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Jay’s primary practice is representing cities, towns and other governmental entities in financing and developing capital projects and other governmental programs. He also provides legal and strategic advice to his government clients, various clients in the health care industry and other clients who intersect with governments.

Jay has more than 20 years of public and private sector leadership and legal experience, including executive leadership roles in state government and health care and as a law firm Partner. He also has a history of political and civic engagement, including as the most recent Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Massachusetts.

Prior to his gubernatorial campaign, Jay served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Healthy Families. In these roles, he led all aspects of government-subsidized health insurance business for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire subsidiaries of Centene Corporation and oversaw a period of significant growth for the regional business.

Jay also served as the Secretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick. In that role, Jay successfully managed a $32 billion state budget during the Great Recession and oversaw over 3,000 employees in 18 state agencies including the Department of Revenue and agencies responsible for state facilities, human resources, information technology, procurements, and other administrative functions. As Secretary of Administration and Finance, Jay also served on various state boards and commissions, including as chair of the boards of the Health Connector and the Life Sciences Center.

Before joining the Patrick Administration, Jay was a Partner in the public finance department of a major Boston law firm.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2019-Present)
  • Northeastern University Law School
    • Adjunct Lecturer (2020-2021)
  • Democratic Candidate for Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Democratic Party Nominee in General Election (2018)
    • Candidate in Democratic Primary (2017-2018)
  • New Hampshire Healthy Families
    • President & Chief Executive Officer (2013-2016)
  • CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts
    • President & Chief Executive Officer (2014-2016)
  • Executive Office for Administration and Finance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Secretary of Administration and Finance (2009-2013)
    • Undersecretary of Administration and Finance (2007-2009)
    • Assistant Secretary of Capital Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs (2007)
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (Merged into Locke Lord)
    • Partner (2005-2006)
    • Associate (1998-2005)
  • Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP
    • Associate (1996-1998)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Committee, Co-Chair (2021)
  • The GK Fund, Board Member (2021-Present)
  • Coordinated Transportation Solutions, Board Member (2021-Present)
  • Georgetown Law School, State and Local Government Policy and Law Advisory Committee (2021-Present)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Board of Directors (2020-Present)
  • Boston Bar Association, Task Force on Police Accountability (2020-2021)
  • Project Hope, Board of Directors (2014-Present)
  • Trust for Public Land, Massachusetts Advisory Board (2015-2016)
  • Dimock Center, Board of Directors (2015-2016)
  • Alliance for Business Leadership, Board of Directors (2015-2016)
  • State Board of Early Education and Care, Chairman of the Board (2014-2015)
  • Brookline Greenspace Alliance, Board of Directors (2004-2006)
  • Town of Brookline, MA
    • Campaign to Adopt the Community Preservation Act (2006)
    • Community Preservation Study Committee (2006)
    • Advisory Committee (2002-2003)
    • Elected Town Meeting Member (1999-2002)
    • Town Meeting Members Association Co-Chair (1999-2001)
  • Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House, Board of Directors (1999-2000)
  • El Barrio, Board of Directors (1997-1998)

Professional Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts (1998)
  • Ohio (1996)

Speaking Engagements

  • Northeastern University Law School, Guest Lecturer (2002-2012)

News & Insight


Time for Action on Equity – and Results

April 21, 2021

We are in the midst of a racial reckoning in America. There is a broader recognition of and concern for the systemic racism that persists and the vast racial disparities that result. A deeper commitment to addressing these inequities has emerged, together …

Firm News

Who's Who at Hinckley Allen: Jay Gonzalez

March 6, 2020

How did you get involved in your practice?I started as a public finance lawyer because I wanted to work with governments.  I’ve always been passionate about government because of the positive impact it has on our daily lives and because it is the one in…

Firm News

Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jay Gonzalez Joins Hinckley Allen

April 8, 2019

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez will join Hinckley Allen to lead the Firm's work with public sector clients, bringing more than 20 years of public and private sector leadership and legal experience.Gonzalez will be a Partner in the F…


Past Event

Hispanic Heritage Month: Virtual Fireside Chat

September 28, 2021

Partner Jay Gonzalez, a member of Hinckley Allen's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, will join an esteemed panel for a virtual fireside chat to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with leading members o…