Jeffrey L. Hirsch

USA: Massachusetts

Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
24 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
United States

Tel: 617.348.4315


Jeffrey Hirsch is an experienced attorney, author, and teacher who has practiced management labor and employment law for over 35 years.

During that time, Jeff has advised and represented hundreds of employers in many diverse fields, including higher education, healthcare, human services, manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, retail, food processing, textile, and many service industries. Since 1990, Jeff has also been the author of the widely used book Labor and Employment in Massachusetts, and he has written similar books analyzing the laws of Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Jeff also wrote the Occupational Safety and Health Handbook, which was distributed nationally. Jeff’s books are published by LexisNexis and are relied upon by thousands of lawyers, executives, and human resources professionals around the United States.

Jeff was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2005 and has been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” continuously since 2007. In addition, Jeff is a Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, a Patron Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Sustaining Fellow of the Boston Bar Association Society of Fellows. Since 1983 Jeff has held an appointment as an Institute Fellow at the Human Resources Policy Institute at the Boston University School of Management. Jeff has served under six consecutive Massachusetts governors as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) from 1995 to present.

Jeff regularly represents employers in labor negotiations, labor arbitrations, union organizing drives, wage and hour cases, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases. He has appeared on behalf of his clients before dozens of state and federal agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, New Hampshire Department of Labor, and state and federal courts.

Like all HRW lawyers, Jeff also believes in effective proactive partnering with clients, and he spends a significant amount of time providing advice to senior leaders and presenting in-house educational and training programs to help clients avoid costly disruptions and disputes.

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Labor and Employment Law
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2006 to present
  • Ranked by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment Law, 2004 to present
  • Named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers), published in Boston Magazine, in Employment & Labor Law, 2004 to present
  • Named a “Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013” in Litigation — Labor and Employment Law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Named a “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts” by Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Member, Editorial Board, Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2000 to 2013
  • Institute Fellow, Boston University Human Resources Policy Institute, 1983 to present
  • Sustaining Fellow, Boston Bar Association Society of Fellows, 2013 to present
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2005 to present
  • Member, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board, 1995 to present
  • Recipient of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Leadership Award, January 22, 2002
  • Patron Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2011 to present
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Life Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2016 to present
  • Author, Labor and Employment in Massachusetts, LexisNexis, 1990-present
  • Author, Labor and Employment in New Hampshire, LexisNexis, (Co-authored with Heather Burns)
  • Author, Labor and Employment in Connecticut, LexisNexis, 1992-2012
  • Author, Labor and Employment in Rhode Island, LexisNexis, 1992-2012
  • Author, Occupational Safety and Health Handbook, LexisNexis, 1993-2013
  • Member, Editorial Board of Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2001-2012
  • People Make Robots Work, Harvard Business Review, January-Feburary, 1984, Volume 1. (Co-authored with Fred K. Foulkes)

HRW’s team of experienced attorneys helps employers remain in compliance with the law and avoid or resolve every manner of workplace dispute.  We are proud to represent employers of all sizes, both for-profit and not-for-profit, both unionized and non-union, across a broad spectrum of industries.

HRW’s proactive approach starts with counseling, training, and leadership education specifically tailored to help each client understand and comply with the labor and employment laws applicable to its workplace and industry.  Through a variety of proactive programs like HRW’s flat-fee Labor and Employment Services Program (LESP) and the Leadership Education Institute (LEI) HRW not only helps clients minimize their legal liability and exposure, but also enhances their ability to establish and sustain a productive relationship with their workforces.

When disputes arise, HRW’s litigation team has a history of vigorously and successfully defending employers against a wide variety of claims. HRW’s litigation team also represents businesses and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including lawsuits regarding mergers and acquisitions, earn-outs, trade secrets, copyright, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and violations of Chapter 93A.

“Jeffrey Hirsch is held in the greatest regard for his powerful advocacy on behalf of employer-side clients in a wide range of sectors, including higher education, healthcare and manufacturing. He handles the full range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class action defense and labor negotiations and arbitrations. Clients value his “very diligent and conscientious” service.”
Chambers & Partners