Career Highlights

  • Compliance Manager and General Counsel, Mass. Recovery and Reinvestment Office
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County

Douglas Rice, JD '03

General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Douglas Rice JD’03 was just three years out of Suffolk Law School when he helped build a case for manslaughter against the largest contractor on the Big Dig. Then assistant attorney general, Rice helped supervise the legal team that investigated faulty installation of ceiling panels in the I-90 connector tunnel. The panels collapsed onto a car in 2006 killing a woman in the passenger seat.

"You hope never to see something like that again," Rice says. "But if you want to be a prosecutor and an investigator and have a good case, that was certainly the one."

Rice "got the public service bug rather early" as an intern for then-U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), while Rice was an undergraduate at George Washington University. Working on policy issues alongside "people who were using law degrees to do a lot of cool, important things," encouraged him to enroll at Suffolk Law School, close to his hometown of Melrose.

Two summer internships in the office of the Middlesex District Attorney led to his first job as assistant district attorney in that office. But it was the guest speaker in a Suffolk Law computer class that helped him move to the Attorney General's Office. Rice introduced himself to the speaker, John Grossman, head of the AG's Computer Crimes Division, and ultimately earned an internship from it.