Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in the Boston market as a commanding boutique offering celebrated management-side services. Noted proficiency in traditional labor work, in addition to a full range of employment law experience facilitated by a deep bench and rich history.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They offer big-firm experience at small-firm rates."

"They're very active and extremely well respected in the community." 

Notable practitioners  

The well-known William Joy has a well-established labor relations practice, advising management on the full spectrum of related concerns.

Robert Joy is viewed by peers as a "terrific" attorney, and continues to impress with his deep experience in a broad range of labor and employment issues.

Laurence Donoghue is well regarded in the labor and employment field, offering advice to public and private sector clients, including guidance on harassment investigations.

Jaclyn Kugell acts for clients at the state and federal level on a variety of cases, concerning matters ranging from discrimination to FMLA. Commentators observe: "She's the kind of person you want on the other side - she knows what she's doing, and gets results."

Philip Boyle's practice focuses on collective bargaining and labor arbitration, where he has a wide range of experience. Boyle is an established and well-regarded presence at the Boston Bar.

Nathan Kaitz handles an array of labor and employment issues for private and public sector clients. "He has a good head on his shoulders," say sources.

Since publication, Philip G Boyle has retired from this practice.

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What the team is known for Acclaimed full-service labor and employment group with a strong track record of representing large institutional clients. A prestigious choice for collective bargaining, the group's deep bench also enjoys a distinguished reputation for class action defense, including in relation to sophisticated and complex ERISA and wage and hour claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I value most is that their lawyers are very knowledgeable. They're smart but also have real-world experience to bring to the table."

"They work very well as a team. They keep each other informed - they're in sync with each other."

What's new? Jeffrey Webb joined the firm in 2013, from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where he held the position of chief of the Fair Labor Division.

Work highlights Represented Fenway Partners in a nationwide wage and hour class action regarding alleged unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work. 

Notable practitioners  

Diane Patrick has an illustrious practice, representing hospitals and colleges at the bargaining table with unions, as well as guiding clients through affirmative action audits. Clients place particular value on her ability to "put forward an argument that's compelling, always with respect for the other side" and note she is "very diplomatic and always has a great response to any issue."

Head of department Peter Ebb "does an excellent job of balancing legal requirements with practical situations," say clients. He continues to be held in high esteem for his wide-ranging labor and employment expertise, which includes an emphasis on collective bargaining.

David Mandel is exalted as "an exceptionally talented and knowledgeable negotiator" who is "strategically one of the best." Mandel's expertise ranges from collective bargaining to business immigration and defense of wage and hour claims, and he is also seen as a go-to choice for arbitration.

Jenny Cooper specializes in internal investigations, in addition to offering a wide range of labor and employment law expertise. Clients say she is "very practical and very good on highly sensitive matters" and laud her as "worth her weight in gold." Cooper recently joined the team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Significant clients Partners Healthcare Systems, Jordan Hospital, TPG Capital, Planet Fitness Holdings, Westfield Capital Management.

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What the team is known for Preeminent and long-standing labor and employment group lauded for its nationwide presence and extensive depth. Proficiently handles large and complex cases, including FLSA collective actions and tips litigation. Notable experience in hospitality and healthcare industry matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They can combine legal savvy with business savvy in one package. I feel like they're in my shoes - they're my partner, and give me all the practical steps I need." 

"They have a lot of different experts internally. They find the right person to get me the answers and their depth of knowledge is always so impressive. They're realistic with their feedback, too. They don't overcomplicate."

Work highlights Represented George Washington University in a wage and hour class action, securing the first resolution as to whether overtime claims under the DC Payment of Wages Law are valid under DC Minimum Wage Law.

Acted for InterContinental Hotels Group on a class action relating to alleged violations of the Massachusetts Tip Statute and the Payment of Wages Act.

Notable practitioners  

Acclaimed head of department Richard Alfred "knows wage and hour inside out" and maintains a reputation as one of the foremost attorneys in this space. He regularly handles cutting-edge issues, and is described by clients as "a really creative thinker" who is "very collaborative." 

"Dynamo" Lisa Damon continues to impress with her sizable practice, offering expertise in employment discrimination. Clients laud Damon as "responsive, a subject matter expert, practical, and results-oriented."

"One of the deans of the profession," Arthur Telegen is recognized for his outstanding labor law practice, with clients commenting: "You don't get a sharper mind when it comes to traditional labor work." Recent highlights include representing Verizon in a successful 13-day hearing concerning its right to lay off hundreds of employees.

"Straight shooter" Ariel Cudkowicz is viewed by peers as a "nationwide leader in tip statute litigation" and is highly regarded for his broad wage and hour class action experience. Sources say: "He helps us walk that fine line to do what's in the interest of the organization in the long term."

Patrick Bannon handles sophisticated wage and hour cases and is extolled for his "nice and effective, low-key manner." Clients note: "He's very responsive - any time I need something I get it, and he's very respectful of my time."

The "singularly understated" Barry Miller is carving out an enviable reputation as "a very user-friendly lawyer." In addition to handling large wage and hour class actions, Miller represents management in a range of employment concerns, with clients remarking: "Barry is extremely precise with his feedback and solutions and he thinks like a businessperson."

Significant clients Bank of America, BNP Paribas, United Airlines, Staples, Steward Health Care System.  

Band 2 | Foley Hoag LLP

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What the team is known for Longstanding and important players in the Boston market, offering a full range of acclaimed labor and employment services, including specialized expertise in data security law. Caters to a diverse client base, including the technology and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great and have always had a strong practice."  

Work highlights Represented healthcare IT company CareCloud in a noncompete matter, securing denial of an injunction brought by a competitor relating to CareCloud's hiring of a former employee.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice James Bucking demonstrates extensive experience acting for major corporations in sophisticated union negotiations and litigation. He is held in exceptional regard by contemporaries, who view him as a "top, top practitioner." Clients highlight him as "an excellent strategist who is very patient, and seems to really understand people and dynamics."

Michele Whitham is noted as a "very competent" and "very tough" employment attorney. Specializing in workplace data securities issues, she advises clients on issues such as employee theft of intellectual property.

Michael Rosen continues to impress market sources, who say: "His knowledge and client services are amazing." He focuses on noncompete and nondisclosure matters, with a focus on the representation of technology companies.  

Significant clients CVS Caremark, Dominion Energy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Starbucks, Gap.

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What the team is known for An accomplished full-service group, offering broad expertise in labor and employment including substantial experience guiding companies through DOL investigations. Acts for high-end clients across a diverse range of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have a high degree of confidence in their abilities - they really know the ins and outs of the law."

"I always have experts, they're not learning on the job with me. They've seen just about everything." 

Work highlights Represented Boston Scientific in a case alleging sexual harassment and disability discrimination.

Acted for Hewlett-Packard on noncompete litigation relating to a departing senior executive of EMC.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Hale is the chair of the group and maintains a stellar reputation in the space, representing employers in all facets of the practice. Clients appreciate his depth of experience, remarking: "There's nothing that comes up that he hasn't already dealt with in his career."

The "outstanding" James Nagle is held in high esteem, with peers marking him out as "a very skilled litigator." He has a strong track record of handling a broad range of executive disputes and discrimination claims.

Wilfred Benoit advises on matters including reductions in force and discrimination claims. His long experience in the field also includes a strong focus on noncompetition litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

"Terrific lawyer" Bradford Smith impresses with his representation of management and institutional clients in employment discrimination cases. Clients say he is "an experienced, knowledgeable and patient attorney" and value his "ability to strategize and prepare us for litigation." 

Jennifer Fay demonstrates significant expertise handling transaction-related employment issues for clients from the technology, life sciences and private equity sectors. Clients praise Fay as "very good in a crisis" and note that "she understands how businesses work, really knows the law, and understands people issues."

Significant clients Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Boston Private Financial Holdings, Medicis Pharmaceutical, Henley Enterprises, UniFirst.

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What the team is known for Expansive and robust national labor and employment boutique offering a diversity of talent across the full gamut of workplace concerns. Acts for regional and global clients from sectors including healthcare, hospitality, retail and biotech.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're top-notch. You can't go wrong with them."

"They've been excellent! They're prompt and they have a breadth of experience across the entire United States."

Work highlights Acted for Bain Capital on the successful defense of a multimillion-dollar class action brought by French workers, relating to Bain's alleged role in the closing of a French-based Samsonite luggage factory.

Advised Massachusetts Delivery Association on a challenge of the Massachusetts independent contractor statute as it relates to deregulation of the trucking and motor carrier industries.

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded and "very efficient" Anthony Rizzotti is noted for his traditional labor expertise, representing a number of healthcare institutions in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations and strikes. Clients comment: "He's very responsive, very respectful of our time and listens well."

David Casey is acclaimed for his trial expertise, handling individual claims and collective actions in all facets of employment law. Clients praise Casey as "very pragmatic" and note that "he's very responsive, very knowledgeable and has a wide breadth of experience."

The "excellent" Adam Forman's wide-ranging employment experience is complemented by his impressive international expertise. Clients comment that Forman "very quickly grasps the issues," and value his ability to strategize.

Gregory Keating continues to carve out a terrific national practice specializing in whistle-blower and retaliation matters. He is highly thought of by his peers, and clients regard him as "very helpful and thorough."

Significant clients Northeastern University, Nuance Communications, Intuitive Surgical, Cabot Corporation, Boch Motors.

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What the team is known for Compact boutique which punches above its weight for management-side employment and labor law. Advises clients from small, local startups to large, national companies on litigation, employment counseling and labor relations.

Notable practitioners  

John Welsh offers employers a wide breadth of labor and employment expertise. Marketplace commentators observe that he is "really thoughtful with a lot of experience."

Kenneth Bello maintains a varied practice covering all aspects of the employment relationship. Contemporaries regard Bello as "knowledgeable, very experienced and capable."

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What the team is known for Well-known nationwide boutique considered one of the stalwarts of the labor and employment world. Notable experience of employment litigation, advising clients from the manufacturing, automotive, retail and pharmaceutical sectors, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are flexible and good at accommodating what we need, and good at keeping things on track."

Work highlights Acted for Massachusetts-based courier company Lasership on a dispute concerning independent contractor classification.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the Boston office Andrew Pickett has a wealth of experience litigating at both the state and federal level. His practice encompasses class action discrimination litigation, FMLA, noncompete and ERISA cases. 

Jeff Brody maintains a broad employment practice, advising clients on issues ranging from wrongful discharge to discrimination. Clients praise Brody as "phenomenal" and "very attuned to our business."

Significant clients Charles River Laboratories, Aspen Technology, Clean Harbors, Hyatt Hotels, Liberty Mutual.

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What the team is known for A prestigious reputation for employment litigation, with a strong focus on the healthcare and life sciences industries. Areas of expertise include wage and hour actions, noncompete and trade secrets litigation, and discrimination claims. Also advises on employment counseling and worker classification issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been exceptional. They're incredibly responsive and I feel like I get really good advice and guidance."

"They don't tell us what we can't do - they ask us what we want to do and help us achieve that - that's a much harder legal task!"

Work highlights Advised Lotus Tissue Repair on labor and employment matters related to its sale to Shire.

Notable practitioners  

Bret Cohen has experience litigating a broad range of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on trade secrets and noncompete cases. Clients value Cohen's interpersonal skills and note that "he has expertise in any issue I bring to him."

Donald Schroeder handles matters ranging from single plaintiff discrimination cases to bet-the-company labor and union disputes. Clients praise Schroeder for his courtroom skills and highlight that he has "a lot of energy and good ideas."

Significant clients Adecco USA, Qiagen, Yum! Brands, IKON Office Solutions, Veritude.

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What the team is known for A nationwide firm offering a full-service labor and employment practice in Boston, with an emphasis on wage and hour and reorganization work. Well-regarded litigation expertise as well as a track record of handling whistle-blower disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent. I think they're competent, practical and very sensitive to our needs."

"They are very responsive and their analysis is superb. They condense their advice in simple terms even though the issues aren't simple."

What's new? Jeff Gilbreth was promoted to the partnership in 2013.

Notable practitioners  

David Rosenthal litigates a diverse range of employment disputes including noncompete matters, discrimination concerns and whistle-blower claims. Sources say he is "the full package: sensible, pragmatic, effective in court, with good judgment and good people skills."

Gary Oberstein operates a broad employment practice with a focus on wage and hour issues. Clients note that "he has command of the subject matter of employment law, lots of experience and keeps abreast of the issues. He has an excellent level of expertise."

The up-and-coming Jeff Gilbreth is lauded as "a great listener, who is very, very efficient and sensitive to cost." His growing and wide-ranging practice includes an emphasis on wage and hour claims and guiding clients through reductions in force.

Significant clients State Street Bank & Trust, Chubb Group, Dynamics Research, The Boston Foundation.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded nationwide firm with recognized international experience and a growing reputation in Massachusetts. Represents a wide array of employers, ranging from multinational corporations to sports organizations and government contractors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been spectacular. Very high levels of service, quick responses, and very business-oriented, practical advice."

"Great firm, great footprint. They're labor and employment specialists and you get great value and talent at a reasonable rate."

Work highlights Represented a subsidiary of Dean Foods, Garelick Farms, in a dispute brought by two former truck drivers seeking class certification in a matter involving alleged missed meal and rest periods.

Successfully defended Novell before the Versailles Court of Appeal in a case brought by a former employee alleging wrongful termination for gross misconduct.

Notable practitioners  

New to the rankings, Neil McKittrick has a broad practice which includes significant expertise in restrictive covenant and unfair competition matters. Clients have "complete confidence in his advice" and commend him as "extremely proactive and responsive - he knows Massachusetts labor law like the back of his hand."

The "spectacular" Danielle Vanderzanden advises on the full spectrum of employment issues. Sources highlight her as an "extraordinary oral advocate: a very good negotiator in a mediation context and a very strong advocate in litigation." Clients point to the "trust and comfort" they have in her abilities.

Significant clients United Natural Foods, Delaware North Companies, MIT, Harlan Laboratories, PerkinElmer.

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What the team is known for A large national labor and employment practice which continues to solidify its reputation in Boston, where clients value the firm's international footprint. Significant wage and hour practice complemented by strong class action capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've made a point of getting to know our business, my needs and the needs of the staff here - they really make it seem as if we are one team."

"They always give very thorough and in-depth counsel, and are certainly always available at any time we may call on them."

Work highlights Acted for RBS on six putative wage and hour class actions, demonstrating notable trial experience defending against such claims, which included challenges to the classification of requirements.

Advised The New York Times on labor relations issues relating to the sale of the New England Media Group to Red Sox owner John Henry.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Mark Batten continues to demonstrate great proficiency defending wage and hour class actions. Marketplace commentators view Batten as "a fabulous lawyer, handling interesting and complex cases." Recent work has included a focus on cases addressing the legality of unpaid internships, acting for Gawker Media and Sony Music Entertainment.

Scott Faust is held in high esteem for his labor management relations practice, representing clients from the heavy industry and healthcare industries. He recently negotiated new collective bargaining agreements for Steward Health Care System and counts Boston's Museum of Fine Arts among his clients.

Significant clients Sears Holdings, DTE Energy Services, GateHouse Media, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 

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What the team is known for Distinguished by its representation of both employees and employers in a broad array of labor and employment cases. Demonstrates skill before the state and federal level courts, as well as administrative agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've built a reputation in the Boston market for being prepared to litigate cases thoroughly and to advocate the client's interests exhaustively, but also a willingness to seek pragmatic resolution."

Work highlights Acted for a former senior vice president of HEI Hospitality on a case concerning age discrimination and retaliation, securing in excess of $3.8 million for the appellant.

Represented a distributor of industrial products, F.W. Webb, relating to claims including alleged violations of the ADA.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent and extremely responsive" Gary Feldman has an impressive track record in litigation, with a focus on discrimination claims. Sources say: "He has a very wise and long-term view of clients' best interests."

"Dynamite attorney" Tamsin Kaplan advises businesses and high-level executives on all facets of the employment relationship. She is specifically praised for her mediation skills, with sources remarking she is "well versed, knowledgeable and articulate in hearings."

Significant clients Wendy's International, Bernardi Auto Group, Clean Harbors, Pure Hockey, Boston Heart Diagnostics.

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What the team is known for Continues to establish itself as an estimable contender in the Massachusetts market, benefiting from a robust national footprint. Emphasizes labor relations, representing a number of significant institutions in addition to offering a full complement of employment litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They collaborate with us in terms of how we want the case to proceed and the tactical decisions we need to make."

Work highlights Acted for the City of Boston on a major interest arbitration with its police union, in addition to collective bargaining negotiations with other public safety unions in the city.

Notable practitioners  

Boston managing partner Joseph Ambash displays "deep institutional knowledge of lots of areas of practice for labor law." Clients praise him for "an understanding of nuance and detail that is unmatched."

Significant clients University of Massachusetts.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded Boston-based boutique with a track record of efficiently meeting the labor and employment law needs of a diverse local client base. The firm's broad expertise covers complex litigation, traditional labor law, employment contracts and data security, among other areas of specialty.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Hirsch Roberts Weinstein is an excellent firm - very high-quality labor and employment lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

"Standout" management-side lawyer Jeffrey Hirsch is an accomplished employment and labor expert who "knows the law well, is a great adviser to his clients and has business smarts."

Catherine Reuben is commended for her "spectacular" litigation skills and depth of knowledge. Her expertise includes discrimination, harassment and reasonable inclusion.

Jerome Weinstein is an illustrious figure in the state, with celebrated experience representing a range of clients in the full scope of labor and employment matters.

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What the team is known for Full-service labor and employment practice advising management-side clients. Noted market experience pertaining to the higher education, healthcare and technology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Holland & Knight has done a very good job of protecting our interests and making strategic decisions in terms of litigation."

"They're wonderful, proactive and good at giving us the correct advice."

Notable practitioners  

Miriam McKendall is recognized for her focus on education law and related employment litigation. Her expertise extends to litigating at state and federal levels and handling workplace investigations.

Band 4 | Locke Lord LLP

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What the team is known for Maintains a well-regarded market presence, providing quality management representation across all aspects of labor and employment law. Supported by a network of offices throughout the USA, the team is well equipped to handle cases at the state and federal level as well as before administrative agencies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've been exemplary. The advice provided was very sage and very sound. They were very thorough and responsive to questions and concerns."

Work highlights Successfully defended Verizon New England in a federal jury trial regarding alleged retaliation claims. The action was brought by a former manager, who was seeking damages in excess of $2 million.

Acted for Steward Healthcare on series of employment litigation matters throughout the Northeast, as well as handling multiple issues before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and EEOC.

Notable practitioners  

"Superb" trial attorney Richard Glovsky is admired for his proficiency in a diverse range of employment issues, from defamation to wrongful termination claims. A large part of his practice involves advising healthcare and financial institution clients, who highlight his "wonderful demeanor" and "considerable gravitas."

Significant clients Bank of America, Boston Private Bank, CVS Caremark, Dean College, Enanta Pharmaceuticals. 

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Please note that the following editorial was originally written when the team was at Bingham McCutchen LLP

What the team is known for Advises regional and multinational clients from the financial services, energy and hi-tech industries on all aspects of employment law. Commended for its competence handling workplace investigations and for its comprehensive litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The relationship has been excellent. I've been very impressed with their responsiveness, the results, and their accessibility - I feel like they really care about us and have a vested interest in the outcome."

"They're outstanding. We think very, very highly of them and are pleased with their guidance and support."

Work highlights Acted for national cleaning franchise CleanNet USA on a class action relating to a number of claims, including an alleged violation of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute and Wage Act.

Performed employment due diligence on the $1.3 billion acquisition by Tempur-Pedic of Sealy.

Notable practitioners  

The "very wise" Louis Rodriques handles all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on financial services sector work. Clients are effusive in their praise: "He's good at listening to input. He's able to help navigate through various competing points and come up with a solution."

Significant clients Putnam Investments, Selective Insurance, Olympus Biotech, Eaton Vance Management, Energy Investment Funds.

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What the team is known for Accomplished local boutique offering expertise across a wide spread of labor and employment issues. Noted strength representing New England-based clients from a variety of industries in litigation and labor relations matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has proven to be extremely competent, professional and expert."

"We are almost always able to achieve or exceed the results we set out to attain."

Work highlights Acted for Atlas Distributing on the successful renegotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with a truck drivers' union, protecting the company from labor disruptions.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely knowledgeable" Ralph Abbott displays a wealth of experience in labor and employment matters, with clients asserting: "His advice is sound, practical and extremely effective." Recent work includes representing Collaborative For Education Services in a major labor arbitration.

Susan Fentin handles a range of employment law matters for management clients, with a focus on discrimination issues. Clients say she is "very responsive, giving solid, practical solutions beyond your everyday technical legal answers."

Significant clients Baystate Health System, Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan, Western Connecticut Healthcare, Kanzaki Specialty Papers.

Band 4 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Offers a full suite of employment guidance and labor law advice to national clients. Benefits from a formidable international footprint of multifarious expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The service provided by WilmerHale in Massachusetts is excellent."

Notable practitioners  

Peers are "invariably impressed" by Jonathan Rosenfeld, whose practice includes the defense of discrimination claims, noncompete disputes and bet-the-company litigation.

Significant clients The Boston Celtics, Harmonix Music Systems, Bose, Oxford Instruments, Hasbro.

Labor & Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation - Massachusetts


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What the team is known for Demonstrates market-leading expertise in plaintiff-side employment litigation, with particular strength in wage and hour class actions and a noted focus on tips cases. Offers a full complement of labor law services to public and private sector unions.

"A very strong reputation for wage and hour class action cases."

Notable practitioners  

Harold Lichten is held in high esteem for his depth of experience in union representation, in addition to a wide-ranging practice representing employees, with an emphasis on wage and hour claims. Peers regard Lichten as a "standout" attorney.

"The queen of Boston wage and hour," Shannon Liss-Riordan is a "tough litigator who is well known on the national circuit." She remains a preeminent presence at the plaintiffs Bar, and is widely recognized as a leading expert on tips cases. 

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What the team is known for Premier boutique offering the full spectrum of labor and employment services, renowned for its expertise in discrimination work. Stands out for its experience at both the state and federal level.

"A very good firm: very solid and impressive."

"Deans of the labor law practice." 

Notable practitioners  

The "tenacious" Ellen Messing is seen as a "strong advocate for her client" who "kicks the tires to make sure she gets the best deal she can." Messing represents employees in matters including sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

Dahlia Rudavsky is highly regarded for her expertise pertaining to discrimination matters, acting for individual employees and unions. Peers praise Rudavsky for her "calm demeanor" and effective litigation style.

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What the team is known for Prominent Boston-based boutique representing employees, with a track record of acting for senior level executives on high-profile disputes. Recognized leaders in plaintiff work across all facets of employment law and litigation.

"They're highly regarded in the area, and I felt like their reputation really was accurate in terms of their ability to work for their clients in a way that delivers what the client really needs."

"They are tough, thorough, very very bright and extremely competent in the field."

Notable practitioners  

"Top-flight" executive advocate James Hartley acts for single plaintiffs and small businesses on a range of complex employment issues. Clients praise him as "very personable, very approachable, practical, and speaks in a language I can understand." One interviewee enthused: "I felt like he had my best interests in mind."

Katherine Michon is revered for her distinguished expertise handling executive transition matters, ranging from noncompete agreements to compensation issues. Clients note she "is very thoughtful, experienced and brings her wisdom into every conversation," and say: "She knows how to engage with people at multiple levels - she is very empathetic and makes her clients feel very comfortable."

The "quite extraordinary" Nancy Shilepsky is a dominant figure in plaintiff representation, advising senior executives on sophisticated employment concerns. One client commented: "She is tenacious and diligent, she stayed engaged and worked with me every step of the way."

Barbara Robb continues to impress as "thoughtful, thorough, and aggressive in advocacy." She acts for clients from a range of industries, with particular proficiency representing teams of professionals in transition. Robb is extolled as "very professional and knowledgeable in her craft."

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What the team is known for Recognized experts in the field of workplace discrimination, this small boutique is equipped to handle cases at both the state and federal level. Offers acclaimed representation to plaintiffs in employment disputes including in relation to sexual harassment, and race, age, sex and religious discrimination.

"They've been at it a long time and are very dedicated to their clients."

"They're a very nice group that works effectively together."

Notable practitioners  

The experienced Kevin Powers is held in high regard by interviewees, who praise his high level of client service and say he is "a delight to deal with and always very, very prepared."

"Standout" attorney Elizabeth Rodgers handles a broad range of employment disputes, with a focus on compensation and wage and hour matters. She enjoys a sterling reputation among her contemporaries, who note her prominence in the field of plaintiff representation.

Harvey Schwartz is highlighted as a "fantastic" litigator, representing clients in discrimination disputes and with a great reputation for taking on civil rights-related work.

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What the team is known for Maintains a distinguished and well-regarded labor and employment practice, specializing in traditional labor relations and union representation. Acts for clients from sectors including construction and manufacturing, as well as public sector unions.

"Consistently impressive across the board."

Notable practitioners  

Don Siegel is an "excellent labor lawyer," described by market sources as "a beacon - a leader in the field." He is often described "smart, professional and experienced."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. "He's fantastic," sources say.

Timothy Van Dyck recently joined Bowditch & Dewey from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. The "client service-driven" Van Dyck counsels business clients on a range of employment concerns, with a focus on providing comprehensive training. His client base includes telecommunications companies, insurers and retailers, as well as a national food service company.

Well-regarded plaintiffs' lawyer Laura Studen of Burns & Levinson LLP impresses as a trial attorney, with a depth of experience including workplace harassment, wrongful discharge and discrimination matters. Commentators praise her as a "tough litigator."

Ellen Zucker of Burns & Levinson LLP is held in high esteem by peers, who note her impressive track record in the courtroom and remark she is "a fine lawyer." Zucker represents plaintiffs in a range of employment-related litigation.

The "awesome" Thomas Shirley of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP is highly esteemed with a breadth of labor and employment experience. Peers view Shirley as "exceptional" and clients value that "he doesn't just dispense legal advice: he partners with us to make sound business decisions."

The "fabulous" Jody Newman of Collora LLP is a key player at the plaintiffs Bar, acting for a broad base of clients on a variety of employment disputes. Sources comment that she is "very knowledgeable" in discrimination-related matters. 

Barry Guryan of Epstein Becker & Green PC advises large companies on a variety of labor and employment concerns, and recently acted for First Republic Bank on a complex trade secrets dispute brought by Boston Private Bank. Clients comment: "He is very cooperative, and a true partner."

Joshua Davis of Goulston & Storrs continues to impress with his broad labor and employment practice. Clients say he is "very down to earth, easy to talk to and explains things well."

"Standout" associate Justin Keith of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is turning heads with his labor and employment capabilities, and is lauded as "marvelous" by clients. Keith's experience ranges from the defense of discrimination and harassment claims to strike response and contingency planning.  

Terence McCourt of Greenberg Traurig, LLP defends employment litigation cases such as wage and hour and restrictive covenant disputes, in addition to negotiating collective bargaining agreements. One client enthused: "He is practical, has a lot of experience, and I have confidence he's going to handle the work well."

Anne Josephson of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP acts for both employees and employers on a broad spectrum of employment matters. Her contemporaries highlight her experience in the field of discrimination.

Sharen Litwin of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP maintains a wide employment and litigation practice, and is commended for her impressive negotiation of employment and severance agreements. Sources say: "She gets the client what the client wants."

Sole practitioner Lori Clark acts for clients at the state and federal level on a range of employment matters such as wage and hour and discrimination claims, with additional experience negotiating labor contracts. 

Josiah Black of LeClairRyan operates a strong litigation practice, tackling a variety of employment and labor issues in multiple jurisdictions.

The "tenacious" John McKelway of McCarter & English, LLP handles a range of employment matters to acclaim, with clients identifying him as "detail-oriented and strategic." He is recognized for his experience pertaining to the food service and hospitality industries.

Heather Egan Sussman of McDermott Will & Emery LLP handles multifaceted concerns for national clients, who say: "Her advice, knowledge and counsel have been invaluable - she understands the issues I am faced with." Recent work includes advising Steward Health Care System on physician recruitment and data privacy issues.

William Hannum of Schwartz Hannum PC is praised for his client service, and is regarded as "very thoughtful, very responsive and thorough." He has comprehensive expertise in the labor and employment field, and counts a number of educational establishments among his client base.

Sara Goldsmith Schwartz of Schwartz Hannum PC maintains a sterling practice, with particular strength in discrimination matters. Clients say she is "very well informed, and very nuanced in her judgment and analysis of situations" and marketplace commentators note that she "takes no prisoners when it comes to defending her clients."

Jean Musiker of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC acts for individuals and management on a range of employment matters, with a focus on discrimination disputes. Clients regard her as "the ace in the hole" and say: "She has a lifetime of experience."

The "terrific" and much-admired Ilene Robinson Sunshine of Sullivan & Worcester LLP advises on all aspects of the employment relationship and litigates widely, including noncompetition cases. Sources say she "really knows her stuff, and delivers in a straightforward, nonlegalistic way."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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