John A. Duberstein

Employment law issues require expertise and empathy that are a hallmark of John’s practice. Whether he is navigating the complexities of legal and regulatory compliance, protecting your organization, or empowering employers, John provides strategic and trusted counsel every day, all day.


The heart of John A. Duberstein’s practice is counseling. He is a trusted advisor to employers on issues including the full lifecycle of employment (hiring, management/job performance, and separation), executive compensation, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, vendor contracts, and workplace policy (DEI, nondiscrimination, background checks, information privacy/security, remote work).

John works with employers on a range of challenging legal and regulatory compliance issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, accommodation, FLSA and state wage & hour issues, and assisting organizations with crisis-management.

Johns’ employment work includes extensive experience working with nonprofits and educational organizations. He understands that schools and other nonprofit organizations have unique, mission-driven priorities and constituencies. John seeks to solve the immediate needs of his clients and understand each organization’s culture and structure to form lasting, productive partnerships.

In addition to their employment issues, John counsels organizations on specific nonprofit concerns, such as governance (drafting articles and bylaws, state and federal tax-exempt compliance, advising nonprofit boards), and policy (ethics, excess benefits, conflicts of interest, volunteers, whistleblower, anti-harassment, record retention/destruction, stakeholder grievances).

For education and school clients, John provides counsel on policy and a range of student and family issues, including enrollment agreements, student handbooks, bullying issues, separation and divorce proceedings between parents, and claims of sexual or physical abuse.

Prior to his current role representing employers, John spent over a decade with the Federal Public Defender’s Office representing clients facing federal felony charges. John leverages this experience in his current role to perform internal workplace investigations and represent employers in litigation, whether before state and federal courts or administrative agencies. He also has experience representing clients whose employment-related issues may involve potential criminal investigation or exposure.


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts (2023)
  • North Carolina (2007)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, with Honors (2007)
  • Pennsylvania State University, with Honors (1998)


John clerked at the Federal District Court for the Hon. N. Carlton Tilley in the Middle District of North Carolina. He began his career in private practice at Brooks Pierce, a full-service regional law firm based in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he practiced for four years. John then spent over ten years with the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of North Carlina. Before joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, John practiced for two years at boutique labor & employment law firm in Massachusetts. John speaks French and Spanish.



  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Temple Shalom of Newton, Member of the Board of Trustees

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