Charlotte M. Petilla

Charlotte deftly guides her clients through difficult disputes and knotty legal issues. Whether it is perfecting an employee handbook or litigating a high-stakes business dispute, Charlotte is a tireless, results-oriented advocate and counselor. She makes it her business to take care of her client’s business.


Charlotte M. Petilla represents businesses, nonprofits, human service providers, colleges, universities, and other organizations in labor, employment, and commercial matters.

Clients rely on Charlotte to provide them comprehensive, practical labor and employment advice tailored to their business needs so they can make fully informed decisions.  Charlotte regularly counsels clients about terminations, investigations, discrimination and retaliation laws, leaves of absence, layoffs, background checks, the National Labor Relations Act, restrictive covenants, and wage and hour matters.  Charlotte’s practice also includes training managers and supervisors about their legal obligations.

Charlotte also has significant experience litigating employment, labor, and business matters.  She has represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and defended clients against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.  She has also litigated complex disputes in state and federal courts involving contracts, fraud, wage and hour matters, employment discrimination and retaliation, restrictive covenants, intellectual property, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.  Before joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Charlotte litigated sophisticated, high-stakes disputes involving patents, trade secrets, insurance regulation, licensing agreements, and other business matters at a large Boston-based firm.

Charlotte has had the privilege of serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Raya Dreben of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and the Honorable Joan M. Azrack of the United States District Court for the District of Eastern New York.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2010
  • New York, 2014


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 2003


Prior to joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Charlotte worked in the litigation department at an international law firm. Charlotte has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raya Dreben of the Massachusetts Appeals Court; the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; and the Honorable Joan M. Azrack, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.


  • Volunteer of the Year Award, American Civil Liberties Union-Pittsburgh, 2009
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Law Student Ethics Award, 2007
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association


  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2016-present

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