In the News: Rachael Rollins
9/4/2013, 11:05 a.m.
On Tuesday, Rachael Rollins became the first African American to serve as chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority, overseeing legal activity in real estate, construction, litigation, employment and ethics, seaports and maritime facilities, aviation, security and public finance.
Rollins is now the general counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA. She is the first female general counsel in the history of the MBTA, and the first person to ever serve jointly as general counsel for both entities.
Rollins is a former assistant United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts. She prosecuted both civil and criminal cases, defended the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil suits, brought actions to recover damages against those who committed frauds against the government and prosecuted federal criminal firearm and drug offenses. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Rachael was an associate at the law firms of Bingham McCutchen and Seyfarth Shaw.
Rollins earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her juris doctor at Northeastern University School of Law, and her master of law degree at Georgetown University Law Center. She is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.
Rollins has also received numerous awards, including Top Women of the Law award from Mass Lawyers Weekly, a Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 award, the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Lawyer of the Year award and selection as one of the top-10 lawyers in New England by the Women’s Business Journal.