The John and Abigail Adams Benefit Ball TM
Saturday, January 27, 2018
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 27, 2018, 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.

Event Agenda

6:30PM – Event begins with a cocktail reception featuring signature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and live jazz.

7:30PM – The Boston Bar Foundation presents the 2018 Public Service Award.

8:00PM – Gourmet dinner stations and open bars open throughout the museum accompanied by various forms of live entertainment, such as a classical string quartet, dueling pianos and many more exciting acts.

9:00PM – 12:30AM – The Late Night at the Museum party begins, featuring a dessert buffet, open bar and coffee stations, music and dancing. All guests are invited to join as we welcome new lawyers and law students for dessert and dancing until after midnight!

Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics

See Takashi Murakami’s acclaimed contemporary works in the MFA’s latest special exhibit. All guests will have exclusive access to the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery where Murakami’s art is on view alongside pieces from the MFA’s own collection of Japanese masterpieces.

Special Exhibit Sponsors

Meet the Committee


Lisa C. Goodheart
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen


Richard M. Zielinski
Goulston & Storrs

Richard Baldwin
Foley Hoag LLP

Julie Barry
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Ben Clements
Clements & Pineault, LLP

Eben Colby
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Bruce Falby
DLA Piper

Thomas Gallitano
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

Francine Gardikas
Burns & Levinson LLP

Leonard Ho

Matthew Lawlor
Robinson & Cole LLP

Sa’adiyah Masoud
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Marty Mazzone
Fidelity Investments

James Parker
Boston Celtics

Jack Pirozzolo
Sidley Austin LLP

Vincent Pisegna
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

Christopher Rock
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

David Rountree
First Republic Bank

Edward Seksay
Rockland Trust Company

Ruth Silman
Nixon Peabody LLP

Caroline Simons
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Scott Squillace
Squillace & Associates, PC

Natashia Tidwell
Hogan Lovells LLP

Gary Todd
Todd & Weld LLP

Colin Van Dyke
Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Honoring Leaders in Public Service

In recognition of their engagement in the civic life of Boston and beyond, the Boston Bar Foundation is proud to present its Public Service Award to Nonnie and Richard Burnes at the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Ball.

“Judge Burnes and Rick Burnes are known throughout the region for their unwavering support of programs that enrich our community. Over many years, they have displayed a determination to create opportunities to educate and empower Boston’s young people.  Their willingness to work collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes knows no bounds, and I am proud to honor them with the 2018 Public Service Award.”
                                                               – BBF President Anthony Froio

Read more about their work.

Photo Gallery from 2017 Event

Thank you to our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors
Brown Rudnick LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Bronze Sponsors
Burns & Levinson LLP
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Fidelity Investments
Goulston & Storrs PC
Holland & Knight LLP
Liberty Mutual Group
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan Lewis
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Santander Bank, N.A.

Participating Sponsors
Alvarez & Marsal
Anderson & Kreiger LLP
Arrowood LLP
Bank of America
Barrett & Singal, P.C.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Boston College Law School
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Casner & Edwards, LLP
Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
Day Pitney LLP
DLA Piper
Eastern Bank
First Republic Bank
Fish & Richardson
Foley Hoag LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
GE Capital
Governor Deval and Diane Patrick
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
Hinckley Allen
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Hogan Lovells LLP
John Hancock Financial Services
Jones Day
Kenney & Sams, P.C.
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Laredo & Smith LLP
Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
McDermott Will & Emery
Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Morrison Mahoney LLP
Nelson Mullins
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pierce & Mandell, P.C.
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Raytheon Company
Robinson & Cole LLP
Rockland Trust Company
Schwartz Hannum PC
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Steward Health Care Systems LLC
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Todd & Weld LLP
Verrill Dana LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Contributing Sponsors
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Beveridge & Diamond PC
The Boston Foundation
Clark Lau LLC
Clements & Pineault, LLP
Commonsense Construction Law LLC
Davison Law LLC
Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.
O’Connor, Carnathan and Mack, LLC
Rosenfeld & Rafik, P.C.
Squillace & Associates, P.C.

Special Thanks
Boston Celtics
Jackson Lewis LLP
Partners HealthCare
Red Sox Foundation
Rubin & Rudman LLP

Patron Sponsors
Donald R. Frederico
Barbara Nan Grossman
Ernest M. Haddad
Bruce I. Miller
Edward H. Seksay & Patricia M. Dandrow

Sponsorship Information

For information on tickets and sponsorships for the John & Abigail Adams Benefit Ball, contact Carolyn Mitchell at or (617) 778-1932.

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