Paul G. Lannon Jr. is a partner in Holland & Knight's
Litigation Section and a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits
Group and Energy Team. He is co-chair of the Education Team and chair of the
Non-Competition, Trade Secrets and Employee Defection Team. Mr. Lannon
represents public and private companies in complex civil litigation, counsels
businesses on asset protection and workplace issues, and advocates for
management in employment disputes. Mr. Lannon also serves as the outside general
counsel for several private universities, colleges and secondary schools in New
His litigation experience includes victorious trials, appeals, arbitrations
and mediations, locally and nationally. He served as a special assistant
district attorney and has twice argued First Amendment principles before the
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Mr. Lannon is also accomplished in
representing energy services companies before state and federal agencies. In one
of the first major federal cases after 9/11, he effectively argued to re-open
the Port of Boston to supertanker traffic. Mr. Lannon defends professionals in
malpractice and disciplinary actions and prepares witnesses for public
Outside courtrooms and hearings, Mr. Lannon’s experience includes leading
both independent and internal investigation teams reporting on matters of
financial fraud, false claims, regulatory compliance, protection of minors,
sexual assault and harassment, and other workplace misconduct.
Non-Competition, Trade Secrets and Defecting Employees. Mr.
Lannon regularly defends companies from unfair competition, improper
solicitation of customers and employees, and unauthorized disclosure of trade
secrets and other proprietary information across the country. He is national
trial counsel on non-competition disputes for large healthcare and insurance
companies. His non-compete work includes drafting multi-state agreements and
developing company-wide asset protection policies.
Employment Counseling. Beyond unfair competition, Mr. Lannon
advises employers on a broad range of employment matters, including asset
protection, acquisitions and divestitures, human resource policies, wage and
hour, reductions in force, executive contracts, leaves, severance,
investigations, terminations, relocations and preventative training. He also
regularly represents management in discrimination and other workplace disputes
in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.
Education. Mr. Lannon devotes a large part of his practice
to advising private educational institutions on a broad range of matters,
including tenure disputes, campus security, student conduct, policies and
handbooks, Title IV compliance, Title IX gender discrimination and sexual
assault, governance, contracts, regulatory issues and preventative training. He
acts as general outside counsel to several colleges and secondary schools. He
also represents educational institutions in state and federal courts, in U.S.
Attorney and state Attorney General investigations, before the U.S. Department
of Education Office of Civil Rights and Office of the Inspector General, and
before other regulatory bodies. Mr. Lannon is a member of the National
Association of College and University Attorneys, a former co-chair of the Boston
Bar Association Section on College and University Law, a former editor of the
Journal of College and University Law, and the current chair of the
Editorial Board for the Boston Bar Journal. United Educators named Mr.
Lannon a select counsel for the defense of secondary and post-secondary
institutions. He has written and presented widely on education issues. Mr.
Lannon has been honored in education law as one of the Best Lawyers in
America, Boston's Best Lawyers, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Who's
Mr. Lannon clerked for The Honorable Joseph R. Nolan, Associate Justice of
the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1992-93).