Rebecca G. Pontikes represents employees in all phases of employment
litigation, including trials, administrative proceedings, mediation,
and appeals. Ms. Pontikes concentrates her litigation practice on
discrimination, particularly gender and family responsibility
discrimination, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, public
accommodation, sexual harassment, non-competition agreements, and
unpaid wages and overtime.
Over her ten years of
practice, Ms. Pontikes has developed a reputation for aggressively
representing her clients and obtaining demonstrable results. Past
clients include vice presidents of large corporations, attorneys,
police officers, teachers, college professors, and physicians. Her
clients also include a deaf customer at a Wendy's restaurant who
attempted to use the drive thru and a student who was sexually
assaulted while on a study abroad program. She filed lawsuits in
federal court against the Wendy's restaurant chain for failing to
accommodate the deaf and hard of hearing at its drive thru, and against
the non-profit study abroad organization for violations of Title IX. She obtained a favorable settlement for both clients.
resorting to litigation, Ms. Pontikes seeks creative solutions to her
clients' problems by advising her clients on the formation of
employment contracts, review of severance agreements, and review of
non-competition agreements. For employers seeking to prevent future
litigation, Ms. Pontikes offers advising services and counseling.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School in 1997 and of Tufts University, magna cum laude,
in 1994. Ms. Pontikes was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in
December, 1997 and to the Federal District of Massachusetts in March,
1999. She was selected by her peers as a Rising Star for inclusion in the Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine in 2007 and as a Super Lawyer in 2004.
Ms. Pontikes is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs for area bar associations, including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association,
the Women's Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the MCLE,
and other employment law related committees. She co-wrote amicus briefs in Trustees of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 449 Mass. 675, (2007) and in Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 450 Mass. 327 (2008).
is also active in several area bar associations, particularly the
Women's Bar Association where she currently sits on the Board of
Directors and co-chairs the Solo and Small Firm committee. She has also
actively lobbied the state legislature through the WBA, particularly
for employment related issues such as the extension of the statute of
limitations from 180 to 300 days and for the extension of unemployment
benefits for women taking maternity leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National
Employment Lawyer's Association and in the past has sat on the Boards
of Directors of Deana's Fund, an organization devoted to educating
against dating violence through educational theater and the Greater
Boston Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
lives in Cambridge with her husband, an astrophysicist for the
Smithsonian Institution. In her free time, she is a political activist,
particularly for feminist causes, reads, watches movies, and writes
letters to the editor. She and her husband enjoy traveling and
exploring new places together. They have recently traveled to Greece,
Crete, France, Italy, and Peru.
Languages spoken: French
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Boston Magazine||2007|
|Rising Star||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts||Member||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Massachusetts Chapter)||Member||N/A|
|University of Michigan Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|