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Naomi R. Shatz

Education Attorney at Boston, MA

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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 13 years
    New York - NY 14 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Education
    Naomi represents students, staff, and faculty of educational institutions to enforce their rights. She has extensive experience representing parties in sexual harassment and sexual assault cases on campus.

    11 years

  2. Employment and labor
    Naomi represents individuals in employment matters, including discrimination cases, wage and hour cases, contract disputes, and severance agreement reviews.

    11 years

  3. Litigation
    Naomi represents clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.

I represent employees and students facing discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights violations.

In my education discrimination work I represent students, teachers, and professors at all levels of education who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or assault at school, or who are being accused of committing violations of their schools policies related to sexual misconduct, academic misconduct, and other matters. I represent these students both in their internal school disciplinary processes, in complaints to federal agencies, and in litigation where necessary to enforce their rights.  My familiarity with schools' unorthodox adjudicatory procedures, substantial knowledge of Title IX, and understanding of sexual violence issues results in excellent outcomes for the students I represent. In addition to representing students, teachers, and professors in university administrative proceedings, I litigate on behalf of these clients to enforce their civil rights in federal and state court.

In my employment practice I represent clients who have faced discrimination and retaliation in the workplace based on their race, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, and she advises clients in ongoing employment situations and workplace conflicts. I litigate cases in state and federal court on behalf of my clients, and have obtained favorable outcomes and substantial financial settlements for my clients. I have helped numerous clients negotiate separation from their employers and obtain favorable severance packages. 

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Skadden Fellow, Staff Attorney
  • New York Civil Liberties Union
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Skadden Fellow
  • Legal Momentum
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Assistant
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • Yale Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Barnard College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Legal Network for Gender Equity
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Up and Coming Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Meeting held by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses
  • 2017
  • Frank J. Murray American Inn of Court
  • Sexual Assault on Campus
  • 2014
  • Huffington Post Live segment
  • Is the Death Penalty Off the Table for Women?
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Discrimination Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Naomi is very smart, very quick and very efficient. She is a superb lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Naomi is an all-around terrific lawyer and my very valued colleague. I turn to her regularly for advice and am always very pleased when we have the opportunity to handle cases together. She is smart, dedicated, and a strategic thinker."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"With pleasure I evaluate our associate Naomi Shatz as an outstanding lawyer. She has been with our firm for over four years and I have worked with her on a number of criminal cases. She argued a motion for a judgment of aquittal in a cruelty to animals case to a judge in the Boston Municipal Court. The judge allowed the motion and the client was acquitted of all charges as a result of her outstanding legal writing and allocution. Additionally, she worked as co-counsel with me and my partner Inga Bernstein in a highly celebrated case involving alleged fraud of a Boston charity. The prosecutor argued that the defendant serve 3 years in state prison and with Naomi's help we developed a written and oral presentation in support of our recommendation of probation. We prevailed and Naomi was an integral part of the presentation. In preparing this case, Naomi had to do a great deal of legal and factual research as well as helping us with the memorandum on sentencing."
Education Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Naomi is an hard-working and outstanding colleague who achieves great results for her clients in a range of matters. She is particularly knowledgeable about Title IX and related academic proceedings."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Naomi for over four years on various employment, criminal, and Title IX/academic matters at our firm. She is an excellent attorney who is deeply committed to justice for her clients. I have worked with her on many matters involving high-intensity litigation, and she has performed extremely well and helped achieved successful results for our clients in those cases."
Criminal defense
Employment and labor

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Boston Education Lawyer Naomi R. Shatz
Naomi R. Shatz
Education Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 14 years