About the General Counsel

Mission statement

The Office of the General Counsel provides the University with leadership on legal matters and works collaboratively with University clients and campus colleagues to achieve the University’s mission by providing trusted legal advice and guidance, and vigorous advocacy.


We are legal leaders, dedicated to offering counsel that is innovative and creative, yet practical and achievable in accord with the best practices of the finest public research universities.


We are firmly committed to providing excellent legal services to support the University in its mission, and dedicated to enriching the University’s culture and environment of integrity, service, diversity, and inclusion.

Organizational Chart

Download our Organizational Chart (PPT) for an overview of our departmental structure.

Text-based Org Chart Structure 

Gerry Leone, General Counsel

  • Denise Barton, Deputy General Counsel
  • Brian Burke, Senior Counsel
  • Pete Michelson, Deputy General Counsel
  • Chanda Wolf, Special Assistant


  • Brian Burke, Senior Counsel
  • Allison Lepper, Associate Counsel
  • Timothy Rucki, Junior Associate Counsel
  • Laura Shea, Legal Administrative Specialist


  • Philip Brown, Associate Counsel
  • Denise Lindberg, Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Ethan Mutschler, Associate Counsel

Intellectual Property

  • Karen Chadwell, Associate Counsel
  • Denise Lindberg, Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Josh Stockwell, Associate Counsel

General Higher Education Issues

  • John Chayrigues, Associate Counsel
  • Alyssa Cherubino, Junior Associate Counsel
  • Chip Flaherty, Associate Counsel
  • Karen Laisne, Associate Counsel
  • Dawna McIntyre, Associate Counsel
  • Sean Regan, Associate Counsel / PRR Director
  • Maria Sheehy, Associate Counsel


  • Michael Hoven, Associate Counsel
  • Mark Johnson, Associate Counsel
  • Cheryl Marinelli, Litigation Paralegal

Export Control

  • Andrew Karberg, Associate Counsel

Immigration and International Affairs

  • Debora Ferreira, Associate Counsel
  • Tejal Patel, Associate Counsel
  • Sara Rufli, Immigration Specialist
  • Sandra Torres, Associate Counsel