Board of Directors

Annika Bockius-Suwyn Annika Bockius-Suwyn is a Co-Chair of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. Annika joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2018. Annika works as an estate planning and probate administration attorney at DangerLaw, LLC in Newotn. Annika studied law at Boston University, focusing on diverse areas of family law, including assisted reproductive technology (ART), mediation, and the evolving rights of LGBTQ families. While in law school, Annika worked as a Rule 3:03 Student Attorney at BU’s Civil Litigation Clinic and was a founding member of the BU Family Law Association. Before joining DangerLaw, LLC, in June 2016, Annika served two terms as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court (in Worcester, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Suffolk counties), where she researched complex legal issues and drafted judgments and findings in some of the busiest counties in the Commonwealth. You can reach Annika at [email protected]
Daniel Ball is a Co-Chair of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association. Danial joined the Board of Directors in 2019. Daniel is a Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where he counsels clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, representing clients in litigation, arbitration, and governmental investigations involving securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and consumer protection claims before both state and federal courts throughout the United States, and before both domestic and international regulatory agencies and commercial arbitration panels. Daniel maintains an active pro bono practice. He regularly represents individuals and families in eviction proceedings, assists environmental non-profits, and volunteers his time working with citizenship clinics. Daniel is also an active member of Morgan Lewis, participating in the Boston office hiring committee and serving as the firm’s LGBTQ Network Representative. You can reach Daniel at [email protected]
Drew Collins is the Secretary of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association. Drew joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Drew is the Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Nixon Peabody LLP. Prior to his role in DEI and attorney professional developmment, Drew advised clients in all aspects of private fund and investment management as an attorney in the Tech & Life Science practice at Goodwin LLP. While in law school, Drew worked with various non-profit and impact investment organizations, and served as Editor-in-Chief for the Northeastern University Law Journal. Prior to law school, Drew worked in the private sector in business administration, managing small businesses in the retail and customer service industries. You can reach Drew at [email protected]
Joseph P. Lucia is the Treasurer of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar. Joe has been a member of the Mass LGBTQ Bar since his first year of law school in 2005 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015. As a Board member, Joe serves as the Chair of the Law Students Committee and sits on the Judiciary and Amicus Committee. Joe is a 1999 graduate of Boston Latin School, a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Williams College and a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. Joe served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ariane D. Vuono of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and to the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 2008 to 2009. In 2010, Joe joined the Litigation Department of Foley Hoag LLP’s Boston office, where he worked until April 2014 when he was sworn in as an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In his current role as an AAG, Joe defends lawsuits in a wide array of substantive legal areas brought against the Commonwealth and its agencies. You can reach Joe at [email protected]
Matthew Barison joined the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association in 2020. Matt is an independent trial lawyer who focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation. He is a Bar Advocate with Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, providing high quality indigent legal defense in Suffolk County, and is a regular at the Boston Municipal Court. Prior to attending Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA, Matt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan and Romania. Matt lives in Boston and enjoys swimming and sailing; he also serves on the Board of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway. Matt can be reached though his website.
Nailah Freeman joined the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association in 2020. Nailah Freeman is an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston’s Law Department. She provides legal guidance to various city agencies and commissions and defends city agencies during appeals of administrative decisions. Prior to joining the City, Nailah worked in private practice at a national employment law firm, focusing on civil litigation matters. Nailah earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2015 and she received her B.A. in Economics from Boston College in 2011.
KG Gasseling joined the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association in 2019. Though originally from the Pacific Northwest, KG is a proud “Double Eagle,” having graduated from Boston College School of Arts & Sciences in 2011, and Boston College Law School in 2018, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the BC Law Review and represented a client in deportation proceedings before the Ninth Circuit as part of BC’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Program. Between undergraduate and law school, KG served two years as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa. KG now works as an Associate in the business department of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston.
Eva Jellison is an associate at Wood & Nathanson, LLP, of Boston, MA, and she specializes in post-conviction criminal and juvenile defense. Before joining Wood & Nathanson, she clerked for Chief Justice Dana Fabe (Ret.) of the Alaska Supreme Court. She attended Northeastern University School of Law and Stanford University. Attorney Jellison has been involved with the MA LGBTQ Bar Association for nine years and she co-chairs the Committee of Transgender Inclusion. Eva can be reached at [email protected]
Lisa Lippiello is the Chair of the Western Massachusetts Committee. She graduated from Western New England University School of Law in 2006 as a four-time scholarship recipient and began her second career. Before attending law school, she was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department. Before retiring in 2001, she was a Supervisor with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Unit where she investigated hundreds of internal complaints of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. She began her law career in the Public Defender Division of CPCS in Northampton where she worked for five years. She entered private practice in 2010 and is currently a partner at Olin & Lippiello LLP in Northampton, MA. She currently practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, discrimination, harassment issues and civil litigation. You can reach Lisa at [email protected]
Anthony Lombardi joined the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association in 2020. Anthony is an associate in the Asset Management group at Ropes & Gray LLP, where he advises clients on private fund matters. His practice focuses on regulatory and compliance matters for registered investment advisers and the representation of fund sponsors in private fund formation and fundraising. Anthony is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Law School. During law school, Anthony served as a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and also worked with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic on federal and state policy proposals regarding food system innovation and sustainability. Beginning in November 2020, Anthony will be working with GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) as a public interest fellow. You can reach Anthony at [email protected]
MyShawndria Ward joined the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association's Board of Directors in 2020. MyShawndria is a Finance Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where she represents a variety of financial institutions in finance transactions. Her practice includes syndicated debt financings and asset-based lending. MyShawndria has an active pro bono practice which includes work for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Lawyers Clearinghouse. MyShawndria is a proud alumna of Boston University School of Law and Johns Hopkins University. You can reach MyShawndria at [email protected]



Administrative Staff

Sue Stamos is the Mass LGBTQ Bar's Administrative Assistant. Email her at [email protected]