Greg Keating

Practice Group Leader - Labor, Employment & Benefits

Gregory Keating chairs Choate's Whistleblower Defense and Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Groups. He was nominated to serve as a management representative on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee in 2012 by U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and Johnny Isakson and was later appointed by Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor. In 2014, current U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez re-appointed Mr. Keating to serve another two-year term. In spring 2014, he testified before the U.S. Senate at a hearing on whistleblower protections.

Mr. Keating is recognized as a national authority in the area of whistleblowing and retaliation. He litigates and leads investigations into a wide range of whistleblower matters and has extensive experience handling engagements arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. Keating is the principal author of the national treatise on Whistleblowing and Retaliation, now in its 6th edition.

In addition to his active whistleblowing practice, Mr. Keating has spent considerable time representing clients in the financial services, retail and healthcare industries. For six years, he led a team of attorneys in the defense of more than 20 wage and hour class and collective actions around the country. On numerous occasions, the team he led successfully defeated conditional class certification.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Keating was a sixth grade teacher. He has continued his work in education by counseling and advising schools. He currently represents a number of prominent private schools in New England.

Mr. Keating has been named America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. In addition, he serves on the Board of Advisors to the National Employment Law Institute.

Practice Focus

Whistleblower Defense and High Stakes Employment Litigation: Whistleblower defense includes investigating allegations of fraud or retaliation, litigating allegations of retaliation and advising employers on best practices to foster a compliant workforce. Employment litigation encompasses a wide range of employment litigation including sexual harassment and non-competition matters.

Representative Engagements

  • Conducted investigation into allegations of retaliation involving senior executives at publicly traded Fortune 100 company.
  • Litigated restrictive covenant disputes including non-competition, trade secret and non-solicitation matters in a wide range of state and federal courts across the United States.
  • Extensive representation of private independent schools in investigating and remediating allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Conducted dozens of high-profile investigations into allegations of sexual harassment on behalf of employers across the country.
  • Obtained dismissal on motion for summary judgment of complaint filed against international manufacturing company alleging whistleblower retaliation under the Florida Whistleblower Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation claim in federal court in Virginia on behalf of major defense federal contractor.
  • Represented major management consulting firm in False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation action in federal court in Florida.
  • Successfully handled SOX retaliation claim against Fortune 100 technology company.
  • Represented Fortune 100 insurance company in SOX retaliation proceeding at Department of Labor.
  • Represented Fortune 100 retailer in SOX retaliation charge filed with Department of Labor.
  • Litigated SOX retaliation charge at Department of Labor on behalf of major US railroad.
  • Represented Fortune 100 computer manufacturer in Dodd-Frank action filed in federal court.
  • Litigated SOX retaliation dispute on behalf of global investment advisor.
  • Represented global manufacturer in SOX/Dodd-Frank/FCPA case brought by compliance officer.
  • Represented global telecommunications company in SOX whistleblower claim brought by in-house counsel.
  • Resolved False Claims Act whistleblower case for a major pharmaceutical company brought by chief medical officer.
  • Resolved threatened SOX retaliation claims brought against Fortune 100 logistics company.
  • Represented international railroad in SOX retaliation action.
  • Achieved dismissal by OSHA on behalf of major US pipeline company based in Texas of whistleblower action brought under federal energy statute.
  • Represented home health care employer in whistleblower action brought under state law in Massachusetts.
  • Obtained swift resolution of whistleblower and retaliation case brought under Dodd-Frank against oil and gas infrastructure employer.
  • Obtained dismissal of SOX whistleblower investigation for publicly traded software company.
  • Successfully represented prominent Massachusetts educational institution during allegations by whistleblower of sexual abuse during 1970s and 1980s and achieved successful resolution of matter through public outreach to institution’s community.
  • Obtained dismissal of SOX whistleblower action for major hospitality client in Minnesota.

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Keating frequently speaks on whistleblower developments around the US and abroad and is regularly quoted in publications such as The Economist and Bloomberg BN

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Keating is a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Employment Law Institute, as well as a member of the Boston Bar Association and the ADA Compliance Guide. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Newsletter, the Leave and Disability Coordination Handbook, the Section 504 Compliance Handbook and the Special Education Advisor.

Education & Credentials

Boston College Law School
JD, 1993, cum laude
Trinity College
BA, 1987



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