Neil Jacobs is a senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1977. Mr. Jacobs has extensive experience in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. He also has significant experience in employment and labor law litigation in state and federal courts, and administrative proceedings before state and federal fair employment agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program, and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He is admitted to practice before the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the US Court of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits and in all state courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mr. Jacobs has acted as counsel in employment and labor law matters to numerous clients of the firm. His clients include technology and life sciences companies, health care institutions, professional sports teams, transportation companies, warehouse and distribution companies, accounting firms, manufacturers in a variety of industries and educational institutions. He has experience negotiating with the major unions in the following areas: warehouse and distribution, trucking, education, health care, manufacturing and retail sales.
Mr. Jacobs has been responsible for acting as lead trial or appellate counsel in major employment litigation involving ERISA litigation, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in the US Courts of Appeals, predatory hiring cases, employee theft of trade secrets, wrongful discharge litigation and discrimination litigation.
Prior to joining the firm in 1977, Mr. Jacobs worked in the Appellate Enforcement Division of the National Labor Relations Board.
As a member of the American Bar Association's Developing Labor Law Committee, Mr. Jacobs has written an article published by the committee, "Striker Replacements: The Duty to Bargain Over Terms and Conditions of Employment." He was a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law and was the editor of the MBA Labor Section newsletter.