Managing Partner: Jaclyn L Kugell
Number of partners: 20
Number of other lawyers: 13
Founded in 1923, Morgan, Brown & Joy is among the largest management-side employment law firms in New England. The firm’s continued longevity and success can be credited to its ability to respond rapidly to changes in the law and the workplace and to the value and return on investment that it provides employers. The firm represents clients before courts at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court, as well as state and federal agencies. Clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to small businesses across all sectors of the economy including retail, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, energy, colleges and universities, utilities, insurance, banking, government and manufacturing. The firm’s attorneys are known for anticipating and finding solutions to the ever-expanding range of employment-related legal issues in order to avoid the time and cost of litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, the firm aggressively defends its clients and has a proven record of success.
Main Areas of Practice:
Labor & Employment:
Morgan, Brown & Joy’s services include advice on all aspects of work place discrimination, harassment or retaliation issues; collective bargaining and labormanagement relations; reductions in force and terminations; FLSA; NLRA; FMLA; ERISA; OFCCP; worker’s compensation; business tort and contract litigation including trade secrets, non-competition agreements and individual employment contracts.
Employment Counsel & Legal Advice:
Morgan, Brown & Joy focuses on anticipating and finding solutions to the ever-expanding range of employment-related legal issues in an effort to avoid the time and cost of litigation. Its services include: advice on all aspects of workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation issues; comprehensive counsel on labor-management relationships; advice on reductions in force, terminations and handling employee complaints; expertise on changes in business operations and labor contracts due to mergers and acquisition; counsel on FMLA, wage and hour issues, workers’ compensation claims and ERISA, and the ever-increasing list of employment-related laws; guidance on the complex set of laws and regulations governing employee illness, injury, disability and medical leaves; business tort and contract litigation including trade secrets, non-competition agreements and individual employment contracts.
Morgan, Brown & Joy attorneys are not only expert advisors in employment law, but also experienced litigators. When the same team of attorneys handles the case from inception to the courtroom, they bring complete knowledge of the case along with skills in negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution that can help minimize the most abrasive and expensive litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, the firm aggressively defends its clients in all of the employment areas about which they provide advice and counsel.
Prevention & Training:
Morgan, Brown & Joy emphasizes the importance of seeking legal advice at the earliest possible time. Because the prevention of claims is preferable to the defense of claims, the firm offers the following services: its audit and training team reviews clients’ policies and practices and provides training to the workforce on how to avoid litigation or other adverse legal consequences; human resource support includes employee handbooks and counsel on a range of personnel policies.
Resolution of labor disputes is its primary objective, and the team supports employers with counsel and litigation related to: unfair labor practice charges; negotiations of collective bargaining agreements; grievance and arbitration; National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and state labor law matters, including union organizing issues and union avoidance strategy.
Employment Law Leadership:
Morgan, Brown & Joy holds the distinction of having two partners who have served as chairman of the labor and employment law section of the American Bar Association. Its attorneys are active in the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, as well as national organizations in specific industries such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the National Retail Federation. Its attorneys frequently serve as faculty members of educational programs sponsored by these and other organizations. Morgan, Brown & Joy attorneys are members of multiple state bars including California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Representative clients include General Dynamics Corp.; Eversource; NRG Energy, Inc.; Oracle Corp.; One Beacon Ins. Co.; Massport; MBTA; WHDH-TV; Home Depot USA Inc.; CVS Caremark Corporation; Nordstrom, Inc.; Walgreen Co.; Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.; Stop & Shop Co.; BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.; Shriners Hospitals for Children; Brandeis University; Boston University; Dartmouth College; Harvard University; MIT; Providence College; University of New Hampshire; University of Vermont; Tufts University; BAE Systems; Landry’s Inc.; ABM; Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., Wellesley College, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Fresenius Medical Care North America.