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About HLA

Annual Benefit Breakfast


Next year's event will be Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel!

For sponsorship or donation information, please contact Samantha Roy at (617) 275-2881 or

Health Law Advocates’ 17th Annual Benefit Breakfast was held November 14th, 2012 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 7:00 – 9:15 a.m. This unique event is the primary source of support for HLA and has enabled us to help more than 8,500 families and individuals who were denied access to health care. The Breakfast featured Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball on MSNBC and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC. He has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter and best-selling author. Matthews has split his career between politics and journalism. 

View the slideshow to see our generous 2012 Platinum, Gold, and Patron sponsors.


You can view the featured videos from the 2011 and 2012 Breakfasts below:

Health Care Justice in the Juvenile Courts from Sugarhouse Media on Vimeo.



HLA's 17th Annual Benefit Breakfast Co-Chairs

Tom Barker | Diane Moes | Tom Sobol | Meredith Lea Sobol


Tom Barker is a partner in the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s life sciences, health care, and government strategies practices. He represents health care providers, pharmaceutical, biological and medical device manufacturers on complex CMS and FDA regulatory issues. Mr. Barker splits his time between the firm’s Washington, DC and Boston offices. Prior to joining Foley Hoag LLP, Mr. Barker served as acting General Counsel of HHS. Mr. Barker also served as counselor to the Secretary of HHS, the Honorable Michael Leavitt, and before that, worked as a policy advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to his service at HHS, Mr. Barker was regulatory counsel to the Massachusetts Hospital Association. He has also worked on Capitol Hill. Mr. Barker is an adjunct professor of health law at Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, and the George Washington University Schools of Law and Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C.


Diane Moes is a partner in the firm’s Health Care Department, where she provides services for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, physician practices, provider networks, and other not-for-profit and proprietary health care providers, payers, and vendors to the health care industry.
Her experience includes counsel to health care entities regarding diversification strategies and regulatory compliance; corporate governance and best practices; development of managed care strategies; formation of hospital/provider networks; risk management; physician recruitment and practice management; development of assisted living facilities; advice on fraud and abuse; reimbursement; and general corporate matters. 

Tom and Meredith Lea Sobol are long time major supporters of HLA.  Meredith graduated from the Harvard University Extension School in 1999, is a North Shore school fundraiser, and active marathoner and long distance swimmer.  Tom graduated from Clark University in 1980 and Boston University School of Law in 1983, and is a partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP, a nationally prominent class action firm.  Tom is a  leader in lawsuits against the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, but he much prefers to fish the waters around Nantucket.


Call for Support

HLA is Massachusetts’ leading health care access public interest law firm. We fill an essential role. As you know, the enormity of our current economic problems is reverberating across each kitchen table, through each office suite and every government safety net leading to canceled health coverage and raising other barriers to health care.

HLA depends on private, non–foundation donations for a greater percentage – 50 percent – than any public interest law firm in the country. Private funding means we are ready, at literally a moment’s notice, to jump into a fight for vulnerable families facing a health care disaster. It also means we must depend on our friends to keep us going. If the economy undermines our private giving, we will be in serious trouble.

HLA depends on gifts from our generous supporters so we can continue fighting for health care justice on behalf of vulnerable consumers. The Annual Benefit Breakfast presents sponsorship opportunities for both individuals and organizations. For sponsorship information, contact Grace Rosenthal at or (617) 275-2881.