Gavin Alexander is an experienced and passionate advocate and thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and mental health in the legal profession and beyond. He currently serves as the first-ever Fellow of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, funded by Ropes & Gray LLP, where his work focuses on the intersection of well-being and DEI. Gavin shared his own personal experiences with depression and near-suicide in Depression to Dedication: How Chief Justice Gants Saved My Life and Catalyzed Ongoing Advocacy for Mental Health in the Legal Profession, 62 B.C. L. Rev. 2759 (2021), and he regularly speaks at law schools, courts, bar associations, and other legal institutions. Gavin studied Theater and Mathematics at Wesleyan University, and he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 2012. After law school, Gavin clerked for Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. From 2013-2020, Gavin was an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray LLP’s Boston office.
Gavin has served as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and as a board member of The LGBTQ+ Bar. Presently, he serves on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs’ DEI Committee, the Institute for Lawyer Well-Being’s DEI Committee, the Boston Bar Association’s DEI Section Steering Committee, the Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants Access to Justice Fund Advisory Committee and the board of directors of Leadership Brainery, a non-profit organized to help undergraduate student leaders from underrepresented, historically excluded, and first generation backgrounds prepare for and gain access to graduate schools.
Gavin was named one of the Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by The LGBTQ+ Bar in 2017, selected as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 25 “Up & Coming Lawyers” for 2019, and featured on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for 2018-2020. In 2020, he was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation for his outstanding dedication and leadership in the legal profession and in service to society, and in 2021, he received the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys’ Leadership Award, where he was described as “by far one of the most committed allies in the area of inclusion, equity and social and racial justice.”