Faculty Information

All Business Education for In-house Counsel programs are taught by the faculty of Boston University Questrom School of Business. Please click on their names below to view their biographies.

Marcus Goncalves

Adjunct Professor, Department of Administrative and Computer Sciences
Boston University Metropolitan College

Marcus Goncalves, M.S.C.I.S., Ed.D, is an Associate Professor of Management and Chair of the International Business program at Nichols College. Additionally, for the past 12 years, Marcus has been an adjunct Professor at both Boston University and at Brandeis University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of knowledge, project, operations, change, and risk management. He has more than 25 years of IT and project management consulting experience in the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe. He is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of information systems and technologies, knowledge and project management. Marcus is a member of the Project Management Institute and the President of MGCG, Inc., an international management-consulting firm specialized in organizational development, FCPA, and international project management.

Born in Brazil, Marcus holds a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Southwest University and a doctoral degree from Boston University’s School of Education with a Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, Training, and Policy. Dr. Goncalves is a trilingual speaker (English, Spanish and Portuguese) with research interests regarding the rise of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries and the impact of informal economies on global markets.

Heidi Lawson

CPCUMintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Heidi is a member of the firm's Policy Committee and an internationally recognized lawyer with extensive experience in corporate governance, bribery and corruption compliance matters, internal investigations, indemnification, and directors and officers and fund management insurance in both the corporate and litigation context. A significant portion of Heidi's practice is devoted to crisis and risk management and Heidi leads the firm's Crisis Response, Risk Management and Executive Protection Practice. Her practice is international in nature, and she advises companies, brokers, venture capital firms, private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices, investment banks, and other investment advisors and their senior executives on identifying risks and protecting against those risks. Heidi has helped guide clients through contentious and difficult mergers and acquisitions,data breaches, government investigations, international arbitrations, FCPA andUK Bribery Act issues, corporate compliance matters, product recalls,construction claims, class action litigation, and workplace disasters.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Heidi was a partner in an international law firm and her experience includes a six-month secondment at the Financial Services Authority in London, England, focusing on regulatory matters. Prior to practicing law, she spent nine years in the insurance industry in claims, sales, and underwriting and has earned the distinguished Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)designation, giving her a practical and broad business perspective on risk issues.

Heidi has handled numerous internal investigations on behalf of boards of directors and several mediations on insurance-related issues. Heidi frequently speaks on a variety of crisis and risk management and insurance-related topics, and she is regularly quoted and interviewed by publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Business Insurance.

William Kahn

Professor, Organizational Behavior Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

William Kahn is a Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department at the Boston University School of Management where he has taught since receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University. His teaching, research and consulting focuses on the creation of effective working relationships across functions, departments, hierarchical levels and organizational cultures. As a core faculty member of the Executive MBA Program, he teaches courses on managing teams, organizational change and leadership. He was awarded the School of Management's Broderick Prize for Teaching in 1994.

Professor Kahn has published widely in academic journals on subjects ranging from organizational change and consultation, motivation at work, and leadership. He is currently involved in a number of research and consulting projects with health care organizations that focus on managing change and the creation of cultures of effectiveness and collaboration.

Melvyn A. J. Menezes

Associate Professor, Marketing Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Professor Menezes, a faculty member at Boston University, is a management educator, consultant and former member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School. During his 30 years of experience in academia, business and consulting, Professor Menezes has worked in a wide variety of industry and service sectors, including computers, telecommunications, high-tech and consumer products.

Mr. Menezes’ primary areas of expertise are marketing strategy, marketing high-tech products, customer and market focus, identification of growth opportunities, strategy, distribution channels and customer service. He has designed and delivered Executive Education Programs for managers at a number of large global corporations. He is also very experienced at facilitating executives in problem-solving workshop sessions and has successfully mobilized executive teams and galvanized them for action through strong and effective presentations and facilitation. His clients have included General Electric, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Merck, Amgen, DuPont, Mobil, Time Warner and Sears. Professor Menezes was on the Harvard Business School faculty from 1985 to 1992. He then joined Gemini Consulting (1992-1996) and played significant roles as a key member of the Innovation Group, as head of Gemini’s Global Faculty team, as Client Engagement Manager and as leader of the Service Quality Center of Excellence. From 1975 to 1981, he worked for the Gabriel Group (India), where he held a variety of management positions including Product Manager and Regional Manager.

Professor Menezes received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David Nersessian, JD, PhD

Assistant Dean, Global Programs Boston University Questrom School of Business

Dr. David Nersessian is SMG’s Dean of Global Programs, a Senior Lecturer in SMG’s Markets, Public Policy, & Law Department, and a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law. He earned his D Phil (PhD) in Law from Oxford University (St. Catherine’s College), where his research concentrated in public international law and human rights. He earned his JD magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law and his BSBA summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management.

Prior to his doctoral work, Professor Nersessian practiced for six years with several large law firms, representing clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations throughout the United States. He later spent five years as the vice president and general counsel of an international educational non-profit.

Dr. Nersessian has taught at Boston University School of Law since 2003, where he most recently offered a seminar entitled Globalization, Professional Responsibility, and the Legal Profession. He also has taught law courses in Professional Responsibility, Public International Law, International Human Rights, and International Criminal Law. Prior to joining BU, he was Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession and a Supreme Court Fellow at the US Supreme Court, where he worked for the Chief Justice’s chief of staff. He taught Criminal Law for St. Edmund Hall and St. Benet’s Hall at Oxford University from 2000 – 2001.

Dr. Nersessian’s research concentrates on globalization, ethics, regulation of the legal services industry, and the management of legal and ethical risk in the corporate setting. He has a particular focus on the role of corporate lawyers in human rights issues and the impact of globalization on attorneys and other professionals. In addition to his work in globalization and ethics, he continues to write, speak and consult in the fields of public international law and human rights. He also teaches international law subjects to federal judges on behalf of the Federal Judicial Center at judicial education programs. His current teaching at SMG concentrates on globalization subjects in the MBA program and other courses in the school’s executive education programs.

Dr. Nersessian’s book Genocide and Political Groups was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He currently is working on a book entitled Human Rights Litigation in Federal Courts: A Guide for the Federal Judiciary (forthcoming 2015). This book is a scholarly monograph on the Alien Tort Statute and related topics commissioned by the Federal Judicial Center for distribution to all federal judges nationwide. Professor Nersessian’s current law review scholarship analyzes the ethical and disciplinary regulation of business lawyers whose legal work facilitates serious human rights violations abroad (eg, lawyers representing a bank in a secured lending transaction where the lender provides extraction industry financing to a brutal foreign government that uses slave labor to mine “blood” diamonds).

Ian D. Roffman

Ian D. Roffman is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Securities Enforcement, Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice groups. He joined the firm in 2007 from the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as senior trial counsel in the Boston office.

Mr. Roffman specializes in securities enforcement and litigation, government and internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He represents companies, boards, board committees and individuals in SEC and other government enforcement matters, securities class actions, corporate governance disputes and general commercial disputes. He also advises companies and individuals concerning SEC, FINRA and state securities regulations and investigations and corporate governance matters.

His recent engagements have included the successful defense of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 copanies in shareholder class actions and conducting internal investigations for audit committees concerning securities law complaine. He has represented many public companies and individuals in SEC, NYSE and FINRA insider trading investigations; and has represented many senior-level executives and directors in SEC investigations and shareholder class actions relating to options backdating, subprime and other mortgage-backed securities, brokerage activity, revenue recognition, securities offerings, and public disclosures.

From 2001- 2007, Mr. Roffman worked for the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, rising to the position of senior trial counsel. While at the SEC, he led dozens of high-profile investigations and enforcement actions.

Ian was lead trial counsel in the Commission’s first market timing action against a mutual fund adviser and in well-publicized action involving public disclosures of the FDA’s review of a new drug application. He has also tried cases involving investment advisers and broker–dealers, including one matter in which the SEC obtained a then-record judgment against a large national brokerage firm. He is active in a number of community and bar organizations.

William Samuelson

Professor, Finance & Economics Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Professor Samuelson earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. His research interests include decision making, microeconomics, game theory, experimental economics, bargaining, and competitive bidding.

He has written numerous articles for scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Finance, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Management Science, Operations Research, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is co-author of two books, Game Theory and Business Applications and Managerial Economics (6th Edition). He was awarded the John Russell award for teaching excellence by the Executive MBA students in 1999.

Michael Smith

Associate Professor, Accounting Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Boston University School of Management. After working four years in the mortgage banking industry and four years as a futures trader, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D. in Business in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University, he was a member of the faculty at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the Cross-Continent MBA.

Professor Smith’s teaching interests include financial and managerial accounting, especially financial reporting and analysis of financial statements. He has taught in several full-time, executive and weekend executive MBA programs.

Professor Smith has broad research interests including multinational transfer pricing, executive compensation, financial disclosure and accounting microstructure. His research has been published in several academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; Contemporary Accounting Research; Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance; and Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Rick Welch

Adjunct Lecturer
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mr. Welch is an Adjunct lecturer at Boston University in the School of Management.   He has over 20 years of information technology project management experience. In Mr. Welch's full time position, he is the Senior Vice President of Services at Demandware, a leading provider of Web based ecommerce platforms.  Prior to this role Mr. Welch was Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a non-profit consortium of New England Companies and Universities.  Before that, Mr. Welch was the SVP of Services for Unica Corporation, a Marketing Automation software vendor. Mr. Welch led Unica's customer facing consulting and maintenance business and was an officer of this $100M public (nasdaq) company.  Prior to joining Unica, he spent ten years as an executive at RSA Security Inc. where he was SVP of RSA's Data Security Software Division.   Previous to RSA, Mr. Welch held technology leadership positions at Genesys Software and at Digital Equipment Corporation where he gained a broad understanding of software and hardware based information technology solutions. Mr. Welch received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from Boston University. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMI/PMP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Mark T. Williams

Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer, Finance Department
Boston University Questrom School of Business

Mark T. Williams is an academic, author and risk management expert. Prior to joining Boston University he worked as a trust banker, senior trading floor executive and as a Federal Reserve Bank examiner.

Since 2002, he has been on the finance faculty at Boston University specializing in banking, energy and capital markets related matters. He teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In 2008 he was awarded the Boston University Beckwith Prize for excellence in teaching.

Williams frequently appears in the national media and has been a guest columnist for the Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters.com, Forbes.com, Business Insider, Boston Globe and Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2010, his book Uncontrolled Risk, detailing the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and root causes of the financial crisis was published by McGraw Hill. www.uncontrolledrisk.com. In 2013 he coauthored Longwood Covered Courts and the Rise of American Tennis. This work won a best book award at the New England Book Show.

In 2014 he provided Congressional testimony and New York State banking commission testimony relating to the risks associated with virtual currencies. In addition to teaching and expert witness work, he services on several boards including The Learning Prep School, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on learning disabled children. Since 2010, he has served on the board of Appleton Partners LLC, a Boston-based, wealth-management company. In 2012 he joined Standard & Poor’s Academic Advisory Council.

Williams holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Boston University. He is also a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professional, a member of the Boston Analyst Security Association and International Association of Financial Engineers.