AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Arbitration; White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Biography

Blair Rinne is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation & Arbitration and White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Practice Groups. 

Blair has advised clients on complex internal investigations and represented corporations and individuals in criminal and civil investigations and related litigation. She has handled complex contract disputes and intellectual property matters. She also has represented clients in several zoning appeals and real estate matters in Massachusetts state court. Blair’s dual law and business degrees provide her with a unique understanding of her clients' business interests and the impact of litigation.

Blair was a member of the Boston Bar Association's 2019-2020 Public Interest Leadership Program, a 14-month program that addressed specific public service and community challenges. She has maintained an active pro bono practice, with a focus on immigration matters in partnership with Kids in Need of Defense ("KIND"). Blair has also participated in KIND's Expert Panel alongside other attorneys in the Boston area and in 2020, KIND named her a Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

While at Boston College Law School, Blair was a note editor for the Journal of Law & Social Justice (formerly the Third World Law Journal). She was also a teaching assistant for a legal reasoning, research, and writing course, where she taught legal citations to first year law students and supervised the students in oral advocacy exercises.

Prior to law school, Blair worked as a litigation clerk at an intellectual property law firm, where she assisted with a complex patent infringement trial and prepared for numerous depositions.

Awards

Representation

Represented the Audit Committee of a public oil field service company in a review of disclosure concerns, complex accounting issues, and several other whistleblower allegations.

Performed FCPA-compliance reviews on behalf of public company considering overseas acquisitions and relationships.

Achieved favorable result, affirmed on appeal, as counsel to railcar manufacturer in breach of contract dispute with software integrator who failed to deliver fully functional enterprise resource planning system.

Represented data science and data engineering software developer at trial and on appeal in breach of contract and copyright dispute with its largest competitor.

Represented wireless communications operators and carriers in several zoning appeals.

Education

Boston College Law School – J.D, cum laude, 2014
Boston College, Carroll School of Management – M.B.A., 2014
American University – B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Publications
Author, “In Water Wheel, the Ninth Circuit Corrects a Limitation on Tribal Court Jurisdiction,” Journal of Law & Social Justice (Spring 2012)
Co-Author, “Not Just a Formality: Late-executed Assignments Affect Substantive Legal Rights,” BNA Insights (Fall 2011)
Professional Affiliations
Boston Bar Association
Women's Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as “Ones to Watch” for Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2021)
Named a Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program, Class of 2019-2020
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program, Class of 2016-2017