535 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116T: 617.849.7880
- Labor & Employment
Bar & Court Admissions
- Massachusetts, 1995
- New York, 2000
- District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
New York University School of Law
- J.D., 1995
University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., 1992
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
For 20 years, Jeff has served as a trusted advisor to employers in their efforts to comply with various federal and state employment and labor laws. He counsels employers daily on the management of their workforce, responding to government audits on wage/hour issues, and litigation avoidance. An active and large part of Jeff's practice involves defending lawsuits in federal and state courts, in private arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Over 20 years, Jeff has defended hundreds of single employee cases, dozens of cases brought by groups of employees, and dozens of cases brought by classes of employees. Jeff has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, and successfully litigated cases through post-trial motions and appeals when necesssary to prevail after trial.
Jeff has become a go-to lawyer for class action defense in the wage-hour field, defending airlines and their contractors, hospitals, restaurants and retailers against class-based wage-hour claims. Jeff is also a go-to resource for franchisors facing the evolving question of whether their franchisees are truly misclassified employees. He advises franchisors nationally, and in several states, both in general, and in adversarial proceedings against the U.S. Department of Labor, state government auditors, or plaintiffs' counsel. Jeff also regularly serves as counsel in high-stakes non-compete/trade secret litigation and represents majority or minority shareholders/partners/members in intracorporate disputes.
- "New Sick Leave Rights For Massachusetts Employees Raise Concerns For Employers," Client Bulletin, November 11, 2014
- "Massachusetts High Court Provides Helpful Guidance to Employers Regarding Damages and Releases Under Wage Act,"Wage Hour Report, December 19, 2012
- Hot Topics in Wage/Hour Litigation, May 31-June 1, 2012, ACI Conference, New York, New York
- "Forum Selection Clause May Operate as Special Contract In Violation of Massachusetts Wage Act," Client Bulletin, May 11, 2012
- Litigating Wage/Hour Cases, MCLE, March, 29 2012
- "Tales from the Trenches of Litigation, Resolution and Prevention," Co-Presenter, September 12, 2011, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, Phoenix, Arizona
- Trends in Wage/Hour Litigation, Panel Moderator, May 23-24, 2011, ACI Conference, Marriott Downtown, New York, New York
- "Docking Pay For Damage To Company Property Not Allowed," New England In-House, April 8, 2011 and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 11, 2011
Awards & Recognition
- Named Massachusetts Super Lawyer 2014
- In 2010, Jeff was named a "Super Lawyer: Massachusetts Rising Star" in the legal community by Boston Magazine. From 2005-2007, Jeff also received "Superlawyers/Rising Star" honors from Boston Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine.
- Member of the Board of Directors, The New Workplace Institute
- ProVisors Boston - Group Leader
Other Personal Background Information and Interests
- Jeff resides in Needham, Massachusetts with his wife and children. His hobbies include fiction writing, and he has one published novel in circulation, titled, "Lipstick's Legacy."