Michael Loconto is an attorney and an arbitrator.
He serves as an independent, neutral arbitrator and mediator in workplace disputes. Loconto ADR is a nationwide practice, serving as an impartial dispute resolution provider for unions, employees and employers across the labor and employment landscape.
Mike also serves technology startups, small business, and non-profits through Fenway Law, a practice focused on contracts, data privacy, and general compliance matters.
Over nearly two decades in the law, Mike has served as general counsel for a small college, building the institution's first in-house counsel function by promoting clear and stable practices across institutional functions, from admissions to student affairs, human resources, finance, facilities and academics. Mike has also served as a policy, compliance and labor relations leader for a large, decentralized university, where he promoted practical solutions for enterprise human resources, risk and financial operations. He was the institution's first Youth Protection Officer, designing and implementing a process to promote child safety in campus programs.
Mike's reputation as a fair dealer in labor relations, built on mutual respect and a commitment to reasonable outcomes, has led to meaningful relationships across the table in higher education, K-12, public safety, construction and trades.
Mike has taught legal writing and research and contract law, and is a sought-after public speaker and convener on contemporary labor and education issues. He has presented before the Labor & Employment Relations Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education, among others.
Mike's commitment to fairness and equity is the foundation for his long record of volunteer public service, with efforts in economic development and youth empowerment intended to make Boston a welcoming and supportive city for all. Mike served seven years on the Boston School Committee (including three as Chairperson), where his efforts contributed to expansion of pre-kindergarten, closing opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color, increasing state and local funding for public schools, building 21st century facilities, and breaking down barriers for admissions to selective secondary schools. Mike was an original appointee of Mayor Martin J. Walsh (the current U.S. Labor Secretary).
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Alumni Hall of Fame||Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory||2015|
|Certificate of Recognition||Boston Public Schools 10 Boys Initiative||2015|
|Volunteer of the Year||West Roxbury Main Streets||2011|
|Instructor||The Labor Guild||2022 - Present|
|Arbitrator and Mediator||Loconto ADR||2021 - Present|
|Principal||Fenway Law||2020 - Present|
|General Counsel||Curry College||2016 - 2020|
|Lecturer in Legal Research & Writing||Northeastern University School Of Law||2008 - 2010|
|Deputy Director of Policy & Compliance||Harvard University||2006 - 2016|
|Labor Relations Counsel||City of Boston||2002 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Labor & Employment Relations Association||Member; Past Management Co-Chair, Higher Ed Industry Council||2008 - Present|
|West Roxbury Main Streets||Member; Past Board Officer (including President)||2004 - Present|
|National Association of College and University Attorneys||Past Member & CLE Subcommittee Member||2016 - 2020|
|Boston Bar Association||Past Member & Co-Chair, Traditional Labor Law Subcommittee||2010 - 2011|
|Northeastern University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Florida State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|National Center's 48th Annual Conference||The Biden Administration: Higher Education and Labor Initiatives||2021|
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