Meet the lawyers of Meet the Law—Fall 2012

Updated 10/16 with additional lawyers and bios!

Our semi-annual Meet the Law networking event brings lawyer-alums together with students and other prospective applicants to discuss legal careers in a fun and informal setting.  This semester’s event is scheduled for October 17thPlease register in advance!

Below you’ll find the complete listing of the attorneys who have confirmed their attendance.  Use the links to find out more about each alum before the event, so you can make the most of the evening.

Tim Dooling (Political Science ‘95, New England Law ‘02)
Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Parole Board

Timothy V. Dooling serves as the Massachusetts Parole Board’s Chief Legal Counsel, where he manages the day-to-day operations of the agency’s legal department and represents the agency in all litigation matters. 

Prior to his current position with the Parole Board, Tim worked as Assistant General Counsel for Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral, where he represented the Sheriff’s Dept. in matters before state and federal court, the appeals court, the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination, the Mass. Division of Labor Relations, as well as labor arbitrations and employee discipline hearings.  Prior to his time at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept., Tim served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Eastern District of Massachusetts, where he prosecuted cases in both the district and superior courts, and was a civil litigation associate at a Boston law firm.

Tim is a 1995 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a 2001 graduate of New England Law│Boston, where he was a New England Scholar.  Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Mass. Bar Association recently named Tim one of Massachusetts’ twenty “Up & Coming” attorneys.

Peter Farrell (Legal Studies and Political Science ‘98, Suffolk Law ‘03)
Attorney, Smith and Brink

Peter Farrell is an associate at Smith and Brink PC in Braintree, MA. He practices in the area of insurance defense litigation, including personal injury protection, insurance coverage, special investigations and the defense of bad faith claims.  He has lectured at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy on topics such as spoilage of evidence, chain of custody, and trial techniques.  He has also presented seminars on the issues of medical billing fraud, intentional destruction, arson, theft, Personal Injury Protection coverage, the detection of material misrepresentation in the insurance application process, and examinations under oath.

Peter earned is J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2003, where he was a Harold B. Goodwin Jr. Memorial Scholar and President of the Student Bar Association.

Michael S. Gove (Political Science and History ‘01, Boston College Law ‘04)
Attorney, Cooley, Shrair PC

Michael Gove is an attorney at Cooley, Shrair PC in Springfield, MA.  In 2004, he earned his J.D. from Boston College School of Law.  His practice areas are corporate law, banking law, creditor’s rights law and bankruptcy law.  He is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to the United States District Court.

Prior to joining Cooley Shrair, Michael served as law clerk to the Western Division of the Massachusetts Housing Court and most recently worked as an associate in a mid-size law firm in Holyoke, MA where he developed a successful practice. In 2007, he was honored by BusinessWest magazine as a member of the inaugural “40 Under Forty” class, in part for his work with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.  In 2007, MA Governor Deval Patrick nominated Michael to serve as the Connecticut Valley representative on the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, a position which he still holds.

Harry M. Haytayan  (Economics ‘82, Washington U. School of Law ‘86)
Partner, Haytayan & Haytayan

Harry Haytayan practices law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts with two offices of his firm Haytayan & Haytayan where he handles a wide variety of cases ranging from complex commercial disputes to wrongful death.

Harry graduated in 1982 with a degree in Economics and completed the Honors program.  He went on to Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he earned his J.D. in 1986.

His legal career began in 1986 at the Boston firm Sherin & Lodgen and then Peabody & Arnold, where he handled cases involving civil litigation in state and federal courts.  Over the course of his career he has handled cases in such diverse areas as complex litigation in state and federal court, product liability, business disputes, wrongful death, employment discrimination, will and probate disputes, divorce, personal injury, special education, and criminal law, and appeals to the State Supreme Court.

Harry has also served on state and local boards, and has been elected to public offices, including NH State Representative, School Board Chairman, and School District Monitor.  As a New Hampshire State Representative, and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, he served on a number of subcommittees on significant legislation affecting the Judicial system.  He was appointed speaker of the House to the NH House-Senate Joint Committee on Medical Malpractice reform, where he served as chairman.

Jennifer Laverty (STPEC and Political Science ‘95, University of San Francisco School of Law ‘00)
Advisor, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Jennifer Laverty is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and California.  As the Enforcement Advisor in the Springfield Office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, she has extensive experience in the areas of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and education, including denial of reasonable accommodations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and sexual battery; wage and hour violations; and whistle-blowing statutes.  Jennifer has also provided counseling to employers on personnel issues, including discipline, termination, contract review, and wage and hour issues.

While at the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General, she handled a large civil litigation caseload involving suits against Massachusetts government and its employees, in the areas of civil rights, employment, tort, contract, eminent domain, erroneously convicted prisoners, and disputes involving policies, statutes, regulations and administrative rulings.  She also represented the Commonwealth in civil rights enforcement matters.

While at an employment litigation firm in Los Angeles, Jennifer represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation including in state and federal court as well as before administrative agencies.  She interned at the prestigious and largest west-coast union side labor law firm of Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld in the San Francisco Bay area.  At Weinberg, Roger and Rosenfeld she co-authored an article presented at the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Conference.  She also served as an intern in the legal department of the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3.  Jennifer has extensive knowledge of traditional labor issues, including exposure to ERISA.

Brian P. Neumann (English and Economics ‘97, Harvard Law ‘04)
Legal Manager, Arrowstreet Capital

Brian Neumann is the manager of Legal for Arrowstreet Capital in Newton, MA.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004, and worked as Counsel at WilmerHale, a law firm with securities, litigation, regulation, intellectual property, and transactional practices for seven years before joining Arrowstreet Capital.

Audrey “Eve” Schatz (Psychology ‘77, Western New England Law ‘07)
Founder and Director, Free Legal Clinic of South Berkshire County

Eve Schatz has a private practice in civil law in Great Barrington, MA where she specializes in the legal issues that affect women in transition.  A founding appointed member of the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women, she served two terms on the programming and legislative committees. She is interested in Real estate closings/ refinance, small business/ non-profit incorporation, debt/bankruptcy, and family law including adoption, are some of her practice areas. She is admitted to both the Massachusetts and Federal Bars.

While a law student, she founded the Free Legal Clinic of South Berkshire County, a non-profit legal organization that addresses community and legal issues. She was nominated Great Barrington’s Unsung Hero, and was honored at the Statehouse for founding the FLC.

Eve understands that social and legal issues layer upon one another, and she worked to bring a neighborhood polluter into compliance with DEP regulations, worked on a bill to change Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute, which was signed into law as one of Governor Chile’s final acts in office, and worked with the town water department discovering their maps were incorrect, preventing repairs to underground water systems resulting in colorful water entering specific homes.

Morris Singer (Political Science ‘06, Suffolk Law ‘10)
Founder and CEO,ForensicMatch

Morris Singer is an experienced litigator who previously practiced in the areas of criminal law and juvenile law. He also developed competencies in intellectual property and family law. He previously handled numerous cases at the trial level, including the preparation of nearly a dozen jury trials. He spent time as a public defender, where he successfully argued one of the first motions to suppress statements under J.D.B. v. North Carolina, a Supreme Court decision that requires state-level trial courts to assess the age and maturity of children when assessing the constitutionality of police interrogations.

Singer has been an advocate for innovation as a solution to the recent structural changes in the legal profession, including additional uses of technology, and fresh thinking in the way attorneys structure their practices. To that end, he founded and runs ForensicMatch, a firm dedicated to providing an unbundled legal service, as a firm-to-firm solution, helping attorneys to develop and manage the expert opinion evidence they need in their cases.

Noelle Stern (Legal Studies and Natural Resources Conservation ‘97, Northeastern Law ‘01)
Supervisory Staff Attorney, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York City

Noelle Barrist Stern is a Supervisory Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit located in New York City, where she hires, trains, and supervises recent law school graduates.  Her work focuses on habeas corpus and criminal law, prisoners’ rights, immigration law, and federal and appellate jurisdiction.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997 with a joint major in Legal Studies and Natural Resources Studies and from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000.  After law school, Noelle first worked as a writing attorney at the Second Circuit and then for a small law firm doing union-side labor and plaintiff-side employment law.

She has also represented disability advocacy groups to help their members obtain access to government and public buildings, including schools, voting booths, and medical facilities.

Richard Sugarman (Political Science and Psychology ‘92, George Washington University Law ‘00)
Assistant General Counsel, Boston Medical Center

Richard A. Sugarman is a 1992 graduate of UMass Amherst and Colorado State University, where he received his MBA in 1996.  He graduated George Washington University Law School in 2000.  He is presently an Assistant General Counsel at Boston Medical Center, the region’s largest safety net hospital and the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University Medical School.  Rich also is a Judge Advocate Officer (JAG) in the Army Reserve and an adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Law.

Following graduation from law school, Rich practiced with the Washington, DC office of Morgan Lewis LLP, where he focused on energy, environmental, employment and litigation matters.  He returned to Massachusetts in 2003 and has practiced with several Boston offices of national and regional law firms.  As an Army Reservist, he deployed to Iraq for most of 2011 where he was the senior legal advisor for the Army’s 1,500 soldier Medical Task Force.  He was responsible for advising commanders, staffs, and medical personnel throughout Iraq.  Following his release from active duty, he joined BMC’s Office of the General Counsel where he advises medical center leadership and clinical staff on a range of legal issues including contracts, regulatory compliance, litigation, and health care law.  In his Army Reserve capacity, he was recently assigned as the Command Judge Advocate for a Regional Support Group out of Decatur, GA.

Margaret E. White (History ‘85, CUNY Law ‘89)
Attorney, Law Office of Margaret White

Margaret White practices law in Northampton, MA, specializing in divorce, child support and child custody.  She has practiced family, criminal, corporate and real estate law in New York and Massachusetts. 

After graduating from UMass Amherst in 1985 with a BA in History, Margaret attended the City University of New York Law School at Queens College and earned her J.D. in 1989.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Hampshire County Bar Association and Hampden County Bar Association. 

Margaret was the recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for Outstanding Solo Practitioner of the Year from In Motion/Network for Women’s Services for her pro-bono services at a walk-in clinic in Bronx, NY in 2001.