Member Spotlight

Issue August 2011

Finnegan named to MSIC, CSTCA boards

John D. Finnegan, of counsel at Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC in Boston, was recently appointed to two statewide boards.

Finnegan joins the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corp. (MSIC) board of directors and was re-elected to the executive board of the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association of Massachusetts (CSTCA).

MSIC, which provides excess deposit insurance to credit unions throughout Massachusetts, insures nearly $1 billion of credit union members' deposits for 76 state-chartered and 22 federally chartered credit unions in the state. As a director, Finnegan will assist in setting the general direction and control of the affairs of the corporation.

The CSTCA is the oldest and largest bar association in Massachusetts dedicated to the practice of municipal law. CSTCA members provide legal services to cities and towns or otherwise devote a substantial portion of their practice to the advancement of municipal law. The executive board of the CSTCA generally controls the conduct of the association's affairs.

Finnegan, a member of his firm's litigation group, concentrates his practice on creditors' rights in bankruptcy, business litigation, tax lien foreclosures, construction litigation and real estate litigation. He represents banking and financial services companies, as well as individuals, and serves as special counsel to a number of Massachusetts municipalities. Finnegan, who was named a Massachusetts Rising Star for 2005 through 2010 by Boston magazine, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Past-President Budd appointed chairman of AAA board

Wayne A. Budd, a past-president of the Massachusetts Bar Association (1979-80), was elected to a two-year term as chairman of motor club AAA's national board of directors in April.

Budd was first elected to the board of directors of AAA Massachusetts in 1982, and has served on the regional board (consolidated as AAA Southern New England in 1997) since. He joined the national board in 2005 and became vice chairman in 2009.

The national board of directors is the governing body of the 48 AAA clubs in the United States and Canada, which totals more than 52 million members. The board meets a half-dozen times a year to determine the direction of the 48-member federation.

Budd is a senior counsel in Goodwin Procter LLP's Litigation Department, where he specializes in business and commercial litigation. Previously, he was an associate attorney general of the United States, and the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, serving as the state's chief federal prosecutor and representing the federal government in all matters involving civil litigation.