Adam J. Shafran

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 2007
  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2010


  • New England Law | Boston
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Juris Doctorate, 2007
    Honors: Cum Laude, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Exec. Technical Editor, New England Scholar, Dean’s List
  • University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa
    B.A. Political Science, 2004

Adam J. Shafran


Phone: 617.723.7700
Fax: 617.227.0313

Adam is a partner at Rudolph Friedmann LLP. He is an experienced employment attorney who has counseled and litigated all aspects of the employment relationship. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Ellis & Shafran, a boutique employment firm in Dedham, Massachusetts. For the past five years, Adam was selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star list for employment litigation, an award recognizing the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in Massachusetts.

Adam has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages for his clients and has represented employees in unpaid wage claims arising from minimum wage violations, overtime violations, prevailing wage violations, tip act violations, unpaid commissions, unpaid bonuses and related wage violations. He has also represented hundreds of individuals who have been misclassified by their employers as independent contractors. Through Adam’s representation, these individuals have recovered large sums of money owed to them as a result of the often-significant expenses they were forced to bear due to their misclassification. Currently, Adam serves as putative class counsel on behalf of 500+ distributors alleging independent contractor misclassification against Pepperidge Farm, Inc. Litigation is pending in Massachusetts, California and Illinois.

Adam also represents employees who have been victims of employment discrimination. He has successfully litigated and negotiated the resolution of unlawful employment decisions, including demotions, reprimands, negative performance reviews and terminations.

Adam serves as trusted counsel to executives and other employees on all aspects related to the formation of the employment agreement and separation from employment. He routinely negotiates employment agreements, severance agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and other employment-related agreements.


Representative Cases:
  • Obtained a $7 million class action settlement for prevailing wage violations on behalf of over 1,000 Waste Management employees in Mullally et al v. Waste Management of Massachusetts, Inc.
  • Obtained a $6.5 million class action settlement for prevailing wage violations on behalf of over 700 Allied Waste/Republic Services employees in Swiderski v. Allied Waste Services of Massachusetts, LLC; the case was the largest employment settlement in Massachusetts in 2015 as reported by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
  • Served as class counsel to 250+ employees in a prevailing wage overtime class action against a regional environmental maintenance company.
  • Obtained a $250,000 settlement against a national non-profit for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
  • Obtained a $225,000 settlement against a major national bank for race discrimination.
  • Negotiated a wage and hour settlement on behalf of 28 clients against their former Texas-based employer in a bankruptcy proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; recovered over $10,000 on average per employee, each of whom alleged that the company unlawfully withheld wages due to them.
  • New Developments in Employment Law, Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts, June 12, 2018
  • Do This, Not That: Navigating Complex Legal Employment Issues in the Construction Industry, Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts, November 8, 2017
  • Do This, Not That: Navigating Complex Legal Employment Issues in the Food and Beverage Industry, The Massachusetts Restaurant Association, February 15, 2017
Honors and Awards:
  • Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2019
Associations and Memberships:
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
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