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Kevin G. Powers

Kevin G. Powers

kgpowers@theemploymentlawyers.com | (617) 742-7010

Kevin Powers has practiced law since 1978, concentrating in the areas of labor and employment law. He has tried over 100 cases and has received some of the largest jury verdicts in the field, including the $5.5 million verdict in the Clifton v. MBTA case. He has argued numerous employment cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2000, Mr. Powers was inducted into the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and currently serves on the College’s Credentials Committee. Mr. Powers is an active member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations and for two years chaired the Massachusetts Bar’s Individual Rights & Responsibilities Council. He is a former president of the National Employment Lawyers Association Massachusetts chapter. He lectures throughout the United States and has co-authored numerous books and articles on employment law topics. Named one of the best lawyers in America, Kevin is listed every year as one of the State’s “Super Lawyers.” Kevin represented two individuals held prisoner in the infamous Guantanamo Bay Prison. Both prisoners have been released.

Kevin is a lifelong resident of Boston and a graduate of Stonehill College, where he played three years of varsity hockey, and Suffolk Law School. He served as a legislative aid to Congressman William Delahunt when the Congressman served in the State Legislature. Kevin also served as the co-chair of “Attorneys for Kennedy” during Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. While very involved in Boston community issues, Kevin has forsworn inside politics and takes pride in his willingness to challenge the politically and economically powerful on behalf of those who deserve aggressive representation. Despite his very heavy caseload, Kevin is an outdoor sports enthusiast and has competed in 66 (and counting) regional triathlons since 1986. He also enjoys mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and ocean kayaking.



Tryon v MBTA
Whistleblower retaliation claim.
Suffolk Superior Court
Plaintiff awarded 1.2 million dollars.
Lost wages and benefits were tripled by the Court based on the egregiousness of the defendant’s actions.

Pellegrino v. NAGE
Disability discrimination and retaliation.
Norfolk Superior court.
Judgment for the Plaintiff in the amount of $820,000.00, including $500,000.000 in punitive damages.

Enos v. Mayor, City of Brockton
First Amendment case brought by Brockton police official.
Federal Court jury awarded $350,000.

Clifton v. the MBTA
Race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Suffolk court jury awarded the plaintiff $5.5 million.

DeBiase v. the MBTA
Gender discrimination.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination awarded the plaintiff $33,000.00, with attorney’s fees to be decided.

Finley v. Digital Corp.
Age discrimination.
Middlesex jury awarded the plaintiff $504,000.00.

Dartt v. BFI 
Handicap discrimination.
Suffolk County jury awarded the plaintiff $197,000.00.

DeMichelle v. Guardsmark

Handicap discrimination.
Federal jury awarded the plaintiff $245,000.00.

Sampaio v. Agar Supply
Age and race discrimination.
Suffolk County jury awarded the plaintiff $950,000.00.

Burroughs v. Hogg Robinson Insurance
Age discrimination case.
Middlesex County jury awarded the Plaintiff $109,000.00.


2015 National Employment Lawyers
National Conference, Atlanta, Ga.
“Defeating Non-Compete Agreements”

Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
New England Regional Coference, 2011

2011 national Employment Lawyers Conference
New Orleans, LA
“Discovery Abuse from a Plaintiff’s perspective”

2011 National Employment Lawyers
National Covention
“Countering The Defence Playbook”

“Guantanamo and the Rule of Law”
Massachusetts Bar Association Conference, 2006
Faculty member of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Trial Advocacy Workshop 1996, 1999, and 2000.

“Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases”
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys February, 2000

Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Conference, 2000

“Litigation of Racial and National Origin Discrimination Claims”
National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 2000, Washington, D.C.

“Representing Your Client in Labor Employment Mediation and Arbitration”
Boston Bar Foundation, 1999.

American Bar Association, National Institute Sexual Harassment
Faculty member and speaker, 1998, Washington, D.C.

“Litigating and Winning Race Discrimination Cases”
Sponsored by the National Employment Lawyers Association
March 20, 1998, Chicago, IL

“Trying Employment Cases in the Superior Court”
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1998

“Defamation in the Workplace”
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1997

“Top 10 Mistakes Employment Lawyers Make”
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1996, Boston, MA.

“Practical Consideration in Sexual Harassment Cases”
Massachusetts Bar Association Seminar, 1995

National Employment Lawyers National Convention, 1995

“Non-Compete Agreements: A Proposal for Fairness and Predictability,”
Employee Rights Quarterly 1 (2001)

“A Multi-Disciplinary View of the New Generation of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures”
National Institute of Sexual Harassment
American Bar Association (1998)

“Defamation Claims in the Workplace”
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (1998)

“Wrongful Termination Law in Massachusetts”
Massachusetts Bar Association Publications (1992)


Azalone v. The Mass Trial Court
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Challenging The Authority of The Chief Administrative Justice Of The Trial Court

Foley v. Town Of Stoughton
First Circuit Court Of Appeals
First Amendment Claim Of A Puplic Employer

Cappucci v. Boston University
Massachusetts Court Of Appeals
The Court reversed the trial court’s summary judgment.

Dartt v. BFI 
Handicap discrimination.
Massachusetts Supreme Court

Clifton v. MBTA
Race discrimination and retaliation.
Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court

Karin Clarke v. Kentucky Fried Chicken
Sexual harassment issues.
Federal Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Wright v. Shriners Hospital
Wrongful discharge.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

Chamberlin v. 101 Realty
Sexual harassment.
Federal Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

White v. Vathaly
Gender discrimination.
Federal Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Dodi v. Putnam Investments
Race discrimination.
1996 Federal Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

University Hospital v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Supreme Judicial Court 1984, regarding the scope of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s statutory authority.

Stathos v. The Peabody Municipal Light Company
Gender discrimination.
United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit 1982