Meet the Staff

Executive Director


Paul Dullea is an attorney with over 20 years of bar association experience. He has served as MATA Executive Director since 2010.  Before joining MATA, Paul served 10 years as the Public Service Director and Director of Community Affairs for the Boston Bar Association and Boston Bar Foundation, where he managed a nearly million dollar annual grants program and 20 public interest, diversity, and leadership development programs. Two of  these programs received national awards during Paul's tenure. He also worked as counsel to the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission and the Associate General Counsel to the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. He holds a BA from UMass Amherst and a JD from Suffolk Law School. During Law School Paul co-founded the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group and received a University of Michigan Child Welfare Law Fellowship.  Before law school, Paul worked in the CityBound youth program at the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center. He is a member of the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives and the American Association for Justice.  Paul serves on the Human Rights Committee of Community Works Services.  He lives with his family in Westwood.


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Director of Public Relations & Development


Sheila Sweeney has been the Director of Development & Public Relations for the Academy since 1988. She was the Fundraising Director for the New York State Trial Lawyers prior to coming to the Academy, and before that specialized in legislative fundraising campaigns for trial attorneys in New York, Arizona, Florida and California. Sheila was a public relations executive for actress Elizabeth Taylor as well as a corporate and event fundraiser for The American Foundation for Aids Research (AMFAR) while living in New York. She is an active member of the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE). Sheila is a free-lance writer, and spends her time at her cottage on Webster Lake in New Hampshire when she is not working.


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Office Manager

Wendy Proodian is an administrative professional with over 20 years experience in a variety of business positions. Prior to joining MATA, she spent 9 years as an Executive Assistant to the President and Vice-President of Marsh & McLennan Co. in Burlington, MA.  Wendy has also worked as an Administrative Assistant/Paralegal for several local firms and a Boston firm. A graduate of North Shore Community College, with an AS in Paralegal Studies, Wendy’s professional skills, her positive attitude and office management expertise have been a great benefit to MATA. 
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Contract Lobbyists  


Quinn & Morris, LLP 
At Quinn & Morris, LLP, our experience and reputation make us a trusted lobbying resource. We work with clients on a variety of government-based concerns and lobbying issues. We represent businesses, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, government entities, political action committees, and individuals before the Massachusetts legislative, executive and regulatory bodies. We also work with political action committees and candidate committees, including formation, documentation, and ongoing compliance concerns.

Quinn & Morris has lobbied for complex legislation and has participated in drafting legislation and regulations. Through a variety of experiences, they have developed a unique knowledge and understanding of the personalities and practical workings of the legislative and regulatory processes and the agencies and entities involved in those processes.


Quinn & Morris, LLP
141 Tremont Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02111-1203
(617) 423-3500













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