Jeffrey L. Hirsch

Jeff Hirsch is the experienced attorney and trusted advisor relied upon by senior leaders in many industries for advice on complex and sensitive workplace issues. Jeff’s advice is proactive and strategic and always focused on the client’s goals and mission.


Jeffrey L. Hirsch (“Jeff”) is an experienced attorney, author, and teacher who has practiced management labor and employment law for 40 years. During that time, Jeff has advised and represented hundreds of employers in many diverse fields, including higher education, healthcare, human services, manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, retail, food processing, textile, and many service industries. Since 1990, Jeff has also been the author of the widely used book “Labor and Employment in Massachusetts”, and he has written similar books analyzing the laws of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Jeff also wrote the “Occupational Safety and Health Handbook,” which was distributed nationally. Jeff’s books are relied upon by thousands of lawyers, executives, and human resources professionals around the United States. Jeff was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2005 and has been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” continuously since 2007. In addition, Jeff is a Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Sustaining Fellow of the Boston Bar Association Society of Fellows.  Since 1983 Jeff has held an appointment as an Institute Fellow at the Human Resources Policy Institute at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. Jeff has served under six consecutive Massachusetts governors as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) from 1995 to present.

Jeff regularly represents employers in labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, union organizing drives, wage and hour cases, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. He has appeared on behalf of his clients before dozens of state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, New Hampshire Department of Labor, and state and federal courts.

A founding partner, Jeff like all HRW lawyers, also believes in effective proactive partnering with clients, and he spends a significant amount of time providing advice to senior leaders and presenting in-house educational and training programs to share knowledge and help clients avoid costly disruptions and disputes.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1982
  • New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1983
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York, 1983
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1990
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court, 2004


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S., 1979

Publications & Appearances

  • Panelist, “Maximizing the Value of the New MA Noncompete Law for MA Employers,” MassBio, February 2019
  • Author, “Labor and Employment in Massachusetts,” LexisNexis, 1990-present
  • Labor and Employment in New Hampshire,” LexisNexis, (Co-authored with Heather Burns)
  • Author, “Labor and Employment in Connecticut,” LexisNexis, 1992-2012
  • Author, “Labor and Employment in Rhode Island,” LexisNexis, 1992-2012
  • Author, “Occupational Safety and Health Handbook,” LexisNexis, 1993-2013
  • Member, Editorial Board of Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2001-2013
  • Presenter, Annual Advanced Labor Law Seminar, Social Law Library, 2008-present
  • People Make Robots Work,” Harvard Business Review, January – February, 1984, Volume 1. (Co-authored with Fred K. Foulkes)

Representative Matters

Collective Bargaining

  • Served as chief negotiator for a Connecticut based manufacturer in negotiation with the United Auto Workers (UAW), reaching a five year collective bargaining agreement. Jeff has represented this client continuously since 1998.
  • Recently served as chief negotiator for a national employer’s Boston facility and concluded negotiations with UNITE HERE reaching a two year agreement. Jeff has acted as local labor counsel for this client since 1988 and served as its chief negotiator in nine sets of renewal negotiations.
  • Recently served as labor counsel and chief negotiator for a national employer in the dairy industry and advised on the acquisition of a unionized facility, relevant NLRB issues, and subsequent contract negotiations with the Teamsters for the initial labor agreement. When the initial labor agreement expired, Jeff again served as labor counsel and chief negotiator in three sets of renewal negotiations.


  • Member, Editorial Board, Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2000-2013
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Life Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2016-present
  • Sustaining Fellow, Society of Fellows, Boston Bar Foundation, 2013-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2011-present
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Member, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board, 1995-present
  • Institute Fellow, Boston University Human Resources Policy Institute, 1983-present


  • Name to Hall of Fame by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Ranked by Chambers Global in Labor and Employment Law, 2022
  • Ranked by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment Law, Tier 1, 2004-present
  • Named a 2021 “Go To Employment Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer rating standard)
  • 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation – Labor and Employment Law in Boston by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts” by Super Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England” by Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2004-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2000-2013
  • Recipient, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Leadership Award, 2002

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