Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder

Liz is unstoppable. Whether wrestling with the application of a new employment law or battling it out in court, Liz simply cannot be deterred from pursuing her clients’ best interests.

Biography

Elizabeth Monnin-Browder (“Liz”) is an experienced employment attorney who focuses her practice on litigation, training, and counseling. She represents companies and non-profits in employment and business disputes across a broad range of industries, including health care, biotech, pharma, higher education, human services, finance, and technology. Liz applies strategic thinking, creative problem-solving, and exacting attention to detail to all phases of a lawsuit. She understands the business implications and human impact of litigation and works hand-in-hand with her clients to craft strategies that advance their goals. Liz represents clients in state and federal court, as well as before government agencies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Liz also provides thoughtful, practical guidance to help her clients navigate thorny situations and avoid litigation altogether. Clients rely on Liz to advise them regarding compliance with myriad employment laws and on matters related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, restrictive covenants, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, discipline, terminations, and contract disputes, as well as various other issues that arise in the employment relationship. Liz also helps her clients stay on top of changes in the law and design and implement new policies. She is an MCAD-certified trainer, and her practice includes training employers about their legal obligations.

Liz draws upon her experience working in the Massachusetts State House, as well as her graduate degree in Health Policy and Management. She has a passion for civil rights, and, in particular, transgender rights, and has written and presented extensively on the topic.

In 2019, Liz received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association and was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She was selected for the Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2020. Liz was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2021 edition).

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2010
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2011

Education

  • Boston College School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
  • Boston University School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2007
  • Tufts University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2003

Experience

Prior to joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Liz was an attorney in the business and securities litigation department of Ropes & Gray LLP where she represented sophisticated clients in complex business and employment disputes.

Immediately after graduating from law school, Liz spent a year as a staff attorney at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), where she worked on impact litigation and co-authored and co-edited a family law practice guide titled Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy.

Prior to law school, Liz worked as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State House while pursuing her Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management.

Publications & Appearances

  • Presenter, “Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Contracts — Understanding Key Components,” 22nd Annual Paralegal Conference, MCLE | New England, June 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “Contracts in the Time of COVID-19: Force Majeure and More,” Massachusetts Bar Association, June 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “COVID-19 Considerations for Employers,” Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, May 2020
  • Presenter, “Paid Family and Medical Leave,” Massachusetts Bar Association, September 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “The Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave Act,” Eastern Benefits, May 2019
  • Presenter, Leading Age 11th Annual Senior Living Symposium, March 2019
  • Co-Author, “Is Your Law Practice Welcoming to Transgender Employees & Clients? An Update,” American Bar Association, January 2019
  • Presenter, “Leadership & Advancement Skills for Women in the Legal Profession,” Boston Bar Association, July 2018
  • Presenter, “Mass. Paid Family and Medical Leave For Procrastinators,” Commonwealth Payroll & HR, September 2017
  • Co-Editor and Co-Author, “Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy,” May 2012
  • Presenter, Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Judicial Conference, September 2013
  • Presenter, “Transgender Equal Rights: Understanding & Complying with the New Law,” Boston Bar Association, June 2012
  • Presenter, “The New Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Law,” MCLE, February 2012

Affiliations

  • Member of WBA’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Initiative
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Council Member, Labor & Employment Section Council (MBA)

Awards

  • Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Named 2019 Up and Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2018-present

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