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Stephen S. Churchill

Employment and labor Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   5 reviews

About Stephen

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  1. Employment and labor
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    Represent workers in individual and class action cases, including wage-and-hour, misclassification, discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, severance, wrongful termination, and more.

    29 years

I have a demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of workers in Massachusetts and beyond.  Over the past 20 years, in addition to handling hundreds of cases on behalf of employees, I have demonstrated that commitment by co-founding Fair Work, P.C., a firm focused on employee rights; co-founding Fair Employment Project, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to provide legal information and counseling to workers who cannot otherwise get legal assistance; developing and teaching employment law courses at Harvard Law School; helping to develop the Employment Civil Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School; and speaking and writing on employment law issues.

Licensed for 28 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 09/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Stephen

Fair Work, P.C.
192 South St Ste 450
Boston, MA, 02111-2722

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Posted by Lou | May 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Par Excellence
Steve is, without exaggeration, the very best. He is intelligent, professional, communicative, and approachable. He represented me in a wage claim and there was never a second where I wasn't absolutely sure the right steps were being taken. He is unafraid to take on the large and well funded firms in the city and is fully equipped to come out with a victory. Legal proceedings can often get messy and difficult but Steve was there for me with an even keeled temperament and prudent advice. While Steve is more than capable of getting you the money you are owed he is even more efficient at righting wrongs. In a world of lawyers killing each other over nickels Steve actually cares about justice. The suit took a long time but it ended in a great result. In sum, Steve Churchill is a great lawyer but an even better person.
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Posted by Nate | January 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Steve helped make the best of a bad situation in an employment wage claim I had. He was always available for any questions I had and I felt he genuinely cared. He is highly intelligent but could also explain the options available to me in terms I could understand. It was also clear that he was highly regarded by both the opposing lawyer, and later the mediator. I would not hesitate to use Steve again or recommend him to someone needing an employment lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2016
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Attorney Stephen Churchill: The Best Deal in Town
I have been a public school teacher for 30 years; it’s been my passion, my mission, my dream, and my life. I was stunned when, twelve years ago, a new principal came to my school and started to bully me with threats to my employment, false and distorted accusations, false claims on my evaluations, and routine hostile meetings during which I had to endure aggressive, irrational, and unrestrained hostility. The union helped me keep my job for all of those years, but eventually that support wore thin and so did I. Sadly, my story isn't special or unique; it's common among teachers. Everyone loves to say “Teachers should be paid more and respected more”. What people generally don’t know is that our worst abusers are the school administrators, and they usually get away with it. By the time I found myself in Steve Churchill’s office, I was hanging onto my sanity by a thread, full of self-doubt, anger, confusion, fear, and heartbreak. I needed solid, compassionate, calm, articulate, and expert legal help. That’s exactly what Steve provided. Attorney Churchill is not only an expert in employment law, but he has a talent for explaining it clearly, calmly, and patiently. He was able to absorb my complex story that covered so many years and reframe it for me in a legal context. After hours of pouring my heart out to him and hearing his feedback that he offered so kindly, I could see my situation with an informed, realistic, and well-reasoned perspective. He spent many hours sorting through my many binders full of documents and notes that I had collected over the years, composing a well thought-out strategy. He explained the basic pieces and options and then worked with me to formulate its final form. He made sure that I was engaged as a respected partner in the process so I could make choices, have input, get answers to all of my questions, and feel like I was getting the kind of justice I was seeking while being realistic and reasonable. He started the negotiation process with my school district and laid a solid basis for the union attorney to build on when the conflict reached that stage. Even then, Steve continued to advise me and answer questions that I couldn’t get anyone from the union to respond to. For six months, Steve never missed a beat. He responded right away to every email, text, and phone call from me. His advice, support, and expertise are far above average, and he could have charged me for every second and every email and every thought; instead, he was incredibly fair and generous with his time and his advice. I know I got the best deal in town. While his legal help was rock solid, the way he offered it with kindness and understanding was what helped me find my way back to sanity so I could navigate my legal journey and also start to rebuild my life and move forward. Attorney Churchill helped me get the justice, resolution, and closure that I was looking for, and recover my self-respect that I had sacrificed for the sake of trying to keep my job. I am forever grateful to him.
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Posted by Dennis | March 28, 2016
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An incredible Attorney that will never let you down!
My employment case was the classic story of David vs Goliath. I was up against a billionaire that was determined not to pay my wages. Steve reviewed the facts of the case, took me on as a client and suddenly the playing field was leveled. The case was a 5 year battle and Steve never wavered. Always a phone call away when I had a question or concern. No matter what the opposing counsel tried to do Steve always seemed to out maneuver them. Steve's experience, knowledge of the law, and his litigation skills are exceptional. Our case eventually went to a jury trial...we won! The opposing side appealed...we won! The opposing side finally settled when they ran out of options. The result of the case was a payday of over a half a million dollars. This NEVER would have happened if Steve Churchill did not take my case 5 years earlier. He stood beside us the entire time and was ready to fight the good fight. I cannot say enough about Steve. He changed my life. Steve is passionate about fairness in the workplace. I can make one statement with absolute certainty...If you do not hire Steve Churchill as your attorney today you will wish you did tomorrow.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2014
A great Lawyer!
At a time in my life I needed someone most - Attorney Steven Churchill was there for me. Steve took on my case when most lawyers leaned away from it and he won my case.....big time! We were up against an employer that had a lot of money to fight me and make my life miserable but Attorney Churchill in his quiet manner fought back and won. My life today is better because of Steven and I owe him much gratitude for his advice and support through some very dark days.
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Cost

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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lecturer-on-Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lichten & Liss Riordan
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center Of Harvard Law School
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
  • 1994 - 2004
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Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Associations

  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 in Massachusetts
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 in Massachusetts
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Visionary Leaders Award
  • Somerville Community Corporation
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Arbitrating Employment Discrimination Cases (Or Not)
  • 2013
  • Amicus (online supplement to Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Reviewi)
  • Making Employment Civil Rights Real
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Recent Developments Under Massachusetts Wage Act
  • 2003
  • Boston Bar Journal
  • A Fly in the Web: The Developing Law of Reasonable Accommodations
  • 2002
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Recent Legislation, Bills, and Agency Materials and Selected Cases Under Other Employment Statutes
  • 2001
  • Lorman Education Services
  • The Family & Medical Leave Act
  • 2001
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Selected Legislative and Regulatory Developments
  • 2000
  • Massachusetts Law Review
  • Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: A Shared Responsibiity
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Panel on developments and trends in class action arbitration
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Panel on arbitrating discrimination and retaliation cases
  • 2013
  • Harvard Law School
  • Panel on Lilly Ledbetter case
  • 2012
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Panel on ATT Mobility v. Concepcion
  • 2012
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Handling employment discrimination cases
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Practical skills workshop
  • 2005
  • EEOC/FEPA Trial Training
  • Trial workshop
  • 2004
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Time off in Massachusetts
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Steve for about 10 years, and we co-counseled a discrimination case together many years ago. He's an excellent lawyer and a wonderful person. You cannot go wrong with Steve as your employment lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor