Lavinia’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits and insurance disputes in both state and federal court. She has experience advising clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling and negotiations through discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice and the appeals process.
Lavinia is also active in the firm’s pro bono practice, focusing on representing survivors of human trafficking in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings. In recognition of her pro bono work, Lavinia was selected to receive the 2018 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award. The annual award is presented by the firm’s Pro Bono Committee to the attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the area of pro bono.
Prior to joining Mintz as an Associate, Lavinia was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and before that clerked for the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
During law school, Lavinia served as executive articles editor of the Boston College Law Review and president of the Boston College Women’s Law Center, and she and her teammate won the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. She also worked as a Mintz Summer Associate and was a legal intern for the Policy & Government Division of the Executive Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In 2011, she was one of 12 Boston-area law students selected to participate in the Rappaport Fellowship Program in Law & Public Policy.
Prior to law school, Lavinia worked first as the community education and youth violence prevention program coordinator and later as the development director for WISE, a New Hampshire–based nonprofit serving victims of domestic and sexual violence. She also worked as an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Dartmouth College.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Lavinia M. Weizel