Health Law Advocates, Inc.
30 Winter Street, Suite 1004
Boston, MA 02108
is HLA's Executive Director. He has advocated for health care access for lower-income consumers since the early 1990’s. Matt began his professional career as the staff assistant for the Chief Counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff on the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now known as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions). In Senator Kennedy’s office, he participated in advancing national health care initiatives including proposals to expand access to health insurance and strengthen public health programs. He left Senator Kennedy’s office to attend Suffolk University Law School where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997. Matt then worked in the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide to State Representative Kay Khan who now co-chairs the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. In the State House, Matt drafted and helped enact various legislative and budgetary provisions including measures to improve mental health services and correctional health care. At HLA, Matt has represented and advised clients unjustly denied health care access and advocated for public policies to benefit low-income health care consumers. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
is the Volunteer Legal Adviser of Health Law Advocates. He is a specialist in health benefits law, including ERISA, health care consumer protection, long-term disability law and several related areas. He has litigated in all federal and state courts with jurisdiction in Massachusetts, including the United States Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Superior Court. He has served in the Executive Branch of Massachusetts Government as legal counsel to the Governor, and in the Department of the Attorney General, as chief of the Government Bureau. He has taught law at New York University, Northeastern University School of Law, and Boston College Law School.
is HLA’s Litigation Director. She serves as lead in-house counsel and consulting counsel on complex litigation, including class actions and appeals related to health care, such as Massachusetts constitutional protections for legal residents. Her substantive work focuses on protecting low- and moderate-income consumers from unaffordable medical debt and unfair collection practices. Additionally, Lorianne trains and mentors HLA staff. Before joining HLA, Lorianne represented consumers in tort claims, won political asylum for a pro bono client, and reviewed claims of policy owners in an alternative dispute resolution. Lorianne is a graduate of Assumption College (BA), New England School of Law (JD), and she studied under U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at Salzburg University. Lorianne is proficient in Spanish and is admitted to practice in several state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
is a senior staff attorney and Director of the Commercial Insurance Appeals Program. Clare was the first staff attorney hired by HLA, and served on the legal staff from 1997 to 2005. During that time, Clare was lead counsel for Health Care For All v. Romney, a class action lawsuit to improve dental care access for children on MassHealth. In 2005, Clare established a private practice focused on health insurance disputes and disability benefits. As a private attorney, Clare frequently consulted to HLA on the remedial phase of HCFA v. Romney and other matters. Clare rejoined HLA in June 2013. Clare is on the Massachusetts Bar Association Health Law Section Council and has also been active in the Boston Bar Association. Clare speaks and writes frequently on health care law as it affects consumers. She teaches at New England Law Boston and Suffolk University Law School and has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University. Clare is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.
is an HLA staff attorney and directs HLA’s Mental Health Parity Initiative. Laura is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she completed co-op positions with the Boston Juvenile Court, Stratify Iron Mountain, the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, and Segal Roitman, LLP. She also served as a Team Leader for the Domestic Violence Institute at Boston Medical Center, and was on the Senior Staff of Northeastern’s Law Journal. Prior to law school, Laura worked for HLA as an Administrative Assistant. She received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Laura is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.
is HLA’s first Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the administrative operations including support, payroll, financial reporting and systems. Prior to HLA, Bob worked in operations and accounting at BankBoston/Fleet Bank. He attended the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob recently obtained a certificate in non-profit management from Northeastern University.
is the Parmet Fellow for Health Law Advocates. Prior to joining HLA, Monica served as a Law Clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where she worked primarily with the Clerk of the Appeals Court. Monica graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2012. During law school, Monica completed co-op positions at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Office of General Counsel at Partners HealthCare, the law firm of Krokidas & Bluestein, and HLA. Before attending law school, Monica was performed community outreach and worked as a case worker at the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project in Brooklyn, New York. Monica is a graduate of Vassar College.
is a staff attorney for HLA’s Juvenile Mental Health Access Project. Before joining HLA, Lisa spent four and a half years as a staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts. At CLCM, Lisa represented low-income children in education matters as the sole attorney for an education advocacy initiative in Lawrence, MA. She successfully advocated for improved educational services and placements for clients through team meetings, mediation, and filing for due process hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Lisa also provided trainings to attorneys, parents, and service providers in the community on various aspects of education law. Lisa holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Visual Art and History from Brown University.
is a Staff Attorney and Project Manager of the Juvenile Court Mental Health Advocacy Project (J-MHAP) at HLA. Before joining HLA, Meira was the Program Development Officer at the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Meira has also worked as the Senior Education Attorney at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM). In that role, Meira coordinated education advocacy out of CLCM's Lynn and Lawrence offices. She also provided direct representation to children from low-income families in Essex and Middlesex counties, specializing in special education and regular education matters with particular emphasis on issues of school discipline. Meira has also represented children in CHINS (Children in Need of Services) proceedings in the juvenile court. She is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Boston University School of Law.
is a Staff Attorney for HLA's Commercial Insurance Appeals Program. Since joining HLA in April 2012, Nancy has successfully represented clients with a variety of health care access issues. Nancy graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine, earning a law degree and a Master of Public Health. Throughout law school, Nancy completed co-op positions with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Care Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Greater Boston Legal Services’ Elder Law Unit, and US Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler. Prior to law school Nancy worked as a fundraising professional for a variety of non-profits. Nancy is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
joined the HLA staff in January 2014 as the Program and Development Associate. In this role, she is responsible for the planning and execution of HLA's Annual Benefit Breakfast - the organization's largest source of funding, which attracts more than 900 attendees. Samantha also manages HLA's Pro Bono Legal Network. In addition to her duties, Samantha is an active member of a cross-organizational Wellness Committee, promoting health and wellness throughout the workplace. Prior to HLA, she worked as a Program Associate on both the Public Education Campaign and HelpLine at Health Care For All, HLA’s partner organization. Samantha graduated from Roger Williams University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthopology/Sociology, focusing on health care.
is HLA’s Paralegal/Intake Coordinator. Yadira graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs. While at Northeastern she completed internship positions at the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Law Offices of Jeffrey Golkin in New York City, as well as at Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s Office. She served as one of three Northeastern Student Ambassadors for the United Nations of Greater Boston where she planned events on the Northeastern Campus educating students on the importance of the Millennium Development Goals. Before HLA she volunteered for U.S. Representative Katherine Clark’s campaign for Congress.