Beth I.Z. Boland, JD
Foley & Lardner LLP
Securities Enforcement and Litigation Group
Foley & Lardner LLP
Beth Boland is chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice and a former vice chair of the Litigation Department. She represents clients in shareholder suits, Vice Chair of the firm's ESG practice, SEC and Attorney General Investigations, and consumer class actions. Named one of the “most powerful business people” in Boston by the Boston Business Journal and one of the most “influential” attorneys in the Commonwealth by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Beth regularly represents corporations in connection with insider trading issues, Ponzi schemes, accounting fraud, corporate control issues, and derivative actions. Beth is the Chair of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; she advises corporate boards and leads internal investigations and the defense of government enforcement actions involving whistleblower claims, government contracts, corporate governance issues, and disputes involving executive compensation and strategic business transactions.
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), she is considered a pioneer on issues affecting women in the profession and women who are victims of abuse. Beth's 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 her with its highest honor, the Lelia J. Robinson Award, in recognition of her contributions to the legal profession and the greater community. Beth was also appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the state Lottery Commission along with the Massachusetts Treasurer.
Earlier in her career, Beth served as a clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York while he was assigned to the Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken insider trading litigations.