OUR PRACTICE

We are experienced in handling a broad range of issues that arise in the employment setting and in resolving employment-related disputes either through alternative dispute resolution, negotiation or litigation as a last resort. We represent employees, non-profits, labor unions, and employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. We have over 45 years of combined experience in this area. We are a team of professionals dedicated to providing our clients with superior representation, practical advice, and effective advocacy. We assist our clients to craft creative solutions to resolve employment problems or prevent them altogether.

LITIGATION

We are seasoned litigators with broad experience in state and federal courts, in administrative proceedings, and in alternative dispute resolution processes. We have substantial experience in the following areas:
• Employment discrimination cases
• Labor arbitration
• Americans with Disabilities Act
• Unfair labor practices
• Wrongful termination
• Workers’ compensation
• Public employee retirement cases
• Unemployment hearings
• Abuse cases

APPELLATE PRACTICE

We have advocated for clients in numerous employment-related cases at the appellate level, including work on the following sample of reported cases:
• Ballotte v. City of Worcester, 51 Mass. App. Ct. 728 (2001)
• Blanchette v. Westwood Sch. Comm., 427 Mass. 176 (1998)
• New Bedford Sch. Comm. v. Labor Relations Comm., 15 Mass. App. Ct. 172 (1983)
• Puglisi v Whitman Sch. Comm., 11 Mass. App. Ct. 142 (1981)
• Springgate v. Mattapoisett Sch. Comm., 11 Mass. App. Ct. 304 (1981)

NEGOTIATION, CONSULTATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

• Negotiate and draft employment contracts and severance agreements
• Negotiate reasonable accommodations for clients under anti-discrimination laws
• Negotiate collective bargaining agreements
• Consultation and advice to employees, non-profits, unions and employers in all employment-related matters
• Pursue litigation alternatives to resolve employment disputes
• Representation in grievance arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements and in employment arbitrations under the terms of an employment contract
• Representation in mediation