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.
President: Gavriela M. Bogin-Farber
Vice President: David I. Brody
Treasurer: Joseph L. Sulman
Secretary: Kathleen Brekka
Visit our Officers Page to learn more about our officers.
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 Committee
Chair: Chetan Tiwari, Tiwari Law
The Attorneys of Color 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.
The ERISA Committee
Chair: Jonathan M. Feigenbaum
The ERISA Committee provides feedback and advice on cases, policies, statutes and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The goal of this committee is to advance the interests of employees and other beneficiaries covered by ERISA.
Michaela May, Bennett & Belfort, PC
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.
Chair: Bryn Sfetsios, Pontikes Law, LLC
Sophia L. Hall, Lawyers for Civil Rights
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.
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.
Elizabeth Mason, Mason Law
Andrea L. Haas, Law Office of Joseph L. Sulman, Esq.
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.
Chair: Bryn Sfetsios, Pontikes Law, LLC
The Social Committee is responsible for planning informal networking events.
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
Chair: Raphael B. Hirsch, Burger Law Group PLLC
Chair: David I. Brody, Sherin and Lodgen, LLP
Paul H. Merry, Law Office of Paul H. Merry