Tamsin R. Kaplan

phone: 617-589-3892
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PRACTICE & FOCUS AREA
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Tamsin is an employment lawyer and business litigator, and serves as outside general counsel to diverse nonprofits and private schools. She has extensive experience representing businesses, executives and other high-level professionals in a full range of employment-related issues from recruitment through termination.   Tamsin frequently conducts workplace investigations, provides trainings on diversity and harassment, and advises employers regarding employee handbooks, employment audits, and workplace policies and practices. She regularly litigates cases involving employment and business disputes federal and state courts and agencies.

RESULTS
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  • Successfully enforced a non-compete agreement against a former high level employee in the medical services industry.
  • Successfully defended a high tech company against allegations of unpaid wages and employment discrimination.
  • Won a judgment for a company co-founder in a lawsuit arising from the breakup of a business, including breach of contract and non-compete claims.
  • Negotiated numerous CEO, CFO and CMO employment, non-compete and severance agreements.
  • Defeated a summary judgment motion in the Superior Court Business Litigation Session in a lawsuit involving equity distribution in a biotech start-up.
  • Successfully defended a medical practice in a breach of contract lawsuit by a physician.
  • Won a five figure discovery sanction against the opposing party in a Superior Court lawsuit.
  • Conducted an investigation of allegations against a high level town official.
  • Obtained a high six figure settlement for a health care executive by commencing arbitration to enforce the good reason termination provision in the client’s employment contract.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss claims against a non-profit executive in U.S. District Court.
CREDENTIALS
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Distinctions:

  • Selected Chambers USA Leading Lawyer 2013-2014; Recognized Practitioner 2015-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2009-2019 (Top 50 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2013-2016; Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, 2014; Top 50 Women New England Super Lawyers, 2014; and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2014)

Admitted:

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Member:

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Business Law Section Council, 2012-2017)
  • Women’s Bar Association (Board Member, 2009-2015; Middlesex Committee, 1995-2012; Business Development Committee, 2009-2015)

Arbitrator:

  • American Arbitration Association Expedited Commercial Panel

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

  • Labor and Employment Curriculum Advisory Committee (2010-present)
MORE THAN A LAWYER
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In her downtime, Tamsin enjoys sculling on the Charles River, Pilates, swimming or relaxing on the beach in Sarasota. She is an award-winning comedian who earned the title of “Funniest Lawyer in Massachusetts” for her stand-up comedy at a 2014 event to benefit the Women’s Bar Foundation.

News & Insights
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Time Off For Veterans Under the BRAVE Act (0:01:14), speaker at 2019 Employment Law Seminar

Employee Handbooks: Benefits, Pitfalls and Preserving At-Will Employment, authored article in Cannabis Business Executive

Employment Challenges and Solutions for the Cannabis Industry, presenter at Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition

Mentors for Rainmaking, panelist for Women's Bar Association Business Development Committee program

Developments in Trial Practice and New Procedural Rules, presenter at MCLE's 19th Annual Employment Law Conference

Diversity, Unconscious Bias and Employer Liability, speaker at CUPA-HR Eastern Region Conference

Can worker fired for pot use sue?, quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

For employers, time to review drug-testing policies, authored article in New England In-House

Employment Law Fundamentals: Get Smart or Get Sued®, chair of Social Law Library program

Employment Law Essentials, presenter for The Lenny Zakim Fund

Learning and Networking with Alumni & Practitioners, panelist at Boston College Law School Boot Camp event

Non-Competes: Are They on the Fast Track to Extinction in Massachusetts? (11:02), Employment law attorney Tamsin Kaplan discusses non-compete agreements and how recent Massachusetts legislation may impact employees and employers.

Medical Marijuana is Coming to Massachusetts: What Does it Mean for Employers? (13:51), Tamsin Kaplan explains how the upcoming legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts will impact employers and what rights could be gained by employees.

Social Media: Current Issues Facing Employers, speaker at 2014 Employment Law Seminar

What Really Happened? Investigating Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Complaints, panelist at American Arbitration Association's national webinar

Finding Your Fit-Discovering Your Niche in the Marketplace, moderator at Boston Product Management Association career night event

Advising a Massachusetts Business: Employment Agreements, author of chapter in MCLE publication

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