Business Council: Who's Who
John J. McHale, Jr.
Executive Vice President of Administration, Major League Baseball
John McHale Jr. was named Major League Baseball Executive Vice President of Administration on March 7, 2002. In that position, he is responsible for five MLB departments: Public Relations, Information Technology, Scheduling, Club Relations, and Government Relations. He also oversees MLB’s Western Office in Phoenix and the services provided by MLB to the Baseball Assistance Team. McHale is a member of the Board of Directors of Major League Baseball Advance Media, The Baseball Tomorrow Fund and BELP II, Major League Baseball’s investment fund.
McHale served as Tampa Bay Devil Rays Chief Operating Officer in 2001. From 1995 until 2001 he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Tigers. While with the Tigers, McHale was responsible for the public campaigns and elections approving a new ballpark followed by the planning and construction of the club’s new home, Comerica Park.
From mid-1991 through 1994, McHale served first as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and then Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the National League expansion team, the Colorado Rockies.
Prior to 1991, McHale practiced law in Denver. He was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District, created in 1989. The Board financed and ran an election for public approval of the financing for what would become Coors Field. Following voter approval, the Board acquired land, and planned, designed and built the ballpark.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McHale received law degrees from Boston College Law School in 1975 and the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. While at Notre Dame, he played defensive end and linebacker on the football team. McHale and his wife, Sally, have three children, Duncan, William and Frances.
Michael E. Mooney
Managing Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Michael E. Mooney is Nutter's managing partner. A tax attorney, he maintains an active tax and business practice. Michael represents corporations and other businesses in a broad range of domestic and international tax issues. He advises clients on all aspects of complex business combinations and divestitures, such as tax-free corporate reorganizations and spin-offs.
Michael also assists individuals with personal tax planning and works with businesses and individuals in designing and implementing executive compensation programs. He has handled many successful tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and Appellate Tax Board. He frequently works with family businesses to reorganize into more tax-efficient structures and provide for intergenerational transfers at minimal tax cost.
Michael is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, vice president, executive director and member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Tax Institute of New England Inc., a member of the Boston Tax Forum, and a member of the Board of Editors of Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms.
Michael appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and The Best Lawyers in America. Boston magazine named Michael one of the top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2004-2006. He writes and speaks frequently on topics related to taxation and executive compensation.
Active in many business, civic, and charitable organizations in Greater Boston, Michael is a director of Jobs for Massachusetts, an executive leadership organization of CEOs from prominent Boston businesses. He is currently chair of the Board of Directors of A Better City and co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Diversity Task Force. He has served as co-chair of the South Boston Waterfront Gateways Study in collaboration with the City of Boston/Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Greenway Crossroads Initiative 2004-2006. He has also served as co-chair of the Professional Services Division of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay 2002-2004 campaigns and is a founding co-chair of the Lawyers Leadership Breakfast. He has served as legal counsel to and clerk of the USS Constitution Bicentennial Salute, Inc. and Sail Boston 2000, Inc., and currently acts as legal counsel to Sail Boston 2009. For nearly ten years Michael has been a co-chair of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund Annual Dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Charities. He is the founding chairman of the Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program, and served as chair of the 2003 Law Day Dinner Steering Committee. He is a director of the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation and Music Lives, and a member of The Chief Executives’ Club of Boston.
As managing partner, Michael is chairman of the firm's Executive Committee. He has also served as manager of the Tax Department and chair of the firm's International practice group.
Michael received a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. A native of Wisconsin, he received a B.A. from St. Norbert College.