Elizabeth A. Rodgers

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Boston, MA

Gordon Law Group, LLP
585 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-536-1800
Fax: 617-536-1802
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (50%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Elizabeth A. Rodgers is an employment law attorney at Gordon Law Group LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Rodgers has over 40 years of legal experience and represents clients throughout the Boston metropolitan area.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Rodgers has worked with a wide range of issues, including discrimination, employment contracts, equal pay, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, retaliation, severance agreements and whistleblowing. She has also been involved in prominent civil rights cases.

Recognized as one of the region’s top employment law attorneys, Ms. Rodgers holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She regularly gives presentations on employment law topics at events and continuing legal education seminars and authors articles for publications and legal journals. She is often sought out for her legal analysis and appears frequently in the news media.

In 2011, Ms. Rodgers was featured in Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Women Attorneys inaugural edition. She is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, president of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association and sits on the board of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She also spent several years as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law.

Ms. Rodgers earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

After obtaining her master’s degree, Ms. Rodgers went on to graduate from Northeastern University School of Law. She holds licenses to practice law before all Massachusetts state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

About Elizabeth A. Rodgers

Admitted: 1977, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://www.gordonllp.com/attorneys/elizabeth-a-rodgers/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “20th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Faculty, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2018
  • “Doing Depositions to Eliminate Summary Judgments” (National Employment Lawyers’ Association, New England Regional Conference; May 13, 2011), Lecturer
  • “Successful Mediation strategies” Boston Bar Association, June, 2011; and Massachusetts Bar Association, 2010), Lecturer
  • Faculty, “13th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 10, 2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, 1978-1986
  • Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Co-Author), MCLE: Massachusetts Employment Law (MCLE 2008-2016)
  • Elizabeth A. Rodgers (Co-Author), MCLE: Massachusetts Wage And Hour Treatise (MCLE 2008-2016)
  • Significant Appellate Tort Decisions in 2010: From Alice In Wonderland And Tramping Through Ice And Snow, Tort Law Lessons For Employment Lawyers (MCLE, Nov. 2010)
  • “Is your Client Ready for this? Not your Mother’s Traditional Employment law update”; (Mass. Bar Association, Annual Conference, Plenary presentation, Spring 2010, pp. 251-257)
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Lawyers and Neutrals Love/Hate About Each Other” Plenary presentation (MCLE, October 26, 2009)
  • Surviving Summary Judgment in Employment Litigation, NELA October 23-24, Boston, 2009
  • “Adverse Actions in Retaliation Cases After Burlington Northern & Sante Fe Ry. V. White”, updated. (National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Fall Conference, Conf. Boston October, 2009, 320-340)
  • “Avoiding Summary Judgment-or defeating it if necessary” (National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Fall Conference, Conf. Boston October, 2009, 780-812)
  • “Ten Tools of Mediation, Plaintiff’s Vision” (MCLE, Boston, October 2009)
  • “Adverse Actions in Retaliation Cases After Burlington Northern & Sante Fe Ry. V. White”
  • “Using Mediation and other Strategies to Resolve Employment Claims” (NELA Annual Conference, Atlanta 2008)
  • “Retaliation by Circuit” (Mass. Bar Association, May, 2008)
  • “Illustrative Emotional Distress Awards in Contract and Tort Actions,” Elizabeth A. Rodgers, Mass. Bar Association: June, 2007 (Materials only)
  • “Retaliation after Burlington-Northern”, Adverse actions; Massachusetts Bar Association, September, 2006
  • “Wage and Hour Class Actions” at Suffolk University Department of Continuing Education, -moderator and chair, Wage and Hour Class Actions. April, 2006
  • “Plaintiff’s Perspective for University Counsel,” University Counsel Section, Boston Bar Association, Invited guest speaker, August, 2006
  • “Taxation of Emotional Distress Damages- Murphy & Laveille v. IRS,” Mass. Lawyers’ Weekly, article, September 2006
  • “Significant Employment Law Decisions of the Massachusetts Appellate Courts: April 2003-2004,” Massachusetts Bar Association 25th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 2004
  • “Strategic Lessons from Retaliation Cases and Broadway Plays” (National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Regional Seminar “Reining In Retaliation & Winning Whistleblower Cases” April 8–9, 2016), Lecturer
  • “Motive, Mosaic and Mistake-Heffernan and the Expansion of Circumstantial Evidence in Proving Employer Motivation” (presentation to Oregon Trial Lawyers Association September 16, 2016), Lecturer
  • “Challenging Conversations in Employment Law” (presentation at 2015 National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Annual Convention, Atlanta GA, June 24–27, 2015), Lecturer
  • “Medical Records: Federal or State privileges and Client Goals: Successful Motion to protect or strategies to reveal medical records” (Mass. Employment Lawyers Association presentation; October 2, 2012), Lecturer

Honors/Awards

  • American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell, recognized in the Inaugural Edition of Preeminent Women Attorneys across the nation , 2011
  • Massachusetts, 2004 - 2017, Super Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell, 5-star AV rating since 1984

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Featured in The Crimson, Meg P. Berhard, “Former Professor Suing University Granted Tenure at Tufts” (April 3, 2015)
  • Featured in ABC Boston, Karen Anderson, “Harvard University Professor Sues Over Denied Tenure” (April 29, 2014)
  • ABC Boston – Team 5 Investigates – Elizabeth Rodgers, Philip Gordon and Dr. Kimberly Theidon interview with Karen Anderson (April 29, 2014)
  • Featured in Boston Globe, Marcella Bombardieri, “Harvard Professor Challenges School’s Denial of Tenure” (June 13, 2014)
  • Featured in Boston Globe, Justine Hofherr, “Low Income Managers May Start Getting Paid for Overtime” (February 19, 2015)
  • Featured in Huffington Post, Tyler Kingkade, “Harvard Accused of Retaliating Against Professor Who Defended Sexual Assault Survivors” (April 17, 2014)

Educational Background

  • M.Sc. (Masters in Economics), London School of Economics, 1971
  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1969

Bar/Professional Activity

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Board Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2014-present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal District Courts of Massachusetts
  • American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2008
  • Massachusetts
  • President, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, 2006-2008
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Office Location for Elizabeth A. Rodgers

585 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-536-1800

Fax: 617-536-1802

Last Updated: 3/16/2021

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