Breaking Ground Briefs: Richard Michaud, Mandolin Lawyer

When Bernkopf Goodman first came up with the idea for its podcast “Breaking Ground,” producers knew exactly who to turn to for the theme music: attorney and mandolin expert Richard Michaud.

The longtime litigator, who started his legal career as a prosecutor of white-collar crimes and homicides, has been playing the mandolin and other stringed instruments since he first picked up a violin in high school.

Learn about Rich and the mandolin community here:


Music performed by Richard Michaud; Photos by Jeannette Riendeau and provided by Richard Michaud; Video by Jeannette Riendeau; Edited by Tony Marquis

Podcast: Creating Neighborhoods, with Jesse Baerkahn of Graffito SP

Jesse Baerkahn, of Graffito SP, stands for a photo outside the PRX Garage in Allston. (Photo by Bernkopf Goodman)

Jesse Baerkahn is an expert in real estate development and urban design. He’s been called a “city maker” by one publication for his company’s work which focuses on meaningful ground-floor programming. Most notably, he was one of the visionaries behind the revitalization of the Kendall Square area. Currently, Baerkahn and his company, Graffito SP, are shaping the way Bostonians live, connecting landlords to unique tenants from East Boston to Allston, creating exciting, new neighborhoods.

Breaking Ground host and Bernkopf Goodman’s Jeannette Riendeau caught up with Baerkahn to talk about his philosophies and the future of Boston, which he sees on the water. After the conversation, Breaking Ground talks with Bernkopf Goodman attorney Eric Allon.

To listen to the Breaking Ground podcast, click here: Breaking Ground Episode 1