Member Spotlight

Issue August 2004

Black Duck, the leading provider of services that enable vendors and enterprises to manage software intellectual property (IP), appointed Karen Faulds Copenhaver as executive vice president and general counsel. With more than 20 years of experience in law and technology, Copenhaver is a leading legal authority on intellectual property and technology licensing.

Copenhaver, a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP in Boston, began her legal career with IBM in New York and practiced in Arizona and Silicon Valley as a partner with Brown & Bain PA before coming to Boston in 1995. She is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and licensing topics and served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School in the field of computer law.

In her new role, Copenhaver will serve as Black Duck's in-house licensing expert and will play an active role in educating business and industry leaders on software IP risk management best practices.


Charles H. Debevoise and David Rapaport have joined Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C. as shareholders.

DeBevoise, formerly a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, will practice with the Commercial Lending and Business Law Groups. He will continue to concentrate in representing clients in finance transactions and corporate matters, including commercial and asset-based lending, auto floor plan finance, real estate finance, venture capital financing, credit enhancement and loans for employee stock ownership plans. His practice also includes representing corporations and entrepreneurs in general corporate issues, mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters.

Rapaport, formerly a partner at Rapaport & Rapaport, has joined the firm as a shareholder, continuing to concentrate his practice in the trial of employment cases and in counseling employees and companies in all aspects of employment law, including the negotiation of severance agreements and executive employment agreements, employment disputes involving closely held corporations, discrimination issues, non-competition and trade secret matters, wrongful termination and defamation in the workplace.


Samuel F. Furgang has joined Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen as of counsel. He will focus his practice on insurance coverage litigation and appellate work. A former director at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Fitzgerald, Furgang has extensive experience in all areas of civil litigation, including insurance law, commercial and product liability litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice.


Beth Brennan O'Donnell has joined the Lowell firm of Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP. Her practice includes tort and business litigation and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Gallagher & Cavanaugh, O'Donnell served as a law clerk to the justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.


Boston attorney Anthony Tarricone, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association and a specialist in aircraft accident cases for the past 23 years, has been elected parliamentarian of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Association members cast their annual votes for office holders during ATLA's annual convention held July 3-7 in Boston. Tarricone is a founding partner and shareholder of the firm Sarrouf, Tarricone & Flemming.

An active member of ATLA for many years, Tarricone has served on the executive board since 1999 and been a member of the board of governors from 1988-93 and from 1996 to the present. He currently serves on the ATLA's Public Affairs Committee and is a member of the Aviation Section and the Products Liability Section. He is past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, ATLA's Massachusetts affiliate.


William P. Wiggins, associate professor and chair of the Financial Planning and Taxation Department at Bentley College, was recently named associate dean of business.

In his new role, Wiggins will work with business department chairs, master of science program directors and representatives of the business community as Bentley strives to enhance and strengthen its business programs. He will continue to serve as chair of the Financial Planning and Taxation Department, a position he has held for the past six years.

Wiggins brings more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience to the position. He has served as director of the master of science in taxation program and acting chair of the Accountancy Department.

Wiggins is recipient of both the Gregory H. Adamian Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. He has also chaired a number of college-wide task forces including the academic advising task force, the curriculum study task force, and the MBA revision task force. His work with the business community includes organizing and running an annual conference with the Internal Revenue Service, which brings over 200 professionals and high level representatives from industry, government and professional service firms to campus each fall.