Member Spotlight

Issue January 2005

Bingham McCutchen, has elevated 16 associates to its partnership ranks, effective Jan. 1. The majority of new partners were in the intellectual property and antitrust practice groups. This includes four individuals from the firm's Boston office:

Joshua M. Dalton is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Prosecution Group, concentrating his practice in intellectual property and general commercial litigation. He has represented a wide variety of clients in intellectual property matters in federal courts in the First, Second, Third, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as in the Trademark Office and before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

Natascha S. George is a member of the Tax and Employee Benefits Group, concentrating her practice in ERISA and employee-benefits matters. She advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and compensation, including retirement plans, health plans, stock option plans and executive compensation.

Eunice E. Lee is a member of the Broker-Dealer Group, focusing her practice on securities, products liability and commercial litigation. Lee's securities practice includes the representation of national and regional broker-dealers and registered representatives in arbitration, court and regulatory proceedings involving complex securities fraud issues, sales practice issues, employment-related disputes, and regulatory investigations.

Daniel A. Nelson is a member of the Tax and Employee Benefits Group, concentrating his practice in counseling corporations, partnerships and individuals regarding federal, state and international tax considerations related to the structuring of business relationships and transactions. Nelson has advised clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt financing transactions, real estate and project finance transactions, leveraged leases and structured finance transactions, transactions involving specialized investment entities and tax planning.


Three Brown Rudnick attorneys collaborated to write State-by-State Clinical Trial Requirements Reference Guide. In the handbook, John C. Serio, Jerome B. Tichner, Jr., and Meghan E. Dilley identify and characterize state-specific requirements in a number of areas in which state laws and regulations, in addition to federal requirements, are driving clinical trial standards today. The guide provides 50 detailed state profiles, which break down each state's requirements in more than a dozen practical areas critical to clinical research programs, including mandatory notifications to state officials, age of consent standards, legal representative requirements, drug dispensing/administration provisions, and informed consent and IRB standards. In addition, each state profile provides contact information for essential licensing authorities (medical, nursing, and pharmacy), as well as special state rules in areas such as cancer research, HIV testing, and insurance coverage for clinical trial-related costs.

Dilley is an associate at Brown Rudnick. She focuses her practice in corporate law.


The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have appointed John R. Gobel of Pittsfield as the new chair of the Clients' Security Board and Peter G. DeGelleke of Concord as the board's vice chair.

A partner in the Pittsfield law firm of Gobel & Hollister, Gobel was appointed to the Clients' Security Board in 2001. He succeeds MBA Vice President Edward W. McIntyre as chair. Gobel is a member of the Berkshire Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Appointed to the Clients' Security Board in 2003, DeGelleke is a solo practitioner in Concord, and is of counsel to the Concord law firm of McWalter, Barron & Boisvert. He succeeds Gobel as vice chair. Among DeGelleke's affiliations are the Middlesex County and Central Middlesex Bar Associations, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the National and Massachusetts Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He served two terms as a hearing officer on the Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee.

Mark A. Nowak has joined the Boston office of Burns & Levinson, LLP as a partner in its Trusts & Estates Group. His practice focuses on strategic estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, the operation of nonprofit organizations and business succession planning. Additionally, Nowak serves as a fiduciary for clients, helping to insure the proper implementation of their plans. He also has experience in corporate and health care matters.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson, Nowak was for many years a partner and chair of the Personal Law Group at Sherin and Lodgen, LLP. He has been a contributing author for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education practice manual, "Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts" since its inception and recently served as both co-editor of the manual's 2004 revision. He has been published in legal and business journals both regionally and nationally. He also has lectured on estate planning topics. H has served as a member of the Boston College Estate Planning Council, as a member of the Junior Achievement Endowment Initiative Committee and a trustee of the Clinton Hospital Foundation.


John Steinmetz recently was elected to partnership at Robinson & Cole, LLP. Steinmetz focuses his practice on complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience litigating complex business and commercial disputes and insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts. Steinmetz also has extensive experience representing companies in securities and intellectual property litigation matters. He has also served as a vice-chair of the Property Insurance Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association.


Kim Zadworny recently opened a law practice in the offices of William St. James in Florence, Mass. A member of the MBA, Hampshire County Bar Association and Massachusetts Women's Bar Association, she also continues to serve on the Western New England College School of Law Advisory Board of Directors for the Paralegal Studies program.


Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, has announced the recipients of the foundation's 2005 Relationship Grants program. Grants were awarded to 10 nonprofit organizations across Boston, MA; Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; and New York, N.Y. The 2005 Relationship Grant recipients are: Reach Out & Read; Boston Medical Center; Neighborhood House Charter School; Facing History & Ourselves; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA); Citizen Schools/St. Clair Discovering Justice Project; Community Solutions; Science Center of Connecticut; Providence Plan; and B.E.L.L. Foundation, Inc.