town-stampAs labor counsel to cities and towns throughout Massachusetts, we assist and advise public officials and committees with respect to matters of day-to-day management, and we represent cities and towns at the bargaining table and in litigation.  Getting the right advice before you make important employment decisions can be crucial to sustaining those decisions against a challenge. Because each of our four partners has more than twenty-five years of experience, you always have access to a seasoned labor and employment attorney to help guide you through the multitude of statutes, regulations and court cases bearing upon the employer-employee relationship in the municipal setting.

We have experience defending municipalities in federal court against claims of discrimination, federal wage and hour claims, and other federal statutory claims. We also have experience litigating matters before state courts and state and federal administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, the Division of Unemployment Assistance, and the Civil Service Commission . Our attorneys have represented municipalities in hundreds of cases before arbitrators under labor agreements, and we are experienced in various alternative dispute resolution procedures. We are committed to achieving the best results for our clients at the least cost possible.

Our attorneys have thousands of hours of experience at the bargaining table on behalf of unionized employers. We also support employers in bargaining even when we are not at the table. We have negotiated contracts involving police, firefighters, custodians, public works, administrators, department heads, clerical employees, and more.

As part of our commitment to proactive lawyering, we offer training to client personnel and managers about employment law issues that impact their work. Our attorneys have offered workshops in areas such as sexual harassment, conducting disciplinary investigations, workplace violence, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, affirmative action, wage and hour laws, and many others.  We are also willing to customize training to meet the needs of our clients.

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