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Andrea Kramer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Newton, MA

Kramer Law LLC
300 Washington St, Suite 308
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-780-1685
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015, 2017 - 2021
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1990
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: General Litigation (40%), Employment Litigation: Defense (20%), Appellate (10%), Employment & Labor: Employer (10%), Employment & Labor: Employee (10%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Andrea Kramer of Kramer Law LLC is a business and employment law litigator and counselor with over 30 years of legal experience. Valued for her legal acumen, tenacity, and practical problem-solving skills, Ms. Kramer has successfully represented individuals, small and large businesses, nonprofit organizations, and institutional clients in a variety of cases, including ones involving breach of contract, discrimination, wage and hour laws, business torts, restrictive covenants (noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements), closely held company disputes, and civil rights litigation.

Ms. Kramer also conducts internal investigations, negotiates severance agreements, and provides training to clients. And she employs her analytic and writing skills in appellate advocacy and brief-writing. Since 1999, Ms. Kramer has frequently authored appellate briefs for clients, including pro bono clients. One appellate brief she authored led to the reversal of a multimillion dollar judgment against her client; another led to successful asylum petitions for approximately 100 Indonesian Christian immigrants who faced deportation. Many of the appellate briefs she has authored for the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, for which she serves as chair of the Amicus Committee, have found their way into court decisions. She has also provided briefs and memoranda of law to other attorneys, including ones that have led to defeating a motion for summary judgment in a mass tort case, a motion to exclude expert evidence, and a motion to grant a preliminary injunction.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Kramer has taught a mandatory first-year course at Harvard Law School, taught courses on sex discrimination law at Brandeis University, and has served as a guest lecturer at Boston University and Harvard Law School. She also is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs, has authored several articles, and has served on numerous boards of directors, including as president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and a director of the YW Boston and the National Center on Time and Learning. 

A staunch supporter of women’s rights and civil rights, Ms. Kramer previously served as Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.  She currently is leading an effort to pass legislation to provide employment protections to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other abusive behaviors.

Ms. Kramer is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Ms. Kramer has an AV Preeminent* Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has named her a Top Woman Attorney and inducted her into its Circle of Excellence. She has a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 40%General Litigation
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Appeals

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015, 2017 - 2021

About Andrea Kramer

First Admitted: 1990, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.kramerlawllc.com/andrea-kramer/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, “Why Diversity on the Federal Bench Matters,” Journal of Commercial and Business Litigation Section of American Bar Association Section on Litigation, November 2016
  • Co-author, “More Than Part-Time: The Effect of Reduced-Hours Arrangements on the Retention, Recruitment, and Success of Women Attorneys in Law Firms,” Report from the Employment Issues Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, 2000
  • Quoted, “Injured nurse can’t get 151B benefits,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Boston University School of Law Course on Mediation, various years
  • Presenter, “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Massachusetts,” January 2004
  • Presenter, “Abusive Discovery Practices,” MCLE, 2008
  • Presenter, “Navigating the New Massachusetts & Federal Data Security Laws,” MCLE, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer, Problem Solving Workshop, Harvard Law School, 2009-2011, 2015-2016
  • Presenter, “Drafting Complaints and Answers,” BBA, October 2010
  • Presenter, “The Impact of Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes on Class Action and Civil Rights Cases,” BBA, September 2011
  • Presenter, “Employment Issues in the Human Services Workplace,” Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, 2012
  • Presenter, “Mastering Discovery, Deposition, & Summary Judgment Strategies in Employment Cases,” MCLE, 2012
  • Moderator, “Tips and Techniques for Submitting Effective Amicus Briefs,” WBA & BBA, June 2014
  • Chair and Presenter, “Top 25 Key Cases Every Employment Litigator & Counselor Must Know,” MCLE, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Massachusetts Data Security Law and Regulations,” in Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2015, Winner of the Association for Continuing Legal Educations 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publications
  • Presenter, Overview of Leave and Accommodation Issues and Recent Legislative Developments, MCLE, 2015
  • Author, “Intersection of the ADA, FMLA, Workers’ Compensation, and Chapter 151B” and “Massachusetts Domestic Violence Leave Law,” in Leave & Accommodations Law Demystified, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 2015
  • Presenter and Organizer, “The Benefits of Judicial Diversity,” Boston Bar Association (BBA), June 2016

Honors/Awards

  • Top 10 Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2014
  • A Top 50 Woman Super Lawyer in Massachusetts, 2010-2011, 2013, 2014
  • A Massachusetts Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers) in Business Litigation and Employment Litigation: Defense, 2008-2013
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Business Litigation and Employment Litigation
  • Top Woman of Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1996
  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven Board Member, 1991-1995; President, 1994-1995
  • Massachusetts Government Appointments Project, Steering Committee Member, 2006-2011
  • Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Board Member, 2007-2011; Treasurer, 2009-2011
  • Cambridge Kids Council, 2007-2010
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations Board Member, 2009-2015
  • YWCA Boston, Board Member, 2013-2018; Co-Chair, Elevating Lives Breakfast, 2011-2013; Member, Fund Development Committee, 2012-2015; Member, Governance Committee, 2015-2018
  • National Center on Time & Learning/Massachusetts 2020 Board Member, 2005-2015; Secretary 2008-2015; Chair, Compensation Committee, 2012-2015; Member of Audit/Finance Committee, 2006-2015
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, 1996-present; President, 2012-2013; Treasurer, 2007-2012; Board member, 1999-2015; Chair, Amicus Committee, 2005-2010, 2020-present; Chair, Employment Issues Committee, 2000-2005; Founder and co-chair, New Lawyers Committee, 1998-1999; Emeritus Board, 2015-present

Educational Background

  • Wellesley College, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics and Women's Studies, 1985

Pro bono/Community Service

  • NCTL - Board member, Secretary, Chair of Compensation Committee, Member of Audit and Finance Committee YWCA Boston - Board member
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Office Location for Andrea Kramer

300 Washington St
Suite 308
Newton, MA 02458

Phone: 617-780-1685

Last Updated: 12/28/2021

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