Mr. Richard Elam has extensive experience working as an international business lawyer both in the United States and abroad. For over twenty years, he held positions as both in-house corporate counsel and private practice counselor.

Mr. Elam’s legal career began at Ropes & Gray in Boston in the corporate and international departments. Mr. Elam then held the position of Senior Corporate Counsel with Digital Equipment Corp., a then major client of Ropes & Gray.  In this position, he provided legal counsel on all aspects of the cross border disposition of Digital’s assets abroad and crafted the company’s global anti-trust policy manual. 

Next, Mr. Elam held an international position as General Counsel for a large French/German metal packaging company based in the Netherlands. He then returned to private practice with his primary outside law firm, Brada Law in Amsterdam, a JV partner with Leboeuf in the United States.

After 9 years in the position of Senior International Counsel at Brada Law, supporting clients all over the world in their international business endeavors, Mr. Elam became the managing partner of his own boutique specialized law firm, Elam International, based in Amsterdam.

He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, where he looks forward to supporting the Patrick Administration’s goal of making Massachusetts a leader in the global economy.