Jody L. Newman

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Clients and Industries

In employment cases, Jody has represented executives, managers, licensed professionals, and both union and non­union workers in various crafts and trades. She has also represented companies and institutions as employers, so she understands the strategies and tactics associated with each perspective, and utilizes that to her advantage in any employment related legal proceeding. Her clients have come from many different industries, including the health care, pharmaceutical, financial services, hospitality, national defense and government service sectors of commerce.

Practice Areas and Experience

Jody concentrates her practice on representing clients involved in employment disputes, most often representing plaintiffs. She has represented both individuals and companies in a wide variety of disputes, including employment related contract, tort and discrimination cases. Jody has extensive experience in civil litigation before state and federal courts and government agency forums. She has conducted jury and non­jury trials, appeals and is also skilled in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law.

She is also an experienced workplace trainer and has developed individualized employment law and professionalism trainings for businesses large and small. Jody also conducts sensitive internal investigations of high risk claims and serves as a trainer for HR Certifications, Inc. in conducting independent investigations. Jody is also a certified Title IX investigator and is a member of the Title IX Adjudication/Investigation panel of Harvard Law School. 

Jody is also skilled in a neutral role. She is an MCLE certified mediator and has conducted many successful mediations. She also is a trained arbitrator and a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Law Panel. 

Much of her work has involved matters relating to gender bias, sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, disability, sexual orientation, race or national origin, including retaliation. She is very experienced in negotiating separation and severance agreements.

Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP

Jody began her career more than thirty years ago with Collora LLP, serving as Managing Partner from 2007-­2012. During her tenure with the firm, she has also served on the Boards of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Women's Bar Association and Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, devoting significant time to those non­profit endeavors.

Sample of Results in Practice *

  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment for an executive in a stockholder’s dispute following protracted litigation, including jury and jury waived trials in Massachusetts Superior court and direct appellate review by the Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Obtained large six figure gender bias award at Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination against governmental entity in case involving failure to promote based on merit and retaliation. Successfully obtained emotional distress damages and defended the award through two rounds of appeals, ultimately securing an award of pre­judgment interest that more than doubled the original award.
  • Tried first Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower case in Boston regional office of the U.S. Department of Labor, representing an executive who was found to have been terminated for trying to insure company adherence to federal securities laws.
  • Secured a number of large, six figure settlements for women executives and professionals adversely affected by gender bias in different commercial sectors.
  • Acted as co-­counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union representing individuals challenging English only workplace policies, resulting in conciliation agreement and consent decree with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Obtained large jury verdict in glass ceiling gender bias case, and then resolved the case through mediation after the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the proper jury charge instructions in discrimination cases.

* This sampling of cases represents a selected, small portion of this lawyer’s total experience and past performance is not intended to be a representation of likely future results, which must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Jody can provide a list of citations to reported cases in which she was counsel of record upon request.

Learn More About Jody

Education

  • Certified Title IX Investigator, AIXA, 2015
  • MA Certified Mediator, MCLE, 2014
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE, B.A. Philosophy, cum laude, 1980

Admissions to Practice

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
    • Board of Directors, Member (2002-present)
    • Chair of the Development Committee (2013-present)
    • Member of the Executive Committee (2014-present)
  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Employment Law Arbitrators (2016 to present)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 
    • Board of Directors, Member (2007-2012, 2017-present)
    • Co-­Chair, Women’s Bar Association Equity Equality Summit of Management Partners
    • General Counsel (2010)
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Board of Directors Member (2015 to present)
  • Boston Bar Association, current member and former Co­-Chair Labor and Employment Section (2007-­2009)
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Board of Directors, Member (2002-­2007)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners USA, General Litigation: White Collar Crime (2013-2017)
  • Best Lawyers of America, Labor and Employment Law (2006-­2017)
  • New England Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2016-2017)
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Individuals and Management (2011-­2017)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014-2017)
  • Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Employment Law in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-­2017)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation ­­Plaintiff and Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2009­-2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-­2017)
  • Top Women Of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership Award by The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (2010)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, “Moving the Needle:  Driving Change Through Effective Women’s Initiatives,” Women’s Bar Association and Goodwin, Boston (2017)
  • Panelist, "How to Stand Out at Work," New England National Black Law Students Conference, Boston (2017)
  • Presenter, “Bringing and  Defending Summary Judgment Motions in Employment Cases,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Advising Employers and Employees on Off­Duty Conduct & Privacy in the Workplace,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Presenter, Employment Law Spring Symposium, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Presenter, "Cutting Edge Issues in Employment Law—Including Cat’s Paw Liability," MCLE,18th Annual Employment Law Conference (2015)
  • Presenter, "Trends in Discrimination Based Anti­Retaliation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference (2013)
  • Presenter, "Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010-11, 2013, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Taking & Defending a Dynamite Deposition in Your Next Employment Case," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Presenter, "Top 5 Employment Law Trends It Pays to Know," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "The Future of the Legal Profession," Suffolk University Law Faculty (2009)
  • Panelist, "Employment Law Trial Skills Master Class," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008)
  • Panelist, "Litigating and Winning Discrimination Cases," Boston Bar Association (2008)
  • Planning Committee and Panelist, "Collaborative Law Training for Business Lawyers," Massachusetts Bar Association (2008)
  • Chair, "Obtaining or Defending Summary Judgments in Employment Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008)
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Women Rainmakers Committee Mid­Year Meeting in Tuscan, AZ (2008) 

Publications and Press

  • Co­Author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 5, Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2008, 2016 editions
  • Co­Author, Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law, Boston Bar Association, 2008, 2013 editions

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Pro bono co-counsel for the plaintiffs in an anti-Muslim bias case, Amara et al v. Fairmont Copley Plaza and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Inc., USDC, Boston, No. 1:09-cv-11802-JLT
  • Pro bono counsel to the plaintiffs in a challenge to speak English only employment rule, Juan Carlos Gorlier v. Whittier Street Health Center, EEOC Charge No. 161A40017

Learn More About Jody

Education

  • Certified Title IX Investigator, AIXA, 2015
  • MA Certified Mediator, MCLE, 2014
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE, B.A. Philosophy, cum laude, 1980

Admissions to Practice

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
    • Board of Directors, Member (2002-present)
    • Chair of the Development Committee (2013-present)
    • Member of the Executive Committee (2014-present)
  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Employment Law Arbitrators (2016 to present)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 
    • Board of Directors, Member (2007-2012, 2017-present)
    • Co-­Chair, Women’s Bar Association Equity Equality Summit of Management Partners
    • General Counsel (2010)
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Board of Directors Member (2015 to present)
  • Boston Bar Association, current member and former Co­-Chair Labor and Employment Section (2007-­2009)
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Board of Directors, Member (2002-­2007)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chambers and Partners USA, General Litigation: White Collar Crime (2013-2017)
  • Best Lawyers of America, Labor and Employment Law (2006-­2017)
  • New England Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2016-2017)
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Individuals and Management (2011-­2017)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014-2017)
  • Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Employment Law in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-­2017)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation ­­Plaintiff and Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2009­-2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-­2017)
  • Top Women Of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership Award by The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (2010)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, “Moving the Needle:  Driving Change Through Effective Women’s Initiatives,” Women’s Bar Association and Goodwin, Boston (2017)
  • Panelist, "How to Stand Out at Work," New England National Black Law Students Conference, Boston (2017)
  • Presenter, “Bringing and  Defending Summary Judgment Motions in Employment Cases,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Advising Employers and Employees on Off­Duty Conduct & Privacy in the Workplace,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Presenter, Employment Law Spring Symposium, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Presenter, "Cutting Edge Issues in Employment Law—Including Cat’s Paw Liability," MCLE,18th Annual Employment Law Conference (2015)
  • Presenter, "Trends in Discrimination Based Anti­Retaliation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference (2013)
  • Presenter, "Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010-11, 2013, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Taking & Defending a Dynamite Deposition in Your Next Employment Case," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Presenter, "Top 5 Employment Law Trends It Pays to Know," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "The Future of the Legal Profession," Suffolk University Law Faculty (2009)
  • Panelist, "Employment Law Trial Skills Master Class," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008)
  • Panelist, "Litigating and Winning Discrimination Cases," Boston Bar Association (2008)
  • Planning Committee and Panelist, "Collaborative Law Training for Business Lawyers," Massachusetts Bar Association (2008)
  • Chair, "Obtaining or Defending Summary Judgments in Employment Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2008)
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Women Rainmakers Committee Mid­Year Meeting in Tuscan, AZ (2008) 

Publications and Press

  • Co­Author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 5, Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2008, 2016 editions
  • Co­Author, Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law, Boston Bar Association, 2008, 2013 editions

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Pro bono co-counsel for the plaintiffs in an anti-Muslim bias case, Amara et al v. Fairmont Copley Plaza and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Inc., USDC, Boston, No. 1:09-cv-11802-JLT
  • Pro bono counsel to the plaintiffs in a challenge to speak English only employment rule, Juan Carlos Gorlier v. Whittier Street Health Center, EEOC Charge No. 161A40017

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