About the MBF Board of Trustees

Officers

President

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Janet F. Aserkoff, Esq.
Rappaport, Aserkoff & Gelles
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 1980
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2010

Janet F. Aserkoff is currently the managing partner of Rappaport, Aserkoff & Gelles, having joined its predecessor law firm in 1969.  She has concentrated her practice in commercial real estate matters.  Aserkoff serves as counsel to the original developers of Charles River Park, a mixed-use community in Boston, Massachusetts, and has served as general counsel to New Boston Fund since its founding in 1993. 

An active volunteer on behalf of her Alma Mater, Mount Holyoke, Aserkoff served on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2011, on the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association, and is the recipient of its medal of honor. She also chaired the Alumnae Fund’s first million dollar annual campaign in 1976, and recently co-chaired the Class of 1965 Reunion Gift effort, which raised a record-breaking $2.31 million. In addition, Aserkoff has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Rashi School in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a founding member of the Boston Jewish Community Women's Fund. In 2009, Aserkoff received an MBF President's Award for exemplary service to the Foundation.

Aserkoff is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law.  She is a member of the MBF President's Circle.

Vice President

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Harvey Weiner, Esq.
Peabody & Arnold, LLP
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2005
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2010

Harvey Weiner is the Chairman of the Litigation Department at Peabody & Arnold LLP, where he has practiced civil litigation for over forty years. He now concentrates his practice in the defense of lawyers, of credit unions, and of insurers in complex insurance coverage litigation around the country. He was Best Lawyers Boston Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012.

Weiner is Past Co-President of the Boston Inn of Court and Past President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. He is Secretary of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is on the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. He served as Millis Town Counsel for over a decade. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Law Institute, where he has served on the Members Consultative Group for four different Restatements and/or Principals of Law. He has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has written and spoken on various law topics around the country for over thirty years and has been a trial advisor for the Harvard Law School Advocacy Course for thirty years. Weiner served as a U.S. Army Captain in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star (m). He is a U.S. Department of Veterans Accredited Attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is the National Judge Advocate for the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, the nation’s oldest veterans organization. He was a frequent participant in the MBA's Veterans' Dial-a-Lawyer program.

A Boston native, Weiner is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Columbia Law School, and the London School of Economics. He is an Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow of the MBF.

Treasurer

Richard J. Grahn, Esq.
National Coast Guard Museum Association
Mattapoisett, MA

MBF Fellow since 1995
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2012

Richard J. Grahn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association in New London, CT.  In this position, Grahn and his team are building the first National Coast Guard Museum.  He has said that he is honored to have been trusted with this role.  Previously, Grahn was the Managing Partner at Looney & Grossman, LLP, of Boston.  His practice primarily involved litigation related to governmental enforcement actions and related claims in both civil and criminal proceedings.  Grahn also specialized in internal investigations for companies and their committees; privately held companies and non-profit organizations, including SOX whistleblower complaints, employee dishonesty, and auditing and monitoring compliance programs.

Grahn frequently lectures and holds leadership positions in several non-profit organizations, including the Legal Advocacy Resource Center and the Coast Guard Foundation, Inc.  He was also appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to investigate and pursue claims of contract abuse arising out of the Big Dig construction project.

A Massachusetts native, Grahn is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Emory University School of Law.  He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

Secretary

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Angela McConney Scheepers, Esq.
Division of Administrative Law Appeals
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2007
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Angela McConney Scheepers is currently an Administrative Magistrate for the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA), an independent agency that conducts due process adjudicatory hearings for other Massachusetts state administrative agencies. Before joining DALA, McConney Scheepers was the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission. In addition to serving as General Counsel, she also heard cases filed by public employees and job applicants who are entitled to certain protections under the civil service law. McConney Scheepers previously served as a Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney in the Roxbury and Central Divisions of the Boston Municipal Court and as the Chief Legal Counsel of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

McConney Scheepers is a member of the National Association of Women Judges and serves as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court.  She has served within the Massachusetts Bar Association on the Executive Management Board, the Budget and Finance Committee, and as a delegate in the House of Delegates.  She is also a past president and treasurer of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

McConney Scheepers is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Iowa College of Law.  She also studied at the American University in Cairo and the London Law Consortium.  She is a Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow of the MBF.

Past President

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Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq.
Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi
Rockport, MA

MBF Fellow since 1992
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2008

Robert J. Ambrogi focuses his law practice on media and new media law, arbitration and mediation.  A longtime journalist, he is the only person ever to hold the top editorial positions at both national U.S. legal newspapers, the National Law Journal and Lawyers USA. He is also internationally known for his writing about the Internet and technology.

Ambrogi represents a range of businesses and individuals in issues relating to print media, electronic media, and technology. In addition, he counsels businesses and individuals in employment matters.  An established professional in alternative dispute resolution, Ambrogi has been an arbitrator since 1994, focusing on labor and employment and securities disputes, as well as a mediator in a range of civil disputes. Ambrogi is also CEO of Ambrogi Legal Media, a media consulting firm serving the legal industry.

Ambrogi is a graduate of UMass Amherst and Boston College Law School. He is a Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow of the MBF.


Trustees

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Hon. Deborah A. S. Capuano
Worcester County Juvenile Court
Worcester, MA

MBF Fellow since 2001
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2015

Hon. Deborah A. S. Capuano is an Associate Justice of the Worcester County Juvenile Court, on which she has served since 2009.  A member of the Worcester County Bar Association, as well as the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, she has been an active volunteer in the MBF grant review for many years. In 2010, Judge Capuano was recognized as a Distinguished Jurist by the St. Thomas Moore Society of Worcester.

Before joining the bench, Judge Capuano was a solo practitioner specializing in delinquent and youthful offender matters, care and protections, family law, mental health law, and criminal defense.  She was a juvenile staff attorney for the Bar Advocates of Worcester County, and also served as the regional cooperator for the CPCS Worcester County Children and Family Law Program.  Judge Capuano was a high school English teacher in the Worcester Public Schools before she became a lawyer.

Judge Capuano is a graduate of Worcester State College, Assumption College, and the Massachusetts School of Law.  She is a Life Fellow of the MBF. 

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Frank J. Ciano, Esq.
Law Office of Frank J. Ciano
Cambridge, MA

MBF Fellow since 1992
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Frank J. Ciano is an experienced General Practice Lawyer, assisting clients in personal injury claims, criminal matters, will preparation, real estate, business transactions, and divorce cases.

Ciano served as president of the Middlesex County Bar Association and of the Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont Bar Association, and he also served as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates.  Ciano is Chairman Emeritus of the Dante Alighieri of Massachusetts and recipient of the I Miglori award, which honors Americans of Italian Ancestry who have excelled in their chosen field and made a significant contribution to society.  In 20019, 2014, and 2015, Ciano received the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewing Rating Plaque for his high ethics and legal ability.

Ciano is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk Law School.  He is a Life Fellow of the MBF and a member of the MBF's Justice Circle.

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Lewis C. Eisenberg, Esq.
Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C.
Quincy, MA

MBF Fellow since 1992
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2012

Lewis C. Eisenberg is a principal at Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C., in Quincy, where he focuses his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury and construction law. Active in many bar activities, he is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Attorneys and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  In 2014, Eisenberg was a co-chair for the MBF's 50th Anniversary Gala Committee.

Eisenberg's firm was one of the first to become an MBF Legacy Partner, agreeing to support the Foundation with an annual gift. For his generosity and dedication to the MBF, Eisenberg was presented with the 2010 MBF President's Award.

Eisenberg is a graduate of Rutgers University and New England School of Law. He is a Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Lawrence J. Farber, Esq.
Farber and Lindley, LLC
Amherst, MA

MBF Fellow since 1994
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2010

Lawrence J. Farber specializes in landlord/tenant law, discrimination, wrongful termination, and general civil trials. Farber also conducts trainings on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities.

Farber has given his time to many professional organizations including the Hampshire County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Western Division Housing Court Bench/Bar Committee, and the Statewide Housing Court Bench/Bar Committee. He is a Past President of the Hampshire County Bar Association.

Farber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and Northeastern University School of Law. He is an Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow of the MBF.

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John J. Ferriter
Ferriter & Ferriter LLC
Holyoke, MA

MBF Fellow since 2005
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2015

Jack Ferriter is currently the managing partner of Ferriter & Ferriter, LLC, where his practice focuses on providing strategic advising to businesses, families, and municipalities in corporate, finance, personnel, contracts, compliance, renewable energy, and real estate matters. He specializes in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Ferriter is a lecturer on business law for UMass, as well as on management law for Lorman Business Services. A lifelong Holyoke resident, prior to 2002, Ferriter practiced with Lyon, Ferriter & Fitzpatrick, LLP and Begley & Ferriter, PC.

Ferriter also serves on the board of the Hampden County Bar Association, and is extremely active in his community where he’s been president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Rotary Club, The Saint Patrick’s Committee, and the Children’s Museum at Holyoke. He has also been a board member for numerous organizations, including the United Way, YMCA, and the Mason-Wright Foundation. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Advisor in Philanthropy Award by the Community Foundation, Louis F. Oldershaw Community Service Award, and the George E. O’Connell Community Service Award.

Ferriter is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Western New England College School of Law.  He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

Hon. Robert G. Fields
Mass. Housing Court, Western Division
Springfield, MA

MBF Fellow since 2002
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2014

Hon. Robert G. Fields is an Associate Justice of the Housing Court Department, Western Division.  Fields joined the staff of the Western Division Housing Court as a First Assistant Clerk Magistrate and then became its Clerk Magistrate in 2003. In 2008, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice.

Fields’ commitment to public service began long before he took the bench. Just out of law school, he began his career at Neighborhood Legal Services in Lynn.  He continued his public interest work by co-founding Heisler, Fields & Feldman, P.C. (currently Heisler, Feldman, McCormick & Garrow, P.C.).  The Springfield firm is unusual in that it served, and continues to serve today, almost exclusively low-income clients.

Fields is a perennial presence on the Foundation’s annual grant review committees.  Fields received the 2013 MBF President’s Award at the Western Massachusetts grantee reception for his commitment to increasing access to justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized of Massachusetts.

Fields is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the Northeastern University School of Law.  He is a Life Fellow of the MBF. 

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Hon. Andre A. Gelinas (Ret.)
Fitchburg, MA

MBF Fellow since 1978
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Judge Andre A. Gelinas was appointed Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 1999, and retired in 2008. Prior to this appointment, he was an Associate Justice of the District Court department. Among other Trial Court activities, he served as Presiding Justice of the Fitchburg District Court, as the District Court Regional Administrative Justice for the central part of the state, and as an Associate Justice of the District Court Western District Appellate Division.  Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Gelinas was a partner in the firm of Gelinas & Ward in Fitchburg.  He currently works for the Massachusetts Trial Court's Information Services department as Special Advisor for MassCourts, assisting in the implementation of the Trial Court's statewide case and document management system.

Judge Gelinas is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where he chaired the Judicial Administration section council, and a member of the Worcester County Bar Association, where he served on the Executive Committee. Among other community activities, he is a former Trustee and Chair of the Burbank Hospital and HealthAlliance Hospital in Fitchburg/Leominster, a former Trustee and President of the Fitchburg Art Museum, and a former Trustee of Cushing Academy. He currently serves as a Trustee of the George R. Wallace, Jr. Foundation, and as Trustee and President of the Douglas and Isabel Crocker Foundation.

A Fitchburg native, Judge Gelinas is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester and of the University of Michigan Law School. He is a Louis D. Brandeis Fellow of the MBF.

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David C. Henderson, Esq.
Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2014
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2016

David C. Henderson is a partner in the Nutter McClennen & Fish Litigation Department and a member (and former co-chair) of the firm's Labor Employment and Benefits practice group, as well as its Business Litigation practice group.  With over thirty-five years of legal experience in the public and private sectors, his practice is concentrated in civil litigation and corporate general counsel advice, with a particular focus on employment and labor law, general business, and commercial matters. Prior to joining Nutter, he was on active duty in the United States Air Force as a pilot, instructor pilot, and judge advocate. Henderson was named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2014-2015, and a Best Lawyer in America in 2016.

Henderson is a member of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations. With a longstanding interest in pro bono representation, Henderson is the supervising attorney for a program he helped organize within Nutter McClennen & Fish to represent veterans making disability benefit appeals to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In addition, he is a director and Executive Committee member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and serves on the Advisory Board of Career Collaborative. He also has served as an Admissions Liaison Officer for young men and women interested in attending the US Air Force Academy.

Henderson is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Yale Law School. He is a Foundation Fellow of the MBF.

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Gerald P. Hendrick, Esq.
Locke Lord, LLP
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2012
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Gerald P. Hendrick is the immediate past Partner-in-Charge of Locke Lord's Boston office. He has also served as a co-chair of the firm's Business Law Department, and as a member of the firm's Operating Committee.

Hendrick serves as general counsel to numerous public and private companies in diverse industries and also advises closely-held businesses and their boards of directors regarding stockholder and fiduciary matters. For these clients, Hendrick handles complex commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and entity formations, both domestic and cross-border. Before joining Edwards Wildman, Hendrick was Senior Vice President, General Counsel at H.P. Hood Inc., and then Dennison Manufacturing Company.

Hendrick is Director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Boston Bar Association's Council. He also volunteers as a tutor with the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Plan for Excellent "Principal for a Day" Program. Hendrick also lectures on a number of seminar panels for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Hendrick is a graduate of Providence College and Suffolk University Law School. He also studied at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Katherine A. Hesse
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP
Quincy, MA

MBF Fellow since 1995
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2012

A founding partner of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Katherine A. Hesse concentrates her practice primarily in labor and employment and employee benefits law serving as counsel to individuals, business, government, and tax exempt organizations including hospitals, colleges, churches, and major private and public retirement and health plans. She is also an active practitioner in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, conciliation, fact finding and various forms of arbitration.

Hesse is past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and member of the Labor Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She has served as president of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists and as chair of the Attorney's Committee of the International Foundation of Employees Benefit Plans. A member of the Editorial Board of Benefits Quarterly, she leads the team of attorneys who write its Legal-Legislative-Regulatory Update. An MCAD certified trainer, she frequently conducts training seminars for the MBA, MCLE, BBA, and for clients and other professional and business groups on employment and benefits related topics including sexual harassment and diversity.

Hesse is a graduate of Smith College and the Boston University School of Law. She is an Oliver Wendell Holmes Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Hon. Maynard M. Kirpalani
Superior Court of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 1989
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2016

Hon. Maynard M. Kirpalani was appointed in 2010 by Governor Deval Patrick to be an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. He currently serves as the Regional Administrative Justice Civil for Middlesex County and on the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Attorney Voir Dire. Judge Kirpalani began his career in 1978 at the firm of Parker Coulter Daley & White, where he was a partner until 1995. He later served as a partner at Peabody & Arnold, where he was chair of the general liability litigation group, and in the Boston office at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, where he was the senior partner at the time of his appointment to the bench. Judge Kirpalani spent more than 30 years in the defense of complex tort litigation including, products liability, drug and medical device, aviation, toxic torts, environmental, employment practices, and professional liability, insurance coverage, and "bad faith" matters. He also served as lead national defense counsel in numerous cases, including multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. 

Judge Kirpalani has been active in the Massachusetts Bar Association as a member of the Board of Delegates and on both the Civil Litigation and Judicial Administration Section Councils. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. Judge Kirpalani serves as co-president of the Boston Inn of Court and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He frequently speaks to professional audiences about various aspects of trial practice.

Judge Kirpalani is a graduate of Washington College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Dennis M. Lindgren, Esq.
Pierce & Mandell, P.C.
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2010
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Dennis M. Lindgren is a shareholder of Pierce & Mandell, P.C., a boutique civil litigation firm in Boston.  A trial lawyer who practices business, insurance defense, and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts, Lindgren represents both individuals and business entities in a wide variety of matters, including construction litigation, business disputes, subrogation actions and personal injury actions.

Lindgren was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau in the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and was also a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  Lindgren is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.  In 2014, he was a co-chair for the MBF's 50th Anniversary Gala Committee.  Lindgren has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Boston Magazine/Reuters for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Lindgren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Boston College Law School.  He is a Louis D. Brandeis Fellow of the MBF.

John T. Lynch, Esq.
Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, PC
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 2009
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2015

John T. Lynch has been a shareholder of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. since 1986 and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee. He has practiced corporate law in Boston for 40 years, with a heavy concentration in mergers and acquisitions. He has served as outside general counsel to many businesses and has represented companies in transactions in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also has more than 30 years’ experience serving as trustee of various private trusts.

Since 1986, Lynch has been legal counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of The Hundred Club of Massachusetts, Inc., a Massachusetts charity that provides benefits to the surviving families of Massachusetts police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. He is also legal counsel to the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund, Inc.

Lynch served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972, graduating from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir, VA and the U.S. Army Counterintelligence School, Fort Holabird, MD. He served as a First Lieutenant with the 205th Military Intelligence Detachment Frankfurt, Germany for two years.

Lynch is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Robert S. Mangiaratti, Esq.
City Solicitor for the City of Attleboro
Attleboro, MA

MBF Fellow since 1992
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2016

Robert S. Mangiaratti is the in-house City Solicitor for the City of Attleboro, handling all aspects of municipal law, including litigation, environmental law, land use, personnel, and real estate transactions. Prior to his current position as Solicitor, Mangiaratti was a partner at the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, where he focused primarily on municipal and real estate law.

Mangiaratti has had a long affiliation with the MBA which includes serving as Regional Delegate to the House of Delegates and contributing to the Massachusetts Law Review and Public Law Section Newsletter. He has also presented programs to MCLE on municipal law and real estate law. Mangiaratti is a Past President of both the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association and the Attleboro District Court Bar Association, and heserved on the Real Estate Litigation Committee of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association.

Mangiaratti is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston College Law School where is served as president of the Legal Assistance Bureau. He is a Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Andrew A. Rainer, Esq.
Public Health Advocacy Institute.
Boston, MA

MBF Fellow since 1999
Elected to the MBF Board of Trustees in 2013

Andrew A. Rainer is the Litigation Director at the Public Health Advocacy Institute.  He is also Of Counsel at the Boston law firm Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP.  Prior to this, Rainer was an assistant attorney general in the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Chief of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force from 2008 to 2014. Rainer was formerly an assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, where he prosecuted white-collar crime, as well as a partner in the firms of McRoberts, Roberts & Rainer LLP and Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP, where he handled both environmental and commercial litigation.

Rainer has also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as an associate with the firm of Goodwin Procter LLP, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Rainer has lectured on law in the People's Republic of China and he is also a coauthor of the Massachusetts Practice Series Volume 49: "Discovery" (Thomson West 2001).

Rainer is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University Law School. He is a Life Fellow of the MBF.

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Iris Taymore Schnitzer, Esq.
Law Office of Iris Taymore Schnitzer

MBF Fellow since 1997
Elected to MBF Board of Trustees in 2015

Iris Taymore Schnitzer concentrates her practice in real estate and wealth planning for individuals and businesses and the professional entities they own. Prior to opening her own firm, Schnitzer was Vice President of the Private Clients Group at Fleet, where she managed trust and investment client relationships.  She is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  She has been distinguished as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Boston magazine, and named one of the Best Financial Planners in the US by Money magazine.

Schnitzer is active in both bar and community service activities.  She volunteers with Senior Partners for Justice, mediates with various pro bono programs at the Boston Municipal Court and District Court, serves on the Estate Planning Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and serves as a judicial designee to review care plan reports of guardians of incapacitated adults for the Mass. Probate Court. She has been actively involved in the Dana-Farber Women’s Cancer Program Executive Council, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Patriot’s Trail Girl Scout Council, and the United Way.

Schnitzer is a graduate of Boston University and the Massachusetts School of Law. She is a Louis D. Brandeis Life Fellow of the MBF.