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Barbara A. Robb

According to Chambers, Barbara “is laser-focused on a case; very tough, thorough and a good advocate for her clients.” “She takes a very measured, methodical approach and the manner in which she framed and argued our issue achieved a ‘top level’ in settlement.”

Phone: 617-447-2807
Email: [email protected]
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Barbara and her partners pioneered the firm’s nationally-ranked executive advocacy practice which focuses on the legal needs of executives, professionals and select businesses in sophisticated employment matters. Since 2014, Chambers USA has named Barbara as a Leader in the Field of Labor & Employment, Mainly Plaintiffs Representation. Clients further report that she is a “brilliant attorney” whose handling of sensitive situations “could not have been better.” Barbara is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers who are selected based upon their superior litigation and ethical reputations. She is also a member of the Trial Law Institute and Diversity Law Institute. In addition, Barbara was selected again by her peers for inclusion in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as a New England Super Lawyer since 2005.

Barbara represents clients in a wide range of employment and compensation matters, including employment and change-in-control agreements, executive compensation, deferred and equity compensation, confidentiality obligations, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, severance, retirement agreements, and buyouts of equity interests. She has successfully represented clients in complex, multi seven- and eight-figure matters. Her work includes claims for breach of contract, violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, violations of the laws prohibiting discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, SOX, Dodd Frank and other whistleblower claims, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and violations of the laws requiring reasonable accommodations for disabilities.

She has handled many well-known and well-regarded litigation and appellate matters.  For example, in the case of Joule, Inc. v. Simmons, Barbara successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court that a private arbitration agreement does not restrict the power of the MCAD to investigate and eradicate violations of the Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws, including by awarding victim-specific relief.  Barbara also served as co-counsel in New Boston Select Group, Inc. v. Karen DeMichele, in which the jury awarded her female executive client a multi-million dollar verdict.

A graduate of Fairfield University (where she played Division I basketball), Barbara received a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Ohio State University School of Public Policy and Management.  She earned her J.D. summa cum laude from New England School of Law where she served as a member of the New England Law Review and was awarded the Amos L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the New England Law Review’s Scribes Award.