Member Spotlight

Issue June 2003

Past MBA vice president Janet Kenton-Walker of Klieman, Lyons, Schindler & Gross has been elected vice chair of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation's board of directors. Stephen H. Oleskey, a senior partner at Hale and Dorr and president of the Massachusetts Equal Justice Coalition, was elected chairman of the organization's board.

Kenton-Walker was elected to the MLAC board by the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2000. She also has served as president of the Hampshire County Bar Association and as a member of the Western Massachusetts Legal Services board of directors. In addition, she is a trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

The retired Hon. Patrick J. King is joining JAMS, the Resolution Experts, the nation's largest provider of alternative dispute resolution services. During his tenure on the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1989 through March 2003, King presided over and mediated a broad range of complex multi-party matters, including business/commercial, construction, employment, insurance and intellectual property cases. The majority of King's time on the bench was served in Suffolk County.

King also successfully mediated more than 1,000 cases involving disputes arising out of residential real estate in the city of Boston during his 12-year tenure as associate justice on the Boston Housing Court.

Liza J. Tran joined the Boston litigation firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen as an associate. Tran will focus on commercial litigation, intellectual property and tort defense.

James F. Ewing, Ph.D. joined the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig as an associate. Ewing will focus his practice on advising pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, primarily those companies engaged in drug discovery, small-molecule drug design, immunology and vaccine technologies, stem cell technologies and medical devices. His practice will include creating technology portfolios through patent filings and licensing, and he will support the firm's litigation teams, adding to the more than 80 attorneys that comprise Greenberg Traurig's international intellectual property practice.

Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP recently celebrated the second anniversary of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, the umbrella entity coordinating the Firm's pro bono legal work, charitable giving, community involvement and public interest efforts. To honor the center's mission and contributions, the cities of Boston, Hartford and Providence simultaneously issued proclamations designating April 24, 2003, as "Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest Day."

Boston's largest law firm Ropes & Gray has acquired New York City-based private equity law firm Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt & Maynard.