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Brian J. MacDonough

Brian J. MacDonough

Brian J. MacDonough concentrates his practice in employment law and executive advocacy. He handles a wide range of matters, including contract negotiation and enforcement, discrimination, whistleblowing, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. In particular, Brian counsels and represents executives and professionals regarding sophisticated employment and compensation matters, including employment agreements, change of control agreements, equity and deferred compensation vehicles, non-competition and other restrictive covenants, severance /separation terms, and transition agreements. A trusted advisor to his clients, Brian often works with them throughout their careers as they transition to new opportunities.

In addition to his executive advocacy practice, Brian also litigates cases in both federal and state courts and appears regularly before state and federal agencies, including  the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Highly respected by his colleagues, Brian serves as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, where he serves as a Council Member. He also served on the committee that prepared draft sexual harassment regulations on behalf of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and he assisted in the drafting of proposed revisions of the Commission’s procedural regulations

Brian is a frequent author and speaker on matters of employment law.  He is an editor and co-author of the Massachusetts Employment Law Manual, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.  He has also co-authored  employment law chapters for the MCLE’s Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual, and sections of the quarterly Commentary for the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter.  Brian has chaired several programs sponsored by MCLE, including “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law” and “Preventing and Litigating Wage & Hours Cases.”

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Speaking Engagements And Publications

  • Sexual Misconduct and the Definition of ‘Cause’,” FEI Daily, February 15, 2018
  • How to Protect Unvested Pay Upon Termination,”, October 23, 2017
  • “Fortifying & Scrutinizing Employee Handbooks & Policies”, speaker, MCLE, July 18, 2017
  • “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law,” chair and speaker, MCLE, June 16, 2017
  • “Unfair v. Unlawful: Representing Clients In Wrongful Termination Cases,” speaker, Boston Bar Association, May 2017
  • “‘1st Look’ at the New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law,” MCLE, September 2016
  • Legal Updates for Your Dental Practice,” Sherin and Lodgen Seminar, June 2016
  • “Representing Clients before the MCAD in Employment Discrimination Cases,” speaker, Boston Bar Association, April 2016
  • “Introduction to the Practice of Employment Law,” co-author, Massachusetts Employment Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Second, Third, and Fourth Editions and Supplements, 2006 to present
  • “Introduction to the Practice of Employment Law”, co-author, Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Third, Fourth, and Fifth Editions and Supplements, 2006 to present
  • “Wage and Hour Issues in the Dental Profession: Rights and Responsibilities Under the Massachusetts Wage Act,” Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.


  • Amicus Group
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Steering Committee
    • Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Fundamentals Program Committee
      Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
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