(Boston Revised 12/21/11) New England Law | Boston: Wayne A. Budd ’81 (honorary), ’98 (honorary), senior counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston and a New England Law trustee, was named a recipient of The American Lawyer’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The recognition is awarded to individuals who demonstrate private sector successes and a devotion to public service. Other recipients of the award include James Baker II, Walter Mondale, and Sargent Shriver.
Budd has held a variety of positions in the public and private sectors and opened doors for African Americans in the legal industry. He was the first African American to lead a state bar association (Massachusetts) and the first to serve as a U.S. attorney for a New England state (Massachusetts). Budd also co-founded what ultimately became the national’s largest minority law firm, Budd, Wiley and Richlin.
Budd served as associate attorney general of the United States in the first Bush administration and later was appointed to the U.S. Sentencing Commission by President William Clinton. In the private sector, he was formerly with Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) as a group president and with John Hancock as general counsel and senior executive vice president.
He sits on the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories Executive Committee and the boards of the McKesson Corporation; New England Innocence Project; Squash Busters, Inc.; National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys; and the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Southern New England. He is chairman of the AAA national board and a Wheaton College trustee.