Jody L. Newman

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Clients and Industries

In employment cases, Jody has represented executives, managers, licensed professionals, and both union and non-union 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 represents employers and has conducted sensitive workplace investigations of high risk claims, as well as conducting employment law compliance audits designed to prevent liabilities.

Jody is also skilled in a neutral role, conducting trainings to avoid workplace discrimination, claims and employment law compliance audits.  She is a MCLE certified mediator and a trainer for HR Certifications, Inc. in conducting internal investigations.

She has represented 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 non-jury trials, and is also skilled in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law. Jody is a certified Title IX investigator.

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 Greater Boston Legal Services, devoting significant time to those non-profit endeavors.

Sample of Results in Practice *

  • 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 pre-judgment interest that more than doubled the original award.
  • Mediated highly charged sexual harassment, race discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination cases both pre-suit and in entrenched protracted litigation.
  • 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.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client working in the hospitality industry in a case involving issues related to maternity leave and sexual harassment.

* 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

  • 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

  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Employment Law Arbitrators
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Board of Directors Member
  • Boston Bar Association, current member and former Co-Chair Labor and Employment Section (2007-2009)
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Board Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, former Executive Committee and Board Member
  • National Employment Law Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Board of Directors (2002-2007)

Awards and Recognitions

  • New England Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2016)
  • Top Women Of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014)
  • Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Employment Law in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2015)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation--Plaintiff (2009-2015)
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Individuals and Management (2011-2016)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2009-2014)
  • Best Lawyers of America, Labor and Employment Law (2006-2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-2014)
  • "The Power List," Most Influential Attorneys of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership Award by The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (2010)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, "How to Stand Out at Work," New England National Black Law Students Conference, Boston (2017) 
  • Presenter, “Advising Employers and Employees on Off-Duty Conduct & Privacy in the Workplace,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Panelist, 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, "Internal Investigations Certificate Program," HR Certification (2015)
  • Presenter, "Trends in Discrimination Based Anti-Retaliation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference (2013)
  • Presenter, "Whistlebower and Retaliation Claims," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, 16th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, 14th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2011)
  • Panelist, "Small Firm and Solo Practice," Suffolk University Law Faculty (2011)
  • Faculty, 13th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "Taking & Defending a Dynamite Deposition in Your Next Employment Case," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "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 Mid-Year Meeting in Tuscan, AZ (2008)

Publications and Press

  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 5, Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2016 edition 
  • Co-Author, Jury Instructions and Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2014 edition
  • Co-Author, Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law, Boston Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association Equity Equality Summit of Management Partners and General Counsel (2010)
  • Board of Directors, and supporting advocate for litigation enforcing employees’ federal civil rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Former board member and advocate providing legal services to indigent clients, Greater Boston Legal Services

Learn More About Jody

Education

  • 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

  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Employment Law Arbitrators
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Board of Directors Member
  • Boston Bar Association, current member and former Co-Chair Labor and Employment Section (2007-2009)
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Board Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, former Executive Committee and Board Member
  • National Employment Law Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Board of Directors (2002-2007)

Awards and Recognitions

  • New England Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2016)
  • Top Women Of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014)
  • Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Employment Law in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2015)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation--Plaintiff (2009-2015)
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Individuals and Management (2011-2016)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2009-2014)
  • Best Lawyers of America, Labor and Employment Law (2006-2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-2014)
  • "The Power List," Most Influential Attorneys of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership Award by The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (2010)

Continuing Education and Commitment to Excellence

  • Panelist, "How to Stand Out at Work," New England National Black Law Students Conference, Boston (2017) 
  • Presenter, “Advising Employers and Employees on Off-Duty Conduct & Privacy in the Workplace,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • Panelist, 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, "Internal Investigations Certificate Program," HR Certification (2015)
  • Presenter, "Trends in Discrimination Based Anti-Retaliation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Employment Law Conference (2013)
  • Presenter, "Whistlebower and Retaliation Claims," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, 16th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • Faculty, 14th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2011)
  • Panelist, "Small Firm and Solo Practice," Suffolk University Law Faculty (2011)
  • Faculty, 13th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "Taking & Defending a Dynamite Deposition in Your Next Employment Case," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Panelist, "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 Mid-Year Meeting in Tuscan, AZ (2008)

Publications and Press

  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 5, Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2016 edition 
  • Co-Author, Jury Instructions and Employment Discrimination, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 2014 edition
  • Co-Author, Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law, Boston Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Service

  • Co-Chair, Women’s Bar Association Equity Equality Summit of Management Partners and General Counsel (2010)
  • Board of Directors, and supporting advocate for litigation enforcing employees’ federal civil rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Former board member and advocate providing legal services to indigent clients, Greater Boston Legal Services

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