Lapp, Daryl J.

Daryl J. Lapp




Daryl Lapp is a litigator whose practice principally involves the representation of colleges, universities and independent schools in connection with employment discrimination, personal injury, civil rights, breach of contract, real estate and other claims, including claims arising from sexual assault or harassment by school employees or students. Daryl regularly advises education clients outside of litigation, principally on issues relating to faculty and staff employment matters; at-risk students; and compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination, privacy, campus security and other laws. He also regularly works with educational clients in connection with investigations by federal and state agencies and matters of institutional governance. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law – Management (since 2017) and Education Law (since 2007). He was named the 2019 Boston Education Law 'Lawyer of the Year' by The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his education practice, Daryl regularly handles other litigation matters including the defense of product liability claims and commercial disputes. He formerly Co-Chaired the Firm's Litigation Department.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a university against breach of contract and other claims ‎arising from a real estate development project. Obtained judgment for ‎the university following a two-week bench trial and defeated plaintiff’s ‎appeal.
  • Defended a university in a three-week jury trial involving claims of gender discrimination and retaliation asserted by a lecturer who repeatedly was denied appointment to the faculty. Obtained a defense verdict on all claims at trial and defeated plaintiff's appeal.
  • Defended a university in a two-week jury trial involving claims of disability discrimination asserted by a computer programmer who alleged that the university failed to reasonably accommodate her disability. Obtained a defense verdict on all claims.
  • Defended a university against breach of contract, defamation and other claims asserted by a tenured faculty member who was terminated for his misuse of university credit cards. Obtained dismissal of all claims through motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and defeated plaintiff’s appeal.
  • Defended a college against breach of contract and other claims asserted by a faculty member who was terminated for cause after pleading guilty to fraud. Defeated plaintiff’s claim for injunctive relief, prevailed on a motion to dismiss the complaint, and defeated plaintiff’s appeal.
  • Defended a university against claims seeking to establish the existence of a prescriptive easement across the university’s property. Obtained a judgment in favor of the university following a trial in the Land Court.
  • Defended a university in three separate lawsuits alleging wrongful arrest and/or excessive force by campus police. Prevailed on motions to dismiss or for summary judgment in each case and defeated all three appeals.
  • Represented a university in an arbitration proceeding to enforce the terms of a license agreement with respect to the proceeds of a patent infringement action involving the licensed technology, securing a $4 million recovery for the university.
  • Defended the Town of Spencer in a two-week jury trial against breach of contract, civil rights and defamation claims arising from the Town’s termination of much of its police force. Obtained a defense verdict on all disputed claims.
  • Defended the Town of Lexington against a constitutional challenge to the Town's regulations for use of its historic Battle Green for expressive purposes. Defeated plaintiff’s motion for injunctive relief, obtained summary judgment on all claims and defeated plaintiff’s appeal.

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association (College and University Law Section)

Community Leadership

  • Greater Boston Legal Services
    • Corporate Member
    • Former President
    • Former Trustee
  • Trustee, Willow Hill School