Chambers USA 2022 Ranks Hartley Michon Robb as Top-Tier Employment Law Firm for Individuals

Hartley Michon Robb has, once again, been recognized as a ”Band 1” top-tier law firm by Chambers USA for our leading work in executive advocacy, employment law and litigation. Also recognized was the leading work of “Band 1” Partners H. James Hartley, Katherine J. Michon and Barbara A. Robb.  Chambers described Hartley Michon Robb as a “[d]istinguished group of leading plaintiff attorneys offering expert advice to executives and professionals in many areas of labor and employment litigation. Demonstrable strength in a diverse range of issues including severance, compensation and restrictive covenants. Offers additional expertise in arbitrations and issues pertaining to whistleblowing claims.  The firm is praised for providing strong representation in discrimination claims.”  One client said: “one of the best plaintiff-side employment firms in Boston.”

In 2021 Kathy was recognized as a “Go To Employment Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  This award recognizes the top employment lawyers across the Commonwealth.

Barbara represented an actor/producer before the House Judiciary Committee on November 16, 2021, regarding the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 3, 2022. The law gives employees the option to invalidate pre-dispute arbitration agreements in sexual harassment and assault cases, and instead file in court.

Congratulations to Jim and Kathy for being named Top Lawyers by Boston Magazine in 2021.

In 2019, Patrick and Jim won a seven-figure arbitration award in favor of our client arising from his “Good Reason” resignation pursuant to a Change of Control agreement.  The award included all amounts sought by the executive, plus statutory interest and attorneys’ fees.

Jim, Katherine, Barbara, and Patrick were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 Edition of

Best Lawyers


In 2020, Patrick and Hampton won a seven-figure arbitration award in favor of our client, arising from his employer’s purportedly “discretionary” reduction of commission payments. The arbitrator found that the employer had improperly reduced the commissions in violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act, and awarded our client treble damages and attorneys’ fees.

In 2021,  Patrick and Barbara won a six-figure arbitration award, plus statutory interest and attorneys’ fees, in favor of an attorney seeking deferred compensation from his former firm in connection with his retirement.

In 2020, Patrick, Barbara and Hampton successfully represented an executive in a two-week arbitration concerning his alleged “for Cause” termination. The arbitrator found that our client had not been terminated “for Cause” and was entitled to recover cash and stock worth tens of millions of dollars that his former employer claimed had been forfeited.

In 2022 Patrick Hannon succeed on a Motion to Dismiss in the Delaware Chancery Court.  You can read more about it here.TaftLaw