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Jack Merrill Jr.

Employment and labor Attorney at Needham, MA

4.4   5 reviews

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Jack Merrill specializes his practice in employment law and civil litigation. Mr. Merrill counsels individuals and small businesses on employment and other matters; handles discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge cases; drafts, negotiates, defends against, and litigates employment contracts; provides sexual harassment training and other educational services; drafts employment manuals; and handles a variety of civil matters (including business and real estate related matters). Mr. Merrill’s legal practice includes private consultations, and he is experienced in all Massachusetts state and federal courts, in arbitration and mediation, at the MCAD and EEOC, and in other administrative venues. He also uses his 20-plus years of experience to serve as a mediator in employment disputes. He is author of a quarterly employment law newsletter, maintains an informational employment law blog, and provides educational seminars and presentations. Mr. Merrill’s non-legal experience includes work as a newspaper reporter, researcher, and workers’ compensation administrator for the federal government. He is president of Metrowest Legal Services and has served numerous other charitable organizations during his career. Mr. Merrill graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1984 and from Northeastern University School of Law in 1993.

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.

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Jack Merrill Jr.
160 Gould Street
Needham, MA, 02494


4.4 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Barbara | April 24, 2014
Knowledgeable and dependable
Jack has assisted my company in several capacities, including general counsel, resolving employment issues and reviewing corporate policies. He is very responsive and has provided thoughtful recommendations to handle some challenging situations. As a small business, I appreciate being able to contact him for advice on a wide array of matters.
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Posted by Nancy | April 3, 2014
Review of Jack Merrill Jr.
Jack patiently explained my case in terms that I could understand, answered all of my questions (I had many questions throughout the process), was clear about what to expect and helped me feel more confident. In court Jack is a very talented, adept professional and it was obvious to me and I think everyone else that he excels at what he does. I had a positive experience and if I find myself in need of representation in the future, I would not consult with anyone else.
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Posted by Tatiana | March 28, 2014
Excellent Employment Attorney
Jack has been our company's legal counsel for all things employment related for the last 10 years. He is down to earth, yet completely professional and has handled anything that we have needed his help on - from drafting our employee manual to resolving an employee harassment case (even speaking with me on a Sunday morning). I would highly recommend Jack as a knowledgeable and experienced employment attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2012
Review of Jack from events between 2011 and 2012
I and several of my peers had an issue with a large area employer and we sought separate lawyers. I found Jack from an employment law website. The attorneys for these other employees told them there was really nothing they could do. Jack was the only attorney that found a path due to his knowledge of employment laws at both the state and federal level. He brought my issue to a fair resolution. It’s not fun challenging a goliath of a firm, but we really found a friend with Jack, and if you are ever in an unfortunate circumstance like that I hope you consider him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not helpful. Pessimistic and discouraging
I consulted with Atty. Merrill on two occasions about the same employment-related case because he had been recommended. He was extremely pessimistic about the prospects of pursuing my case and suggested that it would be a long, hard road and a long-shot. Perhaps he thought it was "tough love," but I knew I had a case. When I mentioned "emotional damages" to him he even rolled his eyes. Well, long-story-short, I pursued my case without a lawyer, and in less than 1 year, I reached a settlement agreement with my employer for $50,000 for emotional distress. I'm glad I trusted my instincts.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-425 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • KSR Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Mayer, Antonellis, Jachowicz & Haranas, LLP
  • 2005 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Kushner & Sanders, LLP
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Hargraves, Karb, Jachowicz & Galvani, LLP
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Case Manager
  • U.S. Dept. Of Labor
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Writer/reporter
  • Newswest Newspapers
  • 1985 - 1988
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  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • Noncompetition
  • Defeat of injunction request/dismissal of case


  • Metro West Legal Services
  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • MCAD Discrimination Training Certified
  • 2004 - Present
  • South Middlesex Legal Services
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Present
  • Southborough Youth Basketball
  • President
  • 2012 - 2014
  • South Middlesex Legal Services
  • President
  • 2010 - 2020
  • Framingham Rotary Club
  • President and others
  • 1995 - 2012
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  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (1)
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jack Merrill was opposing counsel on a wage and hour claim. Jack was diligent and aggressive throughout the litigation, but he was also collegial and forthright. This helped us to negotiate a fair settlement on the first day of trial. I would recommend Jack to any business owner or employee looking for excellent representation."
Needham Employment and labor Lawyer Jack Merrill Jr.
Jack Merrill Jr.
Employment and labor Attorney
Needham, MA
Licensed for 28 years