WHAT WE DO

OUR SPECIALIZATION

Hartley Michon Robb pioneered the area of executive advocacy, a practice that focuses on the legal needs of executives and professionals throughout their careers.

This practice area includes advice, negotiations and representation (in administrative proceedings, in court and arbitration concerning:

  • Terms of employment, retention and compensation, including equity and deferred compensation

  • Termination and severance protection and disputes

  • Restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure), including in preliminary injunction proceedings

  • “Change in Control” provisions, including founder’s protections

  • “Good Cause” and “Good Reason” strategies and disputes

  • Whistleblower, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank concerns and complaints

  • Allegations of misconduct, including representation in internal and external investigations and proceedings

  • Expatriation agreements

  • ERISA “Top Hat” plan strategies and disputes

Hartley Michon Robb is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of employment law. The firm’s depth of experience and specialized understanding of the law informs the expert advice it provides.

  • Severance terms and agreements

  • Allegations of poor performance or misconduct, including responses to performance improvement plans (PIPs) and progressive discipline

  • Wrongful termination claims

  • Discrimination and harassment, including representation at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)

  • Non-payment and underpayment of wages, including commissions and bonuses

  • Non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure disputes, including in preliminary injunction proceedings

  • Misclassification of employees as independent contractors

  • Medical, parental and other leave issues, including those arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Reasonable accommodation requests (disability and religious) and denials

  • Whistleblower, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank concerns and complaints

Hartley Michon Robb litigates high-stakes matters before arbitrators, agencies, judges and juries throughout the United States. Drawing upon its specialized practice in the fields of Executive Advocacy and Employment Law, the Firm’s top-notch litigators provide forceful and effective representation in a wide array of employment related disputes.

Representative matters include the following:

  • Litigating disputes concerning the meaning and application of Good Reason, Change of Control and Cause provisions in executive employment contracts
  • Representing individuals accused of violating post-employment restrictive covenants, such as Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Non-Disclosure obligations
  • Pursuing claims for discrimination and/or harassment based upon age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, race and national origin
  • Litigating claims for retaliation under state and federal laws, including the whistleblower protections afforded under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and the FCA
  • Representing individuals who have been harmed by the tortious conduct of their current or former employers, including defamation, tortious interference and misrepresentation
  • Pursuing claims for non-payment or underpayment of wages, including commissions, bonuses and pay equity issues
  • Litigating disputes concerning medical, parental and other leave, including rights arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

OUR APPROACH

Every employment situation is unique, as are the goals of each client. The firm provides three core services to achieve those goals: counseling, negotiations and litigation.

COUNSELING

Hartley Michon Robb is a trusted advisor to its clients throughout their work lives. Utilizing its collective years of experience and specialized expertise in the resolution of employment-related disputes, the firm protects careers, compensation and professional reputations through the legal counsel it provides its clients. Such counseling includes advice regarding allegations of performance deficiencies and misconduct, as well as strategies for managing changes in reporting and responsibilities.

NEGOTIATIONS

Hartley Michon Robb is known for aggressively pursuing its clients’ interests and successfully resolving disputes in negotiations with opposing counsel and in mediation. The firm relies on its experience, creative legal analysis, and industry and comparator research to identify and exploit advantages and opportunities to achieve its clients’ goals.

Hartley Michon Robb also assists in negotiating employment agreements, equity agreements and restricted covenants with ex-employers and new employers.

LITIGATION

Hartley Michon Robb zealously, and skillfully, advocates for its clients at every stage of the adversarial process, and in every forum where employment disputes are heard – in private and industry arbitrations, administrative enforcement proceedings and federal and state trial and appellate courts. The firm’s meticulous and dogged advocacy has resulted in successful, and at times precedent-setting, results for its clients, even in the face of obstructionist tactics by opposing counsel.