Joseph M. Herlihy was General Counsel at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts from 1998-2021. and served as Associate Counsel from 1994-1998. Prior to becoming a university attorney, Joe practiced real estate and land use law at the firm of Goodwin Procter in Boston, Massachusetts, and before entering law school worked as an Assistant Vice President in commercial real estate lending for Fleet National Bank (now Bank of America).
Joe graduated in 1975 from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, where he majored in classics and Romance languages. Following graduation from Bowdoin, Joe worked as Lecteur d’Anglais at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand, Faculté des Lettres. He received an M.A (French language and literature) from Yale University in 1978, and was admitted to the doctoral candidacy there in 1979. He completed his J.D at the Boston University School of Law in 1986, where he was as an editor of the Law Review. Joe is a former Co-chair of the College and University Section of the Boston Bar Association, served as president of the Bowdoin College Alumni Council.