2021-2022 Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees

Officers

President

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 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.

President-Elect

Stephen P. Hall

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.

Treasurer

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 & Capital Markets Practice Group and a former member of the firm’s Policy Committee. She advises life sciences 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. She is BBF Treasurer and a member of the BBF Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, the Grants Committee, and the Joint Finance Committee. She has served as a member of the 2017 Strategic Planning Committee, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and the Law Day Steering Committee. Megan has also served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Business Transactions Section, the Securities Law Committee, and the Adams Benefit Steering Committee. Megan is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of the Pine Street Inn, Lawyers for Civil Rights, and the Japan Society of Boston.

Megan is a graduate of Wellesley College and Boston College Law School.

Secretary

Paige Scott Reed

Paige is a partner at Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where she works as a transportation and employment attorney. She was previously Counsel at Anderson & Kreiger, LLP, where she specialized 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. Paige is BBF Secretary and is a member of the BBF Grants Committee. At the BBA, Paige has served on the Council and the BBA Executive Committee. She has also served on the Steering Committee for the John & Abigail Adams Benefit. She is Past-President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Brookline Community Foundation. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts and the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Network.

Paige is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Trustees

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 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.

Joseph L. Bierwirth, Jr.

Joe is the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Private Client Group at Hemenway & Barnes. He concentrates his practice in the areas of probate, trust, real property, and business litigation. He also provides counsel to individuals and families on estate planning and probate matters and serves as a trustee of many private and charitable trusts. He was named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers List from 2009-2020 and has authored several published articles on trust law, estate administration, and nonprofit law. Joe is a Senior Vice President of Hemenway Trust Company, a New Hampshire-based private fiduciary firm. He is former Co-Chair of the BBA’s Trusts and Estates Steering Committee, a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Joe is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and University of San Francisco School of Law.

Krietta Bowens Jones

Krietta is Associate General Counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she advises on corporate, regulatory and risk management matters. She also counsels on patient care matters and privacy and data security, including HIPAA and state medical privacy laws. Prior to working at Dana-Farber, Krietta was an associate in the Health Law Department at Mintz. Krietta is currently on the Steering Committee for the BBA’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Digital Law Section and she has previously served on the BBA Council, the BBA’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference Advisory Committee, the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Section. She is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and a member of the BBF Grants Committee. Beyond the BBA, Krietta is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, and she serves as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.

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

Esme Caramello

Esme is Faculty Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where her research and teaching focus on housing law and policy, poverty law, and professional responsibility. Esme is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and has been a member of the BBF Grants Committee since 2005. She is a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, where she co-chairs the Housing Committee and is a member of the COVID-19 Task Force Leadership Team and the Access to Attorneys Committee.

Esme is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School.

Christopher G. Clark

Chris is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He represents U.S. and international clients on a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, including in state and federal trial and appellate courts, before state and federal government agencies, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly handles housing court, family law, prisoners’ rights, wage theft and immigration matters, and has served on the pro bono panels of the Second and Ninth Circuits. In 2014, Chris was a recipient of the Boston Bar Association’s President’s Award for his representation of several victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. In 2016, he received the Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award, and in 2018 he was named an Excellence in the Law Honoree for Pro Bono by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Chris currently serves on the board of directors of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, the Disability Law Center, and Lawyers for Civil Rights.

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

Paul G. Cushing

Paul is a Section Head in the Office of General Counsel at Mass General Brigham, where he leads the Litigation, Compliance and Contracts Section. He also serves as the Managing Counsel for Salem Hospital and North Shore Physicians Group. Paul is a member of the BBF Executive Committee and chairs the Joint Audit Committee. He previously has served on the BBA Council, the BBA Executive Committee, the Fellows Committee, the Adams Benefit Steering Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the Summer Jobs Steering Committee. He is a past Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee and served as a BBA appointee to the Trial Court Standing Committee on Public Access to Court Records. He is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows and previously was Secretary of the Boston Bar Foundation. Paul is a Board Member and past President of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, and a board member and past Chair of the New England Legal Foundation. He also has been an adjunct professor at New England Law Boston.

Paul is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Scott A. Faust

Scott is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in the Labor & Employment Law Department and is co-head of the Strategic Corporate Planning Group and a member of the Labor-Management Relations Group at Proskauer. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, and other labor relations matters, including those relating to mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. At the BBA, Scott has been a part of the Fellows Committee, the Joint Planning Committee, the Law Day Steering Committee, and the John & Abigail Adams Committee. He is also a member of the Labor & Employment Section.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Boston College Law School.

David L. Ferrera

David is a partner in the Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Litigation Department and is Chair of Nutter’s Product Liability Practice Group. He represents medical device and pharmaceutical companies in courtrooms around the country presenting various fields of medical science to lay juries and courts. David is a former BBF Treasurer, and in the past has served on the BBA’s Public Service Oversight Committee, the BBF Investment Committee, the BBA’s John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee, and the Pro Bono Committee of the BBA’s Litigation Section. He is the current Chair of the BBF Grants Committee and a member of the BBF Executive Committee. David is also an invitation-only member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

David is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and New York University School of Law.

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. 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.

William E. Hannum III

Will is a partner at Schwartz Hannum PC. He represents employers, independent schools, colleges and universities in a broad range of labor, employment, and education matters. Will also regularly counsels non-profit boards on governance issues, acting in the role of general counsel. Prior to joining Schwartz Hannum, Will was an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Section in the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. At the BBA, Will has been an active member of the Labor & Employment Law Section for several years and was Co-Chair from 2013 to 2015. In the past, he has served on the BBA Nominating Committee, the Fellows Committee, and as Co-Chair of the John & Abigail Adams Steering Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sconset Trust, and a former Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member of the Nantucket Atheneum.

Will is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University.

Kathleen C. Henry

Kathy is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Eastern Bankshares, Inc. and Eastern Bank (together, Eastern) and Eastern’s Chief Human Resources Officer. She oversees the various legal affairs of Eastern, including corporate governance, in-house legal advice, litigation risk, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including SEC compliance; she also leads the team responsible for talent acquisition and development, employee relations and compensation and benefits. She serves on Eastern’s management committee, is part of the executive team driving Eastern’s strategic efforts on enhanced diversity, equity and inclusion and was part of the leadership team that lead the company through its highly successful IPO in 2019. Kathy currently serves on the BBF Board of Trustees, the Grants committee and is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. She co-chaired the Adams Ball in 2019. At the BBA, Kathy served on the Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum, the ABA Resolution 113 Working Group, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, the PILP Working Group, the Public Service Oversight Committee, the Mentoring Committee, the Work Group on BBA Strategic, Marketing and Policy Communications, the Communications Study Group, and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Steering Committee. Kathy is an alumna of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Project. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Lamp for Haiti Foundation.

Kathy is a graduate of Boston University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Renee Inomata

Renee is a partner at Casner & Edwards, LLP where she helps companies and executives navigate complex employment laws so they can successfully achieve their employment goals and mitigate risks associated with employment issues. She advises clients on a wide range of high-level, complex employment-related matters, and solves sensitive employment situations with an understanding of the client’s culture, risk adversity, and business goals. Prior to joining Casner & Edwards, Renee was the Chair of Burns & Levinson’s Employment Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Renee has previously served on the BBA Council and is a member of the BBF Society of Fellows. Currently, she is a member of the BBA Nominating Committee. Renee is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section, the Women’s Bar Association’s Law Firm Advancement Committee, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. She is the Co-Chair of the GBH Board of Advisors Nominating Committee and a member of The Boston Foundation’s Asian Community Fund Advisory Committee. Renee is a former Chair of the Brown University President’s Diversity Advisory Council.

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

Leiha Macauley

Leiha is a partner in the Individual Clients Practice of Day Pitney LLP. She advises on matters of estate, gift and charitable planning, closely held businesses, administration of estates and trusts, and fiduciary litigation. Prior to joining Day Pitney, she was an associate at Peabody and Arnold LLP. She has been a member of the BBF Executive Committee and Chair of the BBF Investment Committee. At the BBA, she has served as a member of the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Steering Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Investments, Spending and Reserves. Leiha has also served on a number of other BBA committees, including the Estate Planning Committee, the Public Service Oversight Committee, and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee. She was also Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates Section from 2013 to 2016.

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

Deborah J. Manus

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.

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 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.

Christine M. Netski

Chris is the managing partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., where she concentrates her practice in business and employment litigation. She has served as the BBA’s President, President-Elect, Vice President and Treasurer, and as Chair of the Joint Finance Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors. Chris has also served 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 been 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.

Chinh H. Pham

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.

Edward H. Seksay

Ed is the Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, and General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp, overseeing Rockland Trust’s legal, compliance, and enterprise risk management functions. He is also President and Chairman of Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations. Ed is a member of BBF Society of Fellows and has previously served as a member of the 2020, 2017, 2016, and 2014 Adams Benefit Steering Committees, and in 2021 served as its Co-Chair. He has also served on the BBA Nominating Committee, the BBA Litigation Section Steering Committee, and the BBF Ad Hoc Committee on Investments, Spending, and Reserves. Ed is also the Founding Chairman of the American Bankers Association Regional Banks General Counsels Group.

Ed is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Manleen Singh

Manleen is an associate at Robins Kaplan LLP. She represents large and small companies in a variety of sectors, including retail, food and beverage, and manufacturing, on matters involving litigation and business relationships. She is dedicated to her diverse pro bono practice, which includes religious employment discrimination and applications for minor immigrant clients to receive Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. In 2010 she was named “Empire State Counsel” by the New York State Bar Association, for her dedication to pro bono work. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for RIA, Inc., an organization committed to supporting individuals with experience in the commercial sex trade. At the Boston Bar, Manleen serves on the Joint Planning Committee, the Human Trafficking Committee, and the Forum Advisory Committee for the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum. She is a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section.

Manleen is a graduate of Boston University and New York Law School.

Andrew P. Strehle

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.

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