Strategic. Responsive. Collaborative. Cost-Effective.
I am a labor and employment lawyer. For approximately twenty years, I have devoted my practice to representing businesses with regard to their employment issues. A significant part of my practice consists of counseling employers with respect to their day-to-day employment issues, such as effective hiring, tricky terminations, performance management and/or managing leaves of absence. I often tell my clients that a 30-minute phone call with me can help them to be proactive, recognize and evaluate legal risks, and may avoid a legal claim later on.
When litigation is unavoidable, I provide strategic and cost-effective representation to employers at the agency level (EEOC, DOL, MCAD, CHRO or NHCHR) and in state and federal courts. I have represented clients of all sizes in cases alleging wrongful termination, whistleblower violations, employment discrimination (whether based on age, gender, race, disability, or other legally protected characteristic), sexual harassment, defamation, breach of contract (including non-compete violations), constructive discharge, FMLA interference and retaliation, Worker’s Comp retaliation, wage and hour violations and reasonable accommodation issues. As with my employment counseling practice, I partner with my clients to collaborate on a litigation strategy that takes into account a business’s goals for the litigation, overall business goals and legal budget. I have experience with alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and regularly counsel clients on ADR as an option in appropriate cases.
I also develop and present employee training programs for clients. These training programs cover a variety of topics, from sexual harassment awareness and prevention, (which is required training for supervisors in Connecticut, and recommended training for employees in Massachusetts), to employment law basics for managers and human resource departments. These training programs not only provide useful information and training to employees, but can often help employers defend against certain types of employment claims, by demonstrating that the employer took an issue seriously enough to train its employees on appropriate behavior.
Before starting my own law firm, I was an associate and/or a partner at some of the most well-respected law firms in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP and Wiggin & Dana LLP. I am admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire and currently represent clients in all three states. My goal is to provide clients with the benefit of my “big firm” training and experience in the context of a smaller, more personal, responsive and cost-effective law firm.
Please contact me for more information on how I can help your business with its employment issues.