The John and Abigail Adams Benefit Ball TM 

Saturday, January 26, 2019
6:30pm – 12:30am
Museum of Fine Arts | Boston

EACH YEAR the John and Abigail Adams Benefit Ball welcomes over 1,000 guests for an extraordinary evening benefiting the Boston Bar Foundation. Join us this year on January 26, 2019, at the Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy the magnificent surroundings at your own pace. The entire museum, filled with open bars, gourmet dinner stations, live entertainment, and dancing, is open to guests. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boston Bar Foundation and its commitment to facilitating access to justice for the underserved, funding and promoting innovation in the delivery of legal services, and supporting impactful public service projects & pro bono work by lawyers in our community.

Diane Patrick

2019 Public Service Award Recipient

Diane Patrick

The Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) is proud to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Public Service Award will be Diane Patrick, Senior Counsel at Ropes & Gray, former First Lady of Massachusetts, and longtime advocate for vulnerable populations across greater Boston. LEARN MORE.

Event Co-Chairs

Joan Lukey

Joan A. Lukey

Former Boston Bar Association President Joan Lukey, a partner at Choate, is a former member of the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and currently an Executive Fellow of the BBF. For more than thirty years, Joan has tried complex business litigation, employment and other cases in state and federal court in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and nationwide. She is also a past overseer of Boston College.

“As lawyers, we are able to step up and directly address some of the most pressing issues presented by this period of time in our country.  Now, more than ever, each of us needs to extend a helping hand to our neighbors, as Diane Patrick has done for her entire professional life.”

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John D. Donovan
Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray partner John Donovan served as Boston Bar Foundation President from 2010 to 2012. He is also a former member of the BBF Board of Trustees and currently an Executive Fellow of the Foundation. John has been a partner in the firm’s litigation department since 1990, focusing his practice on business litigation. He has also served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission and as a Trustee of the Social Law Library.

“The Boston Bar Foundation supports legal services organizations in their efforts to aid and protect the most vulnerable, and the Adams Benefit helps make that critical work possible. Through her civic and philanthropic efforts, Diane Patrick has demonstrated a commitment to the same values.”

Event Steering Committee

Robert Bertsche
Prince Lobel

Bruce Falby
DLA Piper

Mark Fitzgerald
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Thomas Gallitano
Conn Kavanaugh

Angela Gomes
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Scott Faust

Anthony Froio
Robins Kaplan LLP

Stephen Hall
Holland & Knight

William Hannum III
Schwartz Hannum PC

Christopher Nasson
K&L Gates LLP

James Parker
Boston Celtics

Alan Rose
Rose, Chinitz & Rose

Paige Scott Reed
Anderson & Kreiger

Christopher Strang
Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP

Kathy Weinman
Hogan Lovells


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Brown Rudnick LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Burns & Levinson
Conn Kavanaugh
Eastern Bank
Fidelity Investments
Holland & Knight
Morgan Lewis
Santander Bank

Participating Sponsors

Alvarez & Marsal
Anderson & Kreiger
Arrowood LLP
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
DLA Piper
Foley Hoag LLP
Goulston & Storrs
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hinckley Allen
Jones Day
Kenney & Sams, P.C.
Krokidas & Bluestein
Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Morrison Mahoney LLP
Peabody & Arnold
Schwartz Hannum PC
Sherin and Lodgen
StoneTurn Group LLP
Sullivan & Worcester
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Contributing Sponsors

Adler, Pollock & Sheehan PC
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Clements & Pineault, LLP
Jones Kelleher LLP
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
Rose, Chinitz & Rose

Special Thanks

Partners Healthcare

Click here to learn about Adams Benefit sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our Affinity Bar Partners

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