Overview

Jon has over a decade of experience as a litigator and advocate. He represents employers of all sizes and across all industries in federal and state courts, arbitration, and administrative agencies.

Jon regularly appears before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and other agencies to defend employers against claims of workplace discrimination and harassment. Jon has successfully resolved numerous high-value individual claims in early and late-stage mediation with both represented and pro se parties. When litigation is filed, Jon utilizes his experience in all aspects of the pretrial process, including written discovery, depositions, expert reports, and summary judgment. Jon is also well-versed in appellate practice, having argued at the New Hampshire Supreme Court and filed winning briefs at the First and Second Circuits. In addition to his litigation practice, Jon provides clients with day-to-day counseling and crisis management on a variety of employment issues including hiring, discipline, termination, leave, wage and hour, disability accommodation, union grievances, and collective bargaining.

Prior to joining Constangy, Jon was an associate at the Boston firms Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, and Morgan Brown & Joy LLP. 

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About Me

Jon lives in Providence, Rhode Island. His hobbies include travel, hiking, reading, and writing. As of 2018, Jon has been to 46 U.S. states and 835 of the nation’s 3,141 counties.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • In re Cider Hill Farm, No. 2019-TAE-00010 (OALJ Dec. 9, 2019). In a case of first impression, obtained dismissal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s enforcement action against a family farm for purported violations of “corresponding employment” regulations. The Administrative Law Judge adopted our argument that interns participating in seasonal programs at the farm under J-1 nonimmigrant visas were not covered by rules requiring compensation at the same rate paid to H-2A agricultural employees.
  • Chavira v. OS Restaurant Services, LLC, 2019 WL 4769101 (D. Mass. Sept. 30, 2019). Defeated plaintiff’s motion for conditional certification of a putative Fair Labor Standards Act collective action against restaurant chain, and obtained dismissal of the bulk of the prospective nationwide class on personal jurisdiction grounds.
  • Green-LaRoche v. Boston Univ. Neurology Assocs., 36 Mass. L. Rptr. 34 (Mass. Super. Ct. Sept. 18, 2019). Summary judgment granted for hospital on sex discrimination, constructive discharge, and wage claims filed by former physician.
  • Hiramoto v. Goddard College Corp., 184 F. Supp. 3d 84 (D. Vt. 2016), aff’d, 684 F. Appx. 48 (2d Cir. 2017). Summary judgment granted for college in race discrimination case brought by former instructor. Affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Loewy v. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 38 MDLR 124 (MCAD 2016). Following public hearing at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, judgment entered for the employer against a former executive claiming retaliation for engaging in protected activity.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • Co-author, Massachusetts Employment Law Sourcebook & Citator 2018 (MCLE 2018)
  • Co-author, Massachusetts Employment Law Sourcebook & Citator 2017 (MCLE 2017)
  • Panelist, “Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law,” presented to the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 2017)
  • “In frank expression of conflicting opinion lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action; and in suppression lies ordinarily the greatest peril.”
  • Justice Louis Brandeis

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of EEOC and State Agency Charges
  • Federal and State Litigation
  • Discipline and Discharge Arbitration
  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Enforcement of Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law

  • J.D., with highest honors, 2006
  • Executive Editor, Connecticut Law Review
  • Intern, Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2004-2005

Brown University

  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1999

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2006
  • Rhode Island, 2010
  • Connecticut, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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