(Foley Hoag 2001-2004)
Assistant United States Attorney,
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida
In 1999, I was a summer associate at Foley Hoag (it was still Foley, Hoag and Eliot then). Following a clerkship with Hon. Sandra L. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, I joined the firm as an associate in 2001. It had a reputation for being different than the other big firms in Boston—the description I heard most frequently was cerebral and collegial, and it had a reputation for doing high-quality work. I left in 2004 to focus on securities litigation at Bingham McCutchen until 2007, when I moved to Tampa to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
I enjoyed working at Foley, and I learned a lot in the nearly four years I was there. Some of the lawyers with whom I worked were Claire Laporte, Chris Hoffman and Arthur Telegen. My first child, Teddy, was born while I was at Foley, and I have warm memories of the support I received from my colleagues. Teddy (who now goes by Ted) is about to finish his freshman year in high school, and is set to get his learner’s permit this summer. I also have a daughter, Mary, who was born in 2005. I’ve stayed in touch with a few Foley folks via Facebook, and I remain close friends with my former secretary, Wendy Matto.
I’ve been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since September 2007. I spent the first 10 years in the Civil Division, where I handled complex defensive cases, including major tort claims against federal agencies. Several of those cases went to trial. In November 2017, I transferred to the Appellate Division, where I handle both civil and criminal appeals in the Eleventh Circuit. And a few years ago, a colleague and I started a mentoring program at a local elementary school. It has grown to include over 60 mentors, including both attorneys and federal and state law enforcement
I miss Boston, but we’ve settled into a very happy life in Florida. It’s green year-round and, most important, no snow (although we did have a near-miss from Hurricane Irma last year). We remain loyal Red Sox and Patriots fans, but we root for the Rays when they aren’t playing Boston.