Meet the Authors

GarnerJennifer L. Garner: Co-Editor

Jennifer concentrates her practice in all aspects of civil litigation. She advises clients on a wide range of matters involving business, construction, employment, and insurance defense disputes. While in law school, Jennifer was a co-president of the Queer Law Alliance (2011-2013), a 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition Semi-Finalist and was a member of the Student Bar Association Appropriations Committee.

SudmyerRobert C. Sudmyer: Co-Editor

Mr. Sudmyer has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including representing owners, developers and educational institutions in the planning of projects and before municipal and state boards and agencies in the permitting process, drafting and negotiation of construction documents for public and private projects, and completion of financing and issuance of legal opinions. He represents commercial landlords and tenants in lease negotiations for office buildings, shopping centers, and manufacturing facilities and commercial lenders in documenting loans secured by real estate and business assets. His practice also routinely involves advice to clients on design and construction matters, including construction documentation.


Terry concentrates his practice on executive compensation, ERISA and employee benefits matters. He represents individual executives, management teams and public and private companies in matters involving executive and equity compensation. This includes employment agreements, stock option and incentive plans, employee stock purchase plans, and golden parachute issues. He works with employers on issues involving both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. Mr. Briggs has a great interest in employee stock ownership plans on which he often speaks and writes. He works frequently with family-owned and closely held businesses on ESOPs and other transition issues.

AiVi practices as a trial lawyer and focuses on business litigation and employment litigation. She represents a diverse range of clients in adversarial proceedings at the trial level in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut as well as the Massachusetts Appellate Courts and in various Federal District and Circuit Courts. She also represents clients before state regulatory and adjudicatory agencies. AiVi is the Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the City of Worcester, a Trustee of Quinsigamond Community College and a Board Member of Bottom Line’s Worcester Advisory Board.

Maria focuses her practice on all aspects of probate and domestic relations cases as well as all aspects of civil appeals. She works with clients from the initial interview through settlement negotiations, trial, post-judgment motions, appeals and collection of judgments. Several of her cases have resulted in published decisions in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. The Probate and Family Court has appointed Ms. Rockwell to represent incompetent litigants and serve as guardian ad litem to investigate and report to the Court involving matters relating to wills, trusts, probate accounts and child related issues in custody disputes. Ms. Rockwell currently serves on the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Children and the Law Program, on both the trial and appellate panels.


Katie focuses her practice on all aspects of family law including divorce litigation, child custody, and domestic relations law. She works with clients from initial consultation through resolution to ensure the most swift and amicable resolution possible whether through litigation or mediation. Katie regularly appears in the probate, district, housing and superior courts of all Massachusetts counties on behalf of her clients. She has extensive courtroom experience having previously worked with justices in Worcester, Norfolk and Bristol counties as a judicial law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department.

Ariel concentrates her practice in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representation of businesses and institutions of higher education in proceedings before state and federal courts, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Sullivan advises clients on a wide variety of day-to-day personnel matters, including hiring, termination, internal investigations, employment contracts and policies, wage and hour practices, non-competition agreements and employee discipline. Ms. Sullivan also assists clients with employment-based immigration matters, including work authorization and use of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify Program, temporary working visas and non-immigrant visa applications.

PowellTimothy Powell

Mr. Powell joined Bowditch & Dewey, LLP as an Associate in 2013 after graduating from Boston University Law School. Mr. Powell concentrates his practice in all aspects of business and employment litigation.

 

 

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