Morgan, Brown & Joy partner James M. Pender was recently elected President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Pender’s term as COSA President began on January 21, 2023.
Pender provides labor and employment law advice and litigates matters on behalf of public and private sector employers. Much of his practice involves providing legal advice and guidance to clients regarding both union and non-union personnel to help employers navigate the often complicated array of federal and state laws and regulations affecting employment. He represents a diverse client base, including municipalities, school committees, housing authorities, municipal light plants, state agencies, corporations, small privately-held companies, and colleges and universities. Pender has significant labor law experience in collective bargaining and contract negotiation; grievances and arbitration; and representation of employers before the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations (DLR), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and other administrative agencies.
Formed in 1997 to provide information and practical assistance to attorneys who represent public school districts, the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys in collaboration with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys is a membership organization of more than 40 affiliate state councils and more than 3,000 attorneys nationwide who work to improve the practice of school law and reduce the litigation risk of public school districts.
About Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP
Morgan, Brown & Joy is among the largest management-side labor and employment law firms in New England, representing a wide range of Fortune 100 corporations, educational and health care institutions and small businesses across all sectors of the economy. The firm’s attorneys are known for 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 success.