Carol is a trial lawyer whose practice is concentrated in the areas of white collar criminal defense and regulatory law, commercial litigation, and employment litigation. She has a wide range of experience handling complex matters before the federal and state trial courts throughout Massachusetts. Carol serves as co-chair of the firm’s white collar and regulatory practice group and has served on the firm’s management committee.
Carol is a past President of the Boston Bar Association and its governing council for the 2016-2017 program year. She has also served as the BBA’s President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, a member of the Council and Executive Committee, the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Group Mentoring Program, and the Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal law Section. Carol is a past Chair of the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the former Vice-Chair for the White Collar Defense and Investigations Committee for the International Association of Defense Counsel.
In addition, Carol was recently appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), and serves as a Commissioner on the Legislative Commission to Study of Civil Asset Forfeiture laws. Ms. Starkey also is on the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Starkey has been selected for inclusion in the 2016–2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in New England for white-collar defense, as one of the top fifty women lawyers in Massachusetts, and as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and the Publishers of the Boston Magazine since its inception from 2004 – present. Ms. Starkey has also received an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating, in the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Suffolk University Law School.
Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, Carol was Chief of the Economic Crimes Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where she concentrated her work in the areas of white collar crime and public corruption, often involving complex financial crimes. She frequently coordinated her efforts with related state and federal agencies, such as the Board of Bar Overseers, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Securities Exchange Commission, and the State Department of Revenue.