Lavinia’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits and insurance disputes in both state and federal court. She has experience advising clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling and negotiations through discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice and the appeals process.
Lavinia is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, focusing on representing survivors of human trafficking in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings. In recognition of her pro bono work, Lavinia was selected to receive the 2018 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award. The annual award is presented by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee to the attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the area of pro bono.
In 2019, Lavinia was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Victim and Witness Assistance Board, the governing board of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.
Prior to joining Mintz as an Associate, Lavinia was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and before that clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Lavinia graduated first in her class from Boston College Law School and upon graduation received the Philip Joseph Privitera ’95 Award for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the law school community.
During law school, Lavinia served as executive articles editor of the Boston College Law Review and president of the Boston College Women’s Law Center, and she and her teammate won the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. She also worked as a Mintz Summer Associate and was a legal intern for the Policy & Government Division of the Executive Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In 2011, she was one of 12 Boston-area law students selected to participate in the Rappaport Fellowship Program in Law & Public Policy.
Prior to law school, Lavinia worked first as the community education and youth violence prevention program coordinator and later as the development director for WISE, a New Hampshire–based nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. She also worked as an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Dartmouth College.
- Successfully represented certain London Market Company Reinsurers in a lengthy litigation proceeding in federal court arising out of a cedent’s $120 million settlement with its insured resolving environmental contamination exposure. The matter involved complex issues of allocation, enforcement of coverage periods, and application of choice of law.
Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Liability Insurer’s Contractual Right to Settle
December 14, 2017 | Advisory | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel
Louisiana Supreme Court Adopts Pro Rata Allocation of Defense Costs Among Insurers and Insured
September 22, 2016 | Alert | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rejects "Selective Tender Rule" As Exception to Doctrine of Equitable Contribution Among Co-Insurers
March 8, 2016 | Alert | By Nicholas Cramb, Lavinia Weizel
News & Press
Mass. Appeals Panel Lets Insurers Avoid $7M TCPA Coverage
January 10, 2022
Rising Star: Mintz's Lavinia Weizel
June 15, 2021
Once again, lawyers go above and beyond in ’18
December 20, 2018
Events & Speaking
A Survivor’s Perspective: On Interacting with Systems Before, During, and After Being Trafficked
Boston Bar Association
Navigating the Massachusetts Vacatur Law for Human Trafficking Survivors: A Panel Discussion
Boston Bar Association
M&A, RWI and Transactional Risk Insurance
Proving Your Claim: The Function of Experts in Pre-and-Post-Closing Disputes
Radisson Martinique on Broadway - 49 West 32nd Street New York NY 10001
Realities of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts - Featuring the Polaris Project
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street Boston, MA
Recognition & Awards
- Law360: Rising Star - Insurance (2021)
- Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch": Litigation - Securities (2021-2023); Commercial Litigation (2022-2023)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree (2019)
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Civil Litigation: Defense (2018-2022)
- Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award (2018)
- Boston College Law School, James W. Smith Award, awarded to the member of the class with the highest grade point average upon graduation (2013)
- Boston College Law School, Philip Joseph Privitera Commencement Award, awarded annually to one graduating student for outstanding scholarship and exceptional contribution to the law school community (2013)
- Member, Women's Leadership Program, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (2020-2021)
- Member, Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal
- Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program, Class of 2018-2019
- Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Human Trafficking Sub-Committee
- Member, Boston Bar Association, Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee