LL.M. Programs

Meet the Alumni

meet the alumni

Executive LL.M. students and alumni are diverse and accomplished in both their professional and academic experiences.

  • Number of Alumni: 22
  • Nationality: 70% international (30+ countries represented); 30% U.S.
  • Average years of Work Experience: 14+

In the videos below, you'll meet some of our alumni and learn more about why they chose BU Law's Executive LL.M. Program. To learn more about each alumnus, scroll down further for bios.

Videos




Bios


Albert S. Alday

Albert S. Alday

Country of Citizenship

Philippines

Current Position

Executive Assistant to the Dean/College Secretary/ University Registrar of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA - Las Piñas Campus/Medical School Registrar/Associate Professor, University of Perpetual Help Rizal

Bio

Albert S. Alday now works for the University of Perpetual Help Rizal as the executive assistant to the dean, college secretary, Medical School registrar, and associate professor, and he has 12 years experience in higher education. Prior to joining the University full time, Albert practiced three years at a law firm focusing on intellectual property enforcement and registration for international clients. Albert holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Perpetual Help Rizal, and a Ph.D. in Metaphysical Theology from Amer College of Metaphysical Theology.

Why I chose the Executive LL.M. Program

"The program lends flexibility and opportunity to busy professionals like me who aspire for a rewarding and promising career in the corporate world without sacrificing sufficient exposure to the basic tenets of International Business Law."

Chester Bryniarski

Chester Bryniarski

Country of Citizenship

U.S.

Current Position

Senior Contracts Manager for GS Engineering & Construction Corp.

Bio

Chester Bryniarski currently works as a Senior Contracts Manager for GS Engineering & Construction Corp. His focus is on legal, contractual, controls, risk management, strategies, negotiations, and dispute resolution as regards the client, government, PMC, contractors, subcontractors, and vendors. He is currently assigned to a $10.5 billion mega project in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. He has worked for several Fortune 500 corporations over the past years in various professional positions, but always related to contracts and the law. He has collected a wide range of professional experience working in many fields including legal, real estate development, alternative energy, oil and gas exploration, and petrochemicals. He holds a B.A. in LAS from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, a post graduate Paralegal Diploma from Roosevelt University- Chicago, a B.A. in Political Science and Business from California State University (Alpha Chi), and an M.B.A. from California State University (Beta Gamma Sigma). He has also attended the Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Administration in the Harvard Negotiating Project, Strategic thinking, and the President's Seminars.

Ernesto Carrasco

Ernesto Carrasco

Country of Citizenship

Honduras

Current Position

Chief Legal Counselor for Ficohsa Financial Group

Bio

Ernesto Alfonso Carrasco Castro is the Chief Legal Counselor for Ficohsa Financial Group, which includes three banks in the Central American region, an insurance company, a currency exchange company, a banking representative office in Florida and Ficohsa Express a remittances office with operations in six states of the US. His practice includes banking law, insurance law, trust law and corporate law. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras and a MBA from Monterrey Technological Institute.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program:

"I came to BU, because of its prestige, its unique executive program and I was inspired by the need for advanced training in US Law for international lawyers."

The Honorable Keila D. Cosme

The Honorable Keila D. Cosme

Country of Citizenship

U.S.A.

Bio

The Honorable Keila D. Cosme served on the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Boston University in 1990, and her Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1994. Prior to her time on the court, Judge Cosme was the managing partner of Cosme, D'Angelo and Szollosi Co., L.P.A., in Toledo, Ohio, and she practiced in the areas of corporate counseling, commercial litigation and labor and employment.

What interested me about the Executive LL.M. Program

"As an alumnus, the choice to apply to Boston University's program and to pursue this particular LL.M. degree was a natural extension of both where I have been, and where I seek to go. Boston University's LL.M. program presented a unique opportunity to expand my career towards the world of international business law while providing a solid foundation and in-depth knowledge from a leading law school. Beyond a curriculum that is designed to accommodate my needs as a practitioner with a flexible approach to education, the short residency periods also allow me to pursue the LL.M. without leaving my family and professional life behind."

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Country of Citizenship

U.S.A.

Current Position

Attorney, Davis Graham & Stubbs

Bio

Erik Estrada is an attorney with Davis Graham & Stubbs, where his practice focuses on securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and financial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory guidance. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. Before practicing law, he served as a trustee and Senior Fellow for the El Pomar Foundation and as a program officer for the Boettcher Foundation. He holds a J.D. from the University of Denver, where he was named a Chancellor's Scholar, and he holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program:

"The curriculum of this program is perfectly designed for working professionals interested in international business law. Businesses continue to seek opportunities in both domestic and international markets. Accordingly, for lawyers and other professionals that serve these businesses, they must have an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of practicing in the international realm. Boston University Law School, one of the nation's best law schools, has created another leading program that is training, equipping, and promoting lawyers who desire to have this specific skill set."

Jeffrey Gitto

Jeffery Gitto

Country of Citizenship

U.S.A.

Current Position

Partner, Amaris Development LC
Partner, Provincial Ventures LC

Bio

Jeffrey Gitto is an entrepreneur from the central Florida area. He started his first business in 1998 by co-patenting an invention that keeps socks together through the washer and dryer process. Since then, he has been involved in various ventures including commercial real estate, nightclubs, wine bars and his most recent foray into the development of green and sustainable energy production. Jeffrey decided to enroll in law school four years ago attempting to answer the many challenges the recent economic climate has presented business owners. He has since focused on the international aspects of both business and public policy, spending summers studying Public International Law at Oxford University, UK and Cultural Heritage and the Arts at the University of Sienna, Italy through the University of San Diego and Tulane Law Schools. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of South Florida and a J.D., cum laude, from Florida A & M School of Law. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida and the Green Street Capital Corporation.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

"The course's unique structure paired with its holistic approach to the curriculum of International Business Law, initially, made it the ideal program for me. I soon after realized that there was so much more to my choice. The personal attention the professors give to each student is a direct homage to the top ranking of the University's faculty. With an excellent mix of lecture and Socratic method, coupled with concise and practical feedback from the professors, the educational experience was everything a student could want. Also, the student mixture of international attorneys provides for a robust discussion of the international case studies presented. This and so many other factors have made the program, in my opinion, an essential tool for the international practitioner. The coursework is certainly challenging, but seeing as we are a self-selecting sampling of professionals; it is achievable even in such a competitive environment."

Stefan Greimel

Mark D. Linn

Country of Citizenship

Austria

Current Position

Group Manager Law & Insurance, Compliance Officer AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft

Bio

After having finished his studies of Business Administration and also Law Stefan worked as an assistant to the professor at the Institute for Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law, Political Science and Administrative Studies of the University of Graz for two years. Then he started working as a legal counsel, as he wanted to combine the skills he has acquired through both studies. After two years serving as Head of the Legal and Tax Department of an energy supplier Stefan changed to AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft into the position of the Group Manager for Law & Insurance and the Compliance Officer of the company. AT&S is currently Europe's largest printed circuit board manufacturer and one of the market leaders in high-end printed circuit board technology and listed at the Vienna Stock Exchange. AT&S Group has approximately 7,500 employees worldwide. In this current position his responsibilities include, in an international business environment, general counseling of the Board and Senior Executives concerning all legal issues of the whole group, in particular contract law and corporate law, contract review, claim management and litigation, negotiations with business partners and monitoring the company's compliance with statutes.

Why I chose the Executive LL.M. Program

"I would like to further improve my knowledge in international business law in a full-fledged program but do not have enough time to attend a nine month period abroad for an LL.M. program. This prompted me to attend the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law Program at the Boston University School of Law, as the curriculum perfectly fits my professional needs to specialize in the core topics of international business practice in a flexible format that also allows me to fulfill my professional obligations. As my previous legal training was mainly concentrated on civil law systems it is also my expectation to comprehensively and perceptively study the legal spirit and the legal system of the common law . Ultimately, finishing this LL.M.-Program would perfectly complement my previous education and my professional experience in adding to this the international dimension of law."

Christos Kelepouris

Christos Kelepouris

Country of Birth

U.S.A.

Citizenship

U.S.A. & Greece (EU)

Bio

Christos Kelepouris is an Assistant Professor of International Business and Law at Lock Haven University. He is a first-generation Greek-American who is focused on academia, entrepreneurial real estate ventures, and becoming a college president. Mr. Kelepouris holds a Juris Doctorate, M.S. in Higher Education Administration, B.B.A. in International Business Management, and Certificate from USC's Ross Minority Program in Real Estate.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. program:

"The flexibility of the program coupled with BU's international presence and reputation was the perfect step towards enhancing my knowledge of international business law."

Mark D. Linn

Mark D. Linn

Country of Citizenship

U.S.A.

Current Position

Senior Director, Air Transport & Regional Jet Business, Honeywell International Inc.

Bio

Mark Linn is currently senior director of the Air Transport & Regional Jet Business at Honeywell International, and he has 23 years of contract drafting, negotiation, and interpretation experience in government, commercial, international and domestic markets. He manages a staff of more than 20 professionals supporting Honeywell's Air Transport & Regional Aircraft Business. In recent years, Mark was lead contract negotiator for over $42 billion in new business opportunities for his company. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri.

Why I chose the Executive LL.M. Program

"I believe innovation is in large part enabled through continuous reinvention of one's potential. These days all of us are under the gun to be not only faster, but also more intelligent, more succinct, and more creative. If we truly want to make a step improvement in our individual and collective contributions, then first and foremost we must expand our knowledge. From my view, the Boston University Executive LL.M. program offers an excellent opportunity to do just that. The program's unique scheduling flexibility and uncompromising commitment to academic excellence certainly made it the clear choice for me. Suffice to say, I have been extremely pleased with the coursework, exceptional classmates, and highly qualified staff."

Virginia Lombardo

Virginia Lombardo

Country of Citizenship

Italy

Current Position

Senior Legal Counsel EMEA network solutions, TE Connectivity

Bio

Virginia Lombardo is an Italian lawyer who has her JD with international specialization from "UniversitÓ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore" in Milan. She worked in the Nidec ASI SpA group ( FKA Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali SpA group) as corporate counsel for nine years. In 2011 she relocated in Houston, TX, for a temporary assignment to work for Nidec ASI LLC (FKA Anselectric LLC ) the US subsidiary of Nidec ASI Spa (FKA Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A) as Legal Advisor and Contracts Manager. Recently Virginia relocated to Brussels and is now the Senior Legal Counsel for EMEA network solutions, TE Connectivity.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program:

"This program will give me the ability to challenge myself, meet new people and better understand unique perspectives from all around the world. One of the most intriguing things for me about the program is that it is tailored for people who have been in the workforce for several years and allows me to continue my job while advancing in my education. In Law school, I found a passion for international law and this will be a further step in the next phase of my personal and professional growth."

Eva Materassi

Eva Materassi

Country of Citizenship

Italy

Current Position

Associate Studio Legale Sutti, Milan, Italy, via Montenapoleone 8. Commercial & Corporate Department.

Bio

Eva graduated in 2009 from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, with a degree in Law. Her thesis was based on the "Domestic and International Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)". Her thesis supervisor were Professor G. Ludica, Dean of the Bocconi Law School, and Professor S. Azzali, President of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan. Eva has also completed a Master in Economy-Law and Sports at Florence University. In addition to her degrees, Eva has attended several law related courses at institutions in the United States including the University of California Berkeley and Babson College. Currently Eva works as an Associate Studio Legale Sutti in Milan, Italy, via Montenapoleone 8. Commercial & Corporate Department where she is involved in banking and finance, corporate law, and commercial law.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

First, the fact that I already had a job and I needed a more substantive knowledge of international business law. Then the fact that my classmates were all working in different zones and that we could create different synergies between each other. The best thing was the use of an online forum to discuss questions with professors and classmates. Of course one of the most wonderful experiences was being in Boston, participating in lectures for several weeks, in order to understand every subject deeply.

Enrique Rodriguez Burchard

Enrique Rodriguez Burchard

Country of Citizenship

Honduras

Current Position

Senior Partner, Aguilar Castillo Love

Bio

Enrique Rodriguez Burchard is the country director for Aguilar Castillo Love, practicing in banking and finance law, mergers and acquisitions, mining, energy, and corporate law. In addition to his role at Aguilar Castillo Love, he also serves as a member of the National Congress of Honduras. Before working with Aguilar Castillo Love, Enrique served as a judge for the 4th Court for Civil Justice and taught as an adjunct professor in civil procedure, civil code, introduction to legal studies, and banking law. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras.

Why I chose the Executive LL.M. Program

"I came to BU attracted by its reputation, the faculty and the in-depth content of this unique program. It's flexible -but demanding- format allowed me to complete the L.LM. without leaving my job for an extended period of times."

Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert

Country of Citizenship

Germany

Current Position

Attorney-at-law and Senior Associate at Mayer Brown LLP

Bio

Thomas Schubert works for the law firm Mayer Brown LLP in Germany. He specializes in corporate law, M&A, restructuring and compliance. In the course of his practice, he represents domestic and international clients from various industries including automotive, logistics and renewable energy. After having studied in Germany and Spain, Thomas earned his law degree from the University of Dresden. During his educational period, he spent time in Brussels working for European Union institutions and in Prague to get an impression of legal work in Eastern Europe. He was admitted to the bar in 2005 and started his career at White & Case LLP working in corporate law and litigation. To concentrate on advising U.S. clients on cross border issues, Thomas moved to Berlin in 2006 to start working for his current firm.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

"I was looking for a program that suits a working professional who wants to extend his knowledge about the U.S. legal system, however, I could not leave work for several months to pursue studies abroad. What is special about the Executive LL.M. at Boston University is that it is not designed as a mere distance-learning program; it offers one the opportunity to attend courses in Boston, MA, with very concentrated lectures in small classes during a period of several weeks. Furthermore, I liked the mixture of learning the necessary basics in U.S. law and then focusing on U.S. trans-border transactions and related issues. After having been to Boston and attending the courses, all my expectations have not only been met, but exceeded. It is just a great program!"

Peng Shenying

Peng Shenying

Country of Citizenship

China

Current Position

Deputy Chief Contract Officer, Sinohydro Corporation Limited

Bio

Peng Shenying is currently the deputy chief contract officer for Sinohydro Corporation Limited. His work is currently focused on the management of risk and commercial projects, and he has over 15 years of international project management experience. He received his Bachelors in Scientific and Technical English from China University of Geosciences in 1989 and his Master of Science in Project Management from UMIST in 2003.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program:

"What interested me the most is the ELLM's flexibility of time to finish the program and, of course, its mixture of subjects which are very practical. It will also help me in the performance of my duties for my company."

Fabiola Soler Bonilla

Fabiola Soler Bonilla

Country of Citizenship

Costa Rica

Current Position

Managing Partner, Costa Rica Global Law Inc.

Bio

Fabiola Soler Bonillaobtained her BU LLM in International Business Law in January, 2013. She holds a Licentiate degree in Law (JD equivalent) from the University of Costa Rica, and has been a member of the Costa Rica bar association since 2000. In February, 2014, she co-founded Costa Rica Global Law Inc., a full-service business law firm and legal process service provider. Her practice areas include Corporate Law, International Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Transactions, Employment Law, and Commercial Law.

From 2005 to 2007, she led the start-up of back-office and legal process-outsourcing operations in Costa Rica for a California-based firm handling bankruptcy and civil litigation related tasks. She also has over ten years experience as an associate at internationally ranked Costa Rican law firms.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

"For years, I had been searching for a top tier University program in my practice areas, which offered a flexible schedule that allowed for parts of it to be completed online without missing out on the quality and learning experience of a full-time LL.M. program. As soon as I learned about the BU Executive LL.M. program before its launch date, I felt that it was built-to-suit my personal and professional needs. I successfully completed the program after three Boston residential sessions over the course of 18 months, and was fortunately able to return to Boston for commencement last May, 2013. Overall, this program proved to be challenging and rewarding, with extraordinary professors, staff and peers."

Marini Sulaeman

Marini Sulaeman

Country of Citizenship

Indonesia

Current Position

Managing Partner, Legisperitus Lawyers

Bio

Marini Sulaeman holds a Bachelor of Laws from Universitas Katolik Atmajaya and Master of Laws from Universitas Indonesia; both are in Jakarta- Indonesia. She is Managing Partner of Legisperitus Lawyers in Jakarta. Her career as a trial lawyer began in 2003 when she worked for one of the biggest and busiest litigation firm in Indonesia O.C. Kaligis & Associates. Here she was exposed to wide variety of cases, from civil, bankruptcy to white collar crimes. Prior to her appointment with her current law firm, she was a partner at Alfredo Associates Advocates & Legal Consultants in Jakarta. Marini has also worked at the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia and was assigned to Indonesian Consulate General in Malaysia.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

"This is the perfect program for any professionals that wish to pursue higher education in law but may not be able to leave their job for a long period of time. The program has everything to offer. It has unique design and scheduling options, highly qualified faculties and BU is one of the best education institutions in the world, I believe I have made the right decision by joining this program..."

Roman Tofert

Roman Tofert

Country of Citizenship

Russian Federation

Current Position

Managing Counsel, Contracts & Dispute Resolution, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., a joint venture between Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi, Sakhain-2 oil & gas project operator

Bio

Roman Tofert holds an LL.B degree in Jurisprudence from the Sakhalin State University, a former successor of the Far East State University in Sakhalin. He has over 11 years PQE in civil, contract, commercial, litigation and shipping areas of law. Currently he manages a team of lawyers dealing with contractual and contentious matters for Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, which operates the world's largest integrated oil and gas project in the far East of Russia. With a view of widening his expertise in legal matters relating to international business transactions, Roman decided to continue his legal education at BU Law.

What interested me most about the Executive LL.M. Program

"The program is ideally tailored to those practitioners whose working and family commitments make it challenging to take a fully-fledged LL.M. I committed to both. The program gives me an opportunity to broaden my expertise and learn more of what I have been doing as a lawyer for years, to look at the aspects of law from another perspective, to equip myself with more practical tools to master my professional skills and gain new to become even more efficient and successful. One will hardly find the program that will be that flexible in giving a chance to take as many subjects as one is able to take without any harm to the quality and time by way of carousel format this program is based on. The quality of BU's teaching methods is known well beyond the boundaries of U.S. and makes it a big privilege to become a part of its alumni's club."