2014 LLNE/ABLL Fall Meeting Speakers

Matthew McTygue
Matthew V.P. McTygue, Partner-in-Charge, Boston Office, Edwards Wildman

Matt is the co-chair of the Debt Finance and Capital Markets Group, a partner in the Business Law Department and the partner-in-charge of the Boston office of the firm. As stated in ivahelpline.co.uk site, he specializes in debt finance and private equity transactions in a variety of industries.
Matt serves on the Board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and serves as Co-Chair of both the Diversity and Inclusion Section of the Boston Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association High School Summer Jobs Program, which places city public high school students in legal office internships each summer. Matt is also a Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and has served on the Massachusetts Bar Foundation Grant Advisory Committee. Matt has served on the boards of directors and fundraising committees of local non-profit organizations, including GLAD, Transition House and the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Matt is a member of the Firm’s advisory committee and the Boston office diversity and pro bono committees, and previously served as the chair of the Boston office diversity committee, the co-chair of the Firm’s technology committee and a member of the hiring committee.


David A. DiMarzio, Clerk of Court, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

David has served as the Clerk of Court for the U.S.  District Court for the District of Rhode Island since 1997, and is responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day operation of this federal trial court.  As part of his duties, he and his staff provide procedural guidance and technical support to attorneys and pro se individuals who appear before the Court.  During his tenure, he has overseen the incorporation of 21st century trial technology into the fabric of an historic courthouse building and introduced a number of automated programs that impact the practice of law before the Court.  David has served on several national advisory committees and working groups that address policy issues for the Federal Judiciary.
David is an attorney who has spent most of his career in federal court administration, first at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1984-1997), and then in Rhode Island.  He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Suffolk University Law School, and he is a member of the state and federal bars in Massachusetts, and the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Sean McSweeney

Sean B. McSweeney, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Personal Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Sean McSweeney began his career at Liberty Mutual in 1987.  He currently is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel to Liberty Mutual’s Personal Insurance strategic business unit. From 2005 to June of 2014 he was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – Litigation.  He managed litigation and coverage and the team lawyers handling those matters. He previously served as an Assistant Vice President and Assistant Manager of the Litigation Unit.  He was responsible for litigation out of a defined territory and the administrative operations of the Litigation Unit.  Previous to this position, he was Senior Corporate Counsel responsible for litigation out of a defined territory.
Mr. McSweeney is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and ARIAS.  He serves on the Board of the Property Liability Research Bureau and the Ashland Education Foundation Inc. Mr. McSweeney received a J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1987 and a B.A in History from Boston College in 1984.

Gabriel TeninbaumGabriel H. Teninbaum, Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School

Gabriel Teninbaum earned a J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School (Evening Division), where he was Chief Comments Editor of Transnational Law Review. He also has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Cambridge College. Prior to law school, Professor Teninbaum served in the U.S. Secret Service. After law school, he was a trial attorney at Sugarman & Sugarman, P.C. in Boston.
Professor Teninbaum’s research interests include: legal research and writing, legal technology and ADR.

Dylan HareDylan Hayre, Founder, Lawyer for Soldiers

Attorney Dylan Hayre has been practicing law in Massachusetts since 2011. Dylan was raised in Natick, MA and graduated from Belmont Hill School in 2004. Dylan attended Boston College, graduating from the Arts & Sciences Honors Program with a B.A. in Mathematics. Dylan then attended Boston College Law School and the Boston College Lynch School of Education, graduating with a combined J.D./M.Ed. dual degree.
Dylan is admitted to practice law in the state of Massachusetts, in the District of Massachusetts for the United States District Court, and as an Attorney Representative in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Susan HesseSusan Hesse, Director of Information Services, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Since 2003, Susan Hesse has been Director of Information Services at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a pre-eminent mergers and acquisitions firm, where she supervises 9 very busy reference librarians and a technical services staff of 4. Prior to that she was Electronic Services Librarian at Wachtell. She has an MLS from Columbia University and over 25 years experience in law firm and corporate law libraries. She is a member of AALL and LLAGNY. She is particularly interested in the creative use of technology to improve research services and the visibility of the Library.

Marissa LalliMarissa A. Lalli, Associate, WilmerHale

Marissa Lalli is an associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department at WilmerHale. She joined the firm in 2012.
Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Lalli was a law clerk for the Honorable Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. During law school, she served as a student attorney with the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented victims of family abuse, from initial intake to final resolution of claims in DC Superior Court.
Ms. Lalli was a summer associate in the Litigation and Bankruptcy Departments of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, NY and a legal intern in the Economic Crimes Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts. Ms. Lalli also interned for the Honorable Carol Dalton of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the family court division.

Donna TerjesenDonna Terjesen, President, Visionary Information Solutions

Donna has 20 years of experience servicing the legal community. As primary owner of Visionary Information Solutions, she is committed to exclusively servicing the law firm community with dynamic, innovative strategic solutions, utilizing her and her team’s expertise in law firm libraries and legal research services. Donna’s business philosophy includes being hands-on with all client projects and is generally tasked as the leading or supporting expert to ensure clients benefit from her expertise. In addition, Donna’s direct management style provides clients with her personal interactions to ensure each engagement concludes successfully.
Donna is also a holistic counselor and is founder and owner of Nourish Our Kids, Inc. As a mother of three young daughters, Donna’s mission and work with children, parents and schools provide a balanced life, integrating her savvy business experience and desire to service the community with nurturing philosophies of healthy eating and living a wholesome lifestyle.

Robert AmbrogiRobert J. Ambrogi, Founder, Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, LawSites blog

Bob Ambrogi is a lawyer and legal journalist who has been writing about legal technology and the Internet for two decades. He writes the “Ambrogi on Tech” column for the ABA Journal and the award-winning blog LawSites, which the ABA Journal named to its inaugural Blawg Hall of Fame in 2012. Since August 2005, he has co-hosted the award-winning legal-affairs podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, available through the Legal Talk Network.

In his law practice, Bob focuses on media and new media law. Earlier, he was with ALM in New York, where he was editor-in-chief of the National Law Journal and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. Before joining ALM, he was with Boston-based Lawyers Weekly Publications, where he was founding editor of the national newspaper Lawyers USA and editor-in-chief of the company’s flagship newspaper, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

A 1980 graduate of Boston College Law School, he is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In 2011, Bob was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”

Stephanie Godley MurphyStephanie Godley Murphy, Manager of Research Services, Ropes & Gray

Stephanie Godley Murphy currently serves as Manager of Research Services for Ropes & Gray. She oversees a global research staff responsible for legal and business research and competitive intelligence. Stephanie joined Ropes & Gray in 2012 as a Senior Research Librarian and spent a year as the Coordinator of the Business Research Program, formalizing the research response to requests from business development, practice development, and the strategy departments. Prior to Ropes & Gray Stephanie was a Librarian Relations Consultant for Lexis for one year, covering the territories of upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh. She was with Nixon Peabody for ten years and started her legal research career at the Middlesex Trial Court Library. Additional library roles include time as reference librarian at North Shore Community College in Lynn and as a Children’s Librarian in Methuen. Stephanie is focused on how to build partnerships between law firm librarians and administrative departments in a firm with an eye towards knowledge management and business development. Stephanie is currently serving as President of the Association of Boston Law Librarians and has been a speaker at the MCLE Paralegal Program and ILTA. She has an MLIS from Simmons and a BA from Wesleyan University. When not one the sidelines of sports events for her two sons, Stephanie is a distance runner and she can frequently be found at reenactment events watching her son play the drum with the Middlesex County 4H Fife & Drum Corp.



Chris Laut, Director of Law Libraries, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

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Mary Ann Neary, Associate Law Librarian, Education & Reference; Lecturer in Law

Mary Ann is the Associate Law Librarian for Education & Reference Services at Boston College Law Library.  She teaches semester-long legal research courses such as Advanced Legal Research, Bankruptcy Law Research, Tax Law Research.  She works directly with B.C. Law faculty and students on their research projects.


Nuchine Nobari, Library Director, Edwards Wildman

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Susan Vaughn, Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law

Susan Vaughn is a Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law at Boston College Law School, where she teaches Advanced Legal Research. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and holds a master’s of library science from Simmons College.  Prior to joining Boston College, she was a reference librarian at Suffolk University Law Library, an adjunct professor at Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and an associate with the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

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