John Foskett


Principal - Labor & Employment and Litigation and Municipal and School Law Departments


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Areas of Practice
John has been a principal in the firm since 1987. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, in the United States Supreme Court, in the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit and for the Ninth Circuit, and in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Work for Clients
John has successfully litigated lawsuits involving all types of employment-related disputes, including claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, violations of federal and state statutory and constitutional civil rights, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Massachusetts Wage Payment Law, judicial review of administrative and arbitral labor law rulings, ERISA discrimination, and claims under the Massachusetts Civil Service Law and Contributory Retirement Law. John also advises municipal clients regarding various issues of municipal law and has served as Town Counsel.

John also handles all aspects of public school law.  In addition to employment issues, these matters include student discipline, school bullying issues, and school finance.

In addition, John specializes in appellate practice in numerous substantive areas of the law in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, United States Supreme Court, and United States Courts of Appeals for the First and the Ninth Circuits. These cases include several significant decisions involving the areas of domestic relations, labor relations, employment, civil rights, municipal law and contracts.

The clients he has worked for include a wide range of governmental bodies at the state and local level, school districts, for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, and individuals. John also advises employers and employees in matters involving executive compensation, severance, non-competition covenants, and non-disclosure agreements.

In addition, John specializes in appellate practice in numerous substantive areas of the law in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court, United States Supreme Court, and United States Courts of Appeals for the First and the Ninth Circuits. These cases include several significant decisions involving the areas of domestic relations, labor relations, employment, civil rights municipal law and contracts.

The clients he has worked for include a wide range of governmental bodies at the state and local level, for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, and individuals. John also advises employers and employees in matters involving executive compensation, severance, non-competition covenants, and non-disclosure agreements.

Professional Activities
John is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Litigation Section, and has participated in professional continuing education presentations. He has also been named the incoming President-elect of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys. In April, John participated in the National Council of School Attorneys’ Annual School Law Seminar. He spoke on a panel of expert attorneys regarding the applicability of Supreme Court precedent on student discipline and speech off of school grounds.

Personal Activities
In his spare time, John pursues his interests in rock climbing and mountaineering, mountain biking, the American Civil War, and Notre Dame hockey. He is a book reviewer for the Civil War News.

Education
John received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1976 and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1973.

Practice Areas