Richard D. Glovsky, who co-chairs the Firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, handles significant employment related litigation, including class actions, wage and hour issues, and discrimination and retaliation claims. Most significantly, Dick has become a trusted advisor and general counsel to various companies and their senior executives. Dick also prosecutes cases for financial services, healthcare, hospitality companies and other businesses to protect their trade secrets and to prevent former employees from violating non-competition and non-solicitation obligations. Dick has developed a niche specialty advising clients on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs and Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) reports.
Recently, Dick prevailed in a case in New Hampshire involving alleged violations of non-compete agreements. In the past year or two, he concluded expeditiously a trade secret theft case by securing the entry of a permanent injunction in Massachusetts in a case arising out of the state of Michigan. Similarly, Dick wrapped up litigation by avoiding class certification on behalf of a construction company client and secured a verdict in a class action case in the United States District Court for the District of Florida for a Paris-based client. He also prevailed in a preliminary injunction context after two days of trial in a matter in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida involving violations of a former executive’s non-solicitation obligations. In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Dick first-chaired, and his client prevailed, in one of the few evidentiary hearings that have been conducted on the issue of class certification.
Dick has tried other complex matters involving numerous business issues, defamation claims, and wrongful termination actions. Internationally, Dick has handled matters involving the laws of Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, China, Germany, Vietnam and New Zealand, where his clients recently prevailed in a trial resulting in an award amounting to NZD$6.3M relating to their investments in a winery there. Dick also counsels companies and officers on executive compensation matters and strategies designed to avoid the cost and expense of litigation. Dick is consistently recognized in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, for his work in the field of Labor & Employment, and was referred to there as a "superb trial attorney" and "admired for his proficiency in a diverse range of employment issues."
In September 2014, Dick was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America as a Fellow. According to LCA, “membership in this invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society is highly selective and is limited to deserving, experienced and highly qualified lawyers.” Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.
Dick is the author of Lexis' "Practical Guidance" for Massachusetts, a comprehensive publication covering the entire scope of Massachusetts employment law.
On October 19, Dick was honored by the Judge Baker Children's Center.
Dick founded and co-chairs the Latino-Jewish Roundtable. He has served as the National Hispanic-Jewish Relations chair, National Civil Rights chair and National Education chair of the Anti-Defamation League and was a recipient of that organization’s David A. Rose Civil Rights Award. In addition, Dick has received numerous other tributes, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Charles F. Moore, Jr. Award and The Class of 1926 Award from Dartmouth College; the Community Service Award from the American Jewish Committee; and the Community Service Award from the Lena Park Development Corporation. Dick also served for five years as the Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the City of Newton and as president of his class at Dartmouth College.
Dick has been a legal commentator for National Public Radio, New England Cable News and WCVB/Channel 5. He has lectured at Boston College Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Brandeis International Business School and the University of Massachusetts. Dick has also been profiled in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Business Journal and The Boston Herald. Dick also was the subject of two opinion pieces by William F. Buckley, Jr. and is highlighted in Buckley's book, "In Search of Anti-Semitism."
El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dick to its annual list of 100 of the most influential people in the Hispanic community, in recognition of his efforts in reaching out to the Latino community.
Before entering private practice, Dick worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where he was named Chief of the Civil Division. In that role, Dick supervised all civil litigation in Massachusetts involving the federal government, including all cases brought by or against the United States, its agencies, and employees in state and federal courts. He also expanded the role of the United States Attorney’s Office to include antitrust and civil rights litigation. Prior to becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dick worked for Antonin Scalia in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. In law school, Dick was an editor of the law review.
Dick is well versed in the numerous issues stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), stay-at-home and related orders, and all of their impacts on employers, employees and independent contractors, including critical infrastructure and essential services determinations, paid and unpaid leave, layoffs, pay reductions, reduced hours, furloughs, downsizings, expanded unemployment, and their interaction with numerous local, state and federal laws and regulations. Many of these issues have significant interactions with employee benefits, tax, Small Business Administration, and other issues, where we collaborate closely with our colleagues experienced in those practice areas.
- Defended a number of class actions, including litigation involving wage and hour issues, and having defeated class allegations in a case involving the purported deceptive marketing of telephone equipment and services
- Throughout his career, Dick has secured verdicts in a number of employment cases for financial institutions seeking to protect trade secrets and enforce non-competition agreements
- Defended numerous cases of discrimination, retaliation and defamation brought by professionals against health care institutions and colleges and universities, having recently resolved a high profile case involving one of Boston’s leading hospitals
- Negotiated employment and severance agreements for the CEOs and CFOs of some of the country's leading companies
- Spoken about the pitfalls of employment law at meetings and conferences of the highest ranking officers and human resources professionals at many of Boston’s top tier businesses
Professional Affiliations and Recognitions
- AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Named to the Judicial Nominating Commission of Massachusetts in 2012.
- Since 2004, has repeatedly been selected as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition
- Named to Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment in Massachusetts (2014-2020)
- Named to The Best Lawyers in America , Employment Law - Management (2016-2017, 2019-2020)
- Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Program Review Committee
- Honoree, Judge Baker Children's Center