Andrea Peraner-Sweet

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Boston, MA

Fitch Law Partners LLP
 | One Beacon Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-542-5542
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (40%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Sally & Fitch LLP, Andrea Peraner-Sweet represents the rights of clients in Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. She focuses her practice on employment, probate and general business litigation, as well as tort and product liability litigation.  

In 1976, Ms. Peraner-Sweet graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. She then attended New York University and earned a Masters in social work in 1980. After working for a time at a hospital as a medical social worker, Ms. Peraner-Sweet decided to pursue a career in law. She went to Boston College Law School and, in 1987, received her Juris Doctor, graduating magna cum laude.

Ms. Peraner-Sweet is known for treating clients as people, creating a personable working relationship with them. She takes the time to understand the challenges they face and then uses her legal skills to obtain the best possible outcome. Ms. Peraner-Sweet is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Additionally, she has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Division of Insurance and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. Peraner-Sweet has been named in The Best Lawyers of America* in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  In 2015, Ms. Peraner-Sweet was selected as a Top Women of Law in Massachusetts.

Involvement in the community is important to Ms. Peraner-Sweet. Over the years, she has served in a number of positions on town boards and committees for Westford, Massachusetts. Ms. Peraner-Sweet is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (40%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Estate & Trust Litigation (30%): Will Contests

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Estate & Trust Litigation: Will Contests

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017

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About Andrea Peraner-Sweet

Admitted: 1987, Massachusetts

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Honors and Awards:

  • Listed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America® a highly esteemed, national peer review guide of attorneys. 
  • Included in 2015 selection of Top Women Lawyers in Massachusetts.
  • magna cum laude, Boston College Law School. 1987

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member of Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member of the Boston Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Districts of Rhode Island
  • United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Currently serves on the Town's Affordable Housing Trust Committee.
  • Currently a member of the Board of Selectmen
  • Member of Planning Board of the Town of Westford, serving as Chair from 1999-2002 and 2006-2008
  • Member of Planning Board of the Town of Westford, 1997 - 2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, The New Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law and Guidance Issued By The Attorney General's Office and the MCAD, Boston Bar Journal--Winter, 2017
  • Editor of chapter, Post-Trial Motions, in MCLE publication Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Maryland Casualty Co. v. NSTAR Electric Company, 471 Mass. 416 (2015) (public utility's liability for damages may be limited by properly filed and approved tariff).
  • Afarian v. Massachusetts Electric Company, 449 Mass. 257 (2007)(negligenceand statute of repose issues); McBride v. Massachusetts Comm'n Against Discrimination, 677 F.Supp. 357 (D. Mass. 2009) (employment discrimination)
  • FDIC v. Elio, 39 F.3d 1239 (1st Cir. 1994) (fraudulent conveyance, appointment of trustee and other preliminary relief) (with Jonathan W. Fitch)

Educational Background:

  • New York University, M.A. in Social Work, 1980
  • Smith College, B.A., cum laude, 1976
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Office Location for Andrea Peraner-Sweet

One Beacon Street
16th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617-542-5542


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Last Updated: 8/1/2017

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