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Jill Havens

Employment and labor Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   102 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jill

Learn Jill’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    60%
    I practice Employee Justice Law. I do employment and labor law - on the plaintiff's side only. I handle Unemployment cases, Discrimination, MCAD complaints, Wage and Hour claims, Overtime and Minimum Wage issues, employee and union contract negotiations, and wrongful terminations.

    12 years, 85 cases

  2. Employee benefits
    40%
    I handle all aspects of Employee Unemployment Insurance matters and hearings

    12 years, 300 cases

I represent only Workers - never Employers!

 

I have been fighting for workers’ rights for over 20 years.  I have worked as a union organizer, and employee advocate and an attorney.  I know how workers are treated in this country and I know that it is no simple task to secure basic rights.   Employees have always had to fight for their rights for fair treatment.

 

I formerly worked as a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Unemployment appeals board (the Board of Review).  I reviewed hundreds of cases and know many of the ins and outs and technicalities that make a difference between winning and losing an Unemployment Appeal.

Photos and videos

COVID-19 and Unemployment
Interview with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
Unemployment during the Pandemic
Interview with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Massachusetts
Unemployment in the MassachusettsNon-Profit Sector.
Presentation of Mass Cultural Council

Location

Workplace Justice Law Group LLC
11 Green Street
Boston, MA, 02130

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  102 customer reviews
Posted by Cara | January 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch lawyer
I had a difficult unemployment appeal case and Jill Havens helped me not only navigate the confusing process but successfully win my appeal. She was always available to answer my many questions quickly, with kindness and reassurance. I absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs an advocate when dealing with any and all work place issues.
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Posted by Hattie | January 15, 2024
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Unemployment Insurance Hearing
Jill is a very professional and experienced workplace lawyer. She was patience and always paid attention to the details of my case during each time of our phone call preparation. Jill responded to my emails timely. She made quick response to the opponents' argument and guided me through the whole Unemployment Hearing process. She helped me win my case.
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Posted by Sue | December 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Educator
I worked with Jill on an unemployment compensation issue and she was extremely helpful. She provided me with clear instructions to resolve the issue. Jill is very knowledgeable, and she was timely, and receptive to my questions and concerns.
Posted by GLENN | October 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended...
Finding someone who is expert in his/her field, intelligent, patient, sincere, with excellent communication skills is truly a gift from above - Well, that person is Jill (Workplace Justice Law Group).. I absolutely recommend her and her firm to anyone with employment issues in the state of Massachusetts. Jill came as a referral from someone whom I also respect tremendously. On very short-notice, Jill immersed herself, clearly understood the dynamics, delivered pro's/con's, suggested actions and was present thru successful decision. I can not say enough - But, my recommendations and future referrals to Jill and the Workplace Justice Law Group, speak louder.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2023
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Jill Havens
Despite extremely short notice before a long weekend, Jill fielded a two hour phone call on a Friday morning. She listened and walked through every last detail necessary. Before the call ended, she walked me through what to expect and how to handle certain situations I would be in. On the day of the hearing, her representation was unbelievable and completely necessary. It was an extremely positive experience and it highlighted the value of having a dedicated and capable attorney. I would work with Jill again any day of the week.
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Posted by Steph | September 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Short Term Disability, MA PFML, work snags
Jill was clear, helpful, and on hand as I navigated a confusing and overwhelming process with my company to get Short Term Disability. Since feeling under par, and feeling under attack at work, Jill helped me feel sane and ready to move forward.
Posted by Vanessa | August 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help with PUA claim!
I was referred to Jill by a friend. She has been helping me on a very complicated unemployment case which has been going on for years. It has been stressful, exhausting and frustrating and I wouldn't have been able to navigate the system without her. She is very kind, professional and knowledgeable. She always remembers the details of my case even when I don't, and she always gives me honest advice.
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Posted by Keith | August 14, 2023
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Keith Kenyon
Jill was professional, knowledgeable, and very responsive to my situation. She was extremely competent and very punctual in all of my dealings with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone, she was fantastic!
Posted by Katherine | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PUA Issue
Jill Haven helped me with a problem I had been dealing with for over 2 years. Where other lawyers I had contacted said there was nothing they could do, Jill listened, worked with me, and resolved the problem within a week! I am so grateful that I found Jill!
Posted by Saif AL | March 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney to work with.
I worked with attorney Jill on an unemployment claim. She was a fantastic person to work with and a very professional lawyer. I had called over 25 different law firms; Jill was the best person and everyone I spoke with. I can’t say enough good things about this amazing person. Highly recommend doing business and working with this understanding attorney.
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Posted by Jesula | March 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Ms.
After receiving the excellent legal services of Attorney Jill Havens, and her supporting team member, Louise Robinson, I strongly believe that they are the epitome of efficiency and effectiveness. As of Attorney Havens, she was very nice and extremely attentive to my particular needs related to some Unemployment issues, and delivered great results by solving my problems beyond expectations. Therefore, I highly recommend Attorney Jill Havens. You won’t regret it. Thank you for your attention.
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Posted by Michael | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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incredibly thankful
I spent a year and a half completely stressed out over a bureacratic mistake and could not get anyone to listen to me. Thank God I found Attorney Jill Havens who resolved my case in no time. I am truly greatful for her assistance and finally being able to have peace of mind. Thank you!
Posted by Mike | February 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle worker with the DUA
The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) had made a mistake on my account and said I owed them a significant amount of money. I tried to resolve this myself by writing, calling and emailing the DUA to no avail. Finally after over 2 years of failed attempts I gave up trying to fix this myself. Fortunately, I was put in touch will Jill Havens. She and I spoke once and within a matter of days my case was cleared as her one letter to them cleared everything. I now have peace of mind without this false claim hanging over me! My only regret is waiting over 2 years to call Jill. I should have done so sooner.
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Posted by Shannon | December 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jill is a lifesaver
Jill was a critical part of getting my complicated MA DUA claim approved. The DUA process was painfully slow, time-consuming, and stressful, but Jill helped me every step of the way. Jill is incredibly knowledgeable about the MA DUA and its process and she was quick to respond to any questions I had. I highly recommend Jill to any person who needs help with their MA DUA claim. She is a lifesaver.
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Posted by Steven | December 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'd recommend Jill to anybody!
I went to Jill feeling absolutely hopeless about my claim, and terrified with the $22,000 debt the state of MA was claiming I owed them after my determination being overturned. She not only got my determination and overpayment overturned, but I ended up getting another $10,000 that they owed me in pending payments from the year my claim was tied up. I had debt racked up from trying to survive without my payments and had no way of paying that money back if they ended up wanting it. Jill really saved me from a terrible situation and kept me calm throughout with her stern and informed personality. I just knew she had it under control when I first met with her, and I was right. I would recommend Jill to anybody who feels they have been wronged or feels they are owed money by their jobs or the department of unemployment, even if it feels hopeless, because if anybody can find a solution- it's Jill.
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Posted by Gerald | November 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my financial life
I was in a financial quagmire with the DUA that was such a mess even the Unemployment office couldn’t figure out what they themselves did. Attorney Haven masterfully reworked their paperwork so it even made sense to them. She was able to stop the DUA’s collection proceedings while saving me five figure penalties. I will not deal with any state agency again without first consulting attorney Havens.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2022
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Jill Havens is a great advocate and guide...
I consulted with and then hired Jill to represent me, and she made the experience as smooth and painless as possible. Jill is a great advocate to have on your side: she is deeply knowledgeable, competent, and reliable. She was easy to reach, made herself available as much as possible, and answered any questions that I had. In addition, Jill really listens and her calm, guiding demeanor was a welcome resource. I am very grateful to Jill for her expertise and walking me through the experience, and I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone seeking assistance.
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Posted by Vladimir | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and knowledge.
I had been looking for legal counsel or possibility of hiring regarding a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance repayment claim. Every place that I either called or reached out did not want to take it due to complications of my case. Then I had founded Jill office which is not far from me. Jill’s assistance heard me clear and reassure me that Jill would get back to me. Virtually meet due to pandemic, Jill great listener to start with, gathering all information that it might help my individual case is a key. Which she did with kindness, compassion. Therefore, walk me thoroughly and gave me some great insights as well advices. I cannot say enough good things about Jill and her expertise, guidance and assistance. I totally and fully agree with all reviews that I have read about Jill, and I would add that there are not enough stars ratings for Jill Havens.  Thanks Jill and I hope that people would not be hesitate to either consult or hire Jill Havens if they need it. 
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Posted by Emilia | October 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Legal Cosultation Ending in Winning Hearing!
I had a legal consult with Jill regarding a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance repayment claim. I had a tight timeline and she was able to virtually meet with me shortly after I reached out. She took the time to thoroughly review the details of my case and gave me some great insights and advice that I used for my appeal and hearing. I won my hearing which was such a relief! I am very grateful for Jill and service she provided.
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Posted by Steve | October 28, 2022
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Jill Havens
I cannot say enough good things about Jill. I hired her to help me regarding an overpayment with My unemployment claim. Without Jill’s expertise, guidance and assistance I never would have been able to get my decision reversed in my favor. Jill is extremely knowledgeable and professional and I Highly recommend Jill . I would never have been able to navigate my way through this different and trying process without her. She is The Best !!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Workplace Justice Law Group LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Northeastern University School Of Law
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Jill Havens
  • 2012 - 2022
  • Review Examiner/Staff Attorney
  • Mass Department of Unemployment Board of Review
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Business Agent
  • SEIU Local 1199
  • 2009 - 2011
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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA/Ph.D. course work
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Debra Davidowicz v. 4M Fruit Distributors Inc.
  • $888,036 jury verdict in favor Plaintiff, Debra Davidowicz

Associations

  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • 2007 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Jill
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jill is my go-to person for unemployment law when clients need referrals or need some help on unemployment law. Recently a client I referred used Jill's services, and the client was thrilled. And always I get accurate, useful information from her. Jill is the best!"
Discrimination Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Havens! I am an attorney myself, and whenever I have employment law issues and questions - be it for wage and hour, overtime pay, discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment, severance agreements and the like - Jill is my go to attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Board of Review. She is smart, unflappable and a zealous advocate, someone you definitely want on your side."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Time and again, Jill Havens has provided critical advice regarding the unemployment aspects of resolving a matter. She responds immediately and provides the info one needs to know before closing the deal. Top notch."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have called her for expert advice when our clients encounter employment issues. She has always given thoughtful and helpful advice. I trust that she would be as excellent to her own clients as she has been to ours."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Havens. Recently I consulted with her regarding an employment law related issue. She was able to provide me with valuable information."
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