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.
Recognitions & Awards
- 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)
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Political Law (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
Professional & Community Involvement
- 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