Oxford, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers

John Patrick Kirwan
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Oxford, MA Employment Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(781) 312-7606 351 Main Street
Oxford, MA 01540
Employment, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Divorce
Mr. James Riley Hodder
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(508) 791-5541 333 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610-1022
Employment, Business, Family and Insurance Claims
Suffolk University Law School
John D. Keeton Jr.
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Westborough, MA Employment Law Attorney with 49 years experience
14 South Street
2nd Floor
Westborough, MA 01581
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
For over 40 years, I have been a trial attorney, mediator, and conciliator in the Massachusetts and federal courts. I am admitted to practice in the trial and appellate Massachusetts and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. I am the principal and founder of Mass Mediators, which was established by a team of trained and experienced attorney mediators and retired Massachusetts Trial Court Judges.
Benjamin Knox Steffans
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(508) 556-9959 474 Grove St, Suite 730
Worcester, MA 01605
Free ConsultationEmployment
Boston College Law School
Ben Steffans’s practice focuses on a diverse array of litigation, with a specialization in representing both employers and employees in employment-related claims and issues.

Ben has successfully litigated claims of harassment and discrimination based on sex, race, disability, pregnancy, age, and sexual orientation. Ben has successfully resolved claims involving employers who retaliate against employees for complaining about unlawful activity. A large portion of Ben’s practice consists of representing clients regarding complicated wage-and-hour issues arising under both state and federal law. Ben also has significant experience in the non-compete, non-disclosure, non-solicit, and trade secret context.

Ben spends a considerable amount of his practice...
William S Smith
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Holden, MA Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(774) 317-9287 997 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
Free ConsultationEmployment, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Attorney William S. Smith is the co-author of “Warrantless Searches of Persons or Places” in the award-winning reference manual used by attorneys, “Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts.” He has been an invited lecturer and instructor at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences for attorneys. The founder of the first and only website for appellate criminal defense attorneys in the state, he was also a guest on a major television talk show in Boston. As a bar association leader, Attorney Smith has testified before the Massachusetts Judiciary Committee in the Statehouse multiple times with respect to criminal justice legislation. He...
Michael J. Akerson
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(508) 754-7285 4 Lancaster Terrace
Worcester, MA 01609
Free ConsultationEmployment, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Western New England University School of Law
Michael Akerson joined the firm over 17 years ago. Since that time he has fostered a diverse and successful litigation practice, focusing upon complex litigation and representing both individuals and corporations in all stages of litigation and in pre-litigation strategy. He is recognized as one of the area's most experienced civil, administrative and criminal litigators in the field of public official misconduct cases. Another large component of his practice is representing individuals involved in serious personal injury matters involving automobiles, as well as those injured due to workplace misconduct, including harassment and discrimination. He also counsels numerous corporations on a...
Brian Murphy
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(508) 762-1397 1 Mercantile Street
Suite 740
Worcester, MA 01608
Free ConsultationEmployment, Criminal, Divorce and White Collar Crime
Columbia Law School
Brian E. Murphy focuses his practice on criminal defense in the district, superior, and federal courts. Mr. Murphy has spent his entire career focused on defending those accused of crime and advocating for them both in Court and in the various administrative proceedings that often accompany prosecutions.

Mr. Murphy graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar and the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,...
Austin Joyce
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(508) 754-7285 4 Lancaster Terrace
Worcester, MA 01609
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Criminal
Suffolk University Law School
Austin Joyce has trial experience with Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C. in federal and state trial courts involving civil and criminal matters with appellate experience in federal and state courts. Austin is a general practice attorney with emphasis on police misconduct and discrimination cases. Before joining Reardon, Joyce & Akerson P.C., Austin gained experience with various aspects of probate, criminal law, estate and fiduciary taxes, foreclosures, residential real estate, civil litigation, corporate law, UCC practice, banking law, and legal research with the Law Offices of Austin M. Joyce in Auburn, MA. Visit our website: http://www.rja-law.com
John L Fink
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Westborough, MA Employment Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(508) 433-0529 18 Lyman St. Suite 208
J&N Professional Building
Westborough, MA 01581
Employment and Consumer
University of Minnesota Law School
John Fink is Westboro based Attorney focusing his practice on consumer protection legal representation and wage and hour employment law. He has worked on a wide range of employment and consumer cases. John Fink received his Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2011.
Darren Griffis
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(508) 756-6206 11 Harvard St
Worcester, MA 01609
Free ConsultationEmployment, Criminal and DUI
Boston University School of Law
Darren Griffis focuses his litigation practice on criminal defense and criminal appeals in both state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts. He also represents employees in employment law cases in those same jurisdictions. Darren is admitted in Massachusetts state courts, in the federal District of Massachusetts, and in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining GSK&G, Darren worked as an Assistant Public Defender with the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. In this position, he represented hundreds of clients facing criminal charges in state courts in Providence, Kent, and Newport Counties. His legal expertise, insight, and analytical skills resulted...
Gregory J White
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WORCESTER, MA Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(508) 797-3055 255 Park Avenue, Suite 1000
WORCESTER, MA 01505
Employment and Criminal
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney White spent 14 years working as a prosecutor in three of the busiest district attorney's offices in Massachusetts where he prosecuted over 1000 criminal cases in the District and Superior Courts including first degree murder cases. Attorney White went on to serve as both General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents and the Department of Labor. He then received a presidential appointment to work as Senior Attorney Advisor to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. In 2009 he returned to Massachusetts where he opened his own firm. The...
Margaret G. Plaza
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Westborough, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(508) 266-1457 1900 West Park Drive
Suite 280
Westborough, MA 01581
Free ConsultationEmployment, Criminal and Personal Injury
Jennifer Louise Kurzon
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Uxbridge, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(213) 713-5055 117 OLD MILLVILLE RD
Uxbridge, MA 01569
Employment, Business, Insurance Claims and Probate
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Andrew Gambaccini
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Attorney
(508) 754-7285 4 Lancaster Terrace
Worcester, MA 01609
Employment
Robert Steven Adler
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Worcester, MA Employment Law Attorney
(508) 471-3018 339 Main Street Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01608
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Estate Planning
Northborough, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(508) 393-9244 300 W Main St Bldg A
Unit 1
Northborough, MA 01532
Employment
Baylor Law School
Worcester, MA Employment Law Lawyer
(508) 793-2000 300 Main Street, 1st Floor
Worcester, MA 01608
Employment, Business, Criminal and Health Care
Harvard Law School
Kas DeCarvalho
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(866) 353-3310 75 Arlington Street, Ste. 500
Boston, MA 02116
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Entertainment & Sports and IP
University of North Carolina School of Law and Harvard Law School
Kas R. DeCarvalho is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and a member of the firm's Corporate & Business Team. He has more than 15 years of experience as a corporate attorney and business leader. His practice focuses on corporate and transactional law, financing and mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, intellectual property, international transactions, business ethics and compliance, arts and entertainment law and education law. His clients include individuals, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Attorney DeCarvalho is a co-founder of Original Innovative Concepts LLC, a product development and licensing venture, and Rhode Island Martial Arts, Inc.Mr....
Michael O. Smith
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(617) 263-0060 15 Broad St
#800
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationBoston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
Employment, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney Smith is a strong advocate for the rights of injured and disabled. He possesses over 20 years of legal experience. After graduating with honors from Boston University School of Business Management, he started his career as a workers compensation claims adjuster.

Attorney Smith soon realized he could accomplish more in his career if he earned a Law Degree. He decided to attend Suffolk University Law School on Beacon Hill, Boston, MA. Soon after graduation, he worked briefly at a prestigious Insurance Defense Firm in Boston, Massachusetts. He quickly realized he did not want to represent big insurance companies and...
David Conforto
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(617) 721-9139 20 Park Plaza
#1115
Boston, MA 02116
Employment and Civil Rights
Boston College Law School
Based in Boston, David is the Founder of Conforto Law Group. He dedicates his practice to employment law and exclusively represents employees. David has successfully represented hundreds of employees in numerous industries in cases involving sexual harassment; severance negotiations; whistleblower retaliation; and employment discrimination based on age, gender, pregnancy, race, disability, and religion. For more information, please visit: www.confortolaw.com. Your Success is Our Goal. Let us help.
Robert T. Naumes Jr.
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(888) 367-2900 1 International Pl
18th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationBoston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 13 years experience
Employment, Asbestos, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
Suffolk University Law School
Mr. Naumes has been an attorney since 2005. He is presently representing victims of asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, defective hips, and Essure.

Mr. Naumes has been listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star between the years of 2013-2018. He has been selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers between the years of 2015-2017.

Lissa McKinney
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Acton, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(781) 329-3373 100 Powder Mill Road
#244
Acton, MA 01720
Employment, Consumer, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Suffolk University Law School
Lissa McKinney graduated Suffolk University (1981) and Suffolk University Law School (1984) and started as a trial lawyer with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Worcester and Boston. Her courtroom and trial experience spans 33 years and more than 1,000 bench or jury trials, probable cause hearings, restraining order hearings and evidentiary hearings. Lissa's practice concentrates on labor and employment law, personal injury, consumer fraud complaints, administrative hearings, and ALL matters of criminal defense.Out of the courtroom, she represent clients at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Department of Employment and Training, DSS Fair Hearings, disciplinary hearings of...
Emma Quinn-Judge
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Employment, Appeals and Criminal
Yale Law School
Emma Quinn-Judge focuses her litigation practice on appeals, criminal defense, and employment law. She has obtained excellent results for her clients including a nearly $10.9 million jury verdict for her client in a race discrimination and retaliation case against the City of Boston (now on appeal).

Emma was selected for the 2017 Top Women of the Law list by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Emma has been selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers each year since 2015 and is listed in Best Lawyers of America. She has also been awarded the highest possible rating for professional excellence in litigation –...
Ryan P. Morrison
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(855) 809-9119 One Liberty Square
Suite 1200
Boston, MA 02109
Free ConsultationEmployment, Administrative and Health Care
Boston College Law School
Since 2010, I have represented whistleblowers in federal and state False Claims Act cases:
* customs duties cases, in which obligations to pay duties have been avoided or reduced due to false statements about cost of goods, tariff codes, or country of origin
* health care cases, including Medicare or Medicaid claims for medically unnecessary goods or services, and false billing
* pharmaceutical cases, including claims caused by improper off-label promotion of drugs, and claims caused by kickbacks
* procurement cases, including false reporting under "cost plus" contracts with government agencies
* Small Business Administration-related cases, in which false statements about ownership, control or status...
Corey H. Surett
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Lexington, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
Lexington, MA 02421
Employment
Suffolk University Law School
J. Nathan Cole
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(508) 490-8500 Old City Hall
45 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
Boston College Law School
I represent businesses throughout New England in matters related to business litigation, construction disputes, mechanic’s lien and bond claims, insurance related disputes, E&O claims, contract drafting and negotiation, and a wide range of general litigation, employment, and personal injury cases.

I have extensive trial experience representing construction companies, homeowners, insurance agents, small business owners, and individuals. I bring a particular strategic insight to construction disputes, construction contract reviews, employment disputes, professional liability claims, coverage remedies and all claims brought by and against general contractors, subcontractors, building owners, property managers, and individuals.

I enjoy working with clients in all aspects of risk...
Gregory D. Lorincz
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North Attleboro, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(508) 986-9403 12 Church Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
Employment, Business, IP and Landlord Tenant
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
I pursue a pragmatic approach in delivering cost efficient solutions to the myriad legal problems encountered by businesses in areas ranging from forming a new business to litigation and appeals.

Graeme S.R. Brown
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Belmont, MA Employment Law Attorney
(617) 489-0817 464 Common St
#354
Belmont, MA 02478
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Health Care
New England Law | Boston
Naomi R. Shatz
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Employment, Criminal and Education
Yale Law School
Attorney Naomi Shatz focuses on students' rights, university discipline, and employee rights. She represents students at all levels of education from elementary school through graduate school, as well as teachers and professors involved in discrimination cases and disciplinary proceedings regarding claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and academic misconduct. Naomi also advises and represents individuals in employment matters and criminal cases.

Naomi has been selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers each year since 2016. In 2018, Naomi was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Law Weekly.

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Naomi was a...
Paul F. Lorincz
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Attleboro, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(508) 222-0002 144 Bank Street
P.O. Box 2320
Attleboro, MA 02703-1019
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Boston College Law School
A PARTNER with the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of family law, including mediation and conciliation, corporate and business law, civil litigation, and estate planning. A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College in 1972, Attorney Lorincz graduated from Boston College Law School in 1975 and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a member of the Attleboro, Bristol County, and Massachusetts Bar Associations. In addition, he is a member of the Massachusetts Council on...
Tyler Langlais
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(617) 263-0060 15 Broad St
#800
Boston, MA 02109
Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
Employment, Criminal, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Tyler Langlais is an Associate at the Law Offices of Michael O. Smith. Prior to joining the firm Attorney Langlais was an Associate at a Framingham based law office where he represented clients in a wide range of areas, from employment law and discrimination cases to personal injury, criminal and business matters.

During law school Tyler served as a law clerk for a number of Boston based law firms working in the areas of Personal Injury, Probate Law, Criminal Defense and Consumer Defense. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a...
Marvin Cable
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Amherst, MA Employment Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(413) 268-6500 67 North Pleasant Street
(above the Monkey Bar)
Amherst, MA 01002
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Communications and IP
Western New England University School of Law
I am an experienced and dedicated Attorney. I have guided clients through a broad range of legal matters since 2011. I use every tool available to provide custom tailored, unparalleled legal representation. I am committed to zealous advocacy and outstanding client satisfaction.

I received my B.S. from Wittenberg University in 2005. In 2010, I obtained my J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. I am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Hampshire County Bar Association, and Intellectual Property Law Association. Additionally, I have been honored by...
Matthew J. Kidd
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer
(617) 820-8400 12 Erickson St. Ste. 201
Boston, MA 02122
Free ConsultationEmployment, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
Massachusetts School of Law
Prior to being an attorney, Matthew J. Kidd has been an employer, executive, salesperson, investor, and consultant. Attorney Kidd's extensive business background, combined with his trial advocacy skills make him a formidable presence in and out of the courtroom.

Kidd is a graduate of Xaverian Brother’s High School, holds a BSc. Degree from Babson College in Finance, and a J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law.

Attorney Kidd's exceptional dedication to his clients was noticed by Avvo.com which awarded him the “Clients' Choice” Award in 2017 and 2018. Kidd was also named a 2018 “Rising Star” by SuperLawyer.com and received the “Silver...
Matthew J. Fogelman
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Newton, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(617) 559-1530 189 Wells Ave
3rd Floor
Newton, MA 02459
Free ConsultationEmployment, Consumer and Personal Injury
Boston College Law School
Josef Culik
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(617) 830-1795 225 Franklin St., 26th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Consumer and Foreclosure Defense
Josef Culik is the President and Principal Attorney at Culik Law. Joe has built his reputation on helping people and has dedicated his practice in Boston, Massachusetts to consumer protection, employee rights, and individual personal injury. He has advocated for individuals against some of the largest companies in America and has a passion for helping people uphold their rights against impossible odds. He has filed both individual and class-action lawsuits against most of the major banks, against some of the biggest debt collectors and credit reporting agencies, as well as insurance companies and corporate employers. Joe...
Sean P. O'Connor
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(617) 523-6666 200 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Civil Rights
Northeastern University School of Law
Sean is an attorney at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP where he represents employers in labor and employment matters. Sean represents both public and private sector clients in litigation before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies throughout the country. Sean litigates and counsels clients on the full range of labor and employment matters. Some of the most common issues he handles concern: claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment; disability accommodation and leaves of absence matters; wage and hour disputes; non-competition and non-solicitation violations; trade secret misappropriation; claims of wrongful discharge; and unfair labor practice charges. In...
Jenny A Daniell Esq.
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Amherst Center, MA Employment Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(413) 253-6600 30 Boltwood Walk
Amherst Center, MA 01002
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Northeastern University School of Law
I am a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (class of 1984). I became a lawyer to help people and to make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of our society and to social justice. That remains the core of my professional orientation..
Jed DeWick
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Boston, MA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(617) 849-6213 10 Post Office Square
7th Floor South
Boston, MA 02109
Employment, Business and Personal Injury
Boston College Law School
Ruth O'Meara-Costello
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Employment, Criminal and Education
Harvard Law School
Ruth O’Meara-Costello represents clients in criminal defense, Title IX, and employment law matters. Ruth is a committed and thoughtful advocate for her clients and has achieved significant victories both in and out of court.

Ruth’s commitment to individual rights and to due process inform her work with university students and faculty facing disciplinary action at their universities. Her experience handling criminal sexual assault cases complements her work representing accused students, and allows her to provide comprehensive legal representation to the students and faculty members she represents. Ruth also assists students and faculty accused of other university disciplinary violations, including plagiarism and...
Monica R. Shah
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Boston, MA Employment Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(617) 742-6020 65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02110
Employment, Criminal and White Collar Crime
Columbia Law School
Monica Shah focuses her litigation practice on criminal defense, employment, and Title IX matters. She has successfully handled complicated and highly-contested cases from the initial stages of investigation and discovery through trial and appeals. In the last two years, she served as lead counsel and successfully litigated and settled two cases against major universities where she represented clients who had experienced gender discrimination and sexual harassment, and she won a nearly $10.9 million jury verdict on behalf of her client in a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the City of Boston, a verdict she defended in the appeals court...
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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