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Elissa Flynn-Poppey

Member / Chair, Government Law Practice

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Elissa is known as a discreet, creative problem solver with the ability to help prominent clients resolve issues at the intersection of law, government ethics, and regulatory compliance. She works closely with private and publicly traded companies, government agencies, individuals, and nonprofits. Elissa was Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and served as legal counsel to the Inaugural and Transition Committees for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. In 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Elissa on its list of the Top Women of Law.

Elissa chairs the firm’s Government Law Practice.

Before joining Mintz, Elissa was Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Romney and Executive Director of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts. Prior to joining the governor’s office, she was an associate in the litigation section of a Boston-based law firm, where she focused primarily on complex defense litigation. Earlier Elissa served as a law clerk to the justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts and as research assistant to the late Justice Joseph Nolan of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also worked for Congressman J. Joseph Moakley and Massachusetts Senator Jo Ann Sprague.

Elissa represents government agencies, private and publicly-traded companies, nonprofits, and individuals on matters regarding ethics, privacy, higher education, government ethics, election law, corporate compliance, conflict of interest laws, public records law, lobbying, campaign finance, open meeting law, ballot questions, and other government areas. She is senior counsel to clients on all aspects of government operations and frequently trains government entities on compliance.

Elissa also advises large corporations and businesses on the unique political law issues they face when interacting with government; assists clients with developing and maintaining policies and systems to ensure compliance with ethics, lobbying, and other political laws; represents clients in enforcement actions and internal investigations; and serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General, representing and defending various state entities.

In addition, Elissa served as legal counsel to the Inaugural and Transition Committees for Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

As a former senior member of the governor’s legal office, she has extensive experience in legislative and regulatory drafting and government compliance. She has lectured and written extensively on public records law, ethics, campaign finance, election law, lobbying, and open meeting law.

Elissa is actively involved in a variety of cases for the firm’s pro bono practice. She led the legislative redrafting and developed the strategic plan for the passage of G.L. c. 258E, “An Act Relative to Harassment Prevention Orders,” a Massachusetts law which allows a victim of stalking, sexual assault, and/or harassment to obtain a criminally enforceable restraining order against her or his perpetrator. For her pro bono work on the harassment prevention law, she received a public service award in 2010 and the Massachusetts Legislature issued a proclamation in recognition of her work on redrafting legislation. The firm was awarded the American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award in August 2010 for its work on the legislation.


  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Bridgewater State University (BA, Economics)

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Nationwide (Recognized Practitioner) - Government: Political Law (2019) 
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Top Women of Law (2016)
  • Boston Business Journal: “40 Under 40” (2010)
  • Public Service Award, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service (2010)
  • 40 Under 40 Award, STARS (2010)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Political Law list (2005 – 2010)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: “10 Up and Coming Young Lawyers” (2005)
  • Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders (2007)
  • 100 Women of Distinction, Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers


  • Advisory Council, New England Legal Foundation
  • Associate editor of Law Review, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Board of Overseers, MSPCA
  • Board of Directors, Friends for Children
  • Advisory Board, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
  • Diversity Committee, Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office
  • Board of Trustees (2005 – 2010), Bridgewater State University
  • Member (2002 – 2008), Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals and Historical Commission
  • Transition Team, Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian
  • Member, Boston Ethics Committee

Recent Insights

News & Press


Viewpoint General

HPC Weighs in on Impact of Question 1

November 1, 2018 | Advisory | By Elissa Flynn-Poppey, Cassandra Paolillo, Stephen Weiner

This article discusses a Massachusetts Health Policy Commission report on the impact of Questions 1, the proposed Nurse Staffing Ratio Mandate.

Massachusetts Ethics, Lobbying and Campaign Reform - How Will It Affect You?

July 1, 2016 | Advisory | By Elissa Flynn-Poppey, John Regier

Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the much-awaited ethics, lobbying and campaign finance reform bill (Ethics Law), aimed at improving government regulation and oversight in these areas.

Massachusetts Legislature Overhauls Public Records Law

June 3, 2016 | Alert | By Elissa Flynn-Poppey

Last week the Massachusetts Legislature adopted significant changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law. These changes apply to all state agencies and municipalities and in theory are designed to improve the disclosure of public records in the Commonwealth. The Governor signed the bill into law earlier today.
Sponsors of developmental new drugs may want to take additional steps to protect their trade secrets and confidential information in the wake of a recent federal court decision narrowly interpreting certain exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).
On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). 

Health Care Reform by Petition

August 13, 2013 | Alert | By Elissa Flynn-Poppey, Gregory Sandomirsky

A series of alternative proposed Initiative Petitions were filed Thursday, August 7, with the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts (the “AGO”) seeking primarily to establish specified limits on operating margins achieved by many Massachusetts hospitals and on the compensation of the CEOs of such hospitals.

Supreme Court Upholds Limitations on Non-Residents’ Access to Public Information

May 13, 2013 | Advisory | By Kelly Frey, Elissa Flynn-Poppey

On April 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision upholding citizen-specific limitations in the State of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (the “Act”).

News & Press

Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.

Committee Forwards Names To Fill Vacancies On Federal Bench

March 8, 2018 | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

This article notes that the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations has completed its task of narrowing the field of candidates to fill the two vacancies on the U.S. District Court. Boston Member Elissa Flynn-Poppey is a member of the Committee.
Elissa Flynn-Poppey, Chair of Mintz’s Government Law Practice, is highlighted in a Boston Globe article for her position on the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations reviewing applications to the open positions on the federal bench in the Commonwealth.
Mintz Member Elissa Flynn-Poppey has been appointed to the bipartisan Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations led by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey.
Mintz's Elissa Flynn-Poppey and Adrienne K. Walker, have been named 2016 “Top Women of Law” honorees by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The award recognizes attorneys “who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field.”