Biography

Rich’s practice includes advising employers to help them navigate an increasingly complex universe of employment laws and regulations to help minimize their exposure to risk. Rich’s experience includes advising a wide range of entities on subjects such as wage and hour compliance, Family and Medical Leave and the Massachusetts Sick Leave law, anti-discrimination laws at both the federal and state level, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and noncompetition agreements, and other employment-related issues. Rich also helps guide employers through difficult employee issues and helps craft employer policies to enable them to minimize issues in the future.

Rich also focuses his practice on litigating matters at the trial, appellate, and administrative levels. His litigation experience includes employment discrimination cases, wage and hour matters, commercial litigation, intellectual property infringement, internal corporate disputes, civil rights claims, and contractual disputes between companies. Rich has obtained successful results at all levels of matters, including defending favorable results on appeal.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, 2007
  • Boston College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, 2004

Recognition and Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer – Rising Star (Top 2.5% of lawyers 40 and under), published in Boston Magazine, 2013-present

Published Works and Appearances

  •  Author,  “Supreme Court Issues Rare Decision Favorable to Class Action Plaintiffs”, Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, May 2016
  • Co-author, “Common-Law Tort Claims in the Employment Context.” Massachusetts Employment Law, MCLE 2015 Edition
  • Co-author, “Religious Discrimination.” Massachusetts Employment Law, MCLE 2015 Edition
  • Co-author, “Drafting Pleadings,” Superior Court Practice, MCLE 2012 & 2015 Editions
  • Lead Author, “Enforceability of Releases of FLSA, FMLA, Massachusetts Wage Act, and other Claims in Settlement Agreements,” Employment Law 2014, MCLE
  • Presenter, “Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act and Recent Developments.” Boston Bar Association, April 11, 2014
  • Co-author, “Contract Law Update 2012,” Employment Law 2012, MCLE
  • Co-author, “Patent Trolls—Who, What, Where & How to Defend Against Them,” New Hampshire Bar Journal, Autumn 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Defended numerous clients in state and federal court and administrative agencies.
  • Represented a restaurant group in complying with a governmental investigation of wage and hour issues and obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Counseled private employers on numerous legal issues, including wage and hour compliance, employee handbooks, information security, medical leave, anti-discrimination policies and practices, and guided employers through difficult employee terminations.
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit against a company in federal court, and successfully obtained an affirmance in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Successfully appealed, and obtained reversal of, an adverse finding in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Rich was a labor & employment and litigation attorney at a Boston law firm. In that position, Rich’s work included representation of both employers and employees as well as companies seeking to protect their intellectual property. Prior to that, Rich worked in both the Boston and Manchester, NH offices of a regional law firm, where he focused on employment, commercial, and construction litigation. In his first job after law school, Rich clerked for Justice Andre Gelinas of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he assisted the Justice in researching and writing opinions of the Court.

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