We are committed to our clients and the vital work that we do for them every day in resolving complex disputes. We also are founded on the principle that the strength of the firm over the long term depends on an appropriate balance of work, family and community activities. We encourage and support all of our lawyers and staff to pursue their passionate commitments outside of the firm. Here are examples of the ways in which our team members go to work in their communities.
As parents and sports enthusiasts, many of us coach youth sports – or have a history of coaching as our children moved from grade school through high school. Together we have devoted thousands of hours coaching soccer, ice hockey, baseball and basketball for local boys and girls teams. Stephen Reilly has coached youth sports in Lexington (soccer, basketball and softball) for many years and is a supporter of the Lexington High School Girls Lacrosse Booster Club. Steven Gurdin coaches in both the Brookline Youth Hockey and Baseball Youth Baseball programs. William Cosmas is a coach for a Beverly Youth Soccer Association Under-8 girls soccer team.
We are proud that the firm has sponsored youth sports teams for years. Our recent teams include the Major A Red Sox of Brookline Youth Baseball and the Brookline Youth Hockey Pee Wee A Team (pictured).
Our staff also has a history of involvement in other youth activities. Jo-Anne Hurley is on the Committee of Local Scout Troop 20 in Quincy. Heather Baer is the past Co-Chair of the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School Site Council in West Roxbury. Sharon Dineen is Secretary for the PTO of the Atkinson School in North Andover. Kristine Ann Cummings is a Member of the Junior League of Boston and for the past four years has worked with underprivileged children to provide nutritional education, physical activity and hands-on instruction for cooking healthy meals.
Andrea Peraner-Sweet is a Member of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Westford. She is also a Member of Westford’s Affordable Housing Trust Committee and of the Town’s Economic Development Committee. Andrea served several terms as a Member of the Town of Westford’s Planning Board.
Jonathan Fitch serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Sherborn.
Kurt Kusiak was twice elected as a Member of the School Committee for the City of Newton.
Jo-Anne Hurley is a Member of the Board of The Merrymount Association, a non-profit neighborhood association in Quincy. Ethan Davis is Chairman of Watertown’s Bicycle – Pedestrian Committee. The committee works with town boards and offices to advise on ways to promote bicycle and pedestrian ways in Watertown.
Charitable And Community Organizations
Kurt Kusiak is a former member of the Newton School Committee and now serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Newton Schools Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds for school programs and amenities. Stephen Reilly is an supporter the Lexington Education Foundation, a similar non-profit organization that raises funds for the Lexington Public School. Patrick Clendenen is a Member of the Boston Fathers Day Council of the American Diabetes Association. He is the former Chair of the Greater Boston Board of the American Heart Association.
Rob Boutwell is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Charles H. Hood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting child health research. Andrea Peraner-Sweet is President of the Westford Land Preservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve open space in Westford.
Jeffrey Soilson is a Director of Overcoming Barriers, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes healthy co-parenting in high-conflict families. Jeffrey is also a Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, which is devoted to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. Kristine Ann Cummings serves on the Social Ministries and Outreach Commission of St. Ignatius Parish, an organization that strives to work against injustice and to support those who live with poverty, hunger and suffering.
Ashly Scheufele is an active member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and a volunteer for Parent Talk, a non-profit community-based organization connecting young families in the MetroWest.
Kristine Ann Cummings is a volunteer at Community Boating, Inc., a public sailing center, whose mission is the advancement of sailing for all by minimizing economic and physical obstacles to sailing.
College And Law School Outreach
The lawyers of Fitch Law Partners LLP are active in a variety of college and law school communities to support their missions and the next generation of lawyers. The firm also sponsors scholarships for deserving students.
Jonathan Fitch has recently appeared as a panelist at Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School discussing Alternative Dispute Resolution topics. He is a regular panelist for a course at Suffolk Law School on Law Practice Management. For many years, Jim Re has taught at the Harvard Law School Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Kate Billman-Golemme frequently serves as an alumni judge for student advocacy competitions at Boston College Law School and was recently invited by the Boston University Pre-Law Society to offer her perspective on working as a litigation associate. Kristine Ann Cummings mentors first-year law students at Boston College Law School and volunteers annually as an advocacy judge for the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition.
Peter Ball has been the long-time President of the Columbia Law School Association of Boston and also currently serves on an MCLE Scholarship Committee.
We are also active in the support of undergraduate colleges and universities. Carlos Maycotte is the Senior Vice President of the Cornell Club of Boston. Will Cosmas is the immediate past President of the Georgetown University Club of Boston. Jonathan Fitch has served as Secretary of his class at Williams College for nearly twenty years. Mr. Fitch is also Class Agent, Yale School of Management. Robert Boutwell is the Vice Chair for Gifts for his class at the University of Virginia Law School.
We serve our communities as volunteer lawyers on a wide range of pro bono cases. Please visit our Pro Bono page for details.
College And Law School Scholarships
Each Fitch Law Partners LLP offers tuition scholarships to one law student and one undergraduate student with the aspiration of attending law school. Details are available on our Scholarship Page.