The Adams Benefit

Each year the John & Abigail Adams Benefit welcomes over 1,000 guests for an extraordinary evening benefiting the Boston Bar Foundation. The one-of-a kind event is held at the Museum of Fine Arts, and helps support the work of the BBF in its mission to facilitate access to justice for the underserved, fund and promote innovation in the delivery of legal services and support impactful public service projects & pro bono work by lawyers in our community.

About the Event

The 2024 Adams Benefit took place on Saturday, April 6th at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Attendees enjoyed magnificent art, live entertainment and music, special performances, and gourmet food and drinks. The signature fundraising event of the Boston Bar Foundation, the Adams Benefit is one of the largest events of the Boston legal community, welcoming more than 1,000 attendees annually to support the work of the BBF in our community.

Late Night at the Museum

Part of the Adams Benefit, Late Night at the Museum is an event that brings together law students and newer lawyers to meet, dine and dance and as they get to know each other and begin to lay the groundwork for successful careers in the law.

About the BBF

The Boston Bar Foundation serves as a beacon of the legal community’s enduring commitment to enhancing the lives of the most underserved individuals in our community. Through a dynamic granting program, the BBF works to serve the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community, including domestic violence survivors, immigrants, prisoners, workers, veterans, children and families.

As the charitable affiliate of the Boston Bar Association, the BBF supports projects and programs dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, strengthening leadership development opportunities for young lawyers and engaging lawyers in serving our community.

The 2024 Honoree

Paul W. Lee, retired partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and founder and first President of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM), received the 2024 Adams Benefit Public Service Award.

“It is an honor to recognize Paul Lee for his nearly 40 years of service to the greater Boston legal community. His professional accomplishments—of which there are many—touch not only the lives within this Commonwealth but also across the country.  His mentorship, support, and assistance has been invaluable for so many, especially within the AALAM community.  He is truly the embodiment of the values and commitment represented by this award.  We look forward to celebrating the impact of his work and service to our community.”
Stephen Hall, President, Boston Bar Foundation

History of the Public Service Award

The Adams Benefit Public Service Award is given annually to business or civic leaders who have shown exemplary leadership in community service and philanthropy and whose work aligns with the BBF’s mission to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.

Past Honorees

Fletcher (Flash) & Benaree (Benny) Wiley

Damian Wilmont, SVP, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Vertex

Chief Justice Ralph Gants

Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank

Diane B. Patrick

Hon. Nonnie and Richard Burnes

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall


John Hancock

Thomas M. Menino

Carol N. Fulp

Paul S. Grogan

John Fish

Citizens Bank

James G. Keefe and Patrick A.T. Lee, President and Vice President of Trinity Financial

Paul Guzzi, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Jack Connors, Jr., Chairman of Hill Holliday Connors and Cosmopulos

The Boston Red Sox & the Boston Red Sox Foundation

William C. Van Faasen, Chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Edward C. Johnson, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Investments

Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO of Timberland

Teresa Heinz, Chair, Heinz Family Philanthropies

2024 Photo Highlights

Thank you to Our Sponsors!

For questions about sponsoring the Adams Benefit, contact Mariah Hanlon at

Champion Supporters

Mark Fitzgerald, Len & Peggy Ho, Jeffrey Hsi, Vivian Hsu, Vincent Lau, Matthew V.P McTygue, Daniel Park, Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck, Bryce Schintzius, Mindee Wasserman, William T. Whelan, & G. Perry Wu

Patron Ticket Sponsor

Victor Diune, Fernande Duffly, Jason Gish, Alexandra Mitropoulos, Peter Moser, & Connie Moser

Steering Committee

Peggy Ho
Commonwealth Financial Network

Regina Pisa

Kristin Abati

Laurie Burlingame
Morgan Lewis

Robert Chow
Burns & Levinson

Paul Dacier
Indigo Agriculture

Stacylyn Doore
Quinn Emanuel

Felicia Ellsworth

Scott Faust

Renee Inomata
Casner & Edwards

Giselle Joffre
Arnold & Porter

Colleen Laduzinski
Jones Day

Rebecca Lee

Lizette Perez Deisboeck
Battery Ventures