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.

Peter Demuth

Peter Demuth is a member of Mintz Levin’s corporate and securities practice and focuses on providing strategic counseling on a broad range of corporate, fiduciary, operational and transactional issues. From 2005 through 2014 Peter led and managed Mintz Levin’s corporate and securities practice, and from 2006 through 2015 Peter was a member of Mintz Levin’s policy committee. From 1998 to 2003 Peter was a member of Sun Life Financial’s United States executive management team where he served as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer and as Chief Counsel.

Peter provides strategic direction on mergers and acquisitions, investments and financings, fiduciary and governance matters, other complex transactions, business start-ups and general corporate matters. He is a seasoned advisor who works with public and private companies, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs in industries as diverse as consumer products, financial services, health care, technology, biotechnology and real estate.

At Sun Life Peter managed acquisition and disposition activity, lead US strategy development, and managed two operating subsidiaries. Peter also restructured and oversaw the law and compliance departments including managing corporate governance, business acquisitions and dispositions, dispute resolution, regulatory matters, investments, product development and distribution, intellectual property matters and human resource matters. Peter’s education includes the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and a JD cum laude from Boston University School of Law.

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.

Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger is a senior counsel at Proskauer. His practice focuses on strategic counsel and litigation, corporate investigations and defense, corporate and not-for-profit governance and government regulation. Scott’s distinguished career has included major public office, not-for-profit executive management, numerous board directorships and private legal counsel.

Scott’s lengthy record in public service as a public defender, civil rights attorney, district attorney and Massachusetts Attorney General provides him with the experience to offer strategic counsel and legal advice to CEOs, general counsel, trustees, public officials and boards on such matters as fiduciary responsibilities, governmental inquiries and regulation, fraud investigations, compliance, ethics issues and crisis management.

During his two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General (1991–1999), Scott was the first Attorney General in the nation to engage the health care community in developing hospital and HMO benefit guidelines. In leading Massachusetts’ efforts against Big Tobacco, Scott was among the first AGs nationally to recover the costs of health care associated with tobacco use, resulting in payments by the tobacco companies to the Commonwealth totaling $300 million per year over the next 25 years. In private practice, Scott has advised many different health care organizations, interest groups and full hospital systems on their governance practices, internal controls and regulatory matters. His practice encompasses major national entities, as well as smaller not-for-profit groups with local service bases.

During his tenure as AG, Scott was elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). As the leading law enforcement officer of Massachusetts, he led major initiatives against white collar crime, public corruption, insurance and Medicaid fraud, environmental abuses and high-tech crime. Scott built the first Family and Community Crimes Bureau, a department focused on domestic violence, elder and child abuse prosecution and prevention, and his Conflict Resolution/Violence Prevention Project (SCORE) earned a Ford Foundation Excellence in Government Award. Scott received national praise for his Safe Neighborhoods Initiative to reduce urban crime and violence, and sponsored unprecedented Brownfields legislation to help stimulate economic growth in formerly depressed neighborhoods. In conjunction with the Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, Scott was the first AG to use consumer protection and safety regulations to combat handgun availability.

Scott served as President and CEO of Common Cause (1999-2002) in Washington, D.C., the national not-for-profit citizens’ lobby and government watchdog group founded by John Gardner. His term marked a major reform and renewal for the organization and thrust Common Cause into the public interest mainstream. Common Cause led the coalition of national business and public interest advocacy groups, including grassroots organizations. Scott helped organize the push to pass the “McCain-Feingold” campaign finance reform bill in 2002. He also launched Common Cause’s corporate governance project and dramatically expanded the organization’s national agenda to include election reform and executive agency monitoring.

In 1998, the Democratic Party nominated Scott for Governor of Massachusetts and he received 48% of the vote, losing by a narrow margin to an incumbent governor. In 2003, Scott was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to head the Governor’s Commission on Corrections Reform, following the murder of a defrocked priest. The Reform’s Report received national attention, as did the Report on Public Pension Reform issued by the Blue Ribbon Commission he chaired in 2004. During his tenure as District Attorney of Middlesex County, the largest county in Massachusetts (with a population greater than 13 individual states), Scott received national attention for his initiatives in public protection, juvenile justice, child abuse, law enforcement training, partnerships with schools on drug and alcohol abuse, and violence prevention, receiving the Livingston Hall Award from the American Bar Association. Scott’s public service continues with his chairmanship of Proskauer’s national Pro Bono Initiative and various other positions and memberships in the legal community. In 2011, Scott was honored by the Citizens for Juvenile Justice with its Leadership Award.

Scott taught professional responsibility and legal ethics at Boston University School of Law for 20 years and was a Visiting Professor (government lawyer and public policy) at Harvard Law School for three years. He was a Hadley Distinguished Professor at Northeastern Law School and College of Criminal Justice. Scott also has authored numerous articles on topics in the field of corporate and not-for-profit governance and regulatory strategies. He regularly speaks to state and national business groups, industry associations and legal, business and college audiences. Scott appears often in the national media and routinely appears on New England television as a commentator and news analyst.

Scott’s experience as a strategic, regulatory and crisis counselor/advisor, as well as his corporate and not-for-profit governance, litigation and independent counsel practice, combined with his public, not-for-profit and private advocacy networks and contacts, add value to Proskauer’s diverse and first-class client base in many fields, industries and locations.

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.

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.

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 Roffman chairs the Litigation Department of the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and is a partner in the Securities Enforcement and Litigation practice group. Executives, directors, boards, and companies rely on Ian’s expertise and experience when facing SEC and other government investigations, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, and complex civil litigation. Clients also engage Ian to conduct corporate internal investigations.

Prior to joining Nutter, Ian was Senior Trial Counsel in the SEC’s Boston office. He also serves as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Financial Services Section.

In 2011, Ian was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top 40 business leaders in Massachusetts under the age of 40. He has been selected for Massachusetts Super Lawyers and recognized as a “future star” by the Benchmark lawyer’s guide. While at the SEC, Ian led investigations and enforcement actions in many high-profile cases involving mutual funds, public company disclosure, accounting, and insider trading, and was awarded the SEC Enforcement Director’s Award and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. In addition, Ian has also represented artists and musicians in various types of matters. His work on their behalf was recognized by the Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with the Robert B. Fraser Award for pro bono excellence.

Ian serves a leadership role in a number of non-profit, community and bar organizations. He has been quoted on the SEC and corporate governance by media outlets and is a frequent speaker and lecturer before bar, industry, and academic organizations.

Ian received his B.A and J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

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.

Rachel S. Spooner

Senior Lecturer, Markets, Public Policy & Law Department
Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Rachel Spooner is a Senior Lecturer in the Markets, Public Policy and Law Department and has been at Boston University since 2000. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for the Honorable William C. Conner in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rachel worked in the Trial Department of Goodwin Procter LLP for five years, working on commercial, securities, and bankruptcy litigation, as well as doing extensive pro bono work for prisoners, indigent criminal defendants, and on a death penalty case. Rachel teaches Business Law and Ethics courses for both undergraduates and MBA students at Questrom School of Business. She is the Coordinator for the law courses at Questrom, and the Faculty Liaison for the Business Law Concentration. As the Ethics Lead for the MBA program, she developed the required Ethics, Responsibility and Values Course for MBA students, and is responsible for the integration of ethics across the MBA curriculum. In 2014, Rachel was awarded the Beckwith Award for Undergraduate Teaching, chosen by student vote as the outstanding teacher of the year for the undergraduate program. In that same year, Rachel was awarded the Questrom Award for Faculty Excellence in Institutional Leadership for her work in Ethics at Questrom.

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.