Member Spotlight

Issue February 2011

Christopher Kenney named DRI regional director

Christopher A. Kenney, the chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section Council, has been named to the regional board of directors of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar. DRI is the largest international organization representing more than 22,500 attorneys involved in civil defense litigation.

A longtime member of DRI, Kenney is a founding member and managing shareholder of Kenney & Sams PC in Boston, and is a former Massachusetts special assistant attorney general.

Kenney was named the regional director for New England at DRI's annual meeting in late October. He is a member of DRI's Construction Law, Employment Law, Insurance Law and Trial Tactics Committees.

Tania N. Shah receives BU's Young Lawyer's Chair award

Tania N. Shah is the 2010 recipient of Boston University School of Law's Young Lawyer's Chair award. The honor is given each year to the alumnus or alumna who, within 10 years of graduation, has achieved notable success in the profession.
The recognition is part of BU Law's annual Silver Shingle Alumni Awards, which have been presented since 1967 in recognition of notable contributions to the legal profession, leadership within the community and unfailing service to the School of Law.

Shah earned her juris doctor from BU Law in 2000, and her B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shah is the founder of LawTutors LLC, and the managing member of Shah Law LLC, both based in Brookline. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, and teaches for Emanuel Bar Review, founded by Steven Emanuel. She is the co-author of the Aspen Legal Book Series What Not to Write.

Mandragouras named managing partner of Nelson, Mullins' Boston office

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP named Amy Baker Mandragouras, an intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries, managing partner of its Boston office in January.

Her appointment follows the recent combination of Nelson Mullins with Boston-based Lahive & Cockfield, a firm where Mandragouras was chair of the executive committee. With the addition of 23 attorneys and patent professionals from Lahive, the Boston office of Nelson Mullins now has 39 attorneys and technical specialists.

"Intellectual property and patent issues are extremely critical to our biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals clients - both the large, established clients and the start ups - as they search for, or take advantage of, strategic-alliance or acquisition opportunities in the United States and around the world,'' she said.

Mandragouras' experience includes strategic counseling in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries, and she advises clients in the development and implementation of intellectual-property strategies, through all phases - from start-up through maturity, through financing, and in the formation of strategic alliances.

She earned her juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 1992. In 1988, Mandragouras earned her B.S. in chemistry from Bates College.