pro bono clients includes a successful First Amendment challenge to a ban on charitable solicitation in public places, and a favorable resolution of civil rights claims for a wrongfully convicted individual who was exonerated through DNA testing after nineteen years of imprisonment.

Yvonne is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Kate R. Cook

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Kate is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen and Chair of the firm’s government law practice group and election law practice group. She helps clients navigate administrative law, campaign finance, crisis management, constitutional law, government ethics, public records, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Kate also helps candidates and campaigns with all aspects of election law: from getting on the ballot to defending ballot challenges, as well as recounts. She has an active pro bono practice, focusing on civil rights and civil liberties matters. Kate has served as a member of the BBA COVID-19 Crisis Response Working Group, the Joint Planning Committee, and as the BBA appointee to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Special Commission on Funding Corrections. Previously, she served as Co-Chair of the BBA Civil Rights Civil Liberties Steering Committee, Program Chair of the BBA Future of Free Speech Series, Co-Chair of the BBA Law Day Event, and on the BBA Nominating Committee and the Beacon Awards Committee. She has also been a member of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid and the BBA Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. Kate is a past president of the Women’s Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Before joining Sugarman Rogers, Kate served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Kate is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Francesco A. De Vito

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Frank is the Managing Director of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C., where he specializes in commercial real estate and finance transactions. He chairs the firm’s Finance and Workout Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Frank is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and has served as a member of the BBA Council, Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee. Beyond the BBA, he is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and a member of the Abstract Club. He has been active in other professional and charitable organizations, including serving on the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA). He is also a frequent contributor to industry trade journals on commercial real estate.

Frank is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.

Jessica M. Dubin

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Jessica is a partner at Lee & Rivers LLP who specializes in family law. Jessica serves as an editor of the Boston Bar Journal and as a member of BBA’s Board of editors. She was previously Co-Chair of the BBA’s Family Law Section and is currently a Section member. Jessica was also Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Education Committee and has testified on behalf of the BBA before the Joint Committee of the Judiciary regarding Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Legislation. Outside of the BBA, Jessica is a mentor and attorney for the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project, which provides pro bono representation to survivors of domestic violence and is the WBF’s 2019 Nery Arano Pro Bono Award. She also volunteers as an “Attorney for the Day” and an Attorney Representing Children in the Norfolk Probate & Family Court and as a conciliator in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties.

Jessica is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Katherine Fick

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Katherine is Senior Counsel at IBM, where she provides legal advice to the IBM Security business unit. Her work ranges from deal negotiations to counseling ethical hackers and incident response teams to working with cross-functional stakeholders on data privacy and security issues. She is among the founding members of the BBA’s Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Digital Law Section, and served as a member of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School, where she co-teaches a course on cybersecurity law and policy. Katherine is the board chair of ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief agency, and volunteers as a Response Team Member with the organization, a role that has allowed her to negotiate an MOU with the Peruvian equivalent of FEMA; collaborate with Habitat for Humanity in responding to the hurricanes in the Dominican Republic; and assist with additional disaster responses in Malawi, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Katherine is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Angela Gomes

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Angela is a Partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she focuses on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, disclosure, and periodic reporting, and corporate governance matters. She was previously Counsel in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She has served as a member of the Public Interest Leadership Program, the New Lawyers Forum, the Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Joint Finance Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and the BBA Council. Angela is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. Beyond the BBA, Angela has been actively involved in pro bono work and was awarded Boston University’s Alumni Pro Bono Award in 2014. She also serves on the Board of Directors for a number of nonprofit organizations.

Angela is a graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law.

Stephen P. Hall

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Stephen is a partner and litigation attorney at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Prior to joining Orrick, he was a partner at Holland & Knight. As a former CPA, Stephen utilizes his combined financial and legal expertise in representing clients in matters involving complex commercial disputes, class actions, false claims, fraudulent activity, unfair and deceptive business practices, unfair settlement practices, and executive-level employment issues. Stephen is currently the President-Elect of the BBF. He is a member of the BBA Council and of the Joint Finance Committee. He has previously served on the BBA Nominating Committee, the Beacon Award Selection Committee, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee, the New Lawyers Steering Committee, the Summer Fundraiser Steering Committee, and the Casino Night Steering Committee. He has also served as BBF Treasurer. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and has been involved in pro bono work for Kids in Need of Defense and the Innocence Project.

Stephen is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and Suffolk University Law School.

Christopher Escobedo Hart

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Chris is an information and technology lawyer and litigator at Foley Hoag LLP. At the firm, he co-chairs the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice, and serves on both the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Hiring committees. At the BBA, Chris has been a past Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Section, and is currently a member of the Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Digital Law Section’s Steering Committee. He is also an alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program, has served as a member of the Beacon Award Selection Committee, and regularly facilitates unconscious bias training for the BBA’s Practicing with Professionalism program. Beyond the BBA, Chris serves on the Board of YW Boston, on the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Region 1 (New England) Steering Committee, and on the Advisory Board of the Trustees of Reservation, where he is a member of the Diversity Task Force. Chris regularly teaches data privacy at Northeastern Law School.

Chris is a graduate of Harvard University, St. John’s College, and Duke University School of Law.

John Hayes

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John is a Supervising Senior Trial Counsel for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). He previously was Attorney in Charge of the Boston Superior Court Trial Unit of CPCS between 2009 and 2019. He has been a trial attorney for CPCS since 1990, focusing on representing indigent criminal defendants in murder, homicide, sexual assault, drug trafficking, and other serious felony cases, primarily in the Superior Court. John is currently serving on the BBA Amicus Committee and has served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. John has been an avid panelist and organizer of BBA programs related to criminal law issues, as well as MCLE programs on homicide, criminal law, and trial practice issues.

John is a graduate of Boston College Law School, received a BA from Boston University, and a Masters in Political Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Liliana Ibara

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Lili is Deputy Director at Greater Boston Legal Services. Her career has been focused on social work and law, with a special interest in the combination of law and community organizing. During her tenure at GBLS, she was a fellow with the Housing and Consumer Rights Units, representing post-foreclosure homeowners in eviction actions, and also a staff attorney in the Employment Unit, focused on low-wage immigrant workers. She was previously Managing Director of the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration at Northeastern University School of Law. She has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section and on the Beacon Award Selection Committee. She is a board member of the Fair Employment Project and Everyday Boston.

Lili is a graduate Boston University School of Law and has an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Shiva Karimi

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Shiva is a director at McLane Middleton, PA and the Managing Director of the firm’s Boston office. She focuses her practice on business immigration law. Currently, Shiva serves on the BBA Amicus Committee. She previously served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Immigration Law Section, a member of the BBA Immigration Working Group, Co-Chair of the Beacon Award Steering Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the former Immigration Law Committee when it was part of the International Law Section. Outside of the BBA, Shiva serves as a board member of the Lawyer’s Weekly Editorial Board. She has also served as a member of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Board. Within her firm, she serves as Vice Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Shiva has been honored as a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, as well as Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Boston Magazine.

Shiva is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and Northeastern University.

Garrett D. Lee

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Garrett is Co-Managing partner at the Boston office of Morgan & Morgan P.A., where he represents people who have been injured in preventable accidents. He handles cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and premises liability. At the BBA, Garrett is currently Co-Chair of the Tort and Insurance Litigation Section. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Committee of that section, and as a member of the steering committee for the Solo and Small Firm Forum. Beyond the BBA, Garrett is a Director for the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and a Director for the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board.

Garrett is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northeastern University School of Law.

Nigel Long

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Nigel is The Compliance Officer for Liberty Mutual’s, Global Retail Markets, U.S. (Personal Market Insurance in the U.S.) In this role, Nigel leads an organization that provides and manages compliance risk consultation and mitigations for all our GRM U.S. operations, as well as leads the fraud prevention strategy. Prior to this position, he served as Corporate Counsel in Liberty Mutual’s Home Office where he oversaw the defense of Class Actions, Extra-Contractual Litigation in the Southern Region of the United States and Bankruptcy proceedings of large Commercial Entities insured by Liberty Mutual. He has extensive trial experience having tried countless jury trials in, both, State and Federal Courts. Nigel and a colleague created the Virtual Hearing Guidelines for the Boston Municipal Court to use in response to the Pandemic. He serves as Faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Workshop, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy0 Workshop and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Trial Workshop. He serves on the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Council, Boston Bar Foundation. He is the past Chair for the BBA’s Insurance And Tort Section, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Committee, as well as the Massachusetts Practice & Procedure Committee. He is a 2015 Appointee of Governor Charlie Baker to the Industrial Accident Nominating Panel and a 2021 Appointee to the Judicial Nominating Commission. In addition to his professional affiliations, Nigel remains avidly involved in Civic projects on, both, the National and Local level.

Nigel is a graduate of San Diego State University and Western New England University School of Law.

Ingrid S. Martin

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Ingrid is a partner at Todd & Weld LLP where she concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense and healthcare law. At the BBA, Ingrid currently serves on the Health Law Section Steering Committee, is Chair of the Section’s Social Action Subcommittee, and is former Chair of the Section. She served on the Advisory Committee of the BBA’s 2018 White-Collar Crime Conference and as Co-Chair in 2019. She is a frequent presenter at BBA CLE programs, including the Life Sciences Conference and White-Collar Crime Conference. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and has served on the BBF’s Adams Benefit Committee. Outside the BBA, Ingrid serves on the Though Leadership Committee of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, and as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She recently published an article in The Champion, a publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and she is a contributing author to MCLE’s “A Practice Guide to Introducing Evidence in Massachusetts.” She is a past recipient of pro bono awards from the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Ingrid clerked for the Honorable George O’Toole at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Ingrid is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Melissa Sampson McMorrow

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Melissa is the Chair of the Tax Department at Nutter, co-chairs the Nonprofit and Social Impact practice group, and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She advises businesses, tax-exempt entities, and individuals on federal, state, and international matters. Melissa specializes in advising health care, higher education, cultural, and other charitable and nonprofit organizations, and their affiliates. Melissa served as one of the inaugural Co-Chairs of the BBA’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Section and as the Section’s Public Policy Committee Co-Chair. She has remained an active member of the Section’s Steering Committee, developing and presenting several brown bag lunch and CLE sessions. Melissa is also a founding Co-Chair of the BBA’s Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 180 Working Group. She has served as a member of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s 2015 Law Day Dinner. Melissa is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Beyond the BBA, Melissa served on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation and currently is a member of its Emeritus Board. Melissa was selected as a “2016 Trusts & Estates Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal for her philanthropic advising. In 2019, Melissa was honored as a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Melissa is a graduate of Miami University, cum laude, and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, cum laude.

Martin F. Murphy (President-Emeritus)

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Marty is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP where he represents individuals, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and law firms in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He has served as President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the BBA, as Chair of the Joint Finance Committee, Chair of the Immigration Working Group, and a member of the BBA Executive Committee and the Amicus Committee. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, the White Collar Crime Conference Advisory Committee, the Death Penalty Working Group, the BBA Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions, and the Criminal Law Section. Marty is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. He has served as the BBA’s designee on the Massachusetts Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System. Beyond the Boston Bar, he serves on the Board of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts, on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and as a Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 2010-2015 he served as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. Marty, a former state and federal prosecutor, also served as a law clerk to the late Hon. A. David Mazzone of the United States District Court.

Marty is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Liliana Palacios-Baldwin

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Lili is Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Litigation at Tufts University. Lili began her career at Robinson & Cole LLP where she practiced in the areas of land use, real estate, labor and employment law. After R&C, she served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she practiced for almost ten years. Lili continued her law practice with the firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP and joined the Tufts University Office of University Counsel in 2013. Lili has been Co-Chair of the BBA Labor & Employment Education Committee; Steering Committee member and Co-Chair of the College & University Section, and co-chaired that section’s third annual conference. She also currently serves as a member of the Executive Council. Beyond the BBA, she is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and its Latino Lawyers Affinity Group, and with the advisory board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. Lili is also active in other professional and community organizations including serving as a volunteer to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, as a board member for Breakthrough Greater Boston, and as a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the Mindfulness in Law Society.

Lili is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Northeastern University School of Law.

William J. Rocha

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Bill is General Counsel of Gold Medal Bakery, Inc., a 500+ employee family-owned bakery that manufactures and distributes branded and private label bread products across New England and the Metro New York/New Jersey area. Bill is also the founding member of Rocha GC, LLC, a law firm that provides part-time general counsel services to privately-owned small and mid-size companies. At the BBA, Bill currently serves on the BBA Business of Law Conference Advisory Committee and the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee. Bill previously served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s IP Law Section. Beyond the BBA, Bill currently serves as a member of the American Baker’s Association’s State Affairs Working Group, and represents Gold Medal at the Massachusetts Food Association’s Government Affairs Committee meetings. Bill previously served as an Executive Board member of the Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts chapter) and was a member of both the New York State Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (B.S.M.E. and M.S.M.E.) and Cornell University School of Law.

Marc A. Rubenstein

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Marc is a Partner and current Co-Chair of the life sciences industry group and the emerging company and venture capital group at Ropes & Gray LLP. He represents clients in the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries in a wide variety of transactions, including license, collaboration joint venture and other commercial agreements, venture capital financings, and public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Marc’s clients range from venture-backed start-ups to multi-national biopharma and pharmaceutical companies. Marc served as Co-Chair of the 2019 BBA Life Sciences Conference. Marc is also active in the Greater Boston community, where he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Board of Overseers of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and the Head’s Council of the Loomis Chaffee School. Previously, Marc has also served on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Museum of Science. In 2019, Marc was named the “Healthcare & Pharma Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal and is consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers, nationwide and globally, for his life sciences transactional expertise.

Marc is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.

Andrew P. Strehle

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Andy is the Administrative Partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, where he represents financial institutions, hedge funds, and borrowers in the documentation, structuring and recovery of commercial loans, structured finance transactions, and other complex transactions. He is Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. A member of the BBA Council, he is also Chair of the BBF Investment Committee, and has previously chaired the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and served on the BBA Annual Meeting Steering Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the Commercial and Consumer Finance Committee. Andy is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and the BBA and BBF Executive Committees. Andy serves on the Advisory Council for MIT’s Office of Planned Giving and is a member of the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham.

Andy is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Banking Law.

Natashia Tidwell

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Natashia is a Partner at Saul Ewing, where she specializes in Higher Education, K-12 Schools, and White Collar and Government Litigation. Her practice also includes a significant civil rights component in the education and law enforcement space. She has served as Co-Chair of Task Force on Ensuring Police Accountability and past Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section. She is also a member of the Joint Bar Committee and the BBA Executive Committee. She previously served on the Criminal Law Section, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Beacon Award Steering Committee, and the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. Natashia draws on her experience as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts, as well as her past experience as a police officer in Cambridge, where she was the first female lieutenant in the department’s history. She currently serves as the lead Monitor in Ferguson, Missouri, where she oversees implementation of a series of court-ordered reforms following the Department of Justice’s pattern and practice investigation of the City’s police department and municipal court.

Natashia is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and New England School of Law.

Robin A. Walker

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Ms. Walker brings over 20 years of in-house and major law firm experience, having worked with several companies to support the research, development, approval, launch and commercialization of orphan and rare disease products. She joins Goldfinch Bio from Stoke Therapeutics, where she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. In that role, Ms. Walker was responsible for corporate governance and overall management of the legal and compliance functions, and for developing and implementing scalable legal operations processes and systems. Prior to Stoke, Ms. Walker served as Senior Vice President, Head of Legal at Casebia Therapeutics, where she designed and oversaw all aspects of the company’s corporate communications and legal strategy and provided counsel on corporate, governance, employment, compliance and regulatory matters. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel, Corporate, at Biogen Inc., where she provided day-to-day support across a variety of business operations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walker was Senior Corporate Counsel at Staples, Inc., and a Corporate Associate in the Boston office of K&L Gates. Ms. Walker serves on the Board of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

She is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law.

Nancy R. Wilsker

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Nancy is a partner at Hinckley Allen, where she represents financial institutions and other businesses with respect to regulatory compliance, operations, privacy, and data security matters. Nancy chairs the Firm’s Privacy & Data Security Law Group and co-chairs its Banking & Financial Institutions Law Group. At the Boston Bar, Nancy was Co-Chair of the Banking Committee from 2005 to 2009, served on the Diversity & Inclusion Section from 2010 to 2014, and is now a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. On the BBA Council, she has served as a member of the Joint Audit Committee and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and the Joint Finance Committee. Nancy has been named a “Leader in Diversity” by the Boston Business Journal and has been recognized as one the Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2019 for her work in Banking & Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law. Nancy is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and is a member of the Board of Directors of Engaging Schools, the Women’s Network Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.

Nancy is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston College Law School.