University General Counsel
Gerry Leone serves as the General Counsel to the University of Massachusetts system, working in the Office of the President, leading the Office of General Counsel, and working with the campus chancellors and the UMass Board of Trustees. He provides advice and counsel and engages in strategic decision making and problem solving across the five-campus system
Leone is a former elected Middlesex District Attorney and First Assistant U.S. Attorney known for his prosecution of high-profile state and federal cases, including that of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. Gerry joins the President’s Office from Consigli Construction, where he served as Vice President for People Development, leading Consigli’s efforts in recruiting, hiring, training, employee development and compliance, among other HR-related responsibilities. Prior to Consigli, Leone was a partner at the Boston law firm Nixon Peabody, conducting internal and government investigations and providing organizations including colleges and universities with counsel on matters such as risk management, safety and security, and Title IX.
Leone has provided advice, counsel and legal services to and built strong partnerships with communities, public/private schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement and public safety officials and agencies, healthcare organizations, private industry and non-profits in such areas as organizational development and governance, higher education, security and safety, relationship violence and youth wellness and development.