D. Ari Buchler is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Phase Forward, a Waltham, MA-based company specializing in the electronic capture of clinical trial data for health care companies. Buchler manages Phase Forward's legal and corporate affairs globally and advises the company's board of directors. Before joining Phase Forward in 1999, Buchler served as corporate counsel for Cahners Business Information (now Reed Business Information), and prior to that he was a corporate associate focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps LLP. He shepherded Phase Forward through its 2004 IPO and its secondary public offering in 2007, and masterminded the company's acquisition of Wellesley, MA-based Lincoln Technologies for $11 million in 2007, Vermont-based Green Mountain Logic for $5.25 milllion in 2007, and Pennsylvania-based Clarix for $40 million in 2008. He is active in the New England-Israel Business Council is a fundraiser for the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Buchler holds a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree with honors from Columbia University School of Law.