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.

Vision

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.

Values

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

  • Carolina Avellaneda, Senior Director for Governance and Strategic Ventures
  • Denise Barton, Deputy General Counsel
  • Brian Burke, Senior Counsel
  • Pete Michelson, Deputy General Counsel
  • Sean Regan, Public Records
  • Chanda Wolf, Special Assistant

Amherst

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

Labor

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

Intellectual Property

  • Denise Lindberg, Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Josh Stockwell, Associate Counsel
  • Krista Stone, 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

Litigation

  • Mark Johnson, Associate Counsel
  • Cheryl Marinelli, Litigation Paralegal
  • Maria Sheehy, Associate Counsel

Export Control

  • Andrew Karberg, Associate Counsel

Immigration and International Affairs

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