WilmerHale’s Litigation Vice Chair Felicia Ellsworth and former Massachusetts Bar President Chris Kenney Named to Posts

BOSTON – New England Legal Foundation President Dan Winslow today announced the appointment of two of Massachusetts’ top legal talents to the Foundation’s Massachusetts Advisory Council: Felicia Ellsworth, WilmerHale partner and Litigation practice Vice Chair, and Christopher Kenney, Kenney & Sam’s co-founding partner and former President of the Massachusetts Bar Association. “We depend on our state Advisory Councils to guide us to the cutting edge of business and law,” said Winslow, “and we are beyond thrilled to have two lawyers of such impressive caliber and accomplishment join our Massachusetts Advisory Council.”

Ellsworth is a partner and Vice Chair of the Litigation/Controversy Department at WilmerHale. She served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Judge Michael Boudin of the First Circuit. She also serves on the amicus advisory committees for the Boston Bar Association and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Among other endeavors, she was appointed in 2019 by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. “I am honored to advance NELF’s important work and I have seen first-hand the impact a NELF amicus brief can have on an appellate court’s broader understanding of decisions affecting free enterprise and property rights,” said Ellsworth.

Kenney is the co-founding partner of Kenney & Sam’s in Southborough. He has served as the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association as well as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He also served as Director and Chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors and headed the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. “NELF is a rare organization where law firm partners, General Counsel, and in-house counsel can meet, collaborate and  discuss legal strategies to improve the regional economy,” said Kenney, “I welcome the chance to be part of such an impactful mission.

Winslow noted that the New England Legal Foundation is expanding the membership of its Advisory Councils for all six states in the region this year. In-house counsel and law firm partners interested in serving on a state Advisory Council may contact NELF at [email protected]