Gov. Baker Announces Pearlstein to Investigate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

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BOSTON – Today, April 1, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Governor’s Office has hired Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein to conduct an independent investigation of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and the events that led to the recent tragic deaths from COVID-19 within that facility.

The investigation will focus both on the events inside the facility that led to the tragic deaths of veterans in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and on management and organizational oversight of the COVID-19 response in the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Pearlstein has substantial experience in the investigation and trial of complex white-collar criminal cases and other government enforcement matters.

He practiced as a federal prosecutor in Boston’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he served as chief of the Office’s Economic Crimes Unit from 1994 to 1996 and was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1996 until 2000, where he supervised the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Currently, Attorney Pearlstein is a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery where he concentrates his practice on white-collar criminal defense, defense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission actions, complex commercial litigation, arbitration and internal investigations.

A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Attorney Pearlstein earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1983.


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