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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tibby is currently Senior Corporate Counsel and Head of Legal for Navisite, LLC, a remote database management company with offices in the US, India, and in the UK. Tibby works on all commercial contract and corporate matters, including M&A, corporate governance and compliance, pending litigation, and more. She manages a team in India and in the US. Prior to joining Navisite, Tibby was Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CiBO Technologies in Cambridge, MA, an ag-tech start-up. She started her career in the Corporate Finance department at a large law firm in New York, Bryan Cave, before spending several years in legal higher ed. Tibby recently went back into a practicing role, which brought her to the conference last year.