OFFICERS

PRESIDENT | Martin F. Murphy

Martin F. Murphy

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 is President of the BBA, a member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the BBA’s Covid-19 Working Group. He previously served as a member of the Council; Chair of the Joint Finance Committee and the BBA Immigration Working Group; and 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 BBA’s Criminal Law Section. He served as BBA Secretary, as a member of the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Amicus Committee, and the Nominating Committee. Marty is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and served as the BBA’s designee on the Massachusetts Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System. Beyond the BBA, he serves 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. A former state and federal prosecutor, Marty 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.  Read Martin F. Murphy’s Presidential Profile

PRESIDENT-ELECT | Deborah J. Manus 

Deborah J. ManusDeb is the former Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and estate planning for high net worth individuals and families. Currently, Deb is the President-Elect of the BBA and a member of the Executive Committee. Deb is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees and the BBF’s Investment Committee. Previously, Deb served as BBA Vice President, Treasurer, and has been a member of the Council. She has served as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Joint Finance Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and served as a member of the Fellows Committee. 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.

She is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School.   

VICE PRESIDENT | Chinh H. Pham 

Chinh H. Pham

Chinh is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he chairs the 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 Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. He previously served as Secretary of the BBA and as a member of the Council.. At the BBA, he has also served on the Nominating Committee, Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group and Strategic Planning Committee. Chinh is a member of the Society of Fellows . Outside of the BBA, he is Chair of the Board of Museum Advisors at the Boston Museum of Science, and President 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 named a top patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000, was recognized in 2019 as a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal and was recognized in 2008 as one of the “Top Ten Intellectual Property Lawyers Influencing Nanotechnology.”

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

TREASURER | Hannah L. Kilson

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 BBA Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She previously served as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and on the BBA Council. 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, she is a member of the Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Since 2013, she also served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Committee. She is a member of the Abstract Club and served on the BBO Bar Counsel Search Committee. She previously served on the Board of Trustees and was Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Diversity Committee at The Advent School and was a member of Fontbonne Academy’s Strategic Planning Committee.

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

SECRETARY | Matthew V.P. McTygue        

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 the 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. Matt currently serves on the BBA Executive Committee, Council, and the Law Firm Leadership Forum. He previously served on the Joint Finance Committee, on Beacon Award Selection Committee, as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. He 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. 

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

COUNCIL MEMBERS

John Affuso

John Affuso

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 is the co-chair of the Real Estate Section and has previously served as co-chair of the Leasing 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.    

Krietta Bowens Jones

Krietta Bowens Jones

Krietta is Associate General Counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  She focuses her practice on a broad range of health care and general corporate matters, including regulatory, contractual, risk management and patient care.  She also counsels on privacy and data security matters involving HIPAA and state-imposed medical privacy laws and serves as legal counsel on various institutional and board-level committees.   Prior to working at Dana-Farber, Krietta was an associate in the Health Law Department at Mintz.  She currently serves a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and on the Steering Committee for the BBA’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Digital Law Section.  She is a Trustee for the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) and a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the American Health Lawyers Association. 

Krietta is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law.   

Elaine Herrmann Blais

Elaine Herrmann Blais

Elaine is a partner and head of the litigation department at Goodwin Procter, where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly on patent litigation. Elaine was a member of the Boston Bar’s Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum. She also 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.

She 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 advises and defends executives, owners, and entrepreneurs associated with companies of all sizes in connection with business, finance, real estate, employment, and other complex legal issues. Currently serving as the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Solo and Small Firm Forum Steering Committee, Phil is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. With a long history of public service, Phil was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as one of the seven Commissioners to the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (also known as “PERAC”), which provides oversight, monitoring, and regulation of the 104 public pension systems in the Commonwealth. He serves as the Commission’s elected Chairman and recently served as the Chair of the search committee to select PERAC’s new Executive Director. Phil is active as the Chair of the Community Benefits Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tufts Medical Center's Board of Governors.

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.   

Edward V. Colbert III 

Ed is a partner at Casner & Edwards LLP. He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, and his practice often involves business disputes and government enforcement actions. Prior to joining Casner & Edwards, he was a partner at Looney & Grossman and an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since joining the firm, he has conducted a number of independent investigations into allegations involving employees, faculty and students.  At the Boston Bar, he co-chaired the Litigation Section and served on the Annual Meeting and Law Day Steering Committees and the Strategic Planning Committee. Recently, Ed served as one of the BBA’s representatives on the Joint Bar Committee.    

Ed is graduate of Wesleyan University and Suffolk University Law School.     

Kate R. Cook

Kate is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen and Chair of the firm’s government 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 is currently a member of the BBA COVID-19 Crisis Response Working Group, the Joint Planning Committee, and serves 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 Women’s Lunch Place Board of Directors and 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.

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

Juliet A. Davison

Juliet A. Davison

Juliet is the founder of Davison Law, LLC, where she focuses her practice on business, employment, and fiduciary litigation.  At the Boston Bar, Juliet has served as Co-Chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section, a member of the Practice Launch Workshop Advisory Committee, and on the Fellows Committee. She also previously served on the Law Day Steering Committee and the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Juliet is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Juliet is a member of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association – MA Chapter.

Juliet is a graduate of Brown University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.      

Francesco A. De Vito

Francesco A. De Vito

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 Co-Chair of the BBA Real Estate Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Real Estate Finance Committee.  Beyond the BBA, he is on the Board of Directors of Zoo New England, which owns the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo.  Frank has also served on the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) and the Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

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

Jessica M. Dubin

Jessica M. Dubin

Jessica is a partner at Lee & Rivers LLP who specializes in family law. Jessica serves as an editor of the Boston Bar Journal.  Jessica was previously Co-Chair of the BBA’s Family Law Section and is currently a Section member. She 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 2018 Pro Bono Honoree. She also volunteers as an “Attorney for the Day” and an Attorney Representing Children in the Norfolk Probate & Family Court and as a conciliator for the SERV Project in the Suffolk Probate & Family Court.

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

Maria R. Durant

Maria is the Office Managing Partner of the Boston Office of Hogan Lovells, where she focuses her practice on internal corporate and government investigations, government enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation, including qui tam actions, in the life sciences and healthcare industry. At the BBA, Maria is Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee, and she previously served as Co-Chair of the inaugural White Collar Crime Conference Advisory Committee and of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee.  Additionally, Maria has served as a member of the Criminal Law Section Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee.  She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Maria is a Past President of the Women’s Bar Foundation and currently serves as a Member of the Emeritus Board.    

She is a graduate of Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School.

Angela Gomes

Angela Gomes

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. Angela is currently the co-chair of the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section and has previously been a member of the Public Interest Leadership Program, the New Lawyers Forum, the Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and 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

Stephen P. Hall

Stephen is a Partner and litigation attorney 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 the Treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation and a member of the BBA’s Joint Finance Committee. 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 also serves on the Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee for Holland & Knight’s Boston Office.

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

John Hayes

John Hayesl

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.    

Erin K. Higgins

Erin is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where she focuses on professional and product liability defense and insurance coverage matters and represents lawyers and insurance agents and brokers in defending against professional liability claims. At the Boston Bar, Erin is a member of the Executive Committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee, Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, the Lawyer Referral Service Review Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee.  Additionally, Erin has been a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section Steering Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the Education Committee, and the Fellows Committee.  She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows.  Beyond the Boston Bar, Erin recently served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and also sits on the board of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. 

Erin is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College Law School.    

Shiva Karimi

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, as well as 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.

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

Paul G. Lannon        

Paul is a litigation partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he counsels and represents businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions in civil litigation and regulatory proceedings.  He is Co-chair of the firm’s education law team and also serves as the outside general counsel for several private colleges and schools in New England.  At the BBA, Paul is the Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.  He has previously served as Co-Chair of the College & University Law Section and as Chair of the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors.  He has also been a member of the Active Duty Military, Family Members & Veterans Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Communications Study Group.  Beyond the BBA, he is a board member at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and recently ended a term on the Board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  Additionally, he works with several veterans and youth services programs.  Paul is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Virginia School of Law.    

He clerked for the Hon. Joseph R. Nolan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Peter N. Lefkowitz

Peter is the Chief Digital Risk Officer at Citrix Systems, where he specializes in privacy law, data governance, cloud, regulatory compliance, and public policy.  Peter served this year as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference Advisory Committee, and has previously served on the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors, the Intellectual Property Law Section Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Privacy Law Committee.  Beyond the BBA, he is Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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

Nigel Long

Nigel is Senior Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, where he oversees extra-contractual litigation in the Southern Region of the United States. Prior to this position, he was a trial attorney at Lynch & Lynch with a practice focused on complex tort litigation and insurance defense. In addition to his duties overseeing extra-contractual litigation, Nigel serves as the Chairperson for the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee for the entire Legal Department at Liberty Mutual.  Nigel served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Insurance and Tort Section, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Committee, as well as the Massachusetts Practice & Procedure Committee. Nigel serves as faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Workshop, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Trial Workshop. He is a 2015 Appointee of Governor Charlie Baker to the Industrial Accident Nominating Panel. In addition to his professional affiliations, Nigel remains avidly involved in community service projects on both a national and local level. He serves on the Board of Directors for the DELTA Research and Educational Foundation, as well as DEAF, Inc. In April 2019, Nigel served as a speaker at the Simmons Leadership Conference.

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

Diane E. Lopez        

Diane is Vice President and General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University, where she oversees the office’s practice, including managing its outside legal budget. In her legal practice, she assists the University on a variety of commercial transactions, with a focus on protecting intellectual property assets.  She also advises on health care, privacy, and student issues, on concerns involving the use of human subjects and animals in research, and on legal and legislative matters related to human embryonic stem cell research. She was a member of the Harvard President’s Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.  At the BBA, she has served as Co-Chair of the College & University Law Section.  Ms. Lopez has presented at numerous BBA educational programs, the most recent as a panelist for “What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking – Strategies for In-House Counsel,” part of the BBA White Collar Crime Conference in January 2018.  She is a former Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, also serving as its Treasurer during the construction of its museum in the Seaport District.

She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University Law School, and is a widow who lives in Belmont with her two children.

Melissa Sampson McMorrow

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 then 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 also is 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.

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

Christine M. Netski (President Emeritus)

Chris is the managing partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she concentrates her practice in business and employment litigation. At the BBA, Chris is a member of the BBA COVID-19 Working group, and also serves on the BBF Board of Trustees. She has served as President of the BBA, as BBA Treasurer, as Chair of the Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors; and as Co-Chair of the Law Day Steering Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Task Force on the Future of the Profession. She has also served as a member of the Fellows Committee, the Rule 3:16 Committee, the Future of the Legal Profession Implementation Working Group, the Communications Study Group, and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Chris is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and served as the BBA’s appointee to the Access to Justice Commission’s Working Group in 2012. Beyond the BBA, Chris has served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Women’s Bar Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Boston University School of Law Small-Midsized Firm Apprenticeship Program. She was Vice President of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice from 2013-2015.

Chris is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law.

Lili Palacios-Baldwin

Lili Palacios-Baldwin

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 most recently co-chaired that section’s third annual conference.  Beyond the BBA, she is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Lili is on the advisory board of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions and is active in other professional and community organizations. 

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

Marc A. Rubenstein

Lili Palacios-Baldwin

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.     

Elizabeth A. Soulé

Elizabeth Soulé is the Executive Director of MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham.  She has held that post since her appointment in September 2008.  Prior to her appointment in 2008, she worked for 20 years as an elder law attorney and supervisor of the government benefits unit at MetroWest Legal Services.  Ms. Soulé is a member of the Equal Justice Coalition, vice-chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Access to Justice Section Council, a member of the Boston Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Section Council and the chair of the Wayland Council on Aging Board of Directors.   In addition to being a faculty member for the Trial Skills training program at the Center for Legal Aid Education in Boston, she has taught as a visiting clinical supervisor at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau and given numerous presentations on many elder law topics in a wide range of contexts.  Ms. Soulé has received the Person of the Year Award from Baypath Elder Services and received the 2014 President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association as a member of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Increasing Funding for Civil Legal Aid.    

Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Sociology magna cum laude in 1984 from The Catholic University of America and her Juris Doctor degree in 1987 from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Andrew P. Strehle

Andrew is the Administrative Partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, where he concentrates his practice on commercial finance and corporate restructurings and chairs its Pro Bono Committee. He is a member of the BBF Board of Trustees, BBF Executive Committee, and is Chair of the Investment Committee. He is a member of the BBF's Society of Fellows and has served on its Steering Committee and also was Co-Chair of the Adams Benefit Steering Committee. At the BBA, he served as a member of the Nominating Committee, and Co-Chair of the Commercial Lending Committee. Beyond the BBA, Andrew is on the board of the risk purchasing group Pilot Legis, was President of the Alumni Association of the Boston University School of Law and served on MIT's Annual Fund Board. 

Andrew 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

Natashia Tidwell

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 is 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. She previously served on the Criminal Law Section, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Beacon Award Steering Committee 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 General’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

Natashia Tidwell

Robin is the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Stoke Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: STOK), a biotechnology company pioneering a new generation of RNA-based genetic medicines to treat the underlying causes of severe genetic diseases by precisely upregulating protein expression to restore target proteins to near normal levels. Robin was the Co-Chair of the BBA’s 2019 Life Sciences Conference. Robin currently serves on the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter (ACC-Northeast), and is the Chair of the ACC-Northeast’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Robin serves on the Board of the Kendall Square Association, on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Boston University School of Law, on the Board of Trustees of the Shady Hill School (SHS), and is the Vice-Chairperson of the SHS Audit Committee. Robin also serves on the Government Relations Committee of both the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy and the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine. She was President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation Robin co-founded the In Real Law Program, which mentors first generation and minority law students who attend law school in Massachusetts, and is the Co-Chair of ACI’s 7th Annual Conference on Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law.

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

Nancy R. Wilsker

Nancy R. Wilsker

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. She 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.

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