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“The need for a giant desktop has eroded over time,” Nasson said. “I certainly don’t need it. . . The era of the massive corner desk, with two sofas and two desks, is coming to an end. For us, we know it is.

Nasson’s approach to office life reflects the humility with which he tries to approach his new job as managing partner in Boston: At 41, he oversees about 100 lawyers in Boston and about 50 paralegals, assistants and other support staff. About half of the lawyers are older than him. His predecessor, Marc Haddad, served as Managing Partner for over 20 years. Nasson has been practicing law longer.

Nasson said he has tried to meet with everyone in the Boston office since taking office on March 1.

“It would be foolish not to sit down with people and ask them, ‘What works, and what do you think could work better?’ Nasson said. “I don’t think my age has been a challenge because I think my partners understand that I don’t approach this from the perspective that I know better than them.”

He will need to balance his own litigation and white-collar practice with his leadership responsibilities. His cases include representing an executive who is the target of a federal securities fraud investigation and a company facing a federal grand jury investigation into submissions made to the Food and Drug Administration.

“I have a very active training and I don’t want to release my foot,” said Nasson. “It was the act of juggling.”

Baker goes around one last time

Governor charlie baker gave his first speech last week at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in more than two years – in person, that is. And with his final term as governor coming to an end, Baker took the opportunity to oppose pending legislation at the State House.

During his appearance at Westin Copley Square hotel, Baker referred to several legislative priorities: a $9.7 billion infrastructure bond bill, a $750 million clean energy investment fund, a nearly $700 million that would help tenants and change Massachusetts’ estate and short-term capital gains tax structures.

But Baker appeared to get the most applause as he called for help to pass a bill that would shift more state health care spending to primary care and mental health. He was interrupted by cheers as he still ended with “It’s a corny, complicated bill [but] it’s the only way to get from where we are to where we need to go.

After the applause died down, he returned to the fence he was trying to land: “I’m going to fight like crazy to make this happen.”

Chief Executive of the Greater Boston Chamber Jim Rooney asked Baker what he thought was the biggest threat to Massachusetts’ economic competitiveness. Baker’s response: “Our cost of housing.

He recalled how state officials tried to persuade Amazon to open its second headquarters here. Massachusetts made the shortlist. But ultimately, Baker said, Amazon executives decided housing was far too expensive here, the development process too tenuous. (Amazon ended up in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington.)

“In many ways, that’s our biggest headwind,” Baker said of the state’s high housing costs. “Our biggest tailwind is that we’re still smart villains, in a world where being smart villains matters.”

Boarding now, for Springfield

It seems that it is finally the turn of East-West Rail to leave the station. Is Charlie Baker finally getting on board?

That’s what the U.S. Representative Richie Neal believes. The Springfield Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has long wanted to improve lackluster rail service between Springfield and Boston. He told a crowd at a New England Council meeting last week in Boston that the federal government’s new infrastructure law should bring something resembling commuter service between the two cities closer to reality.

Baker was once reluctant to embrace the multi-billion dollar project. In 2016, he even vetoed a law that called for it to be studied, although he committed to a study two years later.

Supporters want the support of the state Department of Transportation — which responds to Baker, at least until he steps down in nearly a year — to seek federal funds for needed track improvements, especially for the right-of-way between Springfield and Worcester.

“The governor was terrific on that,” Neal said. “I think I turned the corner with him. The last conversation we had at State House, I felt like he was all in.

A fish story wins big

“Best Picture” win for Filmed in Gloucester”CODAwhich features a number of deaf actors, was not just a victory for the deaf community or the Massachusetts film industry.

It was also a win for the state’s seafood industry, which played a big role in the film. Mark DeCristoforothe executive director of the Massachusetts Seafood Collaborative, released a statement on Monday, following CODA’s Oscar win the night before.

“The constant threats we face from powerful regulatory and commercial forces are all too real,” DeCristoforo said. “The New England fishing industry as the backdrop for this film is not a moment captured in time. We are still here. We are a thriving and proud industry. We feed America; we we are stewards of the ocean; and we hope to use this moment to remind America of that.

Tell the story of this city. All.

Dan Dain argues that Boston’s definitive history has yet to be written. He also argues that he should be the one who writes it.

The president of the Dain Torpy The law firm has spent much of its free time over the past few years writing pages filled with historical vignettes and scenarios that together make up the ornate mosaic that is this city’s history. In “A History of Boston,” he covers everything from whaler financiers to Irish gangs to the birth of the biotech industry.

The underlying theme – and it’s a theme that should come as no surprise, given Dain’s day-to-day work as a development advocate – is that Boston prospered the most when the city embraced density, diversity and town planning.

Now, while searching for an agent to promote the book, Dain has a new ally. Architectural photographer Pierre Vanderwarkerwho himself has several books on Boston, agreed to provide the photos of Dain’s tome.

Dain said most books in this genre usually focus on discrete slices of Boston history. He quotes the late Boston College historian Thomas O’Connor‘s many publications as examples. Dain said he liked a big book, Robert Allison‘s “A Short History of Boston”, but he does not go into enough detail for his satisfaction.

So he is determined to find a publisher to distribute his written work worldwide. Having a top photographer like Vanderwarker should help.

“I could do half the length by removing half the content,” Dain said. “But I want to tell the story of Boston. A great city like Boston deserves to have its story told in one place.


Jon Chesto can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.

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