Schwartz Hannum is pleased to announce it has been ranked in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the third year in a row. The Firm was recognized in the following practice areas for Boston:
Labor Law - Management (Tier 1)
Employment Law - Management (Tier 3)
Litigation - Labor & Employment (Tier 3)
Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2019 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record.
Schwartz Hannum PC would like to thank its clients and entire team for continually striving for excellence.
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Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list, and two have been named to the 2018 Massachusetts Rising Stars® list.
Sara and Will have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list in the area of Employment & Labor Law. They were first acknowledged by Super Lawyers® in 2004. Tony has been selected for inclusion in the area of Business Litigation. He was first acknowledged by Super Lawyers® in 2012.
Kirsten and Sarah have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Massachusetts Rising Stars® list. This is Kirsten’s first year on the Rising Stars® list. Sarah was first acknowledged by Rising Stars® in 2017.
Schwartz Hannum PC is proud of its Super Lawyers® and congratulates each of them on this achievement. We also extend our congratulations and gratitude to the entire Schwartz Hannum team for their part in this achievement through their continued hard work and excellent client service!
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Sara Goldsmith Schwartz recently joined fellow members of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association in a special group admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
Sara participated in a swearing-in ceremony and a lecture about the Court, the history of the building, and the architecture of the courtroom. The group also visited with Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has recognized Kirsten B. White as one of its Top Women of Law for 2018.
Kirsten is one of 50 women lawyers from across Massachusetts who are being honored for their contributions and accomplishments in the legal community.
Kirsten counsels clients on all aspects of the employment relationship including labor-management relations and collective bargaining agreement administration, crafting and implementing workplace policies, and conducting internal investigations. She 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.
Kirsten will be recognized at the Top Women of Law Awards Event on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.
Congratulations Kirsten, on this exceptional and well-deserved recognition!
About Top Women of Law
The Top Women of Law event celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women lawyers. Each year Lawyers Weekly honors women attorneys who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business. The awards highlight women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models.
See more information and a complete list of honorees HERE.
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Schwartz Hannum PC is thrilled to announce that Anthony L. DeProspo, Jr. has joined the Firm's Labor and Employment and Education practice groups, representing employers and educational institutions in litigation matters.
He manages employment, education, and other business litigation cases from inception to resolution. He has successfully tried, appealed, mediated, and arbitrated cases before the Massachusetts state and federal courts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Land Court, Probate Court, and in dispute resolution venues.
Tony represents employers in cases involving claims of discrimination and wrongful termination, as well as disputes concerning wage and hour issues, restrictive covenants, contracts, and other employment and business claims. He also represents educational institutions in litigation involving employment, business, and student issues.
Before joining Schwartz Hannum PC, Tony was a Director at Kenney & Sams, P.C. in Boston, MA, and a Partner at Sherin & Lodgen LLP in Boston, MA. He served 12 years in the United States Air Force Reserve, and is a Lifetime Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Tony has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® each year since 2012.
Tony is a 1986 graduate of Assumption College, and earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the First Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section.
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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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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.