Attorneys & Professionals

Ann M. O'Neill

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

Nan O’Neill - Ms. O’Neill is Senior Counsel in the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane. Her emphasis is in labor and employment law. She has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration of employment related disputes, including discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. O’Neill also represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations. She counsels clients on a day-to-day basis on employment related matters. Additionally, Ms. O’Neill frequently conducts training sessions on topical legal issues such as disability, FMLA, and other emerging legal trends. She has also authored several articles on subjects which include discrimination, drug testing, and legal updates. She was previously associated with the Boston law firm of Goodwin, Procter and Hoar and the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon. Ms. O’Neill is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Articles and Notes Editor of the American Criminal Law Review and received awards for outstanding work in the study of labor law.

 

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Dr. Charles Desmond Receives Award from Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus for Black Excellence on the Hill

Congratulations to Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D., for being recognized by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) for Black Excellence on the Hill! Charlie has made numberious contributions to society, as well as MHTL as a member of the firm's Advisory Board.  The MBLLC Black Excellence on the Hill event was held at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday February 4, 2019, and those in attendance include Representative Carlos González, Representative Bud Williams, and Representative Chynah Tyler, who recognized Charlie as an Honoree at the event.

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Supreme Judicial Court- Refusing to Grant a Lateral Transfer to a Preferred Position May Constitute an Adverse Employment Action

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