Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that Matthew D. Batastini has been named a partner of the Firm. Matt's practice focuses on representing employers and educational institutions on all aspects of the employment relationship.
He routinely represents clients in state and federal courts and before agencies including the EEOC, MCAD, NYSDHR, DOL, OSHA, and NLRB. He has defended clients against claims involving discrimination, hostile work environments, whistleblowing, wage and hour laws, trade secrets, breach of non-compete or other restrictive covenants, and executive compensation.
Matt counsels the Firm's education clients on a broad range of issues including crafting and implementing policies and practices applicable to students, employees, and the larger school community. He has conducted investigations for and regularly counsels education clients with respect to the investigation of and response to allegations of employee and student misconduct, including preparing and making mandatory reports.
Before he joined the Firm, Matt spent four years as an associate attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP in its New Jersey and Boston offices. Prior to his time at Proskauer, Matt was an associate with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (now Locke Lord) in Madison, NJ for five years. Matt graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Economics in 2003 and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2006.
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Sara Goldsmith Schwartz and William E. Hannum III have been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA as leading attorneys in labor and employment law in Massachusetts. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that Sara has been honored, and Will's sixth year being acknowledged by Chambers.
The Firm is also thrilled that Chambers USA has listed Schwartz Hannum PC as a "Noted Firm" in the Labor & Employment - Massachusetts practice area.
In 2018, commentators describe Sara as "a very good counselor and a gifted presenter." "She listens well," says a client.
The rankings, which are determined by a rigorous process that includes a detailed written submission by the Firm and in-depth, objective research and interviews, were published in the recent Chambers USA 2018 guide. Chambers and Partners publishes guides worldwide, and has been a recognized leader in its field since 1990.
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Schwartz Hannum is pleased to announce that Senior Counsel Joseph E. Santucci, Jr. has been recognized by Best Lawyers in New England as a 2018 “Best Lawyer” in the categories of Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment, and Labor Law – Management.
A nationally-renowned labor law attorney, Joe has extensive experience advising clients with collective bargaining, labor counseling and litigation, and arbitration. Joe has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers for almost 20 years at local, regional and national levels.
Best Lawyers is the “oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession,” and recognition is widely regarded as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.
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Joseph E. Santucci, Jr. was quoted in "Pro-employer bent seen with NLRB’s new GOP majority" on the BusinessInsurance.com website.
The April 24, 2018 article explores NLRB rulings that may be reversed after the approval of John F. Ring as the Board's new chair.
To read the complete article, click here.
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Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that Kirsten B. White has joined the Firm's Labor and Employment and Education practice groups.
Kirsten represents employers and educators in all aspects of labor and employment law and advises them with respect to collective bargaining and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). She represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and labor arbitration proceedings, and counsels clients in connection with all aspects of labor-management relations and collective bargaining agreement administration. Kirsten actively assists clients in the development of proactive policies and practices designed to foster labor-management relations and minimize the potential for labor disputes that could harm a client's operations.
Kirsten has significant depth and breadth in advising employers with respect to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and in the design and implementation of effective and compliant veteran hiring programs.
Before joining Schwartz Hannum PC, Kirsten was an associate at Morgan Lewis in its Boston, MA and Washington, DC offices.
Kirsten served as the policy director to Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden from 2009 to 2013 in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, and as a clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI). In these positions, she developed considerable domestic policy knowledge in the areas of veterans and military families, education, workforce training, and women's health.
She is a 2000 graduate of Middlebury College, and earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007.
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Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that Vaughn Abraham has assumed the role of Director of Finance.
As Director of Finance, Vaughn Abraham oversees all financial aspects of the Firm. Vaughn earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Accounting & Finance, as well as his MBA, from Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He earned his J.D. from New England School of Law, Boston, MA.
Vaughn has over 20 years of financial, legal, technology and operations experience. Before joining Schwartz Hannum PC, he held positions at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and at Goodwin Procter in Boston, MA.