Attorney. Mediator. Advisor.
As a lawyer, Jeff represents clients in Massachusetts and around the country as outside general counsel, in general business law matters and as settlement counsel. As a mediator and collaborative attorney, he helps resolve a wide range of business and family disputes and has a particular interest in as assisting with partner disputes (business divorce) and divorces involving complex financial concerns such as family businesses. He is available to serve as an arbitrator in business and consumer matters and is a member of several arbitration panels including the Massachusetts Legal Fee Arbitration Board and the Better Business Bureau. His practice also includes helping international clients navigate the US legal and business system, often coordinating with other lawyers and law firms. Jeff approaches both the counseling and dispute resolution aspects of his practice from a deal-making background; he limits his courtroom practice to a strategic or litigation management role.
Jeff has worked for several major international law firms, including Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol in New York (now part of Ropes & Gray); Perkins Coie in Seattle; Friedman & Kaplan in New York; and Proskauer Rose LLP in New York, where he was Senior Counsel. He was also a partner in a small firm near Boston, Convergent GC, until 2008. Jeff's work has spanned not only a full range of corporate transactions - including M&A, fund formation, lending, securities, project finance and restructurings - but also service as outside general counsel to a number of companies, including everything from helping develop business strategy to litigation management, employment matters, licensing and commercial transactions. Jeff has represented business clients in industries including commercial lending, computer hardware and software, consumer and commercial electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, defense contracting, garment manufacturing and distribution, investment banking and other financial services, medical devices and other life sciences, private equity and other alternative investments, service industries and telecommunications. He has also represented individuals in both family and business disputes.
Outside the office, Jeff regularly volunteers his time mediating through the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge. He also approaches conflict resolution from a different perspective as a second degree black belt in kung fu.
Jeff holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and New York and regularly works with counsel in other jurisdictions where required. Jeff is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.