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WACHTERHSUSER, KIER

Kier Wachterhauser

(617) 479-5000 kwachterhauser@mhtl.com

Mr. Wachterhauser is a partner at MHTL.  Mr. Wachterhauser represents private and public sector clients in all areas of labor and employment law and maintains a general litigation practice.  Mr. Wachterhauser regularly counsels clients on employment matters, including wage and hour, leave entitlements, and discrimination and harassment matters, as well as the drafting of employment policies and contracts, and represents clients in employment-related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Read More

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Geoffrey P. Wermuth

(617) 479-5000 gwermuth@mhtl.com

Geoffrey P. Wermuth – Mr. Wermuth emphasizes on a variety of litigation matters including labor and employment, contracts, withdrawal liability, real estate fiduciary and governmental.  He is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts courts, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and the First and Fourth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.  Mr. Wermuth represents private and public labor and municipal clients before administrative bodies such as the National Labor Relations Board, Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, courts at the Read More

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Matthew L. Feeney

617-479-5000 mfeeney@mhtl.com

With nearly fifteen years of criminal practice as an Assistant District Attorney in both Essex and Suffolk Counties, Matthew Feeney is a senior associate in our litigation department. Mr. Feeney’s areas of focus include general litigation, advising employers on public safety related matters, providing internal reviews and/or investigations  for both public and private sector clients, and criminal defense, including white collar defense. A lifelong resident of Boston, Mr. Feeney is a  graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College and Boston Read More

HESSE, KATHRYN

Katherine A. Hesse

(617) 479-5000 khesse@mhtl.com

Katherine Hesse is one of the founding partners of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP. Ms. Hesse concentrates her practice primarily in labor and employment and employee benefits law serving as counsel to individuals, business, government, and tax exempt organizations including hospitals, colleges, churches, and major private and public retirement and health plans. She has litigated numerous employment and benefits cases before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. She is also an active practitioner in all Read More

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Paul G. King

617-479-5000 pking@mhtl.com

Mr. King’s practice is primarily focused on the areas of labor and employment law in the public and private sector, education law, and litigation. Mr. King has represented clients in collective bargaining negotiations, before administrative bodies, and in federal and state courts. Mr. King routinely handles employee disciplinary matters and represents employers during arbitrations. Mr. King conducts investigations into workplace misconduct such as sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition, he represents school districts and school committees in a variety of Read More

MACCARO, MIKE

Michael J. Maccaro

(617) 479-5000 mmaccaro@mhtl.com

Mr. Maccaro’s practice is focused on the areas of labor and employment in the public and private sector, litigation, and employee benefits. Following law school, Mr. Maccaro served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court for two years. Prior to joining Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Mr. Maccaro served as Associate General Counsel for a large public sector labor union.  He has litigated numerous matters, negotiated hundreds of contracts and has argued before various state courts, appellate courts, and Read More

MURPHY, ARTHUR

Arthur P. Murphy

(617) 479-5000 amurphy@mhtl.com

Mr. Murphy’s legal career emphasizes management labor, corporate and litigation matters. Selected in the publication of Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Murphy represents many large and small businesses, including Fortune 500 corporations, and serves as counsel to a variety of trade associations as well as major governmental agencies in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Murphy has presented and argued hundreds of cases including labor and employment matters in proceedings at the administrative, state and federal levels. He has successfully argued labor Read More

MURPHY, KATHY

Kathryn M. Murphy

(617) 479-5000 kmurphy@mhtl.com

Ms. Murphy practices in the employment and labor law areas.  She has many years of experience representing employers in matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour, contracts, whistleblowing, and other employment-related concerns.  Ms. Murphy’s practice also focuses upon working proactively with employers to address matters before legal disputes arise.  She conducts internal investigations on behalf of employers, provides training, day-to-day counseling in employment areas, development of policies and procedures, and other advisory services. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Murphy Read More

O'NEIL, NAN

Nan O'Neill

617-479-5000 noneill@mhtl.com

Nan is Senior Counsel in the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP with 30 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law. Nan has extensive experience in the litigation of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, having litigated approximately 30 cases in Massachusetts courts and the MCAD. As an employment Read More

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Clifford R. Rhodes

crhodes@mhtl.com

Mr. Rhodes received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa where he was a University Honors Scholar. In 1992, Mr. Rhodes received his. J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law graduating with distinction, and serving as a member of the Iowa Law Review. Mr. Rhodes served as an Assistant Utah Attorney General, where he received the State of Utah Award for outstanding service. He has also served as a prosecutor and most recently served as counsel for the Read More

SPATAFORE, SARAH

Sarah C. Spatafore

(617) 479-5000 sspatafore@mhtl.com

Ms. Spatafore is a partner with the firm. She practices primarily in the labor and employment area, representing both public and private clients.  Ms. Spatafore also handles education issues.  Ms. Spatafore has represented clients before a number of courts and administrative tribunals at both the state and federal level. Ms. Spatafore regularly advises clients on a variety of issues related to labor and employment, represents clients on issues related to collective bargaining, grievances, and arbitrations, and has conducted numerous workplace Read More

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Rachel L. Mills

(617) 479-5000 rmills@mhtl.com

Ms. Mills’ practice is primarily focused on the areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Mills was a summer associate with the firm during law school. As a summer associate, Ms. Mills participated in arbitrations, negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, drafting litigation documents, and research on labor and employment matters. Ms. Mills has also worked in our municipal department on a variety of research projects and litigation matters. Ms. Mills graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 2016 with Read More

Latest News

Sarah Spatafore of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Promoted to Partner

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is pleased to announce Sarah Spatafore’s promotion to Partner. Sarah is a leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice, where she represents both public and private clients in the areas of labor and employment. With a focus on preventative counseling, problem resolution and workplace solutions, Sarah partners with her clients in ensuring effective employee relations. Sarah also regularly represents her clients in matters relating to collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations, and before courts and Read More

Legal Updates

NLRB Allows Employers to Stop Deducting Union Dues when CBA Expires

On December 16, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Valley Hospital Medical Center, regarding an employer’s right to unilaterally stop deducting union dues at the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). The Board initially permitted employers to stop collecting union dues after a CBA’s expiration in a 1962 decision called Bethlehem Steel. However, in 2015, the NLRB reversed course in a case titled Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

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