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BBF Board of Trustees

President

Anthony Froio

Anthony is Regional Managing Partner of the Boston office at Robins Kaplan LLP, where he represents clients in complex litigation related to intellectual property and trademark infringement, employment and bankruptcy litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Anthony has served as a member of the BBF Executive Committee and as Chair of the Development Committee. He is a BBF Senior Fellow. Anthony serves as Treasurer of the Holy Cross Varsity Club in Worcester, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, and Chair of the Personnel Board for the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He is also active with several professional associations including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Boston Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Boston Patent Law Association. Anthony is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.

Treasurer

Christopher D. Strang

Chris is a founding partner of Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP and head of the Civil Litigation practice. He served as a Project Coordinator for a construction contracting firm in New York before attending the Boston University School of Law. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Boston Bar Foundation, and is a former member of the BBF Development Committee, former Co-Chair of the BBA New Lawyers Section, and a Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) alumnus. He has served as Co-Chair on many BBF charitable committees and is a member of the Society of Fellows. Chris holds leadership positions on both the Boston University Alumni Council and the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association Executive Committee. He spearheaded the firm’s pro bono project, pairing law students with attorneys to assist veterans and other Massachusetts residents in their job search by assisting qualified applicants in sealing CORI records. Chris is a graduate of the University at Albany and the Boston University School of Law.

Secretary 

Diana K. Lloyd

Diana is a Practice Group Leader at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. She has over 25 years of experience in federal and state government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and related business and securities litigation. In the past, she served as a Law Clerk for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the BBA, Diana has served as a member of the Council, the Executive Committee, and the Ethics Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section and the Law Day Steering Committee. She has also served on the BBF Grants Committee and Executive Committee. For six years, Diana was a member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act panel, accepting court appointments to represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases. She is a Trustee of Gann Academy, and previously served on various committees for the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School. She has also taught in the Citizen Schools/Discovering Justice Mock Trial Program, an after-school enrichment program for Boston public school students. Diana is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Trustees

Jonathan M. Albano



(BBA Vice-President)

Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis. He focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. Jon is a member of the BBA’s Amicus and Executive Committees and is also the Vice President of the BBA Council. He previously served as Secretary and Treasurer of the BBA Council, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Co-Chair of the BBA’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section. Jon has also served as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Jon is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Lisa G. Arrowood



(Past BBA President)

Lisa is a founding partner of Arrowood Peters LLP, whose practice concentrates on business litigation, employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury, and legal malpractice. At the BBA, Lisa has served as President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Co-Chair of the BBA Torts Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee, as well as various other committees. She is a member of the BBF’s Society of Fellows. Lisa is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and immediate past Chair of the ACTL Massachusetts State Committee. Lisa previously held a three year appointment as the First Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and was a member of the Board of Bar Overseers. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Russell Beck

Russ is a founding partner at Beck Reed & Riden LLP, where he has a national trade secrets and noncompete practice, handles complex business and intellectual property disputes, and serves as a mediator. Russ teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law and is a member of the BBA Council and the BBF Fellows Committee. He Co-Chaired the 2015 BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and served as a member of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. Russ has also served as the Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and as a member of the BBF Communications & Fundraising Committee. Russ is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston University School of Law.

Jonathan Chiel

Jonathan is executive vice president and general counsel for Fidelity Investments, and also has responsibility for Fidelity’s Public Affairs and Policy Group. Prior to joining Fidelity, Jonathan was general counsel at John Hancock Financial Services, the United States division of Manulife Financial, and was a member of the Manulife Management Committee. Before joining Hancock, Jonathan was a partner with Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston, serving as chair of the firm’s Government Enforcement Practice Group. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Boston office, serving as Chief of the Criminal Division from 1993 to 1995. At the BBA, Jonathan has served as a member of the Diversity Leadership Task Force, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. He has also been a member of the BBA Council and Executive Committee. He has served on the BBF’s Grants Committee, and is a member of the BBF’s Society of Fellows. Jonathan is also a director on the boards of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, and the Maimonides School. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Sarah Chapin Columbia

Sarah is a partner in the law firm at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. She also counsels clients on overall intellectual property strategy and positioning, including litigation avoidance. Sarah is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and serves as Co-Chair of the Society of Fellows Committee. She has also served as a member of the BBF Development Committee and as Co-Chair of the 2014 John & Abigail Adams Benefit. Additionally, Sarah participates in the Wesleyan President’s Council and Alumni Schools Committee. Sarah is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.

Paul G. Cushing

Paul is the head of the Litigation and Compliance Section in the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare. He is also the Secretary and Managing Counsel for the North Shore Medical Center and North Shore Physicians Group. Paul is a past member of the BBA’s Council and Executive Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the BBA Ethics Committee and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and he has served as a member of various other committees. He is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and its development committee. Paul is on the board and is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a founder and past chair of the chapter’s Ethics Committee and its Diversity Committee. He is a frequent panelist for in-house counsel events and has taught Negotiation as an adjunct professor at New England Law | Boston. Paul is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. He is also a graduate of the General Electric Company Financial Management Program.

Julia Devanthéry

Julia is an attorney and Clinical Instructor in the Housing Clinic of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Julia joined the Legal Services Center as Staff Attorney for the Mattapan Initiative in 2013 in which she defended tenants and former owners against eviction actions brought by banks after foreclosure. She was appointed Clinical Instructor in April of 2015, and co-teaches and supervises law students enrolled in the Housing Clinic. Julia oversees the Housing Justice for Survivors Project, in which she represents survivors of domestic and sexual violence in housing matters, and she also maintains a caseload of post-foreclosure, private housing, and subsidized housing eviction cases. Julia is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Thomas J. Gallitano

Tom is Managing Partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where he has a diverse civil litigation practice, concentrating in employment law and professional liability. In 2007, Tom was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Advisory Board, and was reappointed in 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to continue to serve as Chair of the Advisory Board. Tom has served for many years as a member of the BBF Development Committee, previously served as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and is currently Co-Chair of the Society of Fellows Committee. In addition to serving on the BBF’s Board of Trustees, Tom also serves on the boards of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. Tom is a graduate of Tufts University and the Northeastern University School of Law.

Megan N. Gates

Megan is a member at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where she is Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group. She represents biotechnology and high technology companies in public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and general corporate matters. Before joining Mintz Levin in 2000, she was Associate General Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she handled securities reporting and compliance. At the BBA, she has served as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Business Transactions Section, and Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee. She is a member of the BBA Council, and is also a BBF Fellow. She is a board member of the Pine Street Inn and recently completed a five year term, including serving as Chair of Casa Myrna, a nonprofit focused on ending domestic violence. Megan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.

Lisa C. Goodheart

Lisa is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she handles environmental, energy, real estate, and business disputes. She is the current Chair of the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board, and she formerly served as Chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and as President of CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate). At the BBF, Lisa is the immediate past President, a Sustaining Fellow in the Society of Fellows, and a former member of the Grants Committee. She is also a past President of the BBA, where she has served as Treasurer and as a member of the Council, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Section, and as Chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee. She is a supporter of the performing arts, and has served on the boards of several dance companies. Lisa is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Alexandra Gorman

Alex is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she focuses on Healthcare Enforcement and Litigation. She represents pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech companies, and health care providers in connection with civil and criminal investigations, as well as in litigation, enforcement, and regulatory matters. At the BBA, Alex has served as a member of numerous committees, in addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Justice is Sweet Steering Committee, the Litigation Public Policy Committee, and the BBA’s New Lawyers Section. She is a member of the BBF’s Society of Fellows, and was a member of the BBA’s 2008-2009 Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) class. Alex is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Boston University School of Law.

Stephen P. Hall

Stephen is an associate at Holland & Knight, where he is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. He represents clients in matters involving complex commercial litigation, qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act and anti-kickback laws, insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, and copyright infringement. Stephen is also President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA), which provides a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of color within the Massachusetts legal community. At the BBA, Stephen has served on the New Lawyers Steering Committee and the Casino Night Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Stephen has offered pro bono assistance to the Innocence Project, helping with criminal appeals involving factual innocence, and has also handled a range of cases from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. Stephen was recognized as a “Boston Rising Star” by The National Law Journal and the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2015. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and Suffolk University Law School.

Julia Huston

Julia is a Partner in Foley Hoag LLP’s Intellectual Property Department, where she is the Chair of the Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Advertising and Marketing Practice Group. Julia is well-known for her high-profile victories in trademark, copyright, and false advertising cases. Julia is a Senior Fellow of the BBF. A committed advocate for social justice and professional excellence in the law, Julia has held leadership positions in several civic, professional and charitable organizations. During her tenure as President of the BBA, Julia advocated for increased funding for civil legal aid based on the recommendations of a statewide task force convened by the BBA, which authored the groundbreaking report Investing in Justice. Julia’s past roles with the BBA include serving as Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee, Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section, and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. Julia has also served as President of Greater Boston Legal Services, President of the Women’s Bar Association, and Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition. Julia is a graduate of Boston University, Harvard University, and Boston University School of Law.

Kelly Ann Leighton

Kelly is a partner with the firm of Barnes & Leighton in Salem, where her practice focuses on all aspects of domestic relations. At the BBA, she has served as a member of the Council, as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section’s Policy and Legislative Committee. She was also the BBA’s liaison to the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force on Alimony Reform. She has served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence Survivor Services Committee, and she is past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and a member of the Trial Court Domestic Violence Education Task Force. Kelly has been a member of educational panels for organizations including MCLE, BBA, MBA, WBA, Boston College Law School, Northeastern University Law School, Suffolk University Law School, and New England School of Law, as well as an author of publications for MCLE and the Massachusetts Law Review. In 2012, Kelly was recognized as one of the “Top Women of Law,” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Kelly is a graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College Law School.

Christopher M. Morrison

Chris is a partner at Jones Day where he practices in business and intellectual property litigation. He is the Boston office’s hiring partner and served for two years as its Pro Bono Coordinator. An alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), Chris has served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the BBA’s Business Litigation and Antitrust Committee, and as a member of the BBA’s Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, and Website Committees. Chris also served as Co-Chair of the steering committees for the BBA’s Law Day Dinner and the BBF’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit. He was a member of the BBA Council and serves on the BBF Grants Committee. Chris is a graduate of Boston College for both his BA and MEd, and of Boston College Law School.

James D. Smeallie 

A Partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, J.D.’s practice is concentrated in business litigation and the representation of educational institutions. At the BBA, J.D. has served as President, President-Elect, Vice President, and Chair of the BBA’s Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, among other positions. He is also a BBF Fellow. J.D. has served on his firm’s Directors Committee and as the Executive Partner of the Boston office. He currently is a member of the firm’s Practice and Operations Committee. J.D. has also served as a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He is a past Vice President of the Boards of Trustees at Shore County Day School and the Pingree School. J.D. has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Massachussetts Super Lawyer from 2004-2016. J.D. is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia Law School.

Mark D. Smith



(BBA President-Elect) 

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Mark is currently the BBA President-Elect and a member of the Executive Committee. He has served as the BBA Secretary, Chair of the BBA’s Education Committee, and as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. He is also a member of the BBF’s Society of Fellows. Prior to entering private practice, Mark served for eleven years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office including as Chief of the Public Integrity Division and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau. Mark began his legal career in New York City, where he worked as a public defender for four years. He also clerked for the New York State Supreme Court. Mark is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School.

Carol Starkey



(BBA President)

Carol is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP. Her practice concentrates in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory law, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. Carol serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Practice Group and formerly as a member of the firm’s management committee. Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Carol was Chief of the Economic Crimes Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where her work concentrated in the areas of white-collar crime and public corruption. She is currently the President of the BBA, and in the past she has served as the BBA’s President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, a member of the Council and the Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Group Mentoring Program, and the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section. Carol was a past Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the former Vice Chair for the White Collar Defense & Investigations Committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel. She is also a member of the BBF’s Society of Fellows. Carol has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 publication of The Best Lawyers in America. She is repeatedly recognized as one of the top lawyers in New England for white collar defense and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Massachusetts. Carol is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Suffolk University Law School.