Michelle De Oliveira
Kenney & Sams, P.C.
10 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Michelle De Oliveira represents businesses in all aspects of employment-related matters, including, litigation, risk management and counseling. In the litigation arena, Michelle represents clients in, among other things, wage and hour, restrictive covenants, discrimination and sexual harassment matters. Michelle also advises business professionals on workplace issues, including without limitation, legal developments relating to COVID-19’s impact in the workplace, wage and hour, drug testing, hiring practices, employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, employee discipline, reasonable accommodations, and leaves of absence.
Certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) as a Trainer in Workplace Harassment Prevention, Michelle performs internal investigations in response to reports of harassment and discrimination. Michelle also provides trainings on best management practices, along with trainings on discreet topics for clients to meet their workplace needs and reduce the risk for legal exposure.
Additionally, Michelle represents employees in employment-related agreements, including without limitation, employment agreements, severance agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and compensation packages.
Michelle also maintains a general litigation practice, representing clients in general commercial litigation matters.
Business professionals appreciate Michelle’s analytical approach to understanding the facets of their business disputes. Always poised to resolve matters outside of court, Michelle calls upon her experience to accurately assess pre-litigation and litigation strategies for thorough trial preparation. Michelle’s clients rely on her skills and her passion for careful and earnest advocacy to analyze relevant issues and craft legal strategies to ensure the best possible solutions.
Michelle regularly speaks and presents at webinars on employment-related matters.
Michelle was selected for inclusion in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Employment Law – Management. (https://www.bestlawyers.com/Search?query=Michelle%20De%20Oliveira ) and has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2017. Michelle is the Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Council.
- Two Days After OSHA’s Issuance Of The Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination And Testing For Employers With 100+ Employees, A Court Halts Enforcement
- OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing For Employers With 100+ Employees
- Guidance Issued for Federal Contractors on Vaccine Mandate and Requirements for Masking and Social Distancing
- Covid-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Extended Through April 1, 2022
- News From the White House: COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates for Federal Workers, Federal Contractors & for Employers with 100+ Employees
- As of May 29, 2021, the Mask Mandate Will Be Lifted in Massachusetts For Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated
- New Development for Massachusetts Employers: COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave
- CDC Lifts Mask Requirement for Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated—But Massachusetts Employers Should Hold Tight
- Employers Beware: Practical Implications Of Governor Baker’s Newly Issued Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020, in the Workplace
- DOL Guidance On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- DOL Announcement: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective on April 1st &
- Paid Sick Leave & Tax Credit For Businesses On The Horizon As The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Is Signed Into Law
- Coronavirus: What All Employers Should Know
- COVID-19: Changes in The Landscape Of Unemployment Benefits, Layoffs Versus Furloughs & The WARN Act.
- Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What Every Employer Should Know
- Massachusetts Employer Not Allowed To Enforce Non-Compete Against Its California Employee
- U.S. Department of Labor Updates Regulations Relating to the Regular Rate Under the FLSA
- U.S. Department of Labor Implements New Overtime Rule & Increases Salary Threshold for FLSA Exemptions
We serve as employment trial counsel and legal advocates for businesses, including on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. Kenney & Sams attorneys handle allegations against employers involving both employment and labor matters. Our team resolves conflicts related to FMLA, all types of discrimination, contract and non-competition disagreements, as well as claims under the Massachusetts Wage Act, Equal Pay Act and FLSA. To round out our excellent employment work, Kenney & Sams attorneys also provide counsel in connection with labor union matters, unfair labor charges and arbitration.
Our team handles trials, arbitration and appeals throughout the New England Region. Clients trust us to guide them through their employment conflicts, relying upon our proven track record for knowing when to go to trial. If appropriate, we help clients avoid costly litigation, but should a trial be the only resolution, our attorneys have substantial experience bringing cases before state and federal administrative agencies and courts.
We are a team of experienced trial lawyers who approach what we do for our clients as if we’re building and presenting a case for the courtroom. We call that mindset “Trial-think” because the experience, preparation and strategy we bring to optimizing leverage and outcome at trial can be equally powerful in preventing disputes from occurring in the first place. We bring trial lawyer effectiveness to drafting or negotiating contract terms, analyzing insurance claims, mediating a dispute for a health care provider or investigating a product manufacturing concern.
Our clients describe us as “well prepared, passionate, dynamic, disciplined, and zealous.” We recognize that results-not excuses-are what clients expect from their law firm. We insist upon professionalism, ethics, and civility, all within a context of achieving the best results for our clients.