Michael L. Chinitz

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Needham Heights, Massachusetts

Chinitz Law LLC
Michael L. Chinitz
Chinitz Law LLC

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1988

Education: Boston University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018, 2020 - 2022
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Chinitz Law LLC

160 Gould St
Suite 102
Needham Heights, MA 02494


Michael L. Chinitz is the founder of Chinitz Law LLC, where he focuses his practice on employment counseling and litigation, representing both employers and employees. Of special focus is Michael’s executive mobility practice. In this practice, Mike represents upper-level management and C-Suite executives (both public and private company executives in a full range of services relating to an executives transition from one position to another. Services include the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements; non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenant agreements (noncompetes; nonsolicitation agreements) as well as restricted stock, stock option, phantom share and other equity arrangements).  Mike has substantial public company experience and is accustomed to working on tight timetables and meeting securities filing obligations.  Mike also advises corporations on compliance with state and federal employment laws; counsels employers on hiring, firing, discipline, accommodating disabilities, and responding to allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Mike represents employees to try to enhance severance packages offered to them.  Mike also provides important counseling regarding restrictive covenant agreements, an employee’s trade secret obligations, and many other issues to try to effect a smooth transition from one position to another.   Mike has considerable experience litigating wrongful termination cases of a broad scope, and has prosecuted and defended noncompete, non-solicitation and trade secret cases before the Massachusetts state and Federal courts, the AAA, and before the Financial Institution National Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).      

Mike also represents investment advisers and securities firms in proceedings in court and before the FINRA.  Many of these matters have involved noncompete and nonsolicitation claims. His other civil litigation experience has encompassed shareholder and partner disputes, claims for breach of fiduciary duties, unfair trade practices, and professional negligence. His successful track record in all these endeavors has earned Mr. Chinitz a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an "Excellent" peer-review rating through Avvo. Mike attended Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor on the Boston University Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude in 1988.

*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

Employment & labor: employee, Business litigation, Employment & labor: employer, Employment litigation: defense

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Employment law - employer

  • 40% Employment & labor: employee
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 20% Employment & labor: employer
  • 20% Employment litigation: defense

First Admitted: 1988, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://chinitzlawllc.com/michael-chinitz/

  • New England Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation
  • Berger Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • AV Rated (highest level of ability and ethics) by Martindale Hubbell
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation, 2005-Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire State and Federal Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Boston University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Program
  • Newton/Needham/Brookline  Kids PMC Event Organizer, 2007-Present
  • Pan Massachusetts Challenge-“Heavy Hitter” cyclist/fundraiser, 2007-Present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Editor, Boston University Law Review
Educational Background:
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Industry Groups:
  • Insurance.
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Securities
  • Wealth Management

Office location for Michael L. Chinitz

160 Gould St
Suite 102
Needham Heights, MA 02494

Phone: 781-787-2953


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018, 2020 - 2022

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Q: If I Have Received A Severance Agreement From My Massachusetts Employer, Should I Have It Reviewed By Counsel Before Signing It?

A: The short answer is yes.When you sign a severance agreement, you are entering into a new contract that governs not only what you will be receiving as …

Q: Why Should A Startup Or Emerging Company With Employees In Massachusetts Hire Employment Counsel?

A: For new and emerging companies in Massachusetts, there are many potential traps, pitfalls, and technical compliance issues that a lay business owner … See all answers by Michael Chinitz

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