Litigation

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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
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: Cheryl Nesom 617-495-4779
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Genevieve Aguilar

Associate Attorney
A magna cum laude graduate of Colorado College (Phi Beta Kappa), Ms. Aguilar received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received the Earle K. Shawe Award as the outstanding labor relations student. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Aguilar practiced at the Boston law firm, Choate, Hall & Stewart. She concentrated her practice in the areas of complex trial and appellate litigation, labor and employment issues, and government investigations. At Harvard, Ms. Aguilar handles a range of matters, including faculty and student affairs, litigation, and investigations. Ms. Aguilar is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s 15th Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Class and a former Director of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA).

 

p: Assistant: Stephanie Cambra 617-495-1280
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, 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, including government and internal investigations, statutory and constitutional matters, employment disputes, and contract-related issues.  At Harvard, Ms. Berkman handles a range of matters, including faculty and student affairs, research and regulatory issues, scientific misconduct allegations, Title IX, export-control issues, online education, museum-collection inquiries as well as contracts and licenses and disputes and litigation.

p: Assistant: Jean Murphy 617-496-4168
Eileen Finan

Eileen Finan

University Attorney

Ms. Finan received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Boston College and attended Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Finan clerked for the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Finan practiced for six years with the law firm of Palmer & Dodge, where she concentrated in the areas of labor and employment, with particular emphasis on representing higher education clients. Prior to law school, Ms. Finan served as Managing Editor of Rutgers University Press. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University.  At Harvard, Ms. Finan advises on affirmative action, disability law, labor & employment, and faculty and student affairs.

p: Assistant: Jean Murphy 617-496-4168
Ara Gershengorn

Ara Gershengorn

University Attorney

Ms. Gershengorn received her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was a Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review.  Following law school, Ms. Gershengorn clerked for the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Following her clerkship, Ms. Gershengorn joined the Department of Justice through the Honors Program as an Appellate Attorney in the Civil Division.  Ms. Gershengorn then was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia where she prosecuted criminal trials and appeals.  Ms. Gershengorn has briefed dozens of appellate cases and has argued appeals in nearly every federal circuit court of appeals.  Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Gershengorn was a partner with the law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP in Boston, MA.  She concentrated her practice in the areas of complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and data security and privacy.  At Harvard, Ms. Gershengorn advises on investigations, litigation, and law enforcement related matters.

p: Assistant: Jean Murphy 617-496-4168
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Jason McGraw

Associate Attorney

Mr. McGraw received his B.A. cum laude from Salisbury University, his M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University, and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. McGraw served in various roles in the administration of Haverford College, including assistant dean of the college. Following law school, Mr. McGraw clerked for the Honorable Mary T. Sullivan of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. After completing his clerkship, he practiced as an associate at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, where he concentrated in the areas of labor, employment, and higher education law. At Harvard, Mr. McGraw handles a range of matters, including counseling and litigation, and has a particular focus in the areas of labor, employment, and faculty and student affairs. 

p: Assistant: Stephanie Cambra 617-495-1280
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, where she concentrated in the areas of litigation and real estate, representing a range of businesses, individuals, municipalities and institutions. Ms. Quay 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, including investigations, disciplinary matters, policy development, emergency management, and health and welfare issues; and on research compliance and management, including the use of human subjects and animals in research.  Ms. Quay supervises litigation involving the University and also works on a variety of contracts and other transactions.  She serves as a member of the University’s International Emergency Management Team, and as an alternate member of the University's Incident Support Team, which coordinates the University's response to major crisis events.... Read more about Heather M. Quay

p: Assistant: Catherine Prod'homme 617-495-4778
Elizabeth Seaman

Elizabeth Seaman

University Attorney

Ms. Seaman graduated from Middlebury College, cum laude, and received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Ms. Seaman then joined the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge LLP where she practiced employment law for 12 years, first as an associate and then as a partner of the firm. At Palmer & Dodge, higher education clients made up a large part of her practice. Ms. Seaman worked in the publishing industry before law school.

p: Assistant: Loreta Rufo-Andrade 617-495-9246