After starting her career as a clerk to the Hon. Milton Pollack (SDNY) assigned to the Ivan Boesky/Michael Milken insider trading and shareholder cases, Beth Boland has concentrated her practice on consumer/shareholder class actions, corporate governance and securities issues. Recently named one of Massachusetts’ “most influential attorneys,” she represents clients in SEC and attorney general investigations, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, and fraudulent sales practice class actions and privacy issues in a variety of industries, including financial services, high-tech and manufacturing/retail. She serves as lead counsel representing special committees of corporate boards in connection with, e.g., executive compensation and stock option internal investigations, whistleblower claims over accounting write-downs and major strategic transactions such as a sale of the company. She has experience representing clients involved in multi-agency investigations such as the mutual fund market-timing probes and representing corporate officers and directors in a variety of shareholder disputes and proxy battles. She also represents several of the nation’s largest retail chains in multiparty class action litigation and attorney general investigations over pricing and privacy issues.
Beth has litigated the first judgment of acquittal without submission to a jury involving criminal insider trading charges in the District of Massachusetts, a widely publicized corporate governance enforcement action brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. She has also won complete dismissal of a string of class actions and other high-profile investigations and disputes, including dismissal of a putative class action against several of the state’s largest quasi-public agencies with respect to tolls charged to pass through the agencies’ bridges and tunnels; the dismissal of a class action brought against a large retailer in connection with its collection of sales taxes; the decision by the SEC after a two-year investigation not to pursue any claims against a publicly traded company in connection with a significant restatement of the company’s financial results and, and, in a case with industry-wide ramifications, she obtained a unanimous decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that rent-to-own contracts are considered consumer leases that cannot be challenged under the state retail installment sale act.
Active on many fronts in the legal community, Beth co-chaired the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Task Force on Corporate Governance and was appointed by the chief justice of the trial court to co-chair the committee charged with overseeing the Massachusetts business court after its inception in 2000. As one of the youngest presidents of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA), Beth is considered a pioneer on issues affecting women in the profession and women who are victims of abuse. Her representation of women who flee across international borders to protect their children from abuse has received national attention and has produced seminal court decisions under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. In 2010, the WBA presented Beth with its highest honor, the Lelia J. Robinson Award, in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the greater community. She was recently appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the state Lottery Commission along with the Massachusetts Treasurer, and has been named one of the state’s most influential lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and one of the top 50 Massachusetts female lawyers by Boston Magazine. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and received numerous awards for her work in this area.