Northeastern Deputy General Counsel Joins NELF Massachusetts Advisory Board

Boston – New England Legal Foundation President Dan Winslow today announced the appointment of Lisa Sinclair, Deputy General Counsel at Northeastern, to the Foundation’s Massachusetts Advisory Council. “We are excited to add Lisa Sinclair to NELF’s Massachusetts Advisory Council. Lisa brings a legal perspective from the higher education sector, which is a significant contributor to the New England economy.”

Lisa A. Sinclair is Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. Ms. Sinclair joined the Office of General Counsel as its first Senior Assistant University Counsel, becoming the Associate University Counsel in 2001. In 2012, she was appointed Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, serving in that role until becoming Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2015. Ms. Sinclair has also served as Acting Interim Dean and Director of the University’s Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity.

She is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Sinclair was in private practice. During her time in private practice, she was also a Special Prosecutor for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Sinclair has served as a steering committee member of the Boston Bar Association’s College and University Section; she is also a member of the Tax-Exempt Organizations and Employment Law Sections. Ms. Sinclair is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, having been an invited presenter on various legal issues affecting higher education. She has also served as a member of the faculty at Northeastern University, having taught Higher Education Law at the graduate level. Ms. Sinclair is a Board member of the National Council for Adoption, currently serving on its Executive Committee. In 2015 Ms. Sinclair received the Lawyers Weekly Top Women in Law award. In 2020 she received Northeastern University’s Excellence Award and the Lawyer’s Weekly 2021 Leader’s in the Law Award.

Winslow noted that the New England Legal Foundation is expanding the membership of its Advisory Councils for all six states in the region this year. In-house counsel and law firm partners interested in serving on a state Advisory Council may contact NELF at


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