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.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

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