The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law Awards 2020 have recently honored Goodwin partner Robert Frederickson (Excellence in Pro Bono) and associate Alicia Rubio-Spring (Up & Coming Lawyer).
Frederickson is a partner in Goodwin’s IP Litigation Group, where he is an experienced trial counsel specializing in representing technology, life sciences, and financial services companies in intellectual property and licensing disputes. Frederickson has a long history of pro bono work involving criminal and immigration matters, and was recently one of several Goodwin lawyers teaming with the ACLU of Massachusetts to bring a series of civil rights lawsuits challenging state and federal policies that deny access to life saving medication to prison inmates suffering from Opioid Use Disorder. These lawsuits resulted in the first reported decision where a court found that the failure to provide inmates access to medications used to treat Opioid Use Disorder likely violates the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Rubio-Spring is an associate in the Securities, White Collar and Business Litigation group, where she represents clients across industries in a variety of complex litigation matters in both federal and state court, including general commercial litigation, post-closing disputes, and consumer financial services litigation. Rubio-Spring also devotes a great deal of time to numerous community and charitable endeavors, representing pro bono clients in immigration and landlord-tenant matters, serving as a leader of Boston’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CRED), and participating in the firm’s inaugural class of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Pathfinder Program. In 2018, she was the recipient of Goodwin’s Robert B. Fraser Pro Bono Award, which honors lawyers who advocate on behalf of those unable to afford legal representation and who make a special contribution to the establishment or enhancement of pro bono programs at the firm.
The Excellence in the Law Awards celebrate the very best lawyers and legal professionals throughout the Massachusetts legal community. The winners will be honored at a ceremony in Boston on April 30th.