Overview

Jeff serves as Chair of Constangy's Franchise Industry Group. For over 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. Jeff has successfully litigated hundreds of single employee cases, dozens of cases brought by groups of employees, and dozens of cases brought by classes of employees. He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, and successfully litigated cases through post-trial motions and appeals when necessary to prevail after trial. Jeff 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.  

Jeff is a go-to lawyer for class action defense in the wage-hour field, defending franchisors and franchisees, airlines and their contractors, hospitals, restaurants and retailers against wage-hour claims. Jeff is also a go-to resource for franchisors facing the evolving question of whether their franchisees are truly misclassified employees. Jeff argued the leading case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which set the standard for vicarious liability of franchisors under Massachusetts law. (Depianti v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. 990 N.E.2d 1054 (Mass. 2013). He advises franchisors on issues of vicarious liability and joint employment, as well as on issues pertaining to common law and statutory claims in business-to-business litigation. 

Jeff also assists all employers, including franchise entities, in investigations and in adversarial proceedings initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor and state government auditors. Finally, Jeff regularly serves as counsel in high-stakes non-compete/trade secret litigation and represents majority or minority shareholders/partners/members in intracorporate disputes.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (2014-2017)
  • Super Lawyer: Massachusetts Rising Star (2005 - 2007, 2010)
  • Top Attorney in New England, American Registry (2016)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Back Bay Chapter USA 500 Clubs, Group Leader
  • The New Workplace Institute, Board of Directors

About Me

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."

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "The Joint-Employment Challenge," The National Law Journal, December 5, 2016
  • "Department of Labor's 'Persuader' Regulation Put on Hold," Massachusetts Lodging Association, July 2016 Newsletter 
  • Hot Topics in Wage/Hour Litigation, May 31-June 1, 2012, ACI Conference, New York, New York
  • 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
  • "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."  
    Mark Twain

Practice Emphasis

  • Labor & Employment

Education

New York University School of Law

  • J.D., 1995

University of Pennsylvania

  • B.A., 1992

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1995
  • New York, 2000
  • District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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