Representative Matters

Employment Advice to Multimedia Company

Representation of multimedia company in connection with a range of daily employment issues. Recent work includes drafting and negotiation of agreements, compliance review of employment policies, and day-to-day advice regarding hiring, performance management, separations, and operational issues.

Non-Profit Organizations Employment Matters

Representation of non-profit organizations regarding employment practices, including employee discipline and termination, employment policies, and investigation and resolutions of employee misconduct, and representation regarding senior executive matters including employment agreements, 409A deferred compensation, severance agreements, split-dollar life insurance arrangements, reasonableness standards and safe harbors to comply with the intermediate sanction rules, employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including the creation of deferred and incentive compensation programs for the executives and overseeing compliance matters for such programs under ERISA and the Tax Code.

Financial Services Holding Company Employment Matters

Representation of a large financial services holding company in its employment matters, including in connection with acquisitions and related challenges (restrictive covenants and employment agreement).

General Representation of Privately Held Businesses In Massachusetts

General representation of one of the largest privately held businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – including day to day advice, annual training of more than 2,500 employees, handbook development, representation in wage and hour audits and all manner of employment litigation.

Non-Profit Organization Employment Negotiations and Plans

Advising non-profit organizations in connection with the full range of employment negotiations and plans.

Benefit Plan Strategy and Implementation

Provides legal guidance for benefit plan strategy and implementation.

Compliance Under Federal Laws

Provides guidance to clients on compliance under federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA and the tax code (including Section 409A).

Employee Benefit Plan Design and Compliance

Represents clients in all areas of employee benefit plan and equal employment communications.

Employee Benefits Training

Conducts employee benefits training for legal and non-legal audiences.

Employee Communications Materials

Reviews and revises employee communications materials.

Employment Negotiations and Plans for Non-Profit Organizations

Advises non-profit organizations in connection with the full range of employment negotiations and plans.

Executive Compensation

Designs and drafts executive compensation employee benefit plans.

Merger & Acquisition Review and Analysis

Performs due diligence review and analysis on compensation, benefits, and employment issues for mergers and acquisitions.

Defense of Automobile Dealerships in Wage and Hour Class Action

Representation of automobile dealerships in defense of multiple class actions alleging widespread violations of wage and hour laws, which involve novel claims under Massachusetts law. 

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Trainings

Conducts internal workplace trainings on strategies for identifying, preventing, and responding to discrimination and harassment, and other workplace misconduct.

Government and Internal Investigations

Represents clients in government and internal investigations involving workplace safety and health and environmental laws, and state and federal false claims act matters.

Automobile Dealership Outside Employment and Human Resource Legal Counsel

Acting as outside employment and human resources legal counsel to the largest privately-owned group of automobile dealerships in Massachusetts. Conduct annual training and defend the dealerships in connection with harassment and discrimination claims and class actions alleging widespread violations of the wage and hour laws.

Commercial Real Estate Service Company Day to Day Employment Issues

Representation of the largest full-service commercial real estate services company in New England and advise the client with respect to day to day employment issues, including workplace trainings, employee offer letters, employee handbooks, employee medical leaves, discipline and separations.  Successfully defended the client in connection with wage and hour litigation asserted by commissioned employees.  Currently defending the client in connection with a minimum wage and overtime/joint employer claim brought by a former employee.

Companies Entering US from Canada, UK and Europe New Employment Policies, Draft Employment Agreements , Offer Letters and Employee Manuals

Regularly handle the employment work for companies entering the US from Canada, the UK and Europe, ranging from retailers to consulting firms to pharmaceutical companies. Help clients to craft all of the new employment policies, draft employment agreements and offer letters as well as create the employee manuals for all of the companies’ U.S. employees. Still provide ongoing employment advice following U.S. launch.

Multiple Pharmaceutical Companies Daily Employment Issues

Representation of multiple pharmaceutical companies in connection with a range of daily employment issues. Recent work includes employment training, wage and hour matters, decision classifications and restrictive covenants.

Nonprofit Organizations Daily Employment Counsel Needs

Representation of multiple nonprofit organizations in connection with a range of daily employment counsel needs. Day to day advice and strategy related to the classification, hiring, discipline and firing of employees, including related rights & responsibilities, employee leave including those related to medical conditions, employee handbooks, internal investigations and day-to-day operational issues. Represent organizations before regulatory agencies including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Division of Unemployment and Division of Industrial Affairs.  Education and strategy related to all new employment laws.

Private Equity Company Multi-State Employment Needs

Advising a Boston-based private equity company in connection with its multi-state employment needs.  Recent activity includes annual workplace trainings, multi-state employee handbook review/revisions, advice in connection with workplace investigations and employee separations.  Defense of the company in connection with wage-based contract litigation arising out of the sale of a portfolio company. Have also handled litigation for a portfolio company arising out of a breach of restrictive covenants by a former partner/employee.  Routinely advise the client in connection with employee diligence and employee transition issues related to various acquisitions and dispositions.

Publicly-Traded Asset Management Company Outside Counsel

Representation of a publicly-traded asset management company that owns and operates multiple boutiques across the United States. Serve as go-to outside counsel, working with General Counsel for over a decade. Strategize with the client and its affiliates on the best ways to acquire new talent, retain top talent, hire new employees and transition employees out of the company. Additionally draft and revise employment agreements throughout all phases of employment.

Class Action Alleging Violations of State Wage and Overtime Laws

Secured summary judgment for a national real estate investment and management company, which resulted in the dismissal of all claims in a class action alleging violations of state wage and overtime laws.

Defense of Massachusetts' Class Action Wage and Hour Litigation

Handled defense of Massachusetts’ class action wage and hour litigation.