Borden honored with "Leaders in Law" award by Mass. Lawyers Weekly
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, a leading newspaper reporting on legal matters, rulings and decisions in the Bay State, recently awarded its annual Leaders in the Law award to Borden Consulting Group founder Jennifer C. Borden.
Leaders in the Law demonstrate innovative and practical business and legal skills, either as general counsel or staff attorneys. They are corporate in-house lawyers who are leaders in the community, forward thinkers and best exemplify the noble tradition of the legal profession.
Recipients of the Leaders in the Law awards are nominated by their colleagues, clients and other legal professional.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized with such a well-respected tribute in the legal industry here in Massachusetts,” said Borden. “I was especially proud to be joined by, and congratulate, fellow honorees Kevin Cloherty, Karen O’Toole, and Mark Weiss, whose work I have respected for years. The evening was really special because the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston was the event’s charitable partner, and I have volunteered for the Club for more than three decades.”
“The honorees selected this year were chosen for a variety of reasons,” said Susan Bocamazo, publisher and editor-in-chief of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. “They work in a variety of industries, facing the daily challenge of balancing legal constraints against business needs in a changing economy.
“They devote significant time to community outreach, are heavily involved with state bar organizations, and work to improve diversity in their profession.”
Borden began her career working in the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer where much of her work involved the abandoned property division. It was then, 20 years ago, where unclaimed property law began to take shape, and Borden has played a role in its development ever since.
After her time with the Commonwealth, she moved to Ernst & Young where her work involved unclaimed property compliance and audit defense. She then headed to Holland & Knight to concentrate on litigating unclaimed property matters.
Borden moved to Unclaimed Property Recovery & Reporting in 2010, a company that focused on compliance with state escheat laws. While there, she maintained a private law practice which led to the recent launch of Borden Consulting Group.
For the past year and a half, Borden has served as an official observer assisting the Uniform Law Commission in its drafting of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
“The ULC’s drafting process has been one of the most educational and rewarding experiences of my career, and I am privileged to be part of the process,” said Borden.
A total of 38 individuals – 25 in-house counsel and 13 from area law firms and associations – were recognized as Leaders in the Law.