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Overview

Tracy Thomas Boland counsels clients on the full range of employment law issues from hiring to firing including, performance management, investigations, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and the accommodations process, discrimination and harassment issues and investigations and reductions in force. Tracy also drafts and revises employee handbooks, employment agreements and severance and settlement agreements. Tracy particularly enjoys supporting her clients with novel and emerging legal issues such as pay equity and the ever-growing number of paid leave laws.

When her clients’ compliance is tested, Tracy represents them before Federal and State administrative agencies, courts and in arbitration. Tracy’s experience in litigation includes leading clients successfully through jury trials and oral argument before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Tracy also has extensive experience and success in preserving her client’s resources by resolving matters through settlement. Tracy is proud to maintain strong relationships with clients with both a local and broader geographic presence that run the gamut from non-profit organizations to small businesses to leaders in their respective industries.

Tracy is an experienced trainer, having completed the MCAD’s Certified Harassment and Discrimination Train-the-Trainer Courses. Tracy is a frequent lecturer on traditional and developing employment law issues. Tracy is a member of the Massachusetts, Boston and Women’s Bar Associations, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Tracy is a member of and active speaker for HFTP (an organization of private clubs and hotels) and the New England Club Managers Association. Tracy has published numerous articles and given interviews on employment law topics in Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, the Boston Business Journal and various trade publications.

Tracy’s experience spans clients across many industries such as private clubs, healthcare, banking, non-profit and technology. Tracy’s clients include Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, Harvard Club of Boston, Brookline Bank, Dean Cooperative Bank, Pine Street Inn, Women’s Lunch Place, Walker School, Mendix and aPriori.

Tracy served as a judicial law clerk with the Massachusetts Superior Court and Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Just prior to joining the firm in 2002, Tracy practiced at K&L Gates.

The Personal Perspective

Tracy empathizes with the challenges facing those trying to run a business today, especially in Massachusetts. She appreciates that business considerations are as crucial to her clients as the legal issues and that just telling clients what the law says does not help them all that much. Tracy works in partnership with her clients, as a fellow business owner, to find a way to make it all work, realizing that the form that may take likely will be different for each of her valued clients.

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Stars
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Community Involvement & Pro Bono

  • City Year’s Women in Leadership Committee
  • Walker, Inc.
  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
  • Medfield Food Pantry
  • Friends of Medfield High School Theater Society

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Associations
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • HFTP Hospitality Association
  • The Boston Club
  • New England Club Managers Association

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, Connecticut

Education

  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1994
  • New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997