Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the chairs of the Standing Committees. The Executive Committee is responsible for the general operation of the organization.

MELA Officers

President: David I. Brody
Vice President: Michaela May
Treasurer: Andrea C. Kramer
Secretary: Allison Williard

Visit our Officers Page to learn more about our officers.

Standing Committees

Amicus Committee

Rebecca Pontikes, Pontikes Law, LLC

Monica Shah, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP

The Amicus Committee is responsible for receiving and processing requests for amicus briefs in employment law cases. The Committee gathers the information that will be considered in deciding whether a brief will be submitted. The Committee is responsible for facilitating the writing and filing of the brief; however, all members of MELA are welcome to participate in writing the briefs, whether they are members of the Committee or not.

Attorneys of Color and Diversity Committee

Gavriela Bogin-Farber, Segal Roitman, LLP

Nafisa Bohra, Bennett & Belfort, P.C.

The Attorneys of Color and Diversity Committee seeks to: (1) promote the professional accomplishments of attorneys of color who practice plaintiff-side employment law; (2) increase the number of MELA members who identify as attorneys of color by engaging with non-MELA attorneys of color and law students of color; and (3) provide input on how proposed legislative changes or employment decisions impact employees of color. The Committee does not exclude MELA members who do not identify as people of color, and all are welcome to attend and participate. However, the Chair of the Committee shall identity as a person of color.

MCAD/EEOC Committee

Chetan Tiwari, Tiwari Law

David Belfort, Bennett & Belfort PC

The MCAD Committee is responsible for keeping our membership informed of any changes in the substantive or procedural rulings and standards of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Committee meets with representatives of the MCAD to maintain MELA's relationship with MCAD, to address issues arising in agency proceedings and to explore ways in which the bar can best assist the agency in reaching its goals.

Membership Committee

Chair: Bryn Sfetsios, Pontikes Law, LLC

Jennifer Rubin, Deck & Rubin, PC

The Membership Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities/efforts aimed at increasing our membership and our diversity. The Committee reaches out to law student organizations, recent graduates and to people who are practicing employment law without the benefit of MELA in an effort to achieve its membership goals while providing support to those practicing plaintiff-side employment law.

Legislative Committee

Chair: Philip Gordon, Gordon Law Group, LLP

The Legislative Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities with respect to changes in the legislation governing the rights of Massachusetts employees. The Committee facilitates member participation in lobbying efforts and works with other organizations to identify and respond to issues arising in workplace legislation.

Program Committee

Mark Whitney, Whitney Law Group

Jean Zeiler, Jean Zeiler Law

The Program Committee is responsible for organizing and facilitating the programs for our general membership meetings. The topics are selected by the members of the executive committee based on the needs and interests of the membership.

Technology Committee

Chair: Kevin C. Merritt, Merritt Law LLC

The Technology Committee focuses on MELA's ongoing initiatives to enhance member benefits through evolving technologies, including a new and improved MELA website, improved online discussion groups, "e-announcement" capabilities, a virtual "brief bank," and advice on leveraging technology for better employee advocacy.

Department of Unemployment Assistance Committee

Chair: Jill Havens,Law Office of Jill Havens

Development Committee

Beth Myers, Burns & Levinson LLP

Zachary Hammond, Law Office of Joseph L. Sulman