Press Release November 19, 2010

Goodwin Procter Chairman Regina Pisa Receives Inaugural ACCESS First One Award

BOSTON, November 19, 2010 – Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, a national Am Law 50 law firm, has been selected by The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships as a winner of the organization’s inaugural “First One” award for the private sector.  The ACCESS First One campaign highlights the transformative power of higher education to propel individuals and families out of poverty and toward lives of opportunity and choice.  The First One Awards honor established leaders in Boston who are first generation college graduates.  For more information, visit www.accessedu.org

“Our selection committee was inspired by Regina’s story and accomplishments, and I know that Regina’s example will also inspire others to follow in her footsteps,” said Tom Birmingham, senior counsel, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, who served as Chair of the awards committee.

ACCESS works to ensure that all young people in Massachusetts have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education. To accomplish this, the organization provides free financial aid advice and advocacy to all the students of Boston and Springfield.  ACCESS has helped students secure more than $150 million in financial aid in the last three years alone and has awarded more than $5 million in need-based last dollar scholarships since its founding, with a 75 percent college graduation rate for the students it serves. 

In addition to her work as chairman and managing partner of the 850-attorney law firm, Pisa’s law practice focuses primarily on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings in the financial services industry, representing both banks and investment companies. In 2010, she was inducted into the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Academy of Distinguished Bostonians.

Pisa is a graduate of Harvard University (Radcliffe College), University of Oxford and Georgetown University Law Center.  She serves on boards for institutions including Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc.; the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Simmons College; Massachusetts Women’s Forum; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; and the Mass Mentoring Partnership.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, products liability and mass torts. For more information, visit www.goodwinprocter.com.