05.02.13 — Today, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly will honor Melissa D’Alelio '05, Chelsea Loughran '08, Raquel Webster '03 and Jessica White '08 as top "Up and Coming Lawyers" during a celebration of "Excellence in the Law." According to the paper's publisher, Susan Bocamazo, " Our Up & Coming Lawyers are rising stars in the legal community — Massachusetts attorneys who have been members of the bar for 10 years or less, but who have already distinguished themselves in some manner and appear poised for even greater accomplishments."

Melissa D’Alelio '05 is an associate with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. A litigator with experience advising insurance clients in all aspects of general liability and property coverage, she also defends insurance clients against extracontractual liability claims, and has handled insurance defense, subrogation and business litigation matters. She is the first person in her family to go to college, and contributes significant time (400 hours in 2012 alone) to pro bono work. 

Chelsea Loughran '08 is assists the firm of Wolf Greenfield in the areas of trademark, trade dress, patent. and copyright litigation. Loughran was lead associate representing The Jackson Laboratory in patent litigation on transgenic mice. In May 2010, she argued and won Jackson’s summary judgment motion, obtaining a ruling from the court that Jackson does not infringe the plaintiff’s patent. She has also successfully represented six pro bono clients referred from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association in their unemployment compensation appeals.

Raquel Webster '03 is senior counsel with National Grid. A Dorchester native, Webster serves on the board of the Boston Public Preparatory Charter School, which focuses on helping youth in Mattapan and Dorchester receive high-quality education aimed at college preparation. She also serves on the board of the Boston Debate League, where students learn to think creatively and critically and to find their own voices. She previously practiced with Bingham McCutchen.

Jessica White '08 is a staff attorney with Prisoners' Legal Services, one of her co-op employers. She focuses exclusively on brutality work, helping people who she says are "the most marginalized, disenfranchised and in many ways hated people in our country." She recently filed her first civil rights suit.