Contracts & Business Transactions

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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.

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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

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
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Jennifer T. Harding

University Attorney

Ms. Harding received her B.S. with honors from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Following law school, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She then joined the Boston-based law firm of Ropes & Gray, where she practiced for over twenty years. As a partner at Ropes & Gray, Jennifer focused on transactional tax and structuring matters, international transactions and private fund formation. At Harvard, she advises on Charitable Giving, Contracts and Business Transactions, Information Security & Privacy issues, International Ventures and Tax matters.

p: Assistant: Loreta Rufo-Andrade 617-495-9246
Peter H. Serreze

Peter H. Serreze

University Attorney

Mr. Serreze received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif and the recipient of the Pro Bono Award. Following law school, Mr. Serreze clerked for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Paul H. Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Mr. Serreze practiced with the law firms of Ropes & Gray LLP and Locke Lord LLP in the areas of tax and public finance, primarily representing higher education and other nonprofit clients. At Harvard, Mr. Serreze advises on tax, charitable giving, and general business and corporate matters.

p: Assistant: Karlelisa Wesley 617-495-1499