Meet Our Keystone Partners Legal Team


Our priority is to deliver the highest quality service and the best results for each legal professional and each organization. Whether you are transitioning attorneys, partners or support staff, Keystone Partners has the seasoned consultants and the experience to manage the process from start to finish. We provide consultation on planning, provide on-site support and ensure that your affected employees are actively engaged in the transition process to succeed in finding their next great opportunity quickly.

Elaine Varelas, Managing Partner

tElaineVarelas.JPGElaine Varelas, Keystone Partners' Managing Partner, has over 20 years experience in career consulting and coaching development, and has worked with numerous executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness. She has expertise in successfully resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine's experience spans a broad range of industries and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations. Elaine also serves as Treasurer of Career Partners International, LLC, a network of independently owned career management firms which Keystone co-founded in 1987.

Prior to joining Keystone, Elaine served as Director of Career Services at Stonehill College where she was a member of the faculty. She was formerly Assistant Director of Career Planning and Placement at the Boston University School of Management.

Elaine frequently addresses professional associations and has spoken to the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Society of Women Engineers, Hospital Financial Management Association and Simmons Graduate School of Management. Elaine has achieved widespread recognition for her expertise and insight on career matters. She is a regular contributor to the career section of where her monthly column, The Hire Authority, advises Human Resources professionals and hiring agents on how to maximize their human capital and optimize their workforces. Elaine is also a regular contributor to the Boston Globe's Job Doc.

A graduate of the Management Development Program at Boston University, Elaine holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is an active member of many professional associations, including The Boston Club.

Mark Newall, Partner, Boston

mnewall6.jpgMark Newall, Partner, partners with business executives, attorneys and various corporate and non-profit professionals providing guidance as they examine their areas of expertise, explore their passions and determine their professional direction to successfully manage their careers or retirement.

Mark has more than 25 years of career management, human resources management and professional development experience in professional services firms, high tech environments and higher education. Prior to joining Keystone, Mark was the Director of Human Resources at an international law firm based in Boston where he was responsible for attorney development, performance management, employee relations, and diversity, as well as training and development. While there, his forte was coaching and measuring the success of associates and partners.

Previously, Mark designed and delivered employee and customer training programs at the world headquarters of an international high tech company. Mark began his career as a high school business and special education teacher.

Professional organizations and law schools frequently invite Mark to present on various career development topics, and he writes extensively on topics ranging from leveraging LinkedIn in networking to alternative career paths for lawyers.

Mark volunteers with the Boston Career Collaborative and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

Stephanie Daniel, Senior Vice President, Burlington

sdaniels_cropped.JPGStephanie Daniel is a seasoned career management, human resources and staffing professional who joined Keystone Associates in 2002. Prior to that, Stephanie was the director of client services for a Massachusetts-based human resources consulting firm where she was responsible for business development and operations. Previously she worked as the director of human resources, and as director of career and alumni services for both public and private educational institutions.

In her role at Keystone Associates, Stephanie advises professionals in career transition and manages the design and delivery of candidate career development programs, including the Master the Arts career series and live and on-demand webinars in topics ranging from managing change to negotiating job offers. Additionally, Stephanie has blogged for BostonWorks on and frequently speaks to human resources professionals and candidates on how to use Social Networking tools to improve career development activities.

David Denaro, Vice President, Burlington

tDaveDenaro.jpgDavid Denaro, Vice President and Burlington site leader for Keystone Associates, advises executives, managers and individual contributors who are in career transition.

David has over 25 years of experience in career advising, staffing, and leadership development. He has successfully advised career changers, career continuers, and clients who decided to start their own consulting practices. He is certified to use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and several Lominger leadership development tools when his clients are in the assessment phase of career transition work and draws on his corporate and agency recruiting background when they are in the interview preparation phase.

David joined Keystone Associates in 2008. Prior to Keystone, he coached and advised leaders, individuals, and teams as an HR Business Partner in financial services and technology firms from partnerships to very large global enterprises. He also worked for several years as an agency recruiter.

David holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He has been a regular volunteer coach in the Babson College Coaching for Leadership program.

Howard Seidel, J.D., Senior Partner, Boston

t_seidel.jpgHoward Seidel, Ed.D., J.D., Partner, has over 15 years of experience as a career and executive coach, guiding attorneys and legal professionals in all aspects of career development and change. As a J.D., Howard understands the needs of his clients in the legal space.  He brings an in-depth knowledge into the strategic and tactical elements of the transition process for attorneys and legal professionals.

Howard was Vice President of Keystone Associates. Prior to that, Howard served in several consulting roles at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he helped build the company's first external practice in Change Management, and provided executive coaching. Additionally, Howard worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he managed the development and delivery of a worldwide training architecture for a new business initiative.

Howard is frequently asked to comment on business and leadership development stories by media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Howard holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University where he also received his Bachelor of Arts.

Colleen Torell, J.D., Vice President, Boston


Colleen is a one-on-one career management consultant. She advises managers, executives and professional individual contributors through their career transitions. As a core member of the Keystone Associates Legal team she also offers in-depth and specialized career management solutions for attorneys and legal professionals at all levels 

Colleen joined Keystone from the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart where she was Director of Legal Recruiting and Senior Manager of Professional Development. Prior to that Colleen worked at the Boston University School of Law Career Development Office where she delivered career counseling services to law students and alumni. Earlier in her career, Colleen practiced law at the firm of Massery & Gillis.

Colleen earned an English degree from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.