In its April 2013 issue, Boston Magazine announced its
"Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts." The list includes
Massachusetts Bar Association Treasurer Marsha V. Kazarosian, as
well as MBA past presidents and current members Denise Squillante
and Elaine M. Epstein.
Marsha V. Kazarosian is managing partner of
Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill. An experienced trial lawyer,
she was recently nominated as one of Massachusetts Lawyers
Weekly's Top Women in Law. Additionally, Kazarosian was named
one of the top 10 lawyers in the state in 1999 by Massachusetts
Lawyers Weekly after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and
Country Club for gender discrimination. Kazarosian has a long
history with the MBA. She was recently nominated president-elect
for the upcoming association year. She is the association's current
treasurer, she chairs the MBA's Education Committee and sits on the
Media Committee. She also served as MBA secretary and vice
president and has led and served on numerous other association task
forces, committees and councils. She graduated from Suffolk
University Law School in 1982.
Denise Squillante is the founder of Denise Squillante PC
in Fall River, where she focuses on family, estate, and personal
injury law. Squillante served as the MBA president from 2010 to
2011 during the association's centennial anniversary celebration.
Squillante is a Massachusetts delegate to the American Bar
Association's House of Delegates and was co-chair of the joint
MBA/Boston Bar Association Alimony Task Force.
In addition, she is a former president of the Fall River and New
England bar associations and is currently a council member on the
National Conference of Bar Presidents. In 2010, she was awarded the
John S. Brayton Jr. Memorial Community Service Award by the Fall
River Chamber of Commerce. She graduated magna cum laude
from New England School of Law Boston in 1983.
Elaine M. Epstein is a partner at Todd & Weld
LLP in Boston. With more than three decades of experience, Epstein
specializes in probate and fiduciary litigation, domestic relations
and appellate practice. She served as president of the MBA from
1992 to 1993, as well as a founder and first president of the
Massachusetts Women's Bar Association.
The Supreme Judicial Court appointed her to the Board of Bar
Overseers, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct
and the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. Epstein was honored with the
Women's Bar Association's Lelia Robinson Award for her outstanding
work. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in
Three MBA members named to The National Law
Journal's '100 Most Influential Lawyers in
The National Law Journal has announced its "100 Most
Influential Lawyers in America," including Massachusetts Bar
Association members Mary Bonauto, William Lee and Lawrence Lessig.
The list was last published in 2006 and all practicing attorneys
excluding judges, members of congress and the president are
eligible to be named to the list.
Mary Bonauto is the civil rights project director
at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston. Bonauto
has litigated throughout New England for the rights of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people. As lead counsel in
Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, Bonauto was
instrumental in the legalization of same-sex marriage in
Massachusetts. Bonauto was co-counsel in Baker v. State of
Vermont, which prompted Vermont's legislature to create civil
unions for same-sex couples. In addition, Bonauto formerly served
as MBA Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council
Member. Bonauto graduated from Northeastern University School of
Law in 1987.
William Lee is a partner in the
litigation/controversy and intellectual property departments at
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Boston. Lee specializes in
intellectual property litigation. He recently acted as lead counsel
to Apple Inc., in the smartphone patent dispute with Samsung. Lee
joined the firm in 1976 and was formerly a co-managing partner. Lee
has been honored with numerous awards including being named a 2012
Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer, 2013
Massachusetts Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year by Managing
Intellectual Property, 2013 Boston Patent Law Lawyer of the
Year by The Best Lawyers in America, and a 2012 Lawyer of
the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly- just to name a
few. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University
Law School in 1976.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of
Law at Harvard Law School in Cambridge. He is also director of the
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior,
Lessig taught at both Stanford Law School and the University of
Chicago. In addition, he clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the
United States Supreme Court. An expert in intellectual property
law, Lessig has won multiple awards, including the Free Software
Foundation's Freedom Award and the Fastcase 50 Award. He has also
been named one of Scientific American's Top 50
Visionaries. Lessig graduated from Yale Law School.