Staff

Matt Selig

Staff

Executive Director

Matt 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.

Torie Argus

Staff

Staff Attorney

Torie is a staff attorney with the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids in the Worcester Family Resource Center.  Prior to joining HLA, Torie represented children with disability related, discipline and/or bullying issues as an education law attorney.  Torie earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame.  While working towards her graduate degree, Torie taught 4th grade which inspired her passion for juvenile justice and educational law.  She graduated from Boston College Law.   

Sarah Clark

Staff

Director of Finance & Operations

Sarah joined HLA in August 2018, bringing more than a decade of experience in nonprofit finance and administration. Previous positions include nine years at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, where she developed a passion for the disability inclusion movement. Sarah holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Andrew P. Cohen

Staff

Supervising Attorney

Andrew co-leads HLA’s Public Programs Team, which promotes access to care for enrollees in MassHealth and other state-based programs. He is Project Director of HLA’s Immigrant Initiative and our Transgender Health Access Project. Andrew has more than a decade of experience as a health care consumer advocate, community organizer, and policy analyst. In 2014, he graduated from Northeastern University School of Law where he was a Public Interest Law Scholar. During law school, he completed co-ops with the Consumer Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, Klein Kavanagh Costello LLP, and the Honorable Margot Botsford at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University with degrees in Government and French Studies. Andrew is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Marisol Garcia

Staff

Managing Attorney/Director of MHAP for Kids

Marisol Garcia has dedicated her legal career to advocating for children and families. Since 2016, Marisol has been Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids (MHAP for Kids) at Health Law Advocates. MHAP for Kids advocates for children in the Commonwealth with unmet mental health needs to receive the care that they require to be successful at school, at home, and in the community. Marisol joined HLA in 2015 as a mental health advocate. From 2012 to 2014, Marisol litigated before the SSA, representing disabled adults and children. From 1999 to 2011, she maintained her own law office where she specialized in juvenile justice, representing children in civil and delinquency proceedings. Marisol was a Bart J. Gordon fellow and staff attorney at the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts from 1997 to 1999. She received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997 and a BA magna cum laude from Providence College 1994.

Nicole Kesner

Staff

Staff Attorney

After completing an AmeriCorps fellowship at Health Law Advocates, Nicole joined HLA as a Staff Attorney in July 2019. She graduated from Boston University School of Law with a concentration in health law. During her time at BU Law, Nicole was an editor on the Public Interest Law Journal, the Co-Mentoring Chair of the Women’s Law Association, and the Community Outreach Director of the Health Law Association. Additionally, she participated in the American Legislative Policy and Drafting Clinic, where she worked for the Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts State House. Nicole was a Legal Intern at ChangeLab Solutions in Oakland, California, and a Judicial Intern in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2015.

Allison Knight

Staff

Staff Attorney

Allison is a staff attorney in the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids program in the New Bedford office.  Before coming to HLA, Allison spent over 4 years as a public defender in Oregon, where she specialized in representing clients with serious mental health issues in criminal and civil commitment cases.  Allison has degrees in psychology and political science from Colorado State University and a JD from the University of Oregon.

Justin Lowe

Staff

Legal Director

Justin J. Lowe is the Legal Director of Health Law Advocates, Inc. (“HLA”), and leads HLA’s representation of vulnerable, low-income consumers denied access to health care. Previously, Justin served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection and Medicaid Fraud divisions of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he first chaired high-profile investigations and enforcement actions against unscrupulous lenders, debt collectors, for-profit schools and health care providers. Before that, Justin represented Fortune 500 clients in high stakes litigation at an Am Law 100 firm in Los Angeles. Justin is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

In 2016, Justin was awarded the Elliot L. Richardson Award for Excellence from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for obtaining a consent judgment against a for-profit vocational school containing numerous admissions of fraud and violations of state law. The action ultimately benefited over 4,400 defrauded students and resulted in a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to discharge over $30 million in student loan debt – the only instance the federal government has ever agreed to automatically cancel every loan taken out by the students of a predatory for-profit school.

Michaela MacQuarrie

Staff

Paralegal

Michaela joined HLA in September 2019 as the paralegal for the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids. Prior to joining the MHAP for Kids team, she served as an AmeriCorps member in the New American Integration Program. She maintained the role of immigration case manager at Action for Boston Community Development where she assisted low-income residents with the citizenship application process. Additionally, Michaela has worked to support children as a teaching fellow at Holyoke Public Schools and as an academic mentor at a non-profit organization for local students in Buenos Aires. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Marina Millison

Staff

AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Marina joined HLA in August as the new Legal Fellow through AmeriCorps, and will predominently work on the private insurance team. Marina graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2019. During her time at UF Law, Marina was both a general editor and the Executive Acquisitions Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. She worked for several legal aid organizations in Florida prior to and during law school, including as a Florida Bar Foundation Summer Fellow in 2018. She received her BA in English from the University of South Florida in 2014.

Lisa Morrow

Staff

Senior Supervising Attorney

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.

Eliza Presson

Staff

Training Coordinator/Staff Attorney

Eliza joined HLA from the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where she spent three years representing children and their best interests in abuse and neglect proceedings.  She was a 2012 Skirnick Public Interest Fellow at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia, and as a law student, she participated in the Education Law Clinic and Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School.  Eliza holds a B.A. in Classics from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. 

David Satin

Staff

Staff Attorney

David is a staff attorney in the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids program, and is based out of the Quincy Family Resource Center. Before joining HLA, David was an attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Children and Family Law Division, where he was court appointed to represent children and parents in Care and Protection cases and Children Requiring Assistance cases at the Juvenile Court. In that role, David provided client-directed litigation and advocacy in the court, administratively, and in the community. David was also an associate attorney at a law firm, where he represented school districts in special and general education matters. David earned his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Mara Shulman

Staff

Staff Attorney

As staff attorney with HLA’s Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids, Mara is based at Enlace de Familias, Holyoke’s Family Resource Center. Before joining HLA, Mara worked for 5 years as a court-appointed attorney in Hampden and Hampshire Counties with a focus on representing youth in delinquency proceedings. Before studying law as a Public Interest Scholar at Western New England University, Mara received a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish Literature from Smith College. Mara is also a Supreme Judicial Court qualified mediator, court-appointed special advocate (CASA) with Friends of Children, and volunteer with her region’s community-based restorative justice organization.

Hannah Singer

Staff

Intake Coordinator

Hannah joined HLA in October 2019 as the Intake Coordinator for the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids. Prior to joining the MHAP for Kids team, Hannah served as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of Massachusetts at Volunteer Lawyers Project, where she provided information, advice, and referrals to low-income clients regarding poverty law matters, including housing, family, and domestic violence issues. Hannah received her B.A. in Sociology and Education Studies with a general education concentration in Philosophy and Psychology from Bates College.

Deborah Steinberg

Staff

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Deb joined HLA as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Fellow with exceptional recognition for her pro bono work and the Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law community. As a law student, Deb participated in the Health Justice Alliance clinic and served as the Executive Online Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. She was an Emily Spitzer Fellow at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and interned at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Justice Department’s Disability Rights Section, D.C. Superior Court, the Center for Public Representation, and the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. Deb previously worked in the Office of Patient Protection at the Health Policy Commission. She received her B.A. from Vassar College, with degrees in Psychology and Art History. Deb is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Shannon Sullivan

Staff

Paralegal/Intake Coordinator

Shannon joined HLA as the paralegal in February 2019  and conducts intakes for the following programs of HLA: private and public insurance as well as the Mental Health Advocacy Program. Shannon graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2017 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Immigration, Human Rights, and Latin American studies. During college, she interned in non-profit and school-based organizations focusing on providing immigration services, ESL, and services for families and children. In 2018 she served as an AmeriCorps caseworker with Jewish Vocational Services in the Refugee Department, primarily focusing on helping parents gain access to child care to promote job readiness.

Emily Tabor

Staff

Manager of External Engagement 

Emily 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. Emily also manages HLA's Legal Network, a group of private and public attorneys who take cases pro bono, and manages the quarterly newsletter, The Docket. Prior to HLA, she worked as the Development and Communications Coordinator at First Literacy, an adult education non-profit, and the Development Coordinator at St. Stephen's Youth Programs, a youth program in Lower Roxbury and the South End. Emily graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Wells Wilkinson

Staff

Senior Staff Attorney

Wells works with HLA's commercial insurance and mental health parity teams, and advises and represents individual clients in Massachusetts with commercial insurance on their rights to access needed care. He has successfully appealed denials of expensive pharmaceuticals, ABA therapy for children with Autism, and he has helped consumers reverse unpaid claims, protecting them from medical debt. Previously, Wells worked with the consumer advocacy group Community Catalyst, indirectly advising consumers about their rights under the Affordable Care Act to enroll, to receive free preventive care, and to receive exemptions from tax penalties, among other issues. Wells has extensive experience in local grassroots organizing in Massachusetts, working on health care reform, peace issues, globalization, youth leadership development, and community organizing. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston University, and a law degree from New England School of Law.