Former Top Lawyer To Boston Mayor Marty Walsh And House Chair Of The Ma Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee Joins NELF Ma Advisory Council


Boston Eugene O’Flaherty, former top lawyer to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and former House Chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary, was appointed to New England Legal Foundation Massachusetts Advisory Council.

“I have served under Gene O’Flaherty’s leadership when we were both members of the Massachusetts House, “said NELF President Dan Winslow, “and I know that Mayor Walsh depended on Gene’s wise and insightful legal advice when Gene served as Corporation Counsel for the city of Boston. The New England Legal Foundation and our Massachusetts Advisory Council will be strengthened by his membership.”

Eugene O’Flaherty was appointed to the role of Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston in January 2014. In his role as Corporation Counsel, Eugene was the chief legal officer for former Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, President Biden’s newly confirmed Secretary of Labor. Eugene served as a senior cabinet advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was responsible for providing high-quality and effective legal advice and representation on all legal matters involving the Mayor, Boston City Council, all City Departments and Boards & Commissions. In that role he managed an office of 60 Attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff. As a cabinet member, Eugene was also part of a mayoral administration whose work has resulted in the largest growth of development in Boston’s recent history.

Eugene served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for seventeen years and has been practicing law since 1994. Elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1996, O’Flaherty served on the Education Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee before being appointed to serve as the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee in 2002.

“The New England Legal Foundation has shaped judicial decisions affecting free enterprise and the regional business community. I am particularly interested in NELF’s renewed focus on New Americans and the chance for free enterprise to lift all people to prosperity”, said O’Flaherty.

Eugene was honored for excellence in his efforts by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Massachusetts Legal Assistance, Children’s Trust Fund, Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Animal Rescue League to name a few.

The New England Legal Foundation has an Advisory Council of in-house and outside counsel in each New England state. The Councils alert the NELF legal staff to developing cases in state courts where NELF advocacy can be impactful. The Councils also provide a gravitational focus for the NELF members in each state for educational and networking opportunities. In-house leaders and law firm partners interested in their state Advisory Council openings may inquire at


About the New England Legal Foundation: For nearly 50 years, the New England Legal Foundation has filed amicus briefs and impact litigation in support of free enterprise, property rights, good and limited government, and inclusive economic growth. NELF Website

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