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The Boston Regional Solicitor's Office

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The Boston Regional Solicitor's Office is responsible for civil trial litigation and legal advice and support for the U.S. Department of Labor for matters arising in the following states:

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode island
  • Vermont

The Boston Regional Solicitor's Office employs approximately 26 attorneys and 5 legal support staff.

What We Do:

The Boston Regional Solicitor's Office:

  • recommends and prosecutes litigation in administrative law courts and U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts throughout New England;
  • provides legal and strategic advice and assistance to DOL worker protection agencies in support of their enforcement priorities;
  • works cooperatively with state and local governments and with worker advocacy organizations to achieve common worker protection goals; and
  • assists United States Attorney's offices in the prosecution of criminal cases arising from DOL agency civil investigations

Attorneys employed by the Boston Regional Solicitor's Office may be called upon to handle matters in any of the Department of Labor's program areas. Most work performed in this region arises out of investigative activity by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (including Whistleblower), the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Wage and Hour Division, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance. Among the industries we often deal with are construction, restaurants, temporary staffing agencies, insurance companies, and financial services companies. We frequently handle cases involving:

  • vulnerable workers misclassified as independent contractors or otherwise victimized by predatory employment practices
  • correction of systemic violations on an enterprise-wide basis where conditions warrant, including from:
    • employers operating in multiple states, engaged in wage theft or unsafe work practices, and
    • financial institution and insurance company service providers to pension and welfare plans

Our Accomplishments:

Department of Labor Agencies Supported:

Law and Paralegal Student Intern Program:

The Boston Regional Solicitor's Office operates a vigorous law and paralegal student intern program year-round, offering students exposure to the full range of activities the office engages in. Several of our former interns have gone on to become participants in the Department's Honors Program.

Fissured Workplace Group

Office activities include an interdisciplinary attorney-run study and action group dedicated to analyzing the challenges presented by the "fissured workplace," and developing innovative legal strategies to ensure worker protection under the laws we enforce.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

    • Region I. BOSTON
      John F. Kennedy - Federal Office Building
      Government Center, Room E-375
      Boston, MA 02203
      (617) 565-2500
      (617) 565-2142 (FAX)
      • REGIONAL SOLICITOR Michael D. Felsen
        • DEPUTY REGIONAL SOLICITOR / Counsel for OSHA Christine T. Eskilson
          • Counsel for Civil Rights / Whistleblower Kelly Lawson
          • Counsel for ERISA Marjorie A. Butler
          • Counsel for Wage and Hour Programs Merle D. Hyman
          • Management Analyst Judy L. Nelson