Martha Koster is a member in Mintz Levin’s Litigation Section. She has concentrated her practice on environmental and insurance issues, and on cases raising legal and regulatory concerns under state and federal laws. Prior to Martha’s years in private practice, she served as a deputy general counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she worked on health regulatory as well as environmental matters.
Martha is a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. She is a former president and longtime board member of Greater Boston Legal Services as well as a past treasurer and two-term Council member of the Boston Bar Association. She has also served on the BBA Task Force on Unrepresented Litigants and its Committee on Professionalism. Additionally, Martha has been an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law, where she has taught alternative dispute resolution. Martha is one of the Mintz Levin attorneys who worked with the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to provide legal services for low-income residents of Mississippi severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The firm was awarded the 2011 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for this work and was also honored by the Mississippi Center for Justice at its May 2011 annual reception in Washington, DC. She is a past recipient of the Dow Landrum Gardner Award from Greater Boston Legal Services and the Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award.
Martha has worked with the committee to establish the Access to Justice Fellows Program. As an Access to Justice Fellow, Martha will work with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR), the premier provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants detained in Massachusetts. With PAIR, she will handle political asylum and detention matters. In addition, Martha will continue to work on the expansion and institutionalization of the Fellows Program, encouraging and assisting retired and transitioning attorneys to provide legal services to nonprofits and legal services organizations.