Judy A. Levenson

Judy A. Levenson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Boston, MA

Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP
 | 699 Boylston Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-880-7100
Fax: 617-880-7171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Schools & Education (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

Judy has appeared extensively in state and federal courts, both in trial and appellate matters, and has successfully represented clients before numerous agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights and the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission. Her practice areas include civil rights, ethics law, employment law, administrative lawmunicipal law, school law and litigation. She is skilled at conducting investigations of workplace and school complaints of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual abuse and misconduct, and retaliation. Judy also provides training about state and federal anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and anti-bullying laws, and provides reviews and updates of related policies, procedures and best practices.  She previously served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission and as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, having served on its Public Law Section Council, and currently is a member of the Civil Rights & Social Justice Section and the Education Law Practice Group. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association and its Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section. She also is a member of the Association of Sexual Misconduct & Discrimination Investigators (ASDI).

About Judy Levenson

Admitted: 1983, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.bhpklaw.com/Attorneys/Judy-A-Levenson.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • B.A., Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Completed Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Certified Course -Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations, 2015; Certified by National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) to conduct trauma-informed investigations and adjudications of sexual abuse and harassment complaints, 2017; MCAD Certified Course - Discrimination and Harassment Law Train-the Trainer Program, 2018  , 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ms. Levenson is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, having served on its Public Law Section Council, and its Civil Rights & Social Justice Section and Education Practice Group. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association and its Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section. She is a member of the Association of Sexual Misconduct & Discrimination Investigators (ASDI). Ms. Levenson served for several years as a hearing committee member for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.    

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ms. Levenson is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Brookline Education Foundation and previously served on its Board of Directors.  Additionally, she was a member of the Brookline Selectmen's 2013 -2014 Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Committee. In 2005, Ms. Levenson was an Advisory Group Member to the Brookline Educational Equity Project.  From 2011 - 2014, Ms. Levenson served as a member of the Board of Advisors to South Africa Partners.  She also served for fourteen years as a Trustee of the Charles H. Farnsworth House in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (a non-profit housing corporation for elderly and disabled individuals).  During 2011 - 2012, Ms. Levenson represented a disciplined lawyer pro bono in an SJC appeal that raised a novel issue of law.  In 2014-2015, Ms. Levenson provided pro bono representation to a public school teacher concerning ethics issues in connection with her donation to her school of a gift she won in a contest entered on behalf of her predominantly low-income students.  Since 2015, Ms. Levenson worked collaboratively with the ACLU and Mass. Law Reform Institute to provide pro bono representation to a client experiencing problems acessing SNAP benefits at a large retail chain store.  She filed a complaint at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of the client in connection with the retail store's discriminatory treatment of her and her family. Since 2017, Ms. Levenson has served as a pro bono lawyer with Kinds in Need of Defense (KIND), through which she is representing an undocumented teenage girl from Guatemala in her effort to obtain US citizenship.

Representative Clients:

  • Municipal Litigation:   Braintree, Plymouth, Fitchburg, Mashpee, Marlborough, Kingston, Maynard, Dennis, Truro, Lynnfield, Wellesley;   School Districts (Litigation):   Concord-Carlisle, Hanover, Westwood, Georgetown, Andover, Ipswich;   Public employees (ethics law practice):  appointed state officials, state university employees, municipal employees (elected and appointed)  

Educational Background:

  • Wellesley College, B.A.; M.I.T., Master of City Planning (M.C.P.); Yale Law School, J.D.  
Office Location for Judy A. Levenson

699 Boylston Street
12th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

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Last Updated: 3/28/2019

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