Who We Are

Vigorous Advocacy of
Free Market Principles

The New England Legal Foundation (NELF) is the only non-profit public interest law firm in the region dedicated to addressing policy and constitutional concerns related to free enterprise. NELF’s ongoing mission is to champion individual economic liberties, traditional property rights, properly limited government, and inclusive economic growth.

NELF challenges actions by governments and private litigants which would unreasonably intrude on the economic freedoms of individuals and business enterprises in New England and the nation. We believe that free enterprise is a linchpin of a democratic society and offers the most sustainable path to advance the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, including freedom from material want.

We believe strongly in due process and the contract provisions of the United States Constitution. The ability to innovate, earn a living, create jobs and grow businesses usually provides the greatest opportunity for the greatest number when left free from unwarranted intrusion. We oppose laws and regulations which are a usurpation of governmental authority, which unconstitutionally interfere with economic liberty, or which constitute a taking without just compensation. We also oppose laws and regulations which have no rational likelihood of achieving their stated purpose.

We believe that sunlight is the best disinfectant for policy disputes. Whether through the filing of litigation, amicus briefs, regulatory comment, educational conferences, op-ed pieces or other public advocacy, we believe that a free society will reach the best decision if an issue is discussed thoroughly and for sufficient duration.

NELF selects cases for their likelihood of creating precedent that will have policy or constitutional impact for the business community and society as a whole. We select cases in which we can make policy, legislative history, textual, or empirical arguments which are not featured, or at least not emphasized, in the parties’ own briefs. NELF does not file “me too” pleadings.

The Foundation has a national reputation of excellence for appellate advocacy. We support large and small corporations, as well as individuals, by filing amicus briefs. We also have a tradition of pursuing cases in which NELF directly represents a party from the ground up, beginning at the trial court or agency level. This often involves an individual or small business that has exhausted its resources in a struggle to resist unfair or inappropriate governmental action.

Contributions to NELF are tax-deductible. We rely on donations from individuals, foundations, law firms, and corporations that support our mission. Other than court-ordered fee awards for successful litigation to be paid by opposing parties, NELF does not charge any fees for our legal services.

Making a Difference
for 50 Years

Since our founding in 1977, NELF has challenged intrusions by governments and special interest groups which would interfere with the economic freedoms of citizens and business enterprises in New England and the nation. Our ongoing mission is to champion individual economic liberties, traditional property rights, properly limited government, and inclusive economic growth throughout our six state region.

“Property rights and civil rights are not essentially in conflict; they are two sides of the same coin.”

John W. Davis, Solicitor General, 1913-1919

Our People

Daniel B. Winslow

(857) 772-7627

Dan Winslow joined the New England Legal Foundation in October 2021 after serving as a law partner or counsel in small and large law firms, as Chief Legal Officer of a publicly-traded software support company, and at a senior level in all three branches of state government.

Dan served as Chief Legal Counsel to then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, overseeing a team of more than 800 in-house and outside counsel. He also was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served on the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, the House Ethics Committee, and the House Rules Committee, among other assignments. Previously, he served eight years as a judge in the Massachusetts Trial Court. Dan’s extensive private sector experience include partnerships at Sherin and Lodgen and Duane Morris and, during his term of office in the Massachusetts House, as senior counsel to Proskauer Rose. Most recently, Dan built and managed a global legal team of nearly 70 lawyers and legal professionals for Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) during the company’s transition from private to public company status. Dan has been cited by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper as one of the 35 most influential lawyers in Massachusetts in the past 35 years. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Winslow is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, among several other organizations. He received his B.A. from Tufts University magna cum laude with special honors, and graduated from Boston College Law School cum laude. Dan is available to speak with law firms, corporate legal departments, digital and print media, businesses and business associations about NELF’s mission to champion free enterprise, protect individual property rights, challenge government overreach and promote balanced economic growth.

Ben Robbins

Senior Staff Attorney
(857) 772-7620

Ben Robbins has been an attorney at NELF since September of 2002. He has filed several amicus briefs in cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and in other state and federal appellate courts, addressing a wide range of legal issues that determine the rights of businesses and property owners.

Ben’s diverse caseload has involved such disparate legal arenas as the Federal Arbitration Act, the Massachusetts Wage Act, the First Amendment, the limits of personal jurisdiction under the Due Process Clause, and the common law of corporate separateness.

Ben approaches each brief for NELF as a new legal adventure, which requires equal measures of intellectual rigor, imagination, and stamina in order to develop novel and persuasive arguments that will hopefully command the attention of the court. Ben attributes his fondness for the demanding legal genre of the amicus brief to his passion for the endurance sports, in which he must draw upon similar skills to complete a demanding trail run or an open water swim. Ben has also written articles for the legal press, such as the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and has been interviewed and quoted many times in that publication, along with other legal publications at both the local and national levels.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ben was a judicial law clerk for Justice Herbert P. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He then worked for several years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth, within the Administrative Law Division of the Government Bureau, where he defended state agencies in challenges to agency decisions, regulations and statutes. Ben also worked in private practice at a litigation boutique, in order to gain experience and familiarity with the array of issues that are unique to commercial litigation.

John Pagliaro

Staff Attorney
(857) 772-7624

John Pagliaro is a Staff Attorney at New England Legal Foundation and has twenty-five years of experience in civil litigation. Before joining NELF in 2008, John had been an associate at Nixon Peabody and at several Boston boutique law firms.

As a trial lawyer, he represented corporations and individuals in all phases of civil litigation and dealt with a wide range of legal disputes, including breach of contract, business torts, securities law, trade secrets, noncompetes, close corporation law, construction law, and consumer class actions.

At NELF John has filed amicus briefs in the courts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. His federal practice includes the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, and District of Columbia Circuits. His briefs have dealt with such issues as Fifth Amendment takings of private property, federal preemption of state law, federal and state employment law, and insurance law. He frequently focuses on statutory interpretation, especially the significance of statutory silence and the Chevron deference courts grant to agency interpretations of federal statutes.

John served in US. Army military intelligence and later received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a lecturer in the History and Literature Program for three years, and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Maria Karatalidis

Director, Finance and Operations
(857) 772-7618

Maria Karatalidis is the Finance and Operations Director at the New England Legal Foundation. She has been a member of the NELF team since 1992. While she wears many “hats” at NELF, she takes pride in making sure the accounts are balanced and the office runs smoothly.

Maria Karatalidis is the Finance and Operations Manager at the New England Legal Foundation. She has been a member of the NELF team since 1992. While she wears many “hats” at NELF, she takes pride in making sure the accounts are balanced and the office runs smoothly. She likes to think ahead and avoid any issues that might arise, but when they do, she is NELF’s chief trouble-shooter. Prior to NELF, she had multiple years of experience working in CPA firms as an auditor and tax accountant.

Camaryn Sapienza

Executive Assistant to the President and Development Associate

Camaryn serves as Executive Assistant to the President and as administrative support to other senior staff in our downtown Boston headquarters.

Camaryn serves as Executive Assistant to the President and as administrative support to other senior staff in our downtown Boston headquarters. Before joining NELF, Camaryn worked as Executive Assistant to the CEO of No Limit Enterprises Inc., a technology start-up based in Chicago, IL. Camaryn holds a B.S in Strategic Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Riley Sharp

Law Clerk
(617) 695-3660

Riley Sharp is a third-year law student at New England Law | Boston and is serving as a Law Clerk at NELF for the spring semester.

Riley Sharp is a third-year law student at New England Law | Boston and is serving as a Law Clerk at NELF for the spring semester.

At New England Law | Boston, Riley is completing her Business Compliance and Taxation certifications. She serves as a Representative for the Student Bar Association and Treasurer for the Republican Law Society.

Prior to law school, Riley worked as a Legal Secretary for Hodgson Russ, LLP in Buffalo, New York. Riley graduated with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing from John Carroll University, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team. After graduating, Riley completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain.

Burt Peretsky

Media Relations Contact
(781) 696-5579

Burt Peretsky, the Media Relations Contact for NELF, is an accomplished, award-winning strategy communications and marketing executive with extensive experience…

Burt Peretsky, the Media Relations Contact for NELF, is an accomplished, award-winning strategy communications and marketing executive with extensive experience in representing and advising high-visibility public and private organizations. A former newspaper journalist with an additional 10 years in major-market TV, he is considered an expert in risk and crisis communication, media training, specialized writing, publicity, social media, and marketing/branding techniques. As Principal of Peretsky Strategy Communications, he serves government and industry clients in a variety of fields, including legal services, lodging and tourism, technology, financial services, the environment, and higher education.


Kevin Martin is the Chair of the New England Legal Foundation Board of Directors, and previously served as Vice-Chair. He is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, MA, where he is co-chair of the Appellate Litigation group and has practiced for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Goodwin, Kevin served as a law clerk at the United States Supreme Court, for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Chair, Executive & Audit Committee

Goodwin Procter LLP

Pauline M. Booth

Treasurer, Executive, Audit & Compensation Committee

Managing Director
Kroll, Inc.

Daniel B. Winslow


New England Legal Foundation

Paul T. Dacier

Executive Committee

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Indigo Ag, Inc.

Larry Weiss

Investment Committee

Chief Legal Officer
Butterfly Network, Inc.

Mark W. Freel

Executive & Legal Review Committee

Locke Lord LLP
Rhode Island


Nelson G. Apjohn is a member of the New England Legal Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Legal Review Committee.  He is a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston, MA, where he is a member of the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on business litigation and product liability claims.

Executive Committee

Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

Nicole H. Barrett

Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial & International Counsel
Biogen, Inc.

Mark T. Beaudouin

Retired -Sr Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Waters Corporation

John P. Bueker


Ropes & Gray LLP


James R. Carroll

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

John J. Butts


Eileen Casal

Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
RxAnte, Inc.

Robert J. Cordy

McDermott Will & Emery

Paul G. Cushing

Executive Committee 

Office of the General Counsel
Section Head, Litigation, Compliance and Contracts
Mass General Brigham

Paul T. Dacier

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Indigo Ag, Inc.

Michael A. Delaney

Director, Litigation Department
McLane Middleton P.A.
New Hampshire

Chris DiPentima

President and Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Ed DiSanto

Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
American Tower Corporation

Scott Ford

Chair-Litigation Practice

Lana Graf

NextEra Robotics, International Finance Corporation, subsidiary of World Bank

John M. Griffin

General Counsel
Hologic, Inc.

Jonathan Handler

Day Pitney

Herbert Holtz

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Steward Healthcare System

Sandra L. Jesse

Retired-Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Haemonetics Corporation

R. Scott Henderson

Deputy General Counsel
Bank of America

Brian G. Leary

Holland & Knight LLP

Grace Lee

Regional President, Eastern Massachusetts
M&T Bank

Michael T. Marcucci

Jones Day

Sean McSweeney

Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counselor
Liberty Mutual Group

Tim Parilla

Chief Legal Officer

Brooks R. Magratten

Pierce Atwood LLP
Rhode Island

Eileen McAnneny

Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Foundation

Christopher D. Moore

General Counsel
Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P.
New York

Carol Palmer-Winig, CPA

Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Don Savery

Senior VP & General Counsel
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.

John A. Sten

Armstrong Teasdale

John A. Shope

Foley Hoag LLP

Jay B. Stephens

Executive Committee 

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Raytheon (Ret) Of Counsel
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Connecticut Advisory Council

Richard W. Brown

Saxe Doernberger & Vita

John W. Cerreta

Day Pitney LLP

Donald E. Frechette

Locke Lord LLP

Eric Gjede

Connecticut Business & Industry Association

Janet M. Helmke

Eversource Energy

Brian T. Henebry

Carmody & Torrance LLP

Erick M. Sandler

Day Pitney LLP

Douglas R. Steinmetz

Halloran Sage

Kirk Tavtigian

Law Offices of Kirk D. Tavtigian LLC

Massachusetts Advisory Council

Matthew C. Baltay

Foley Hoag LLP

Robert Berluti, Co-Founder

Berluti, McLaughlin & Kutchin LLP

Beth I.Z. Boland

Foley & Lardner, LLP

Gerard Caron

Cabot Corporation

James R. Carroll

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Felicia H. Ellsworth, Partner


Elissa Flynn-Poppey

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Jonathan I. Handler

Day Pitney LLP

Dustin F. Hecker

Avent Fox

Steven W. Kasten

Looney Cohen & Aisenberg LLP

James F. Kavanaugh, Jr.

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Christopher A. Kenney, Co-Founder

Kenney & Sams

Scott Lashway

Holland & Knight LLP

Michael McCormack, SVP Legal

American Tower

Denzil McKenzie, Founder

McKenzie & Associates

Kevin O’Connor, Vice President and General Counsel

ChemGenes Corp

Eugene O’Flaherty

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

James O’Shaughnessy

CIRCOR International, Inc.

Jack Pirozzolo

Sidley Austin LLP

Diane M. Saunders, Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins

Sara Jane Shanahan

Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Lisa Sinclair, Deputy General Counsel

Northeastern University

Peter Stahl, General Counsel


Henry A. Sullivan

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC

Nick Unkovic, General Counsel

EG America

Marcia S. Wagner, Founder

Wagner Law Group

Craig J. Ziady

Cummings Properties, LLC

Maine Advisory Council

Anne B. Cunningham

Delhaize America Shared Services Group,

Daniel Gayer, CPA, JD

Baker Newman Noyes


Aimee B. Parsons, Of Counsel

Ogletree Deakins

Hilary A. Rapkin

Wex, Inc

Sara Trickett, VP Global Corporate Legal Services, Head of Litigation

Wex, Inc

John Van Lonkhuyzen

Verrill Dana LLP

Eric J. Wycoff

Pierce Atwood LLP

New Hampshire Advisory Council

Sally Baraka

Agile Group Corp.

Robert A. Bresak

Eversource Energy

Michael A. Delaney

McLane Middleton P.A.

Alexander Henlin

Sulloway & Hollis

Todd D. Mayo

Perspecta Trust LLC

Daniel J. Norris

McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton

Adam B. Pignatelli

Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.

Mike Skelton

Business and Industry Association of New

Rhode Island Advisory Council

Nicole J. Benjamin

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

Joseph E. Boyland

Fidelity Investments

Mitchell R. Edwards

Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP

Mark W. Freel

Locke Lord LLP

Glenn R. Friedemann

Lifespan Corporation

George W. Watson III

Robinson & Cole LLP

Jules D’Alessandro

Jules J. D’Alessandro Law

Meghan Lapp

Seafreeze Ltd.

Lawrence J. LaSala

Textron, Inc.

Stephen J. MacGillivray

Pierce Atwood LLP

Winfield W. Major

Sperian Protection USA, Inc.

Mark A. Perry, Partner

Weil Gotshal

Vermont Advisory Council

Scott Barrett

Critical Process Systems Group

Matthew B. Byrne

Gravel & Shea

William J. Cahill, CPCU

Vermont Mutual Insurance Company

Jaimesen Heins

EBlock, Inc.

John H. Hollar

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Keith Jones

National Life Group

Walter E. Judge

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Colin Owyang, General Counsel & Head of Strategy

Franklin Energy

Donald J. Rendall, Jr.

Vermont Gas Systems Inc.

Dale Rocheleau

Rocheleau Legal Services PLC

New England GC Roundtable

The New England Legal Foundation was founded as a public interest law firm in 1977 by a group of General Counsels as a spin-off from the longstanding and prestigious New England Council. While the New England Council focuses on Executive and Legislative branch concerns, the founding General Counsels recognized the need for companies doing business in New England to shape the decisions of the Judicial branch by amicus brief filings and impact litigation. NELF provides strategic over-the-horizon standing for corporations to shape judicial decisions affecting their business. For new technologies, NELF can help create a body of law favorable to new sectors and needs. We are reconstituting our GC focus by sponsoring the New England GC Roundtable to create a platform for GCs to understand and suggest strategic positions for judicial advocacy, to meet and network with other GCs in their state or sector, and to share knowledge and opportunities with other GCs.

Membership in the New England GC Roundtable is exclusively limited to current GCs and CLOs of companies located in or doing business in New England. Membership is by nomination and invitation only.

The benefits of membership in the New England GC Roundtable include:

  • Free use of Visiting Attorney Offices and conference room at NELF’s Downtown Crossing, Boston offices
  • Complimentary dinner meeting of other GCs in your state at least once per year
  • Complimentary dinner meeting of other GCs in your sector at least once per year
  • Guest admission at no cost to NELF’s Annual Cabot Gala dinner honoring a GC ($600 value)
  • Participation in NELF decisions on impact litigation or amicus briefing affecting your sector
  • Other individual benefits of NELF membership per NELF’s website, www.newenglandlegal.org, including free CLE credits for mandatory CLE courses

For more information, or to submit a nomination, please contact NELF President Dan Winslow directly at dwinslow@newenglandlegal.org.

Richard W. Blackburn

Retired – Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer
Duke Energy Corporation
New Hampshire

John G. L. Cabot


Stephen B. Middlebrook

Retired- Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Aetna Life and Casualty

Martin J. Newhouse

New England Legal Foundation


Gerald E. Rudman

Rudman & Winchell LLC

Edward A. Schwartz


Gary A. Spiess

Retired – Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Fleet Boston Financial Corporation

Joseph Blute

Retired – Chair,

Edward I. Masterman

Retired – Of Counsel
Masterman, Culbert & Tully LLP

Frances H. Miller

Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law

Lynda Harbold Schwartz, CPA CFF CGMA

Upland Advisory LLC

Thomas C. Siekman

North Carolina

Richard S. Scipione

Retired – General Counsel
John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

Morrison DeS. Webb


NELF is profoundly grateful to its supporters.

These contributors provided the income NELF needs to accomplish its mission.

2021-2022 Individual Contributors

Anthony Alexis
Nelson Apjohn
Elizabeth Ayer
Mark Beaudouin
Dudley Blanchard
Joseph G. Blute
Andrew Botti
Cliff Boyle
John G. L. Cabot
William Carnes
James R. Carroll
Elizabeth Clifford
Paul Cushing
Paul T. Dacier
Yolanda DeDominicis
Stephen Faberman
Elissa Flynn-Poppey
Mark Freel
Brian Gilmore
Joseph Gratta
the Hon John Gray II
Dustin Hecker
C. Bruce Johnstone
Cinda Jones
Robert Kester
Brian Leary
Stephanie S. Lovell
Kevin Martin
Francis J. McNamara, III
Jack W. Pirozzolo
Emily Poulin
Joseph Reardon
Lawrence J. Reilly
Sidney Rose
Lynda Schwartz
Jay B. Stephens
Campbell Steward
Stanley A. Twardy, Jr.
Joanne Vannah
Lawrence Weiss
Daniel Winslow

2022-2023 Individual Contributors

Rick Bendetson
Andrew Botti
Mark Cianci
David Hutchins
Natalie Logan

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