Al Wallis is the Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest. He is a recognized leader in the public interest and corporate social responsibility communities, both locally and nationally.

Al devoted the first dozen years of his legal career to legal services as an attorney and manager in several Massachusetts programs. He was subsequently appointed as the City of Boston’s Corporation Counsel under both Mayors Flynn and Menino. He has served as the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Health & Educational Facilities Authority and practiced in the private sector as a partner with the Boston firm of Shaevel & Krems. For over a decade, Al was an adjunct professor at New England Law School where he taught Local Government Law.

When the law firm Brown Rudnick LLP created its Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest in 2001 to champion and coordinate the pro bono, charitable, community, and public interest activities of the Firm, Al was recruited as its first Executive Director. In this role, he also serves as the Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., which for over a decade has been providing support to organizations seeking to improve inner-city education.

Al is active in the legal and social justice community. He was elected Co-President of the national Association of Pro Bono Counsel (“APBCo”) and serves as the Co-Chair of the Boston Pro Bono Roundtable. He is active in the Boston Bar Association, having been elected to their board and having co-chaired several Boston Bar Association sections and committees. Al is also a long-time board member and past president of the Boston Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. He also serves on the Board of Editors for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.


Boston University School of Law – J.D., 1973
Hofstra University – B.A., 1970

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Professional Affiliations
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association