Member Spotlight

Issue March 2005

Five women at Holland & Knight LLP, including Tamara Kolz of the firm's Boston office in Private Wealth Services, have been selected to participate in the firm's Rising Star Program, a yearlong intensive leadership and economic development program available for women attorneys. Participants must be in their seventh year of practice or beyond and are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement and desire to lead.

The program was conceived and implemented by attorney and partner Janis Schiff, who recognized a need for greater leadership and professional development opportunities for women.

Christopher T. Meier has joined the law firm of Mirick O'Connell as an associate in its Worcester office and James A. Wingfield has joined the firm as an associate in its Westborough office.

Meier focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation with specific emphasis on the prosecution and defense of civil claims for fraud and other commercial misconduct. He also counsels businesses in the area of regulatory and corporate compliance and strategies for litigation avoidance.

Wingfield will practice in the firm's Litigation Department, focusing on personal injury and bankruptcy.

Jeffrey N. Catalano has become a partner at Todd & Weld LLP. He continues to specialize in medical negligence and complex tort litigation.

Goodwin Procter LLP has added 24 partners to its Boston office, 19 of whom are from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, and five of whom from McDermott, Will & Emery. They include:

William J. Schnoor, Jr., who focuses his practice in the area of business and securities law, private equity and acquisitions.

Mark J. Macenka, who represents public and private growth-oriented companies in emerging and high technology industries, as well as venture capital firms and investment banks.

John M. Mutkoski, who concentrates his practice in general corporate and securities law with significant experience in public offerings, private placements of securities, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance and technology licensing and joint ventures.

Mark T. Bettencourt, who concentrates in general corporate and securities law with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities, securities law compliance, and technology transfer and licensing.

Kathy A. Fields, whose practice concentrates on acquisitions and corporate and securities law.

Brian E. Pastuszenski, who has achieved national prominence in the defense of securities class action and shareholder litigation matters and proceedings brought by the SEC and other regulatory organizations and the related corporate governance, insurance and indemnification issues that such matters involve.

Deborah S. Birnbach, who concentrates her practice in the areas of securities litigation, including class action defense, stockholder disputes, fiduciary duty claims and private equity litigation, and represents clients in unfair competition disputes, license agreement disputes, M&A-related litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation.

Joseph F. Savage, Jr., who concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense and governmental investigations.

Foley & Lardner LLP has announced that the attorneys and staff of the Boston office of Epstein, Becker & Green, PC joined the firm effective Feb. 1. Among those who joined the firm are:

Peter M. Barlow, a member of the Litigation Department and its General Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Paul Broude, a member of the Business Law Department and its Transactional & Securities Practice Group.

Charles R. Dougherty, a member of the Business Reorganizations Practice Group.

Barry A. Guryan, a member of the firm's Litigation Department and its Labor & Employment Practice Group

Robert J. Kates, a member of the firm's General Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Ellen Kearns, a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Thomas A. Rosenbloom is a member of the firm's Transactional & Securities Practice Group.

David S. Rubin, a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group.

John J. Ellis, formerly of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, has become a partner in the Boston firm of Gesmer Updegrove, LLP. Ellis concentrates in tax and estate planning.

Gail E. Piccolomini has opened a general practice law firm in Methuen. In addition to the MBA, Piccolomini is a member of the Essex County Bar Association, Lawrence Bar Association and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Jean A. Musiker, a partner at the Boston law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC, has been elected a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Musiker chairs the firm's Employment Law Group and has more than 30 years of litigation experience.

Matthew J. Fogelman has joined the Boston law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC, as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, Fogelman worked as an associate at Bingham McCutchen. He will continue to concentrate on business litigation, employment, product liability, intellectual property and tort defense.

Jeff Heidt, previously a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart and a founding member of the firm's Health Care Group in Boston, will join the Boston office of Ropes & Gray as partner. He focuses on corporate, regulatory and financial matters and represents hospitals, health systems and their affiliated educational and business institutions.

The Bentley Institute for Women in Leadership has appointed Toni G. Wolfman as its first executive in residence. Wolfman, counsel for the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, has more than 30 years experience in the resolution of a broad range of commercial disputes through trial and appellate work, mediation, arbitration and negotiation, as well as counseling and advice.

The executive in residence will serve as a liaison to the business community - in particular women in business - in ways that will both complement the scholarly work of the Bentley faculty and provide to Bentley students role models, mentoring opportunities and other links to the world of business and women leaders.

Wolfman's clients have included large multinational corporations, domestic and foreign banks, venture capital firms, small start-up companies, closely held businesses, trade associations and individuals.

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, the Worcester law firm with offices in Boston and Framingham, has added three attorneys across all three offices and multiple practice areas and elected Renee Hackett as partner in the Labor & Employment and Higher Education practice areas. Recent additions to the firm include Samuel C. Sichko and Katherine Garrahan.

Hackett, in Bowditch & Dewey's Worcester office, concentrates her practice in all aspects of employment law. She has represented businesses and institutions of higher education in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and the state and federal courts. She also works on a wide range of employment-related topics.

Sichko, formerly partner with Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, LLP, joins Bowditch & Dewey's Boston office as partner in the areas of estate, financial and tax planning. He specializes in representing high-net-worth individuals and families as counsel and as a trustee.

Garrahan joins Bowditch & Dewey's Worcester and Framingham offices as an associate in the Real Estate & Environmental practice.

Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP with offices in Springfield and Boston, has elected Scott W. Foster as partner and has named Pamela S. Chestek as associate.

Foster is a member of the Business/Finance Department and focuses his practice on general corporate, business and finance matters including mergers and acquisitions and other commercial transactions. He represents both buyers and sellers in stock and asset transactions, and clients in financing transactions with commercial lenders and private investors.

Chestek is an associate in the Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Department and Intellectual Property Practice Group. She joined the firm in 2004 after practicing in Bloomfield, Conn.

Paul H. Rothschild of the Springfield-based law firm of Bacon & Wilson, PC, recently received a $6.5 million judgment from the Hampden County Superior Court resulting from the wrongful death of an 11-year-old boy. The child fell some 180 feet in an unsecured abandoned building in West Springfield in August 2002. Judge Tina S. Page found that the trustees of the West Springfield Trade Center Condominium Trust were grossly negligent and awarded compensatory and punitive damages to the family of the deceased boy. This complex case involved an insurance company's denial of a request to cover the claim made by the child's family.