Helen Lockhart chairs the firm's Biotechnology Group. Her practice involves strategic counseling on development and management of domestic and international intellectual property rights for a variety of clients, including universities, smaller and mid-sized companies, startups, and entrepreneurs.
Helen has broad experience in prosecuting biotechnology patents relating to immune response modulators, drug delivery, catalytic molecules, antibodies, fluorescence based micro- and nano-analysis, cell culture, mass spectrometry, nucleic acid sequencing, polymer-based and biological-based drug delivery systems, antisense nucleic acid therapeutics, peptides, small molecule mimetics, combinatorial libraries, and drug screening assays. She previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee.
Helen’s doctoral research focused on the regulation of cellular growth and differentiation through signal transduction mechanisms.
Angela Markle is Lead Counsel for Guest & Consumer Products at Toast. Inc., a cloud-based all-in-one restaurant management platform. Angela provides strategic, legal, and risk mitigation guidance to enable innovative product development, and focuses particularly on issues surrounding consumer financial services, consumer protection, privacy, and marketing law. Prior to joining Toast, Angela spent over five years as product counsel at PayPal, advising a variety of business units and product suites. While at PayPal, she also led the implementation of the Mansfield Rule: Legal Department Edition, a diversity program overseen by the Diversity Lab.
Angela began her legal career by serving as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd (ret.) of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and then joined Paul Hastings LLP as a Litigation associate. Angela earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and holds a B.A. of English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lan Marinelli currently serves as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HubSpot, Inc. (NYSE: HUBS), a leading growth platform. At HubSpot, Lan oversees public company compliance, corporate governance, M&A, international expansion, and real estate. Prior to joining HubSpot, she served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of athenahealth, Inc., where she led corporate matters for the legal team. Previously, she helped to take ConforMIS, a medical device company, public and also focused on corporate and M&A matters at Sapient Corporation. Lan began her career as an auditor at Deloitte. She received her B.S. in accounting and finance at The University of Arizona and her J.D. at Boston College Law School.
Nancy Kaplan is Senior Counsel at Eversource Energy, focusing on a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues. From 2011-2015 Nancy served as General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). As Chief Legal Officer of MassDEP, she was responsible for advising MassDEP’s Commissioner and staff on environmental and energy related legal and policy issues, ethics, personnel matters, and compliance with internal agency policies; supervising and managing a staff of approximately 45 attorneys and the Director of the Environmental Strike Force; and reviewing MassDEP actions for legal sufficiency. She represented MassDEP in administrative law matters; acted as a liaison between MassDEP and the Office of the Attorney General in investigations and litigation; communicated with stakeholders and the public regarding legal matters and regulatory reform; and served as lead attorney for MassDEP’s Fraud, Waste & Abuse investigations. In addition, she sat on the Energy Facilities Siting Board as the Commissioner’s designee.
Ms. Kaplan spent 24 years in private practice in the Boston area during which time she represented energy, commercial, industrial, municipal and citizen group clients on regulatory environmental compliance counseling, strategic analysis, solid waste site assignment and management, Brownfields Redevelopment, wetlands, waterways and land use permitting, assessment and remediation of and contribution for complex contaminated sites, environmental litigation, the Water Management Act and Clean Water Act compliance. Nancy is a Certified Environmental Education Facilitator and holds a Certificate from the Commonwealth Management Program. She has held Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Suffolk University, and Boston University, teaching courses in environmental law and litigation. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and Suffolk University Law School and sits on the Parent Advisory Board for Boston Children’s Hospital Comfort Ability Program. She is the former Chair of the Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section and formerly on the Board of Directors for the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.
Punam is an experienced business immigration attorney who counsels U.S. employers of all sizes, from start-ups to established multinationals, on immigration matters for a wide range of industries and activities, including: information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, electronic component technology, insurance, financial and management consulting, hospitality, general manufacturing, and education.
Punam is acutely aware of how important key employees are to an enterprise. That is why she works directly with her clients to design and implement immigration strategies that help them navigate through an ever changing, complex legal framework of immigration and nationality law. Punam identifies and implements successful programs US employers to hire and retain international personnel, including senior leadership all the way to critical professional positions.
Punam also develops cost and time efficient strategies to pursue high volume processing of immigration petitions and applications for employers who have a large number of foreign national employees. In addition to overseeing the preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petition filings of all types, Punam regularly provides employment-related immigration compliance training to human resources and legal staff for employer clients. She also effectively counsels clients through government investigation of enforcement proceedings, including Labor Condition Application Audits conducted by the Department of Labor and I-9 Audits with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And, often these days, Punam provides clients with Congressional advocacy advice for changes in the law, which includes regular travel to Washington, DC for meetings with elected representatives and government agencies.
Punam is a frequent speaker on immigration matters and has published immigration articles on a foray of immigration topics that include multinational transfers, compliance, cross-border issues, layoffs, and general visas strategies.
Katie is AVP, Assistant General Counsel at Berkshire Residential Investments (Berkshire), where she assists with legal matters in connection with the day-to-day operations of the company including corporate, employment, real estate, landlord-tenant, litigation, insurance, risk and crisis management matters. She is an active member of Berkshire's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Environmental & Social Governance Committee. Prior to joining Berkshire, Katie served as Assistant Counsel at Admirals Bank, where she advised and represented the bank on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters. An avid civil rights advocate, Katie first began her legal career doing workplace rights and employment discrimination work before transitioning into an in-house role. Katie holds a B.A. from Trinity College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She is also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Mandy Petrillo joined the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management legal team in February 2008. She began her career with the organization as a Senior Paralegal, moved into a Legal Operations role in 2011 and was elevated to Club Counsel in 2015. In her capacity as Club Counsel, Petrillo is responsible for drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, including sponsorship, consulting and event agreements for the Red Sox, Fenway Sports Management (FSM) and New England Sports Network (NESN). In addition to her transactional responsibilities, Petrillo also manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio and related matters.
A native of Foxboro, MA, Petrillo earned her B.A. from Arizona State University in 1999. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2006 and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Petrillo is an Adjunct Professor teaching Sports Law at Suffolk University Law School and is Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee. Petrillo is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and currently resides in Beverly with her husband and two children.
Ron is an experienced corporate attorney in a dual career family with three young children. Ron has learned to balance the demands of his own challenging career with those of his spouse by being equal partners, working on the same team when it comes to managing careers and family.
Ron has been actively involved in various national and local diversity & inclusion programs, as well as corporate efforts, focused on improving attorney wellness.
Ron practices law as an in house attorney at SimpliSafe with ownership over Intellectual Property and various other commercial law areas. Prior to joining SimpliSafe, Ron worked at Procter & Gamble for over 13 years, most recently as the lead global commercial/advertising attorney for the Gillette business. Ron worked in management consulting at Accenture before starting his legal career. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a JD from UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Cheryl Pinarchick is a partner in the firm's Boston office and a founding Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Practice Group. She represents employers in all areas of employment law.
Cheryl has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She has successfully defended employment lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, wage and hour violations, retaliation and other related claims. She has also successfully prosecuted trade secret and non-competition agreements in numerous jurisdictions.
Cheryl counsels employers on compliance with the law in areas such as pay equity, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, reductions in force, FMLA and leave laws, sexual harassment, and wage & hour matters, including issues related to employee classification. Cheryl also assists employers in their liability prevention efforts by conducting employee training, preparing handbooks and implementing policies, as well as conducting wage and hour and pay equity audits.
With the patchwork of emerging state and local pay equity laws, Cheryl has been dedicating significant time to the legal issues surrounding pay equality, state pay equity legislation and litigation and pay equity compliance audits. She is a frequent presenter on pay equity both locally and nationally.
Laís Washington is assistant vice president, Compliance for Sun Life U.S. overseeing compliance support for Sun Life’s in-force Individual Life business as well as Sun Life’s affiliated business FullScopeRMS. Laís has extensive experience both in and out of the court room dealing with employee benefits issues. Prior to working for Sun Life, Laís served as in-house counsel for Lincoln Financial Group and it’s acquired Liberty Mutual Group business. Before that, Laís worked as in-house employment attorney for The Mentor Network, a Boston-based company of 36,000 employees operating in 36 states, and served as an employment attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency at their Washington, D.C. headquarters. Laís began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar.
Christine Vargas Colmey is Senior Legal Counsel for LatAm and U.S. business lines at Sovos Compliance LLC, a global software provider that combines top-notch regulatory analysis with state-of-the-art technology solutions to help businesses meet their tax compliance and government reporting obligations.
In her role at Sovos, Christine counsels internal clients in Latin America and the U.S. on a variety of corporate and commercial issues; drafts and negotiates multi-language, cross-border commercial agreements; serves as the Legal strategic lead for LatAm post-M&A integrations; handles LatAm labor and employment matters; and manages outside counsel. A practical, business-minded lawyer, she collaborates closely with business areas across Sovos, including Finance, Sales Operations, Professional Services, Information Security, Regulatory, and Corporate Development to protect the company’s interests and support its continued growth.
Prior to Sovos, Christine was in private practice at Nixon Peabody LLP for over a decade, where she focused her practice on complex commercial litigation, appellate law, international and domestic ADR, and federal and state government investigations. Christine also formerly served as a compliance team leader with the U.S. Department of Education, where she led a team responsible for investigating and ensuring educational institutions’ compliance with federal education laws, and negotiated resolution agreements with those institutions.
Christine is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. She is a dedicated supporter of Minds Matter Boston, an organization committed to making a four-year college education a reality for high-potential students from low-income families. Christine speaks Spanish (native) and Portuguese (proficient).
Christine holds a BA from the University of Florida and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Rupa Cornell is General Counsel, Americas for Stallergenes Greer, a leading global biopharmacy company dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.
Rupa was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a public economic development organization with a 30-year track record of fostering innovation in Massachusetts, and serves on its Executive Committee. Prior to Sage, Rupa was a Senior Director in the legal department at Biogen, a biotech company specializing in the discovery, development and delivery of therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative, hematologic, and autoimmune diseases to patients worldwide. Before joining Biogen, Rupa was Senior Counsel and Director at Boston Scientific Corporation, worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. At BSC, Rupa was the lead corporate attorney for the Urology/Women’s Health division (approx. $500 million). She served on the Management Board for the division, actively advising the President and VPs on strategy and direction for the business. She also provided day-to-day support for the Sales, Marketing, R&D, Business Development, Regulatory, HR, Supply Chain and Clinical functions for the division.
Rupa has been practicing law for over 19 years. Prior to going in-house, Rupa worked as a corporate attorney for Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in London and Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Rupa served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judge John T. Nixon in the Federal District Court of Middle Tennessee. Rupa graduated from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 1998 and from Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude, in 1995.
Kimberly Gordon is a Boston area attorney. She received her BA from Simmons College, MBA from Suffolk University and JD from Hamline University School of Law. She is currently the associate general counsel at Acquia, Inc. a Boston based global tech portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners. Prior to Acquia Inc., Kimberly practiced with the US Attorney’s office and State Street Bank & Trust. Kimberly has had board positions on multiple academic and non-profit organizations including, Simmons African American Alumni Association and Boston based, Artistic Noise, bringing artistic practice to young people involved in the juvenile justice system. Kimberly is also the founder and President of One Dance, a non-profit organization that operates internationally, offering dance curriculum from experienced choreographers to youth of the developing world through a community-based approach, in an effort to spread access to the performing arts. Kimberly is a former NFL cheerleader and loves ballet dancing; she is a dancer with the A. Major Dance Company and teaches ballet at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts.
Yvette Politis is Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment counsel with RELX Inc. RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers and is the parent organization to LexisNexis, LexisNexis Risk & Business Analytics, Elsevier Scientific, Technical and Medical and Reed Exhibitions.
As in-house labor and employment counsel, Ms. Politis is responsible for employment counseling, litigation management, HR and management training and corporate compliance initiatives. Prior to joining RELX, Ms. Politis was an attorney in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office. Ms. Politis received her JD from Boston College Law School and graduated from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Alicia D'Alba is an associate and a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and related corporate transactions.
Prior to joining Foley, Alicia was an associate at two other national law firms, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and a broad range of general corporate matters.
Alicia earned her law degree from Tulane Law School (J.D., 2012), where she was vice president of the class and a member of the Student Bar Association, Business Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, and Community Service Committee. During this time she received honors including the Dean’s Scholarship and the Moot Court Board.
Alicia earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Management (B.S., cum laude, 2009), where she majored in business administration, with concentrations in law, finance, and entrepreneurship.
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Alicia is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association.
Christina Licursi focuses her practice on trademark prosecution and litigation, including representing clients in federal courts across the country and before the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Christina is based in Boston, but also supports clients from the firm's New York office.
Christina advises clients and international associates on branding strategies and understanding the business and legal risks associated with the adoption, use, and registration of trademarks.
Christina has a strong business acumen and demonstrated ability to work closely with all levels of business. Her clients cover a variety of industries, including biotechnology, food and beverage, clothing, medical equipment, and software and telecommunications.
She has extensive experience managing complex international disputes and negotiating settlement agreements. In addition to trademark matters, Christina also handles various copyright issues, domain name portfolio management and related disputes, and social media and Internet matters.
She is passionate about the start-up community in the Boston area and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. Through her involvement there, she has mentored countless entrepreneurs and has organized various programs featuring thought-leaders in various industries who explore the issues, technologies, and market forces that drive innovation, commercialization, and market adoption.
Christina was recently elected to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee. She is also actively involved in both the firm’s Training Committee and Hiring Committee.
Thanda focuses her practice on advising individuals and families on their estate and tax planning matters. She also works with families on estate settlement and trust administration matters. Thanda has expertise on New Hampshire trust and tax laws, and serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of our New Hampshire affiliate, Fiduciary Trust Company of New England. She also has expertise in estate planning for non-traditional families.
Thanda Brassard joined Fiduciary Trust in 2006. Ms. Brassard is also Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of our New Hampshire affiliate, Fiduciary Trust Company of New England. She is also a Director and Chair of its Trust Committee. Prior to joining Fiduciary, Ms. Brassard was an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP in the Private Client Group from 2003 to 2006, an Associate at Hill & Barlow, P.C., in the Trust and Estates Department from 1998 to 2003, and a Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Zachary R. Karol, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts from 1997 to 1998.
Adi Osovsky joined Sarepta Therapeutics in January 2017 and serves as Director of Corporate Law. Her responsibilities include advising on complex securities and equity issues, strategic corporate governance and financing / capital raising initiatives, assisting with Board and committee meetings and communications, and providing advice and counsel to different departments, including Investor Relations, Human Resources and Finance. Prior to joining Sarepta, from June 2013 to December 2016, Ms. Osovsky was an associate in the Corporate Department of Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she advised on corporate transactions and capital raising involving life science companies. From March 2005 to July 2010, Ms. Osovsky worked at Gornitzky & Co., a top law firm in Israel, where she specialized in corporate law, litigation and class actions, and provided on-going legal advice on regulatory and corporate governance issues to various key players in the Israeli economy. Ms. Osovsky holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard University. Her dissertation focused on the tension between financial innovation and investor protection.
Ms. Perrelli is a partner and the immediate past Chair of Seyfarth’s national Litigation Department. In her tenure as Chair, the Department’s practice groups were awarded numerous honors for superb legal work and innovation, including Law360 Transportation Group of the Year; U.S. News Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms in Construction, Commercial Litigation, and Appellate Law; BTI Litigation Outlook “Honor Roll” recognition in Class Actions, Securities and Finance Litigation, IP Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Everyday Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation; Top ranking in Trade Secrets by The Legal 500 USA, and numerous national and regional recognitions by Chambers USA.
Ms. Perrelli’s practice is national in scope and includes a wide variety of complex commercial and employment matters, including business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, restrictive covenant litigation, real estate litigation, franchise litigation, wrongful termination, and business torts. Her practice also includes counseling regarding employer compliance with the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, FLSA, and other state and governmental laws affecting employers. She is also frequently retained to conduct internal workplace misconduct and other corporate investigations.
Ms. Perrelli is also a leading authority on the law of trade secrets and noncompetes. In addition to representing clients on such matters across the country in federal and state trial courts, arbitrations and mediations, she is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics. She also counsels clients on minimizing litigation risks and protecting confidential and proprietary business information and trade secrets. These services include preparation of individual and multi-state employer noncompete, non-solicit, nondisclosure and other restrictive covenant agreements; advice regarding onboarding of employees or groups of employees from a competitor, or departing employees joining a competitor; and preparation and implementation of trade secret protection programs, including trade secret audits.
Ms. Perrelli is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Ms. Perrelli applies these principles to her practice and also counsels clients on the use of lean six sigma, process improvements, data analytics, and project management in legal processes. She also has considerable experience in and is a frequent speaker on devising and managing alternative, value-based fee structures.
Ms. Perrelli is a member of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section and chair of the “Interaction with Employment Law” topical subcommittee of the Trade Secrets Committee.
Ms. Perrelli has been selected regularly as one of the state’s “Super Lawyers” in Business Litigation and “Top Women Lawyers” in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine and Boston magazine, as part of a special publication entitled “The Top Attorneys in the Northeast.” She was also selected by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in commercial litigation.
Elona Kogan, J.D., joins Selecta Biosciences as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary after most recently serving as General Counsel and head of Government Relations at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, a rare disease oncology company, where she was a key executive through the acquisition of the company by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Ltd. Prior to joining ARIAD, Ms. Kogan led the legal and government affairs functions of a publicly traded pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing treatments for central nervous system disorders, where she played a central role in the strategic acquisition of the company by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Prior roles included positions of increasing responsibility at King Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Bergen Brunswig Corporation. Ms. Kogan is a graduate of the SCALE program at Southwestern University School of Law. Ms. Kogan graduated cum laude from Columbia University, Barnard College, with a degree in economics. Ms. Kogan is also a member of the board of directors of a biotechnology company, serves as the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee.
Elizabeth Jobes is Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at EMD Serono. In this role, Ms. Jobes will oversee the strategic direction of EMD Serono's comprehensive compliance program. She will serve as a member of EMD Serono's leadership team, as well as a member of the Global Compliance Healthcare team led by Betania Glorio, Global Compliance Officer, Healthcare, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Prior to joining EMD Serono, Ms. Jobes served as Global Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel at Spark Therapeutics, Inc., where she was responsible for building a corporate compliance program supporting the launch of the first-approved gene therapy in the United States.
Previously, Ms. Jobes held leadership positions across a number of biopharmaceutical companies, including Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer for Adolor (Cubist) Corporation; and Senior Director, Global Compliance for Cephalon, Inc. Ms. Jobes also spent a number of years working in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, first as a trial attorney, then as assistant chief and chief across various units.
She earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
Dana Gilland is General Counsel (pro bono) for Enveritas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to end poverty in the global coffee sector by 2030. She is also Co-Founder, President and Chair of the Board of Directors for Nest Egg Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to provide financial grants and educational services for fertility medical treatment to those struggling to start a family due to financial need, and an external legal consultant for Energizer. Dana previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Edgewell Personal Care Company, and Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Diageo, where she worked for over 18 years. Before Diageo, Dana worked as a lawyer for Loctite Corporation and the US Department of Commerce (USPTO). Dana started her career with a federal clerkship with the US Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honor Program (EOIR). She is a member of the National Charity League, the International Trademark Association, NAWL, and is certified as a meditation teacher with The Chopra Center.