Laurie R. Bishop’s practice includes advising colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations on their policies and procedures, and aiding them in various risk-management decisions. Working with a diverse body of clients, Laurie has experience in a wide array of issues unique to higher education, including the areas of complex contracts, institutional policies and handbooks, campus safety and security, and various state and federal compliance issues, such as Title IX, the Clery Act, Massachusetts regulations concerning summer camps and minors on campus, Massachusetts’ criminal background check regulations, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state and federal employment laws. In addition, she has defended colleges, universities, private secondary schools, and other non-profit organizations in state and federal court. In that capacity, she helped obtain summary judgment in a major tort case against a college and its ski coach, and aided in the successful defense of a wrongful death suit against one of the nation’s largest universities.

Laurie also represents companies and non-profit institutions on various employment, compliance, and risk management issues, including privacy laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, anti-discrimination statutes, contracts, restrictive covenants, and employment policies and practices. Laurie defends clients in employment discrimination suits, in both court and administrative agencies, and she has experience in dealing with covenants not to compete, severance and release agreements, policies and handbooks, and minority shareholder issues in closely-held corporations. Laurie also represents and advises clients on complex business issues including intellectual property matters, contract negotiations and disputes, and sweepstakes and promotions.

Laurie has trained managers and employees on a variety of matters, including litigation avoidance tactics, employment statutes, and leadership. In addition, she has presented on exposure and liability issues under the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to clients in various industries, and to the Labor and Employment Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Practice Areas


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., Merit Scholar, 2008
  • Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 2003

Recognition and Professional Affiliations

  • Named as an In-House Leader by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for her work at Berklee College in 2019
  • Ranked among the Best Lawyers in America in 2019
  • Named as a Top Women Lawyer Rising Star by Super Lawyers published in Boston Magazine since 2016
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer – Rising Star (Top 2.5% of lawyers 40 and under), published in Boston Magazine, 2013-present
  • Member, Boston Bar Association

Published Works and Appearances

  • Author, “Calling it Quits or Moving in Together? Considerations for Small Liberal Arts Colleges in the Wake of Mount Ida” (
  • Presenter, Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act and Recent Development, Boston Bar Association
  • Author, Concussions in Student Athletes: Avoiding Liability and Defending Claims by Injured Students and Others, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA)
  • Author, Arming Campus Police: Managing the Risk, University Risk Management & Insurance Association (
  • Presenter, The Ten Commandments of Contracting, University Risk Management and Insurance Association, Northeast Regional Conference
  • Presenter, Contracting 101, National Association of Educational Buyers
  • Presenter, Campus Police: To Arm or Not to Arm, University Risk Management and Insurance Association
  • Presenter, FLSA Update and Application to Higher Education Jobs, The Boston Consortium
  • Presenter, Title IX, The Boston Consortium
  • Presenter, Promoting Diversity: A Tool to Manage the Risks of Employment Discrimination Claims, University Risk Management and Insurance Association

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 2008
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 2008
  • Supreme Court of New Hampshire, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2011

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Laurie was a litigation attorney in the Boston office of a regional law firm.  In that position, Laurie’s work focused on higher education and employment law, as well as business litigation.  In particular, Laurie regularly represented colleges and universities on tort matters, as well as large restaurant clients throughout New England on employment cases in state and federal administrative agencies and courts.

During law school, Laurie interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts (Civil Division).  While completing her law degree, she also worked in the legal department of a large publicly-traded corporation, as well as a litigation firm.  Prior to that, Laurie worked as the full-time manager of a local business while attending Tufts University.


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