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 balanced 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 balanced 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

President
(857) 772-7627
dwinslow@newenglandlegal.org

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
brobbins@newenglandlegal.org

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
jpagliaro@newenglandlegal.org

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

Manager, Finance and Operations
(857) 772-7618
mkaratalidis@newenglandlegal.org

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.

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
617-695-3660
csapienza@newenglandlegal.org

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.

Caitlin O’Hara

Development Director
(617) 695-3660
cohara@newenglandlegal.org

Caitlin leads the Development team for NELF with a strong sales background across various verticals, sales CRM, and networking…

Caitlin leads the Development team for NELF with a strong sales background across various verticals, sales CRM, and networking. Caitlin excels at connecting with people and works to bring value to our sponsors and donors by ensuring that their generosity directly supports our mission of advocating for free enterprise and economic liberty. She is a skilled communicator who enjoys the pleasure of building relationships, solving problems, gaining new business, and creating long-term meaningful relationships. She takes a personalized approach to each individual donor and uses her creativity to manage these relationships strategically. Please contact Caitlin to discuss planned giving, donor support, and our latest events for sustaining the cause of freedom. Caitlin holds a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies from UMass Amherst and remains actively involved with Alumni Relations. She is also a proud mom to a ten-year-old daughter.

Burt Peretsky

Media Relations Contact
(781) 696-5579
peretsky@gmail.com

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.

Anna Fucillo

Law Clerk
(617) 695-3660
afucillo@newenglandlegal.org

Anna Fucillo is a second year law student at Boston College Law School and is serving as a Law Clerk at NELF for the fall semester.

Anna Fucillo is a second year law student at Boston College Law School and is serving as a Law Clerk at NELF for the fall semester. At BC Law, Anna is a merit-scholarship recipient as well as a 2L Staff Writer for the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest. Prior to law school, Anna worked as a Paralegal at a boutique civil litigation firm in downtown Boston. Anna graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College, where she was a 4-year member of the women’s ice-hockey team.

Officers

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

Partner
Goodwin Procter LLP
Massachusetts

Stephen H. Faberman

Executive Committee

General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer
Progress Software Corporation
Massachusetts

Pauline M. Booth

Treasurer, Executive, Audit & Compensation Committee

Managing Director
Kroll, Inc.
Massachusetts

Daniel B. Winslow

President

New England Legal Foundation
Massachusetts

Paul T. Dacier

Executive Committee

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Indigo Ag, Inc.
Massachusetts

Larry Weiss

Investment Committee

Chief Legal Officer
Butterfly Network, Inc.
Massachusetts

Mark W. Freel

Executive & Legal Review Committee

Partner
Locke Lord LLP
Rhode Island

Directors

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

Partner
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
Massachusetts

Nicole H. Barrett

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

Mark T. Beaudouin

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

John P. Bueker

Partner

Ropes & Gray LLP

Massachusetts

James R. Carroll

Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Massachusetts

John J. Butts

Partner
WilmerHale
Massachusetts

Eileen Casal

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

Robert J. Cordy

Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
Massachusetts

Paul G. Cushing

Executive Committee 

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

Paul T. Dacier

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Indigo Ag, Inc.
Massachusetts

Michael A. Delaney

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

Chris DiPentima

President and Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Connecticut

Ed DiSanto

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

Scott Ford

Chair-Litigation Practice
Mintz
Massachusetts

Lana Graf

Founder
NextEra Robotics, International Finance Corporation, subsidiary of World Bank
Massachusetts

John M. Griffin

General Counsel
Hologic, Inc.
Massachusetts

Jonathan Handler

Partner
Day Pitney
Massachusetts

Herbert Holtz

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Steward Healthcare System
Massachusetts

Ernest M. Haddad

General Counsel Emeritus
Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
Massachusetts

Sandra L. Jesse

Retired-Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Haemonetics Corporation
Massachusetts

R. Scott Henderson

Deputy General Counsel
Bank of America
Massachusetts

Brian G. Leary

Partner
Holland & Knight LLP
Massachusetts

Grace Lee

Regional President, Eastern Massachusetts
M&T Bank
Massachusetts

Michael T. Marcucci

Partner
Jones Day
Massachusetts

Sean McSweeney

Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counselor
Liberty Mutual Group
Massachusetts

Tim Parilla

Chief Legal Officer
Linksquares
Massachusetts

Brooks R. Magratten

Partner
Pierce Atwood LLP
Rhode Island

Eileen McAnneny

President
Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Foundation
Massachusetts

Eileen McAnneny

President
Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Foundation
Massachusetts

Christopher D. Moore

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

Carol Palmer-Winig, CPA

Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Massachusetts

Don Savery

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

John A. Sten

Partner
Armstrong Teasdale
Massachusetts

John A. Shope

Partner
Foley Hoag LLP
Massachusetts

Jay B. Stephens

Executive Committee 

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

Richard W. Blackburn

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

John G. L. Cabot

Massachusetts

Edward I. Masterman

Retired – Of Counsel
Masterman, Culbert & Tully LLP
Florida

Stephen B. Middlebrook

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

Frances H. Miller

Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law
Massachusetts

Gerald E. Rudman

Rudman & Winchell LLC
Maine

Lynda Harbold Schwartz, CPA CFF CGMA

Founder
Upland Advisory LLC
Massachusetts

Edward A. Schwartz

Massachusetts

Richard S. Scipione

Retired – General Counsel
John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.
Massachusetts

Thomas C. Siekman

North Carolina

Gary A. Spiess

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

Morrison DeS. Webb

Maine

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

WilmerHale

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

NDVR

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,
LLC

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
Hampshire

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

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

John H. Hollar

Montpelier
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

NELF is profoundly grateful to its supporters.

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

2021-2022 Corporate Contributors & Foundations

Adolph Coors Foundation
Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc.
Barton Gilman
Biogen
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
CBIA
Carmody & Torrance
Conn Kavanaugh
Cummings Properties
Dechert
Ernst & Young
Fidelity
Finnegan Henderson
Foley Hoag
Frank Consolati Insurance Agency, Inc.
Goodwin Procter
Hologic
Jones Day
Liberty Mutual- Via Fidelity
Locke Lord
Looney Cohen
McDermott, Will & Emery
Mintz
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Ogletree Deakins
Pierce Atwood
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Ropes and Gray
Sarah Scaife Foundation
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan & Worcester
Textron
Vermont Mututal Ins Co
WilmerHale

2022-2023 Corporate Contributors & Foundations

Balikian Law
Barton Gilman LLP
Berluti McLaughlin & Kutchin LLP
Cowls, Inc.
Dividex
Doherty Dugan Cannon Raymond & Weil, P.C.
Duane Morris
EG America
Fragomen
Frank Consolati Insurance W.D.
Gibson Dunn
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Holland & Knight
Injury Law Center of Nashua New Hampshire
Kenney & Sams
LinkSquares
McKenzie & Associates
Reed & Giodarno
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Rimini Street
Rothwell Figg
RWS Group
Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC
White & Case LLP

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

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