Michael J. Vartain


Juris Doctor, Boston College Law School, with honors.

Executive Editor, Boston College Law Review.

A.B., Boston College, magna cum laude.

Past Professional Affiliations:

Stanford University, Senior Counsel.

National Labor Relations Board, Trial Attorney.

United States Naval Reserve, Lt., (j.g.), Judge Advocate General Corps.

Law Practice:

Employment/labor attorney.

Civil trial and appellate counsel.

General counsel to private colleges and universities and independent schools.

Mediation and arbitration advocacy for college and university clients.

Chief labor negotiator for institutions of higher education.

Legal training and seminars.


  • “1973-1974 Annual Survey of Labor Relations Law,” by Thomas J. Flaherty and Michael J. Vartain (Boston College Law Review, Volume 15, Issue 6, Number 6, Article 3, July 1, 1974).
  • “Chapter 14: Constitutional Law,” (Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law, Volume 1973, Article 17, January 1, 1973).

Conference Presentations:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys.
  • American Nurses Association.
  • And others.

Kathryn J. Burke


Juris Doctor, Boalt Hall School of Law.

Editor, California Law Review.

A.B., University of Wisconsin-Madison (International Relations-French Area Studies).

Past Professional Affiliations:

California Supreme Court, Research Attorney to Justice Frank C. Newman.

Superior Court, County of San Mateo, Supervising Research Attorney.

Whitmore, Johnson & Bolanos, Attorney.

Law Practice:

The Firm’s primary appellate counsel for institutions of higher education.

The Firm’s primary immigration counsel for institutions of higher education.

Dispositive motion practice for all major civil litigation cases arising from academic employment and educational decisions.

Stacey L. Leask


Juris Doctor, University of North Dakota School of Law, with Distinction.

A.B., University of Manitoba, Canada (Criminology).

Law Practice:

Counsels and advises institutions of higher education and independent schools on a broad range of legal matters, including in labor and employment law, educational law, student affairs, compliance and business law.

Defense counsel for college and university clients in employment and student litigation, premises liability/personal injury and business litigation.

Represents college and university clients before government agencies, including Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

Legal training and seminars: Sexual harassment/discrimination; Title IX Sexual Misconduct, Clery Act, and Compliance.


"Litigating Subjective Disability Claims: What Every Attorney Should Know About Disability Income Insurance Cases Involving Self-Reported Conditions" by Robert R. Pohls, Stacey L. Leask, and Jason G. Gong (American Bar Association’s May 2008 publication in "The Practical Litigator").

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section.

United States District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern.

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Ross J. Vartain


Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with honors

Senior Managing Editor, Hastings Law Journal

B.A., Willamette University

Past Professional Affiliations:

California Court of Appeal, Judicial Extern


Charissa Ng, University of California at Riverside, S.B., A.B.

Emelina Guerrero, San Francisco State University, A.B.