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Brountas to Speak on the Value of Community Service

Story posted May 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Paul P. Brountas '54, of Weston, Mass., one of the nation's leading high technology lawyers and former chairman of the Dukakis presidential campaign, will deliver the annual baccalaureate address to members of Bowdoin's graduating class on Friday, May 23, at 3:00 p.m. during the Baccalaureate Service at the First Parish Church in Brunswick.

President Robert H. Edwards will preside at the service which is open to the public, space permitting. Brountas's speech, in which he will discuss the value of community service, is titled How Can I Help?

Awards to three members of the Class of 1997 will also be announced during the Baccalaureate Service. The prizes include the Andrew Allison Haldane Cup, awarded to a member of the senior class who has outstanding qualities of leadership and character; the Lucien Howe Prize, awarded by the faculty to a member of the senior class who as an undergraduate, by example and influence, has shown the highest qualities of conduct and character; and the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Prize, awarded for a written and spoken oration by a member of the senior class.

The recipient of the DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Prize, ,b>Herlande Rosemond, of Pt. Charlotte, Fla., will deliver a speech titled Titles and Testimonies at the service.

Brountas is senior partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr LLP. He is listed in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the April 1997 edition of The National Law Journal's "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," and in the May 1997 edition of Boston Magazine as among "Boston's 100 Most Powerful People." In 1990 Brountas was named one of the top 10 high technology lawyers in the United States by Electronic Business magazine.

Brountas joined Hale and Dorr in 1960 and has spent most of his professional life practicing business law, serving as counsel to several hundred companies. He became a senior partner in 1968. His clients include computer, software, biotech, Internet, retail, manufacturing and consulting companies, as well as venture capital companies and investment banking firms. He also represents public and private companies ranging from manufacturers of massively parallel computer systems to companies engaged in the development and marketing of a wide range of biotech and health care products. His relationship with many of these companies started at their formation when they had only a handful of employees. Through private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, and the introduction of innovative products and technologies, many of these companies have become national and international leaders in their marketplaces. His clients have looked to Brountas not only for legal advice, but also for his judgment as a business counselor and problem-solver.

Brountas has served as chairman of Hale & Dorr's Executive Committee and as chairman of its Strategic Planning Task Committee.

Brountas has been a frequent lecturer and speaker at various professional and trade association programs, on subjects ranging from venture capital financings, joint ventures, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, to duties and responsibilities of directors. For several years he also served as a guest presenter at Harvard Business School's entrepreneurial management course. He is the author of Counseling the Public Company, published as part of Massachusetts Business Lawyering by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

Brountas is a summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College (Phi Beta Kappa), and a 1954 recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for study at Oxford University. He earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree at Oxford University (Honors School of Jurisprudence) and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1960. He is a trustee emeritus at Bowdoin, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1993-96. He served as an overseer of Bowdoin College from 1974 to 1984 and as president of the Board of Overseers.

Brountas is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army in France from 1956-1958. In 1958 he was awarded a commendation ribbon with medal pendant for the introduction and implementation of a successful safety program for his battalion in France.

In 1987 and 1988, Brountas served as National Chairman of the Committee to elect Michael S. Dukakis President of the United States, and he served prior to that as chairman of Governor Dukakis's gubernatorial campaign committee.

Brountas has a extensive record of public service, including service as a director of the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation (1985-87); as corporate member of Children's Hospital Medical Center (1965-87), Massachusetts General Hospital (1983-94), the Boston Museum of Science (1966-91), and Newton Wellesley Hospital (1990-96); as a member of the Marshall Scholars Selection Committee New England Region (1973-75, 1982-92); as member and chairman of the Weston (Mass.) Planning Board; as chairman of the Metropolitan Boston Citizen's Coalition for Cleaner Air (1969-71); and as director of the Association of Marshall Scholars and Alumni.

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