Chambers USA 2015 Ranks MBJ in Top Tier of Labor and Employment Defense Firms in Massachusetts

Morgan, Brown & Joy has once again been recognized for its outstanding work in the fields of Labor and Employment Law by a leading national survey that rates business law firms. In 2015, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers ranked MBJ in “Band 1” – the top band of its rankings for Massachusetts management-side firms.

Chambers described MBJ as follows:

What the team is known for An outstanding management-side labor and employment group.  A distinguished history as one of the leading groups handling workplace discrimination disputes, termination litigation, collective bargaining and much more.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They are incredibly cost-effective and get us really, really good outcomes.”

“We have a great relationship with them. They’re excellent.”

As Chambers notes,

The firm’s continued longevity and success can be credited to its ability to respond rapidly to changes in the law and the workplace and to the value and return on investment that it provides employers. The firm represents clients before courts at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court as well as state and federal agencies. Clients range from Fortune 100 corporations to small businesses and across all sectors of the economy including retailing, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, colleges and universities, utilities, insurance, banking, government and manufacturing. Morgan, Brown & Joy’s focus is on anticipating and finding solutions to the ever-expanding range of employment-related legal issues in order to avoid the time and cost of litigation. When litigation becomes necessary, the firm aggressively defends its clients and has a proven record of litigation success.

Chambers also identified “notable practitioners” at MBJ:

  • Laurence Donoghue is recognized for his handling of a range of employment law disputes, including discrimination, wage and hour and wrongful discharge claims. One commentator reports he has “great judgment when advising his clients.
  • Robert Joy has an “excellent and very well respected” practice in the labor and employment market in Massachusetts. He has a long history representing clients in notable cases before federal and state courts and agencies.
  • William Joy is “an institution in Boston,” remarks one market observer. He draws on his breadth of expertise to represent management-side clients in arbitrations, collective bargaining and union organization, among other matters.
  • Nathan Kaitz has significant experience representing clients before the NLRB, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission and other state administrative agencies. He has handled numerous employment litigations, collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration cases.
  • The “tremendous” Jaclyn Kugell “really gets business,” reports one client, while other interviewees appreciate that her work is “incredibly cost effective with really, really good outcomes.” Kugell represents clients in employment litigation in Massachusetts and across the USA.

According to its website, Chambers USA researchers interviewed a vast range of lawyers and their clients. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.The Chambers USA Guide ranks law firms and individual lawyers.