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Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees

President

Anthony A. Froio

Tony is an elected-member of the Executive Board at Robins Kaplan LLP, and Regional Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston office. He represents clients in complex litigation related to intellectual property and trademark infringement, employment and bankruptcy litigation, as well as general commercial disputes. Tony is President of the BBF and has served as a member of the BBF Executive Committee and as Chair of the Development Committee, as Chair of the Communications & Fundraising Committee, and as a member of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Tony is a BBF Senior Fellow. He has also served as Chair of the BBA Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section, and on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the Law Day Steering Committee. Tony serves as Treasurer of the Holy Cross Varsity Club and, and is a co-founder of the Holy Cross Diamond Baseball Club in Worcester. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, and a long-standing member 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. Tony is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.

President-Elect

Diana K. Lloyd

Diana is a Practice Group Leader at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. She is co-chair of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Compliance practice group. She has over 25 years of experience in federal and state government enforcement matters, internal investigations and related business and securities litigation. She is co-chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee, and a member of its Diversity Committee. Diana is President-Elect of the BBF, and she serves on the Foundation’s Grants Committee and Executive Committee. She has served as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and as BBF Secretary. Diana is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. At the BBA, she has served on the Council, Executive Committee, Ethics Committee, and Law Day Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section. Beyond the BBA, Diana is a Trustee of Gann Academy, and is active in Combined Jewish Philanthropies. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and New York University School of Law.

Treasurer

Christopher D. Strang

Chris is a founding partner of Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP, where he is head of the Civil Litigation Practice. Chris currently serves as BBF Treasurer and as a member of the BBF Executive Committee. At the Boston Bar he has served as Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Section, the New Lawyers Social Events Committee, the Justice is Sweet Steering Committee, the Casino Night Steering Committee, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He has also served as a member of the Fellows Committee, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the LRS Review Committee, the BBA/BBF Partnership Committee, the Communications & Fundraising Committee, the Future of the Legal Profession Implementation Committee, the Development Committee, the Young Lawyers Advisory Committee, the Litigation Section Steering Committee, the Solo & Small Firm Section Steering Committee, and the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee. He is a BBF Fellow and an alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). He has received the BBA President’s Award for his representation of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing through the BBA’s Marathon Assistance Project. Chris is active in the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association; he currently serves on the Small and Mid-Sized Firm Advisory Board for the Career Development Office, and co-chairs the Board Mentoring Committee for the Alumni Council. Chris is a graduate of the University at Albany and Boston University School of Law.

Secretary 

Sarah Chapin Columbia

Sarah is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery. She is the global head of McDermott's Intellectual Property Practice and also serves on the Management Committee. Sarah helps clients with matters related to intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets. She also counsels clients on overall intellectual property strategy and positioning, including litigation avoidance. Sarah is Secretary of the BBF. She has served on the Development Committee, the Fellows Committee, and as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. She is a member of the Society of Fellows. At the BBA, Sarah has served as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and on the Nominating Committee. Sarah is a member of the faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, where each year she teaches a two-day course focused on US patent litigation. She is a member of the President’s Council at Wesleyan University. Sarah is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Harvard Law School.

Trustees

Jonathan M. Albano
(BBA President-Elect)

Jon is a partner at Morgan Lewis. He focuses his practice on commercial, constitutional, and media-related litigation. Jon is President-Elect of the Boston Bar Association. He chairs the Joint Planning Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee, the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section Steering Committee, and the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group. Jon has previously served on the Amicus Committee, as Secretary and Treasurer of the BBA Council, as Chair of the Finance Committee, as Co-Chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, and as a member of the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Beyond the Boston Bar, he is a member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Media Law Forum, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jon is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Lisa G. Arrowood

Lisa is a founding partner of Arrowood LLP. Previously a Founding Partner of Todd & Weld LLP and a partner and associate at Hale and Dorr, she has over thirty years’ experience practicing law in the areas of business litigation, employment disputes, medical malpractice, personal injury and legal malpractice. At the Boston Bar, Lisa has served as President and Secretary of the BBA and on the BBA Council and Executive Committee. She has served on the Law Day Steering Committee, Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and Nominating Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Tort Committee. Lisa is the BBA’s delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and she is a member of the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Lisa is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and serves as Chair of the organization’s Gates Award Committee and a member of its Journal Committee. She has served as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission and on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Russell Beck

Russell 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. He also teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law. At the Boston Bar, Russell is a member of the BBA Council, the BBA and BBF Executive Committees, the Joint Audit Committee, and the Intellectual Property Law Section. In 2017, he served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Russell has previously served on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the BBF Fellows Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section and the BBF John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Beyond the BBA, Russell serves as chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee, and has authored several resources for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Russell 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 Boston Bar, Jonathan has served as a member of the Diversity Leadership Task Force, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, and the Grants Committee. He has also been a member of the BBA Council and Executive Committee. Jonathan is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. He 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.

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. At the Boston Bar, Paul is a member of the BBF Executive Committee, the Joint Audit Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group. He is a past member of the BBA Council and Executive Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and he has served as a member of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Summer Jobs Steering Committee, the Rule 3:16 Committee, and the Development Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. 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, defending 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 an alumna of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program, and has served as Co-Chair of the Reentry Education Program. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Julia is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law..

Thomas J. Gallitano

Tom is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, where he has a diverse civil litigation practice, concentrating in employment law and professional liability. Tom is a member of the Investment Committee and the Joint Planning Committee. He has served on the BBF Executive Committee, the Fellows Committee, the Development Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Tom also serves on the boards of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. 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 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 a member of the firm's Policy Committee and Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on providing counsel to public companies with respect to public and private equity financings, merger and acquisition transactions, and compliance and disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Before joining Mintz Levin in 2000, she was Associate General Counsel at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a member of the BBA Council, the BBF Executive Committee, the BBF Investment Committee, and the Joint Finance Committee. She has also served as a member of the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee, as Co-Chair of the Business Transactions Section, as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee, and on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and the Law Day Steering Committee. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Megan is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She is also a member of the Corporate Board Committee at the Boston Club, a member of the Boards of Directors of Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Pine Street Inn, and a member of the Life Sciences Council at Springboard Enterprises. Megan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.

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. He is a member of the Hiring Committee and the Diversity Committee for Holland & Knight's Boston office. At the Boston Bar, Stephen is a member of the Joint Finance Committee, the Summer Fundraiser Steering Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusion Section Steering Committee. He has served on the Beacon Award Selection Committee, the New Lawyers Steering Committee, and the Casino Night Steering Committee. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Additionally, 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. He is the immediate past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA). Stephen 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 member of the BBF Executive Committee and Grants Committee. During Julia’s tenure as President of the BBA, she advocated for increased funding for civil legal aid based on the recommendations of a statewide task force convened by the Boston Bar, which authored the groundbreaking report Investing in Justice. Julia’s has served as Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee, the Litigation Section, the Delivery of Legal Services Section, and the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. She has also served on the BBA Nominating Committee, the Community Projects Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Julia is currently Chair of the Parallel Imports Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She 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 A. 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 Boston Bar, she is a member of the Grants Committee and the BBA Family Law Section Steering Committee. She has served on the BBF Executive Committee and as a member of the BBA Council, as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section, and as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section’s Policy and Legislative Committee. She was also the Boston Bar'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 is a graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College Law School.

Deborah J. Manus

Deb is the Managing Partner of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and former Chair of its Trusts & Estates Department. She represents high net worth individuals and families on estate and trust administration and estate planning, helping to structure large, tax-efficient gifts, and implementing other planning techniques to reduce transfer taxes. At the Boston Bar, Deb is a member of the Joint Finance Committee and the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She has served as Treasurer of the BBA, and as a member of the BBA Council, Executive Committee, and Trusts and Estates Section Steering Committee. She also serves as a representative on the ad hoc committee formed by the BBA, the MBA, and the WBA to recommend proposed revisions to the Commonwealth’s spousal elective share legislation. She is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Deb is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell 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. Chris serves on the BBF Grants Committee. He is an alumnus of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program, and has served on the Council and as Co-Chair of the Litigation Section and the Business Litigation and Antitrust Committee. He has also served as a member of the Boston Bar's Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, and Website Committees, and as Co-Chair of the steering committees for the Law Day Dinner and the John & Abigail Adams Benefit. Chris is a graduate of Boston College, Boston College Lynch School of Education, and Boston College Law School.

Suma V. Nair

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. At the Boston Bar, Suma is a member of the Joint Planning Committee. She has served on the BBA Council and Executive Committee, as well as on the 2017 BBA Strategic Planning Committee, 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 and a member of the Boston Foundation Professional Advisors Committee. She has previously served on the Amicus Committee of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Suma is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School

Christine M. Netski
(BBA Vice-President)

Chris is the managing partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she concentrates her practice in business and employment litigation. Chris is Vice President of the Boston Bar Association and serves on the BBA Executive Committee. She has previously served as BBA Treasurer and as a member of the Council; 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.

Paige Scott Reed

Paige is of Counsel at Anderson & Kreiger, LLP, where she specializes in public law and the formation of public-private partnerships. She previously served as General Counsel to MassDOT and the MBTA, and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to the Boston 2024 Partnership. At the Boston Bar, Paige is a member of the BBA Council and was on the Steering Committee for the 2017 John & Abigail Adams Benefit. She is Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts and the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookline Community Foundation. Paige is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Mark D. Smith
(BBA President) 

Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Mark is President of the Boston Bar Association, and is a member of the BBA Executive Committee and the Criminal Justice Reform Working Group. He has served as the BBA’s Vice President and Secretary, as Chair of the Education Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section. Mark served as the BBA’s appointee to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee on Juror Voir Dire from 2014-2016. He is also a member of the BBF 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. During his time at the AGO he served 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 A. Starkey
(Past 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. Carol is the immediate past BBA President, and is a member of the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She has also 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. She is also a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Carol is 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. 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.

Andrew P. Strehle

Andy is a 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, taxable and tax-exempt bond financings, and other complex financings. He is Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He serves on the BBF Investment Committee and Fellows Committee, and has previously served on the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and the BBA Annual Meeting Steering Committee. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Commercial and Consumer Finance Committee. Andy is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Beyond the Boston Bar, Andy serves on the MIT Annual Fund Board of Directors. Andy is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University School of Law.