Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court.

Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking, the T’s former parking lot operator whose employees were accused of stealing money. Englander also helped engineer a larger-than-expected T fare increase in 2016 by arguing that the wording of a state law allowed the agency to raise fares 10 percent every two years rather than the 5 percent that most lawmakers thought they voted for in 2013.

Prior to entering state government, Englander worked for 30 years as a litigator at Goodwin Procter. He attended Cornell, earning a bachelor of sciences degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated from Boston University Law School.

The Appeals Court has 25 justices, including the chief justice, who review decisions of trial judges. Payroll records indicate Englander was making $160,472 working as legal counsel to MassDOT and will make more than $170,000 as an Appeals Court judge if his nomination is approved by the Governor’s Council.uc