Janet Barringer is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's Boston office. She defends companies and individuals in a variety of matters ranging from employment claims to business disputes to professional liability matters and has tried over 20 cases to verdict. Ms. Barringer's peers have recognized her for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation: Defense) and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (Employment Litigation: Defense).
In her Labor & Employment practice, Ms. Barringer represents businesses and local governments in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII and other state and federal discrimination laws; wage and hour claims and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act; Family and Medical Leave Act claims; and claims for breach of contract and violations of restrictive covenants like non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. She also serves as outside counsel to business owners, human resources professionals, and in-house counsel on issues ranging from the preparation of personnel policies, employment contracts, arbitration agreements, and severance agreements, to advice and counseling on day-to-day personnel issues and best practices.
Ms. Barringer has defended an array of individuals, hi-tech start ups, manufacturers, restaurants and hospitality businesses, health care providers, hospitals and insurers. Her experience includes products liability defense and the defense of health care organizations in government False Claims Act investigations and qui tam lawsuits. She has advised health system networks, pharmacy benefits managers, medical device manufacturers, clinical research organizations, hospitals, long-term care providers, home health agencies, drug manufacturers, pharmacies, dialysis centers, infusion care centers, and hospice care providers.
Ms. Barringer also has defended a variety of businesses in product defect and consumer fraud class actions, trade secret theft, unfair competition, corporate governance cases, business-to-business transactional disputes, and other commercial litigation.She also has extensive experience involving the defense of high exposure catastrophic loss cases and has repeatedly defended multi-million dollar claims and law suits involving personal injuries. Ms. Barringer is also recognized as being at the forefront of defending claims and cases involving internet defamation and media, advertising and entertainment liability claims.
Her professional liability practice includes defense of attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents, teachers, corporate officers, and other professionals. She also defends homeowners associations, non-profits, and community management associations.Ms. Barringer defends her clients from the initial response to the complaint through trial. She protects her clients’ positions cost effectively through motion and discovery practice, and deposes the necessary parties, witnesses and experts. Her business and individual clients become enthusiastic fans of her trial skills, strategies, and business insight and acumen.
Ms. Barringer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, where she was a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She graduated from Suffolk University Law School, and served on its Moot Court Honor Board.
In her spare time she enjoys exercising and watching her sons play sports.