For Immediate Release - December 06, 2016

AG Healey Appoints New First Assistant Attorney General

Mary Strother to Oversee Legal Work Throughout the Office

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today announced the appointment of a highly-experienced lawyer to a key leadership position in her office, naming Mary Strother as the new First Assistant Attorney General.

Strother, a Weston resident, has spent the past two decades at WilmerHale, where she has served as Deputy General Counsel since 2005. She has represented companies in civil cases and in criminal investigations, and has represented individuals in civil rights cases. She will join the AG’s Office in January.

“I have known Mary for many years and know that she is a tremendous attorney who will bring a wealth of experience to this important role,” AG Healey said. “I am pleased she has agreed to serve as First Assistant, and know her qualifications and judgment will help my office in serving the people of Massachusetts.”

Strother will replace Christopher Barry-Smith, who served in the AG’s Office for 17 years and was recently confirmed as an Associate Justice to the Superior Court. As First Assistant Attorney General, Strother will help to oversee the work of the bureaus and legal work across the office.

In addition to her work at WilmerHale, Strother served on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers from 2010-2015, and was chair from 2014-2015. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Ethics Committee. In 2000, she served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases. She has also clerked for the The Hon. William H. Orrick Jr., US District Court for the Northern District of California and Hon. Stanley F. Birch Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Strother holds degrees from Columbia Law School and Princeton University.