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Nan Sauer is a Co-Chair of the Mass LGBTQ Bar.  Nan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1988) and a magna cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston (formerly New England School of Law) (2004), where she received the Trustee Bradbury Gilbert Award for Excellence in Achievement, served as an executive case & note editor of the New England Law Review, and represented her law school in the annual American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy (“Moot Court”) Competition.  She has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston Magazine’s and Law & Politics’ Super Lawyer publication (2008-2012).  Before forming Roberts & Sauer LLP in 2016, Ms. Sauer was associated with Lee & Rivers LLP, a preeminent domestic relations law firm which represents clients in complex matrimonial financial matters, contested child custody disputes and other associated substantive facets of domestic relations.  Prior to entering practice, Ms. Sauer served from 2004-2006 as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court, working on a variety of family law, probate, and equity matters.  During law school, Ms. Sauer served as an intern to the Honorable Judith G. Dein, Federal Magistrate, and also as a law clerk to an appellate criminal defense attorney in Boston.  Ms. Sauer also has an extensive background in management and technology consulting to Fortune 1000 firms, both in the United States and abroad.  In addition to serving on the Mass LGBTQ Bar Board of Directors, Ms. Sauer participates in the following professional activities:  Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court – Board of Directors Member (2015-present); Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court – member (2013-present); Massachusetts Bar Association (“MBA”) member and MBA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section Council member; Boston Bar Association (“BBA”) member and BBA Diversity & Inclusion Section member; and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Committee to study the Uniform Bar Examination (2015-2016).  Ms. Sauer can be reached at nsauer@robertssauer.com. 

Gavin Alexander is Co-Chair of the Mass LGBTQ Bar.  He joined the Board of Directors in 2013, and he has been an active member of the organization since he entered law school in 2009.  In addition to serving as Co-Chair, Gavin previously served as Secretary and as a co-chair of the Annual Dinner Committee, the Mentorship Committee, the Monthly Events Committee, and the Nominating Committee.  Gavin graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007, and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 2012.  After law school, Gavin completed a judicial clerkship for the Hon. Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and he is now an associate in the Hedge Funds group at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP.  He has experience representing investment advisers, hedge funds, private equity funds and institutional investors on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters. Gavin represents private fund advisers on all aspects of their businesses, from initial formation, Advisers Act registration, and marketing and launching both open-end and closed-end funds, to a wide range of compliance and operational matters, and to eventual sales and wind-downs. Gavin also advises institutional investors on co-investments and secondary transactions.  Email him at Gavin.Alexander@RopesGray.com.  

Brian Huber is the Treasurer for the Mass LGBTQ Bar and an associate in the Tax and Private Investment Funds Groups at the Boston office of Proskauer Rose LLP.  Brian’s practice focuses on the tax and economic aspects of forming, operating and investing in domestic and international private investment funds, including venture capital funds, buyout funds, funds-of-funds, secondary funds and other investment partnerships. He also has experience advising clients on matters such as applying for and maintaining exemption from federal income tax.  Brian is currently the Co-Chair of Proskauer’s LGBT Affinity Group, a member of Proskauer’s Diversity Steering Committee, and a representative on Proskauer’s Associate Council.  In the past Brian has volunteered for Alliance for Living, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by HIV/AIDS in New London County, Connecticut.  He can be reached at bhuber@proskauer.com.   

Cameron McGinn is the Secretary of the Mass LGBTQ Bar.  A graduate of Boston University School of Law, Cameron was sworn in as an attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November of 2015. He has been involved with the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association since 2011, and has been Co-Chair of the Committee for Transgender Inclusion (CTI) since 2014. As Co-Chair of CTI, Cameron has planned social events, trans-identified potlucks, and educational events on trans issues. Cameron also serves on the Bar Association's Legislative Committee. You can reach Cameron at cameron.david.mcginn@gmail.com

Lauren Birnbaum - Bio forthcoming.  You can reach Lauren at LBirnbaum@murphyriley.com.

John Donnelly - John “JD” Donnelly first became a member of the LGBTQ Bar Association after becoming a member of the Massachusetts bar in 2004. He attributes his career in public service with a connection he made at a LGBTQ bar happy hour in 2006. After graduating from law school, John was a trial lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, including serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Morris Reed, Section B of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. John moved to San Francisco, where a career switch to a litigation support company lead to a brief career as an IT database consultant. John returned to the practice of law and Massachusetts in 2004. He served over nine years as an Assistant Attorney General of the Trial Division in the Office of the Attorney General where his practice focused on eminent domain defense and real estate litigation. Since late 2015, John has served two roles at the Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development as a Hearing Officer for the Housing Appeals Committee and Counsel for the department working with the Housing Development Division. John is a member of the California and Louisiana bars. He is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, Boston College, cum laude, and Weymouth Public Schools.  You can You can reach John at john.donnelly3@massmail.state.ma.us. 

Sarah Fischer joined the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as Chair of the Membership Committee.  Sarah received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her M.A. in Chemistry from Boston University.  Prior to law school, she served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University and Bryant University, teaching general and organic chemistry.  In 2013, she received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Suffoolk University Law School.  While in law school, Sarah served as an aricles editor for the Suffolk University Law Review.  Following law school, Sarah served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  She is now an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP.  You can reach Sarah at sfischer@goodwinlaw.com.  

Jamie Hoag is in his second year as member of the Board of Directors of the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association. He has extensive government and policy experience, previously serving as Governor Patrick's Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and as the Director of Federal-State Relations for the Governor.  Prior to joining the Governor's office, Jamie served as a litigation associate with DLA Piper and a law clerk to the Honorable David Mills of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Prior to law school, Jamie worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Jim McGovern and Mayor Thomas Menino's liason to the LGBTQ community.  He can be reached at jamiedhoag@gmail.com.

 Lisa Lippiello - Lisa is the Chair of the Western Massachusetts Committee.  She graduated from Western New England University School of Law in 2006 as a four-time scholarship recipient and began her second career.  Before attending law school, she was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department.  Before retiring in 2001, she was a Supervisor with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Unit where she investigated hundreds of internal complaints of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  She began her law career in the Public Defender Division of CPCS in Northampton where she worked for five years.  She entered private practice in 2010 and is currently a partner at Olin & Lippiello LLP in Northampton, MA.  She currently practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, discrimination, harassment issues and civil litigation.  You can reach Lisa at lisa@oliplaw.com.

 Joseph P. Lucia  has been a member of the MLGBTQ Bar Association since his first year of law school in 2005 and was recently elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. As a Board member, Joe sits on the Judiciary and Amicus Committee and serves as the MLGBTQ Bar Association liaison to Boston College Law School. Joe is a 1999 graduate of Boston Latin School, a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Williams College and a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. Joe served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ariane D. Vuono of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and to the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 2008 to 2009. In 2010, Joe joined the Litigation Department of Foley Hoag LLP’s Boston office, where he worked until April 2014 when he was sworn in as an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In his current role as an AAG, Joe defends lawsuits in a wide array of substantive legal areas brought against the Commonwealth and its agencies. You can reach Joe at joseph.lucia@state.ma.us.

  Mario Nimock - Mario graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and earned his J.D. from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth in 2013.  Mario is currently a litigation associate at Coughlin Betke LLP where he concentrates on civil defense, including premises liability, personal injury, professional liability, construction defect, construction work site accidents, products liability, and contract disputes.  Prior to joining Coughlin Betke LLP, Mario served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  While in law school, Mario was one of three founding members, and the first president, of UMass Law's first LGBTQ student organization, OUTLaw.  You can reach Mario at MNimock@coughlinbetke.com.

Elizabeth Roberts is a former Co-Chair of the Mass LGBTQ Bar, chairwoman of the Family Law Section and Dinner Committee, and former Secretary.  Elizabeth is a co-founder at Roberts & Sauer LLP.  Elizabeth was previously an Associate at Todd & Weld LLP where she joined their Domestic Relations practice in Fall 2008, following the completion of a judicial clerkship with the Massachusetts Probrate and Family Court.  She is a 2001 graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A.) and received her J.D. in 2007 from Suffolk University Law School.  In addition to being an active member of the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association, she is also a member of the Boston Bar Association; the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, including the ABA Alternative Families Committee for the section of Family Law.  She was a panelist at the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association and GLAD seminar entitled "Representing Transgender Clients in the Family Setting" in May 2011, and she is the author of Removal in Massachusetts: the Silent Statute, 25 Mass. Fam. L.J. 19 (2007).  Elizabeth resides in Arlington with her wife and fellow Mass LGBTQ Bar Association member, Liz Doherty.  You can email Elizabeth at eroberts@robertssauer.com.   

Michael Xavier is the current Secretary of the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association and co-chair of the Dinner Committee and Law Student Reception.  A graduate of Northeastern Law School and the College of the Holy Cross, he currently practices family law at Prince Lobel.  You can reach Michael by email at mxavier@PrinceLobel.com.  

 

 


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