Attorneys & Professionals

Kevin F. Bresnahan

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: kbresnahan@mhtl.com

Mr. Bresnahan practices in the areas of labor and employment, education, and municipal law. Mr. Bresnahan has negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous municipalities and school committees, and has represented public employers before the courts of the Commonwealth, in arbitrations, and in a wide variety of administrative proceedings before various agencies, including the Division of Labor Relations, the Civil Service Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Joint Labor-Management Committee.  He advises public employers in various aspects of employment law, including: compliance with federal and state discrimination statutes, the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; and Chapter 32B of the Massachusetts General Laws, the public insurance law statute. Among his notable experience, Mr. Bresnahan worked on the successful resolution of a strike by a teachers’ union, including filing a strike petition with the former Labor Relations Commission and working closely with the labor commissioners to craft and obtain a preliminary injunction and contempt order in Superior Court.  Mr. Bresnahan has also successfully negotiated an agreement for the transfer of a municipality’s approximately one thousand (1000) employees to the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission for healthcare coverage, and has successfully obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a school district in Superior Court. 

Mr. Bresnahan graduated from Boston College in 2001 with a double major in marketing and history. He received his law degree in 2005, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School.  While in law school, Mr. Bresnahan was a member ofThe George Washington International Law Review, and was a Dean’s Fellow in the Legal Research and Writing program, where he taught research, writing, and oral advocacy techniques to first-year law students. 

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