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Two Attorneys Named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers List

10.18.16

BOSTON, MA (October 18, 2016) – Two attorneys in the Boston office of Fisher Phillips have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Joseph W. Ambash, the managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, was honored in the Employment and Labor category. Jeffrey A. Dretler, a partner in the Boston office, was recognized in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. Only 5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers were included in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. The findings will be published in Boston magazine and the stand-alone publication Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ambash represents employers in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, higher education, financial services, retail, media, sports, and state and local government. He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the United States Department of Labor, and in Massachusetts state and federal courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. He successfully represented New Process Steel in a Supreme Court case invalidating decisions by a two-member NLRB. He also successfully represented Brown University in a landmark NLRB case holding that graduate students are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act – and recently wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a series of leading universities in a related case involving Columbia University. Ambash is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

Dretler represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in cases involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower, retaliation, wage and hour and noncompetition and trade secret issues. He also provides counsel on reasonable accommodation, independent contractor law, workplace investigations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and drafts separation and severance agreements. Dretler is active in the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law and has held various leadership positions in the organization. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He was recently appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to the Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Dretler is a graduate of Northwestern University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

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