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Honoree Bios

Law Day 2016

Michael Mone, Jr. '96

Michael E. Mone, Jr. is a partner at the law firm of Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone in Boston.  Mr. Mone practices in all areas of civil litigation, specializing in medical malpractice, products liability, auto accidents, and construction cases.  He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, prosecuting a broad spectrum of criminal cases in both District and Superior Court.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict and obtained many multi-million dollar results for his clients.  Mr. Mone is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, having served as a member of the Civil Litigation Section Council (2000 - 2001; 2010 - 2012), the Governance Committee (2012 - 2015), the Executive Management Board (2013 - 2016), and the House of Delegates (2013 - 2015).  Mr. Mone is a member of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and served as chairman in 2011 - 2012.  He was recently named to the Board of Governors for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. 

Since 2005, Mr. Mone has represented detainees being held at the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on a pro bono basis. 

Mr. Mone is a graduate of Skidmore College (’90) and Boston College Law School (96’).  He lives in Melrose with his wife, Aimee, and their two children Owen (16 y.o.) and Olivia (13 y.o.).
 

Aaron C. von Staats '91

Aaron C. von Staats is the Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for PTC Inc., which provides technology solutions that companies use to create, operate and service products in a connected world. In this position, Mr. von Staats is responsible for worldwide legal matters, including corporate governance, securities, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology licensing, litigation, employment, real estate and corporate maintenance. Prior to joining PTC, Mr. von Staats practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. He began his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. von Staats serves as a board member of City Year Boston and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.

Mr. von Staats earned a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. As a Boston College Law School alumnus, he was instrumental in launching the Resident Attorney Program, which is an apprenticeship jobs program for recent law school graduates.  Companies, including PTC, will hire and provide substantive legal experience to recent graduates for a one-year apprentice period that is renewable for up to an additional year. Participants may also be considered for permanent in-house positions if available.  Mr. von Staats also contributed to BC Laws “Deals” course by offering class participants the opportunity to participate in real world M&A transactions.


León Rodríguez '88

León Rodríguez was confirmed by the Senate in June 2014 and sworn in on July 9, 2014, as the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

He previously served as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, he served as chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Previously, Mr. Rodríguez was county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 2007 to 2010. He was a principal at Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2007. He served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001, first as chief of the White Collar Crimes Section from 1998 to 1999 and then as first assistant U.S. Attorney until his departure.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rodríguez was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division at DOJ from 1994 to 1997 and a senior assistant district attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York from 1988 to 1994​.

He received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.​


Owen Lynch '59

Owen B. Lynch is one of the Founding Members of Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & Fink, LLP and practices corporate and business law. Mr. Lynch serves in a number of charitable organizations. He is Treasurer and a longtime Director of the One Hundred Club of Massachusetts, which provides benefits to widows and children of police and fire department personnel who are killed in the line of duty. He is also one of the founders of the Boston College Club and serves on its Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He also serves on the Advisory Board of St. Mary's High School in Lynn, and is active in the American Ireland Fund and the Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham.

Mr. Lynch was awarded the 1994 Fr. Francis J. Nicholson S.J. Boston College Law School Alumni Award and the 2003 John J. Griffin, Sr. Class Agent Award by the BC Alumni Association.  He served on the Advisory Board of the BC Campus School for multi-handicapped children. He was a former member of Special Gifts Committee of BC Law, including serving as the Committee’s Chairman for two years (1993-1995), and was a former member of Board of Directors of the BC Alumni Association.

 

Marilyn James Mosby '05

Marilyn Mosby is Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney. She is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America.

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Mosby joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. After five months of service as an Assistant State’s Attorney, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Early Resolution Court where she managed and trained newly sworn prosecutors and support staff on courtroom decorum and docket management. By 2011, Mosby had advanced from District Court to the General Trial Division, where she prosecuted some of the most heinous felonies in the state.

Driven by her love for courtroom litigation and the desire to diversify her legal experience, Marilyn left the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and began working as Field Counsel for a major Insurance Company. In just three months’ time, Mosby was promoted to the Special Investigation Unit of the company, where she investigated and defended against fraudulent insurance claims throughout the state of Maryland.

Mosby, an inner-city Boston native, is a first-generation college graduate. She graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University. That same year, she was awarded the Council on Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.

Mosby has been an avid public servant her entire life. She clerked at several highly-esteemed governmental agencies, including the United States Attorney’s Office in both Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. She also clerked in the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Since the 2014 legislative session, Mosby has lobbied local and state lawmakers to introduce language that brings Maryland sexual assault law into line with federal law. The legislation would allow prosecutors in sexual assault cases to introduce the prior sex crimes of the accused into evidence for juries to consider.

As an active member in her profession and community, Marilyn has served in a number of leadership positions on several committees and boards including: the Peer Review Committee of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission (2012), the Judicial Nomination Committee for the Monumental Bar Association, the NAACP (Baltimore Branch) Criminal Justice Committee.

She was named twice, in 2013 and 2014, as one of the Baltimore Sun’s 50 Women to Watch; Baltimore Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2014; and the Daily Record’s 2013, Leading Women.

Marilyn Mosby lives in West Baltimore and is the proud mother of two daughters. She is married to Nick J. Mosby, 7th District Baltimore City Councilman.

 

Thomas Carey '65

Thomas J. Carey, Jr. has had a long association with Boston College as a student, faculty member, and active alumnus. After earning an AB at the college (’62), Mr. Carey took his LLB (J.D.) from Boston College Law School in 1965, serving on Law Review and receiving several academic awards. He also holds an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. Following clerkships with Judge Caffrey and Judge Murray in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, he spent a decade in full-time law teaching at Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, teaching a wide variety of courses and working with the advocacy programs.  In government service, Mr. Carey was the Appellate Attorney for the Major Violators Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1979, responsible for all briefs in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He has coached many BC Moot Court teams, including national championship teams in the National Moot Court Competition and the Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, and served for a while as Director of the Law School’s Advocacy Programs.

On the Adjunct Faculty for a quarter of a century, he teaches a seminar in Appellate Advocacy in which students get to handle real-life appeals in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court, and he continues working with various moot court programs. Mr. Carey is in private practice specializing in civil and criminal appeals, state or federal. He is currently Of Counsel with Collora, LLP in Boston, where he leads their Appeals Group. A Brandeis Life-Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, he has long been active in the Massachusetts Bar Association where he currently chairs its Amicus Curiae Committee and Appellate Courts Bench-Bar Committee, and is an Associate Editor of the Massachusetts Law review. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Long active in teaching advocacy skills to students and lawyers alike, he frequently lectures at bar association programs on legal writing and appellate advocacy, and recently co-authored a book on Massachusetts Appellate Practice, published by LexisNexis.

Mr. Carey lives in the Town of Hingham with his wife, Ann, whom he met when in law school at BC. He is active in the civic affairs of his hometown and was named citizen of the year by the Hingham Journal in 1998.