Megan Gates, Cynthia Larose, and Paula J. Valencia-Galbraith, attorneys in Mintz Levin's Corporate section, have been selected to Women's Business Boston's list of the "Top Ten Women Corporate Lawyers in Boston," in the January 2010 issue. The group was chosen based upon responses from firm clients and Women's Business readers, who submitted nominations for "the dynamic professionals [they] turn to for top-notch legal services and advice."
“We are thrilled to see Megan, Cynthia and Paula receive this well-deserved recognition,” said Peter Demuth, Chair of the firm’s Corporate section. “Having three of our attorneys honored in the top ten is a testament to our team’s depth, skill, and exceptional client service.”
Ms. Gates is a Member and Co-Chair of the firm's Securities Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on providing counsel to biotechnology, life sciences and technology companies with respect to public and private equity financings and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as with respect to compliance with SEC reporting obligations. She frequently advises clients with respect to corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and has extensive experience with tender offers, exchange offers and going-private transactions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of hopeFound, Inc., a Boston non-profit dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness. Ms. Gates received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.
A Member in the Corporate section, Women's Business has named Ms. Larose in its "Top Ten Corporate Lawyers" for the second consecutive year. She represents companies in information, communications and technology, including e-commerce and other electronic transactions. Her work with technology companies includes licensing, strategic alliances and financings, outsourcing transactions and privacy and data breach incident response counseling. Ms. Larose assists companies and educational institutions with privacy and information management compliance, including compliance with laws such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), state data and information security laws and international privacy laws. She was named one of the "Top 10 Women Lawyers" by Women's Business Boston in 2005 and has been named "Best General Lawyer for a High-Tech Firm" by Boston Digital Industry News. Ms. Larose has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, an M.S., with distinction, from the Boston University College of Communications, and her J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Probate Law Journal.
Ms. Valencia-Galbraith is an Associate in the firm's Corporate section where she counsels and represents emerging growth companies and venture capital funds operating or investing in a variety of industries, including clean energy technology, marketing, software, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health care. She counsels clients through all aspects of activities, including product development, organization, compliance, corporate transactions, equity and debt financings, mergers, acquisitions, corporate formations, corporate governance issues and establishment and maintenance of appropriate operating procedures. Ms. Valencia-Galbraith received her B.A. from College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.