Former MassDOT secretary returns to law practice

Jeffrey Mullan, a former secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, has rejoined law firm Foley Hoag to focus on the firm’s transportation and infrastructure practice.

Former Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) secretary Jeffrey Mullan is re-joining law firm Foley Hoag, where he will focus on transportation and infrastructure developments from the firm’s Boston office.

Mullan began serving as secretary of MassDOT in 2009, when MassDOT was created through a merger of several of the state’s surface transportation agencies. Mullan left his post at MassDOT earlier this month, according to a statement.

Prior to serving as MassDOT secretary, Mullan also held public sector positions as executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and as an undersecretary and general counsel to the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works.

Mullan chaired Foley Hoag’s transportation infrastructure practice for 14 years between 1993 and 2007, before leaving to work in the public sector, according to a statement.

Projects Mullan advised on include the Route 3 North reconstruction and the Greenbush commuter rail line. The Route 3 reconstruction involved adding an extra lane to a 21-mile corridor, and the $385 million project was in part financed through privately-funded bonds, according to a project summary from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

Boston-based Foley Hoag has about 225 lawyers working in its head office, according to the firm’s website.