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Robert Joy has over 4 decades of experience handling employment cases before state and federal agencies and courts at every level. With sophisticated knowledge that helps employers manage a range of employment and labor matters, Bob has appeared in employment cases in thirty-six states including successfully arguing Lechmere, Inc. v. N.L.R.B. before the Supreme Court of the United States, a decision setting the national balancing test for private property rights and organizational rights. Bob is a member of the firm’s management committee and served as Chair from 1994 – 2013. Clients and colleagues recognize Bob as a “masterful attorney” and the “ultimate trusted advisor” and call him out as a “terrific negotiator” and “excellent litigator” in Chambers USA.

Awards & Recognition

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers inductee, 1999
  • America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2003 – present
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2003-present; Senior Statespeople, 2023
  • Chambers Global, Labor & Employment, 2023
  • Super Lawyers, 2005-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2002-present
  • Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2002-present
  • Cushing-Gavin Award, recognizing labor relations professionals in Massachusetts for their “competency, vision, and integrity they bring to labor relations,” Management-Legal Counsel 2011 recipient.
  • Litigation Counsel of America, inductee at the LCA’s Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows in Santa Barbara, CA, 2012.
  • Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
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Community Involvement & Pro Bono

  • Board of Overseers, Boston College Law, 2003-2009
  • Business Advisory Council, Boston College Law, 2004-2009
  • Dartmouth Alumni Association of Eastern Massachusetts, former President
  • Codman Academy, Board of Trustees
  • Town of Winchester, Chair of the Personnel Board , 2003-2009


  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment section member and two term council member
    • Chair of the Private Sector Labor Law Committee
    • Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law Committee
  • National Retail Federation, former Chairman of the Litigation Subcommittee and for whom he has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Vermont
  • U.S. District Court N.D.Illinois
  • U.S. District Court E.D.Wisconsin


  • Dartmouth College, cum laude, 1971
  • Boston College Law School, 1975