John D. Arnold

Whether helping a client navigate turmoil or tirelessly defending against litigation, John is dedicated to obtaining the best results for his clients.


John D. Arnold is an experienced litigator and employment counselor that clients trust. He counsels and represents companies in employment and business disputes across a wide array of industries, including biotech, higher education, finance, health care, and pharma. In addition to employment matters, his litigation practice includes complex business disputes; restrictive covenants; executive compensation; discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims; and wage and hour compliance.

As an advocate for his clients’ success, John draws on his experience litigating before state and federal courts and administrative agencies to proactively counsel them on legal compliance, risk, and the nuances of employment law.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2017
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 2018
  • Connecticut, 2018


  • Colby College, B.A., English, 2013
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2017


Prior to joining the HRW Team, John was an associate at a boutique litigation firm in Boston. In that position, his practice focused primarily on business litigation, employment counseling, and employment litigation before state and federal courts.

While in law school, John served as a senior note editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. He also completed an internship with Judge Steven J. McAuliffe of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Publications & Appearances

  • Co-Author, “Mental and Emotional Disabilities: An Employer Perspective,” MCLE’s Massachusetts Employment Law Manual, 2020
  • Author, “Call Me Ishimaru: Independent Enforcement of International Agreements,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Volume 44, Number 2, 2017


  • Member, Boston Bar Association


  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2023-present
  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers, 2019-present

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