Mr. Budd has represented numerous entities in significant litigation and business related matters, including Digital (Hewlett-Packard), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Filene's Basement, the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, Bank Boston, and the State of Rhode Island as among other corporate and institutional clients.
In May 2005, Mr. Budd was appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). He was a director of the McKesson Corporation where he served as the Presiding Director and subsequently served as Chair of the Committee on Governance. He currently serves as a director of PBF Energy, a NYSE listed Company, and chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board. Mr. Budd has served on the Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Southern New England, and has served as Chairman of the National Board of AAA. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Wheaton College and currently a Trustee at New England Law/Boston. Mr. Budd was formerly a member of the Senior Advisory Committee for the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and a former Vice Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He was also a director of the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys.
Prior to rejoining Goodwin in 2004, Mr. Budd served as a member of the board of directors and as Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at John Hancock Financial Services Inc., where he was responsible for directing all of the company’s legal activities as well as overseeing the compliance, human resources, governmental affairs and community relations functions for the Company. Before joining Hancock, Mr. Budd was Group President-New England of the Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon Communications), where he was responsible for the policy, regulatory, and legislative functions for the New England states served by the Company.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Budd had been Associate Attorney General of the United States, appointed to the position by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. He oversaw the Civil Rights, Environmental, Tax, Civil and Anti-Trust divisions at the Department of Justice, as well as the Bureau of Prisons. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Budd was the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, serving as the state’s chief federal prosecutor and representing the federal government in all matters involving civil litigation. During this time, he was recognized for his efforts in combating drugs, street crime and gang violence. Mr. Budd has also served as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, appointed to that position by President Bill Clinton.