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Press Release Governor Charlie Baker Announces Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to Investigate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

For immediate release:
4/01/2020
  • Governor's Press Office
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Governor Charlie Baker Announces Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to Investigate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Sarah Finlaw, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Governor Charlie Baker Announces Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to Investigate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Governor’s Office has hired Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to conduct an independent investigation of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and the events that led to the recent tragic deaths from COVID-19 within that facility.

The investigation will focus both on the events inside the facility that led to the tragic deaths of veterans in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and on management and organizational oversight of the COVID-19 response in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

About Mark W. Pearlstein

Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein has substantial experience in the investigation and trial of complex white-collar criminal cases and other government enforcement matters. He practiced as a federal prosecutor in Boston's U.S. Attorney's Office, where he served as chief of the Office's Economic Crimes Unit from 1994 to 1996 and was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1996 until 2000, where he supervised the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office. Currently, Attorney Pearlstein is a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery where he concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense, defense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission actions, complex commercial litigation, arbitration and internal investigations. A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Attorney Pearlstein earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1983.

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Media Contact for Governor Charlie Baker Announces Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to Investigate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

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