Suffolk Law Tops "Up and Coming" Lawyers List

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honors rising stars

Suffolk University Law School had the most rising legal stars in the state, according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s annual “Up & Coming Lawyers” list, published in March 2024. Harvard Law and Boston College Law School tied for second place.

["Up & Coming" honorees, in photo: Top row - Heather Boutet, JD '15; Richard A. Goulding III, JD '14; Annie J. King, JD '14 | Bottom row - Cassandra Paolillo, JD '14; William J Raymond, JD '18; Annabel Rodriguez, JD '16.]

Head shots of Up & Coming Suffolk Law attorneys
Suffolk Law had the most "Up & Coming" attorneys in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 2024 listing of rising stars. 

Following are the Suffolk Law graduates recognized in the category:

Heather M. Boutet, JD ’15, partner at Parker Scheer
A member of the firm’s Tort Litigation Practice Group, Boutet played a critical role in achieving two of the firm’s largest recoveries in history. In her interview with Lawyers Weekly she said her most rewarding case involved a young woman who sustained a spinal injury and was rendered a quadriplegic. “Helping her obtain a result that allowed her access to resources that she needed to live a fulfilling life was rewarding beyond words,” she noted.

Richard A. Goulding III, JD’14, partner at Hinckley Allen
At Hinckley, Goulding developed, implemented, and manages a comprehensive associate development and mentorship program. In the Lawyers Weekly coverage, Goulding describes the strong career foundation he built as a student at Suffolk Law, working as a litigation paralegal during the day while attending classes at night.

Annie J. King, JD’14, principal at Fish & Richardson
King turned her attention to law after earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry. At Fish, she leverages her technical knowledge in organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry to understand her clients’ inventions, managing large-scale portfolios for clients in the life sciences sector.

Cassandra Paolillo, JD’14, associate at Mintz
In the spring of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mintz was engaged by a handful of telehealth start-ups, all of whom were trying to get up and running as quickly as possible to meet the unmet health care needs of different populations. Helping those start-ups and other clients navigate ever-changing regulatory requirements continues to be the most satisfying part of her career, she said in the Lawyers Weekly coverage.

William J. Raymond, JD’18, trial attorney at Keches Law Group
Raymond served as co-counsel in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case, Berry vs Commerce Insurance (2021), a scope of employment matter, writing the brief in that case. He has amassed significant sums in major settlements.

A separate Pro Bono Excellence category included Annabel Rodriguez, JD’16, an associate at McDermott, Will & Emery.

Rodriguez’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white-collar defense. At McDermott, she took on a pro bono case involving a father who was accused of wrongfully retaining his son in the United States in violation of the Hague Convention. With the majority of the evidence in Spanish, she was involved in all aspects of the case, first at the trial level and then in helping to draft a brief to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.