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Rachael Rollins Joins Massport’s Senior Leadership Team

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Distinguished Lawyer Will Be Chief Legal Counsel

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority today announced that Rachael Rollins will become Massport’s Chief Legal Counsel effective Sept. 3. She will oversee legal activity in all functional areas including real estate, construction, litigation, employment and ethics, maritime, aviation, security and public finance. She comes to Massport from MassDOT where she was the General Counsel responsible for all legal affairs for MassDOT and the MBTA.

“Massport is fortunate to have someone of Rachael’s background, intelligence and dedication in such a critical role,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “In addition to her career at MassDOT and the MBTA, Rachael worked for four years as an Assistant US Attorney investigating and prosecuting both civil and criminal cases and defending the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil suits.’’

Rollins is a Cambridge native who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in Labor and Employment from Georgetown University Law Center.

After Georgetown, Rollins was a field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, and then worked for Bingham McCutchen and Seyfarth Shaw before returning to public service.  She is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and in July she was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Patrick. Rollins has also received numerous awards and recognitions including “Top Women of the Law’’ from Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40’’ award, the Volunteer Lawyers Project “Lawyer of the Year” award and selection as one of the “Top Ten Lawyers in New England’’ by the Women’s Business Journal.

Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.

Boston Logan, five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 34 international destinations and in 2012 handled 29.3 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and concessions.  The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.

Each year, more than one million tons of cargo passes through Massport’s terminals in the Port of Boston, which provide the shipping facilities New England needs to be a major international trader.  Cruiseport Boston is a favorite port-of-call with cruise passengers, a record 380,000 passengers used the facility in 2012.

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