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Brian J. MacDonough

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Boston, MA

Sherin and Lodgen LLP
101 Federal Street, 31st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-646-2286
Fax: 617-646-2222
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2016
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

Brian J. MacDonough, chair of the Employment Department, counsels and represents executives and professionals in sophisticated employment and compensation matters and employment litigation.

He handles a wide range of matters, including contract negotiation and enforcement, discrimination, whistleblowing, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. In particular, Brian advises executives and professionals regarding employment agreements, change of control agreements, equity and deferred compensation vehicles, non-competition and other restrictive covenants, severance /separation terms, and transition agreements.

A trusted advisor to his clients, Brian often works with them throughout their careers as they transition to new opportunities.  As noted by Chambers USA, he “brings a calm demeanor to the table and focuses on the best outcome for his client,” says one interviewee. A client adds: “He is empathetic and very strategic in negotiations.”

In addition to his executive advocacy practice, Brian also litigates cases in both federal and state courts and appears regularly before state and federal agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Highly respected by his colleagues, Brian is a former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. He also served on the committee that prepared draft sexual harassment regulations on behalf of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and he assisted in the drafting of proposed revisions of the Commission’s procedural regulations

Brian is a frequent author and speaker on matters of employment law.  He is an editor and co-author of the Massachusetts Employment Law Manual, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.  He has also co-authored employment law chapters for the MCLE’s Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual, and sections of the quarterly Commentary for the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter.  Brian has chaired several programs sponsored by MCLE, including “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law” and “Preventing and Litigating Wage & Hours Cases.”

About Brian J. MacDonough

First Admitted: 2006, Massachusetts

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Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Listed in 2019 Benchmark Litigation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Labor and Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation – Massachusetts

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Assocation
  • Massachusetts Bar Assocation
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Amicus Group
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Fundamentals Program Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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Office Location for Brian J. MacDonough

101 Federal Street
31st Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Last Updated: 6/24/2022

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