Who's who at the MTA Division of Legal Services?

MTA attorneys represent your local association in legal matters and are available to represent you if you have an employment-related legal problem. If an MTA attorney is assigned to represent you, you will be represented at no cost to you, although you must be a member of MTA to receive legal services and you must maintain your membership while your case continues.

The Division of Legal Services is housed in the MTA's Quincy headquarters. Staff attorneys are assigned to assist local leaders in legal issues facing MTA local associations and, if requested by the local association, are also assigned to represent MTA members who have employment-related legal problems.

Staff Lawyers

Ira Fader, MTA General Counsel, joined the MTA Legal Division in 1990. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975, after which he became involved in the labor movement. He attended Northeastern University School of Law, graduating in 1985. He clerked for the Massachusetts Superior Court and then accepted a position as an attorney for the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission. He has litigated  significant cases as an MTA attorney, including the defense of bargaining rights under the Education Reform Act in United Educators of Pittsfield v. Pittsfield School Committee, the right of public employees to prevent public disclosure of their personnel files in Wakefield Teachers Association v. Wakefield Teachers Association, and many other cases before the courts and the state administrative agencies.

Quesiyah S. Ali joined the MTA legal staff in 2010, after three years in private practice in Worcester. Prior to that, Quesiyah worked for the NLRB in Hartford as a field attorney investigating and presenting unfair labor practice charges. She also clerked for the Superior Court of Massachusetts and worked with a union-side labor and employment law firm in Pasadena, California. Quesiyah is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and Wellesley College.

Ashley Call joined the MTA in January, 2015 after serving as outside counsel to the MTA for five years as an attorney at Shaevel & Krems, LLP. Ashley has represented clients before the Department of Labor Relations, Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Children and Families, Department of Unemployment Assistance, arbitrators, and state court. Ashley is a graduate of New England Law | Boston and Boston University.

Jonathan Conti joined the MTA legal staff in April 2015. Prior to joining the MTA, Jonathan was a partner at Feinberg, Campbell & Zack, P.C. in Boston, where he represented private and public sector labor union clients, including Teamsters Local 25 and the New Bedford Police Union.  Prior to that, Jonathan was an associate at The Previant Law Firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he represented private sector labor unions throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and Boston College.

Ryan Dunn joined the MTA Legal Services Division in April 2011 as staff counsel. Prior to joining the MTA, Ryan was an associate at a small union-side firm where he primarily represented public sector labor union clients, including education professionals and support staff, police patrolmen and firefighters. A majority of his practice there focused on representing the Boston Teachers Union and its more than 6,000 members. Ryan completed his undergraduate studies at Vassar College and the New England School of Law. While on the staff of New England Law Review, he published a comment on graduate student union organizing at private universities. See Dunn, R., Get a Real Job! The National Labor Relations Board Decides Graduate Student Workers at Private Universities are not “Employees” Under the National Labor Relations Act, 40 New Eng. L. Rev. 851 (2006). 

Laurie Houle joined the MTA in 2010 from the Boston labor and employment law firm, Pyle Rome Ehrenberg PC.  She has represented clients before the Division of Labor Relations, arbitrators, and state and federal court. Prior to her employment with Pyle Rome, Laurie worked as a trial attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Boston and as an attorney investigator at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Laurie is a graduate of Boston College Law School, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Minnesota.

Matthew D. Jones joined the MTA legal staff in 1995. Prior to working at the MTA, Matt was General Counsel of Local 509 of the Service Employees International Union. He is a 1979 graduate of Harvard University and a 1984 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.  He has represented the MTA, its affiliates and members in all phases of administrative and court litigation, including arbitrations, proceedings at the Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Superior Court, as well as in appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court. Matt has been a panelist at presentations sponsored by the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, the National Organization of Lawyers for Education Associations, the New England Consortium of Labor Relations Agencies, Northeastern University School of Law, and New England School of Law.

Richard A. Mullane has been an attorney at MTA since 1997. Prior to that, Rich was a labor and employment attorney at a union-side firm representing  primarily nurses, public safety officers, and other municipal employees. Rich is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Jennifer L. MacDougall joined the MTA as staff counsel in October 2015. Prior to joining the MTA, Jenn worked as an assistant counsel to the Massachusetts Senate, an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and a litigation attorney in private practice. Jenn is a graduate of Harvard University and Notre Dame Law School.

Support Staff

Yolanda Castillo is the division coordinator. She processes requests for legal services. Patricia Hunter is a legal secretary. Castillo and Hunter provide support and assistance to the division's attorneys. Kathy Nagle is the legal administrative supervisor.

Outside Law Firms

Shaevel & Krems, LLP (Boston); Sandulli Grace, P.C. (Boston); Segal Roitman, LLP (Boston); Thomas G. Guiney (Boston); Byrne & Anderson, LLP (Boston); Marien & Hodge, P.C. (Springfield); Charles M. Healey (Springfield); Sarah J. Gibson (Cambridge); Marcia Weiss (Newton).