Attorneys & Professionals

TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: camara@mhtl.com

Ms. Amara practices in the areas of litigation, municipal and land use law.  She has represented municipalities in all phases of municipal law and litigation.  She regularly advises clients on a wide range of environmental, zoning, planning, conservation, wetlands, personnel issues, contracts, licensing, telecommunications, procurement, eminent domain, licensing, town meeting and governance issues.  She has counseled government officials and boards regarding their obligations under state ethics laws, public records laws and the Open Meeting Law.  Ms. Amara has litigated numerous cases before the Massachusetts state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies

Before focusing on a municipal law practice, Ms. Amara worked in both the public and private sectors, advising corporate and government entities on a wide range of complex environmental, land use, development, employment and corporate matters.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association.  Ms. Amara is a graduate of Boston College (magna cum laude) and Boston College Law School (cum laude).

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St Florian & Feeney Named By Board of Bar Overseers

MHTL is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been named by the Board of Bar Overseers to serve as Hearing Officers for the 2019-2021 term. Alisia St. Florian is a Partner in the firm’s Education Department. Focusing her practice on the representation of public school districts and collaborative schools in matters pertaining to special education, student discipline and civil rights matters. Matthew Feeney is an Attorney in the firm’s litigation department, having served as an Assistant District Attorney prior to joining the firm. Matt has extensive trial experience with close to 100 jury trials in his career. MHTL is honored to be the only firm having two of its attorneys serving as BBO Hearing Officers for this upcoming term.

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes [Again] Increasing Salary Minimum for Federal Overtime Exemption

As you know from prior Client Alerts, in 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed, among other things, increasing the “salary level test” for exempt employees from the current $455 per week (or $23,660/year) to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $970 per week (or $50,440/year).  The DOL also proposed increasing the “highly compensated employee” exemption from the current $100,000 per year to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $123,000 per year.  After those changes were memorialized in a Final Rule, these proposed changes were challenged in court and essentially abandoned by DOL after the 2016 election.

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