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Javier M. Guzman

Deputy General Counsel

Mr. Guzman received his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Moot Court Board.  Prior to joining the Office, he was the founding Legal Director of Democracy Forward Foundation, a Washington, DC public interest law firm representing non-profit organizations and local governments in regulatory and constitutional litigation.  Before then, he served nearly 20 years in the U.S. Department of Justice, receiving numerous commendations and awards for his work.  He started in the Civil Rights Division, as a trial attorney and then deputy chief, litigating and supervising the Department’s enforcement work in the area of equal educational opportunities in the K-12 and university settings.  He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington and Florida, litigating civil trials and appeals on behalf of the United States and a wide range of federal agencies.  ... Read more about Javier M. Guzman

p: Assistant: Catherine Hammock 617-495-4778
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Diane E. Lopez

Vice President and General Counsel

A magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Lopez received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where she was an editor of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a publication of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Following graduation she joined O'Melveny & Myers where she remained for eight years, concentrating her practice in commercial litigation. At Harvard she assists the University on a variety of commercial transactions, with a focus on ways the University can protect and manage its intellectual property assets. She advises on health care, privacy, and student affairs issues, on concerns involving the use of human subjects and animals in research, and on issues involving third-party access to research data. Ms. Lopez has spent significant time on legal and legislative matters related to human embryonic stem cell research. She is a member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.  She is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

p: Assistant: Jena Holland 617-496-3010

Rebecca M. Ginzburg

University Attorney

Ms. Ginzburg received a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College and a J.D. magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where she was a notes editor of the Boston University Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Ginzburg practiced in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray LLP. From Ropes, Ms. Ginzburg joined the Harvard Office of the General Counsel as an Associate Attorney and began teaching 1L legal writing and research at the Boston University School of Law. In 2010, Ms. Ginzburg joined the Boston University Office of the General Counsel, where her practice included intellectual property, research collaborations and compliance, free speech, student affairs, privacy and security, investment matters, international matters, commercial transactions, and general business matters. At Harvard, Ms. Ginzburg advises clients on a wide variety of business, academic, research, intellectual property, compliance, student, and policy matters.

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p: Assistant: Loreta Rufo-Andrade 617-495-9246
Bradley E. Abruzzi

Bradley E. Abruzzi

University Attorney

A graduate of Princeton University (A.B. in English) and New York University (M.A. in English), Mr. Abruzzi received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as Executive Editor on the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Abruzzi joined Boston-based Bromberg & Sunstein LLP as a litigation associate. Mr. Abruzzi left Bromberg to clerk for the Honorable Nancy Gertner in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, thereafter resuming private practice in the litigation department of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. From Foley he accepted an Associate Attorney appointment in the Office of the General Counsel. During this period Mr. Abruzzi completed a two-year fellowship at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2011 Mr. Abruzzi joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of the General Counsel, where he worked for four years before returning to Harvard as a University Attorney. At MIT Mr. Abruzzi’s practice centered on transactional matters, online learning initiatives, human subjects research compliance, data privacy and security, and contract and regulatory matters relating to funded research.  At Harvard, Brad advises clients on a wide range of legal issues, including civil rights, intellectual property, free speech, publication torts, digital accessibility, copyright, privacy, commercial disputes, and immigration law and policy.

p: Assistant: Karlelisa Wesley 617-495-1499
Heather Quay

Heather M. Quay

University Attorney and Administrative Coordinator

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Quay also attended the London School of Economics and received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Following graduation, she practiced for four years with the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. At Harvard she advises on a wide range of issues, with a focus on student and faculty affairs; research compliance and management, including research misconduct and the use of human subjects and animals in research; digital accessibility; and healthcare. Ms. Quay supervises litigation involving the University and also handles a variety of contracts and other transactions. She advises the University’s International Emergency Management Team, and serves as an alternate member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.

p: Assistant: Catherine Hammock 617-495-4778
Julie Faber

Julie Faber

University Attorney and Practice Coordinator

Ms. Faber received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. with high honors in Politics from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Faber was a University Attorney in the Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel. Her practice there included corporate transactions, health law, technology transfer, university governance and conflicts of interest issues. She also served as counsel to the University Conflicts Committee and to the Board of Trust Ad Hoc Committee on Corporate Governance. At Harvard, Ms. Faber advises on a wide range of business transactions and regulatory matters, including commercial contracts, sponsored research agreements, online education initiatives, academic and hospital affiliations, corporate governance, data privacy, and research involving human subjects.  

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p: Assistant: Catherine Hammock 617-495-4778
Ellen Berkman

Ellen Fels Berkman

University Attorney

Ms. Berkman received her B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College and attended Columbia Law School, where she was Notes Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Berkman clerked for the Honorable Joyce Hens Green of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University, Ms. Berkman was a partner with the law firms of Baker Botts L.L.P. and Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, L.L.P., both firms located in Washington, DC. She concentrated her practice in the areas of complex civil litigation and criminal defense and represented Richard Nixon and his estate on matters relating to the seizure of the presidential papers and tapes and the opening of the presidential materials at the National Archives. At Harvard, Ms. Berkman handles investigations and litigation, faculty and student affairs, and research and regulatory issues. Ms. Berkman sits on the board of the Roxbury Latin School and chairs the Audit Committee.

p: Assistant: Jean Murphy 617-496-4168