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 Gavin Alexander is a Co-Chair of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar and an associate in the Hedge Funds Group at the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP.  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 also serves on the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar Association.  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.  In his current position, 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, while representing LGBTQ clients pro bono in various asylum matters.  Gavin was recently named one of the "Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association.  Email him at Gavin.Alexander@RopesGray.com.  

 Brian Huber is a Co-Chair of 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 the Co-Chair of Proskauer’s LGBT Affinity Group and a member of Proskauer’s Diversity Steering Committee. Brian focuses his pro bono work on seeking affirmative and defensive asylum for LGBTQ immigrants. Brian has been named one of the "Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association. He can be reached at bhuber@proskauer.com.   

 Sarah Fischer is the Treasurer of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar.  Sarah joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2016 and serves as Co-Chair of the Communications and Membership committees.  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.  

 Mario Nimock is the Secretary of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar, and serves as Co-Chair of the Communications and Membership Committee.  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.

 Lauren Birnbaum is in her third year as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association.  Lauren is a Member at Murphy & Riley, P.C. where her practice focuses on premises liability and general liability defense.  Prior to practicing law in Massachusetts, Lauren was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Division of the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General Lauren served the citizens of the District of Columbia by providing legal representation to the District agencies, officers, and employees.  Her areas of practice included sexual harassment, premises liability, motor vehicle tort actions including cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, and constitutional claims. Lauren started her legal career as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps as a claim and legal assistance attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  Additionally, Lauren was appointed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and prosecuted criminal offenses in U.S. District Court.  She is currently serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as the Deputy of Legal Assistance at Joint Force Headquarters, Hanscom Airforce Base.  Lauren was just recently selected for promotion to Major.  Email her at LBirnbaum@MurphyRiley.com.

 John Espinosa joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2017 and serves on the Judiciary & Amicus Committee, the Legislative & Regulatory Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and the Communications Committee.  John is also the Board's liaison with the Committee for Transgender Inclusion.  John is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and a 2012 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies - Conflict Resolution.  John is a former career paralegal and has taught legal studies, paralegal, and conflict resolution courses since 2011.  John serves on the leadership of the American Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee as a vice-chair, is on the Program Advisory Committee and Grant Review Committee for the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration's Community Mediation Center program, and is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary for Lowell Makes, a non-profit makerspace.  John currently has a virtual private law practice providing legal advice and consultation, mediation, and document drafting in small business law, real estate law, estate planning, and other non-court matters.  John's pronouns are they/them/theirs, though John prefers name only when possible.  You can reach John at atty.john.espinosa@gmail.com.

 Heron Greenesmith joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2017 and serves as Co-Chair of the Judiciary & Amicus Committee, the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and the Scholarship Committee.  Heron leads the Movement Advancement Project's regulatory policy, conducts research in support of MAP’s public policy work, and supports MAP's movement analyses.  Their work has focused on legal analyses of religious exemption laws and the particular disparities facing bisexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law and is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars.  They are a co-founder of BiLaw, a former fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  You can reach Heron at herongreenesmith@gmail.com.

 Peter A. Hahn joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2017 and serves as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee and the Scholarship Committee.  Peter has a private practice in Newton and represents children and families in a range of matters, including special education, juvenile delinquency, student discipline, criminal, Department of Children and Families, child requiring assistance, and appeals.  You can reach Peter at peter@peterhahnlaw.com.

 Jamie Hoag is in his third year as a 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 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 Mass LGBTQ Bar since his first year of law school in 2005 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015.  As a Board member, Joe serves as the Chair of the Law Students Committee, and sits on the Judiciary and Amicus Committee.  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.

 Nan M. Sauer 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. 

 Michael Xavier is a former Secretary of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Annual Dinner Committee and the 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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 Sue Stamos is the Mass LGBTQ Bar's Administrative Assistant.  Email her at administrator@masslgbtqbar.org.

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