Labor, Employment & Benefits

Art Meyers, Greg Keating
Tom Shirley, Alison Reif

Blue Chip Clients

Lawyers have represented blue chip clients, including:

AIM Mutual Insurance
Academy of Arts & Sciences
Babson College
Boston Financial Data Services
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Brooks Automation
Brooks School
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School
Cape Cod Healthcare
Crane & Co.
CVS Caremark
Danaher Corporation
Dyson Limited
EMC Corporation
Fidelity Investments
Genesis Investment Management
John Hancock
Mass Medical Society
Mass Mutual
New England Journal of Medicine
Northeast Health Systems
NV Energy
Pegasystems
Physicians Health Services
Precyse Solutions
Riverside Partners
SeaChange International
South Shore Hospital
Summit Partners
Travelers
True Partners Consulting
VMware

Broad Range of Industries

Represent clients in a broad range of industries, including:


Consumer products
Education
Energy
Financial services
Healthcare
Insurance
Life sciences
Media
Private equity/venture capital
Professional services
Retail sales & services
Software
Technology
Telecommunications

Related Practice Areas

Publications & Events

Greg Keating was Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Art Meyers to Speak at the SCG Eastern New England Conference

Art Meyers to Speak at The 25th Annual NASPP Conference

Greg Keating was Quoted in Agenda Week

Greg Keating on The Critical Importance of Ethics and Compliance Training

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Choate Lawyers and Practices

Greg Keating to Speak on Federal Whistleblowing Programs at BBA Event

Greg Keating was Quoted in the Risk & Compliance Journal

Greg Keating was Quoted in The Recorder

Greg Keating Leads In-Depth Conversation on Whistleblowers and Compliance

Greg Keating and Lyndsey Kruzer on Whistleblowing and Effective Employee Training

The Perils of CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

Arthur Meyers Speaks on the Pay Ratio Rule

Seventh Circuit Finds Unlawful Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers

Choate Receives Top Chambers USA Rankings for 10 Practice Areas and 30 Attorneys

US Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Regarding FLSA White Collar Exemptions

District Court Holds that Interest in Protecting Whistleblowers under the False Claims Act Can Outweigh Companies’ Confidentiality Agreements

Arthur Meyers Speaks at the 17th Annual GEO Conference

Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability of Portfolio Company

Greg Keating Quoted in Law360

Congress to Consider New Bill Aimed at Increasing Whistleblower Rewards and Enhancing Company Liability

Greg Keating on the EEOC's Newly Proposed Pay Data Requirement

SEC Gives First Whistleblower Award to a Company Outsider

Gregory Keating Quoted in Corporate Counsel

Potential Year-End Amendment Required for Cafeteria Plans

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Labor, Employment & Benefits

"a high-quality practice that offers creativeness, responsiveness and efficiency"

Chambers USA

Experts in Labor, Employment & Benefits 

Expert representation of employers and senior executives across all major industries from small companies to major corporations.

Broad Expertise 

Expertise in representing employers in employment, labor and benefits litigation and personnel counseling, including:

Employment

Discrimination
Harassment
Retaliation
Wrongful discharge
Employment contract disputes

Noncompetes
Defamation/other employment torts
Intellectual property covenants
ERISA
Wage and hour

Labor

Arbitrations
Collective bargaining

NLRB proceedings
Union organizing

Employee Benefit & Personnel Counseling

Executive employment agreements
FMLA/ADA
Pension/welfare benefit plan design
and administration

Personnel manuals/policies
Plant closings/WARN Act
Stock option/other equity incentive plans
Wage and hour compliance

Highly Experienced in Litigation

Highly experienced in litigation before courts and administrative agencies, including:

  • Federal and state trial and appellate courts, including US Supreme Court
  • Administrative agencies including Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, EEOC, US Dept of Labor
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

Experts in Whistleblower Defense 

Experts in representing companies facing whistleblower and retaliation claims arising under Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as growing number of state whistleblower statutes.

Leading Cases 

Significant employment litigation, including:

  • Aon v. Renaissance Insurance (noncompete)
  • Connors v. The Cardiovascular Specialists, LLC (pregnancy discrimination)
  • Daly v. Raytheon (ERISA)
  • D’Atalia v. Lowe’s (independent contractor misclassification)
  • Darri v. EMC (wrongful termination)
  • Davis v. Lucent Technologies (sexual harassment, wrongful termination)
  • DiScipio v. Anacomp, Inc. (executive wage claim)
  • Douglass v. Ernst & Young (misrepresentation, FMLA)
  • Dyson v. Braithwaite (noncompete)
  • EnerNOC v. ENBALA Power Networks, Inc. (noncompete)
  • ForstmannLeff Associates, LLC v. Tooke (nonsolicit)
  • Frantz v. Precyse Solutions, LLC (wage and hour claim)
  • Gallinas v. Avaya (wrongful termination)
  • Gioisa v. U.S. Foodservice (disability discrimination)
  • Goetz v. EMC (retaliation)
  • Husser v. Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC (executive wage claim)
  • HXI v. LNX Corporation (noncompete)
  • Kinsellagh v. AT&T (disability discrimination)
  • Kirk v. Dartmouth College (sex discrimination, defamation)
  • Maier v. Hewlett-Packard (disability discrimination, retaliation)
  • McQueen v. True Partners Consulting (wrongful termination, executive wage claim)
  • Scott-Harris v. Bogan (civil rights)
  • Thomas v. EquiServe(race discrimination, retaliation)
  • Torchetti v. IBM (age discrimination)
  • Vision BioSystems v. Autrey (nonsolicitation)

Lean Staffing 

Staffing based on client needs.  Lawyers consistently receive national recognition for excellence.

Counseling and Preventing Problems 

Work closely with clients to take steps necessary to prevent future problems.

 

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