The law can usually find a remedy for almost any situation where, in fairness, there ought to be one. I only need to look back over the recent course of my practice to see this is true.
For example, I have recently been able to help the parents of a deceased accident victim to recover money for their grandchild’s benefit when a guardrail made the motor vehicle accident worse than it otherwise would have been. There is usually a way to help people when something unfair happens to them.
Another example of the largesse of the law is shown by my recent settlement for a client who was working as an executive director of a non-profit that housed homeless people, and in the context of his work saw some truly awful things happen at work. He saw deaths, experienced threats and became sad, and fearful. He could not report to work, and had signed a separation agreement that seemed to box him in to a bad situation. Well, again, there was a solution that allowed us to circumvent the separation agreement to secure workers’ compensation benefits that changed the life circumstances of the client.
For the failure to pay overtime according to the law to more than 600 health care employees, we were successful in forcing a settlement their employer to pay them according to the law, resulting in the payment of $1,700,000. The fairness of people being paid for the work they do is one of the highest moral principles I know of, and my ability to help realize this result is a proud moment.
While pursuing justice for the many clients injured, discriminated against or denied wages owed by law, I have, in the recent past, served as a Hearing Committee Member for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In this role, I heard cases of alleged attorney misconduct, made fact-based decisions and recommended dispositions. I sat as one of three members of the Hearing Committee of the BBO. This work offered me the opportunity to put my years of experience to use in the regulation and improvement of the legal community in Massachusetts.
Wage Claims for Overtime rates not paid: The Court issued final approval and judgement for our clients who are the class members in the amount of $1,700,00.00 for overtime wages owed and unpaid. The class members were compensated under the Court approved distribution formula.