Mintz Levin Elevates Six Attorneys to Members of the Firm

04.28.2011 - Boston, MA

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. recently announced that the following six attorneys have been elevated to Members of the firm:

Theresa Carnegie – Health Law (Washington, D.C.)
Tania Rodrigues Cleary – Corporate & Securities (Boston)
Elissa Flynn-Poppey – Public Finance (Boston)
Meredith Leary - Litigation (Boston)
James Nicholas – Employment, Labor and Benefits (Boston)
Gabriel Schnitzler – Real Estate (Palo Alto)

“We are proud to welcome these six talented attorneys into the membership ranks,” said Robert I. Bodian, Managing Member of the firm. “They exemplify the spirit of Mintz Levin through their exceptional commitment to client service, diverse breadth of expertise and dedication to the growth and success of the firm. We congratulate them on this hard earned achievement.”

Theresa Carnegie is a member in the Health Law Section in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice involves a variety of transactional, regulatory, and fraud and abuse matters. Ms. Carnegie’s transactional experience is focused on advising health care providers in the context of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, service agreements and corporate stock and asset acquisitions. She also advises health care clients on a variety of regulatory issues such as Medicare compliance and reimbursement, federal and state anti-kickback and self-referral laws, and state regulatory issues such as corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting prohibitions. Ms. Carnegie often provides compliance advice to clients in structuring proposed transactions and business arrangements to comply with the anti-kickback and Stark fraud and abuse laws. She has been named an Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyer by Nightingale’s Healthcare News and received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College and J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Tania Rodrigues Cleary practices in the Corporate & Securities Section and is located in the Boston office. With a special focus in representing emerging growth technology companies, she is also part of the firm’s Life Sciences, Venture Capital & Emerging Companies, and Energy & Clean Technology groups. Additionally, Ms. Cleary counsels biotech, medical device, life science, clean tech, and alternative energy companies as well as venture capital and private equity funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, early- and late-stage equity financings, debt financings, recapitalizations, public and private offerings of securities, and general corporate matters. In addition, her practice includes the representation of companies in connection with the negotiation of consulting services, sponsored research agreements, licenses, and collaboration agreements. In 2011, she was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and in 2009, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce recognized her as one of Boston's Future Leaders. She also has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” and serves on the Women’s Network Advisory Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Cleary earned her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Elissa Flynn-Poppey is a member in the Public Finance Section in the firm’s Boston office. She has over twenty years of state and federal government experience and represents government and private entities, as well as individuals, on matters regarding ethics, government ethics, corporate compliance, public contract procurement, conflict of interest laws, public records law, lobbying, campaign finance, open meeting law, and other government areas. Ms. Flynn-Poppey is senior counsel to clients on all aspects of government operations and frequently trains government entities on compliance. In March 2011, she was named to the transition team for Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and in 2010, she was awarded the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service Award, for her work on the Massachusetts restraining order legislation. Also in 2010, Ms. Flynn-Poppey was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Ms. Flynn-Poppey has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” annually since 2004. In 2005, she was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is a board member of Friends for Children, the New England Legal Foundation Advisory Council, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, a board overseer for the MSPCA, and an editor of the Massachusetts Bar Association Law Review. She received her B.A. from Bridgewater State University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Meredith Leary is a member in the firm’s Litigation Section and is located in the Boston office. She has a diverse litigation and counseling practice with extensive experience representing clients before state and federal courts and arbitration panels across the country. Ms. Leary specializes in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on biotechnology collaboration and licensing disputes, contract disputes, health care and corporate fiduciary duty cases. She has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” and earned her A.B., cum laude, from Bowdoin College and was awarded her J.D., summa cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where she served as a senior editor of the Boston College Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif.

James Nicholas is a member in the Employment, Labor and Benefits Section, located in the Boston office. He represents and counsels employers on a wide-range of federal and state employment issues, including wage-and-hour matters, employee classification, discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, wrongful termination and the enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements. Mr. Nicholas’ work on behalf of employers often extends to litigation where he has represented clients in numerous actions before federal and state courts in cases involving claims for wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, non-competition defense and enforcement, and shareholder disputes. He also represents both employers and executives in the negotiation and drafting of complex executive employment agreements and equity arrangements. Mr. Nicholas has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” annually since 2005. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Gabriel Schnitzler practices in the Real Estate Section and is located in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He works with commercial real estate, health care, technology, and energy clients in the acquisition, leasing, sale, and development of properties, and has assisted commercial lenders in the financing of office and multifamily projects. Mr. Schnitzler is also a member of the firm's Healthcare Deal Lawyers working group. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Schnitzler received his B.A., with honors, from the University of California, Davis and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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