Robert P. Rudolph

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Robert P. Rudolph

Overview

Bobby represents individuals and businesses in complex commercial litigation matters. His cases involve issues related to business, employment, real estate and construction. Bobby is a trusted advisor on pre-litigation issues, regularly appears in court and has successfully resolved a range of matters through alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to general corporate disputes, Bobby litigates highly contentious shareholder disputes between owners of closely held businesses. His clients rely on him to counsel them through claims involving breach of contract, corporate opportunity, fraud and freeze-out, often with millions of dollars and control of well-known companies on the line.

Bobby’s employment law practice encompasses federal and state wage and hour issues, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, independent contractor misclassifications and non-compete issues. He litigates matters in court and represents clients before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Bobby also defends companies subject to investigation by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. For corporate clients, Bobby serves as an experienced resource to management when employment issues arise, and he routinely drafts and reviews employment handbooks, policies and agreements.

Working with property owners, developers, contractors and material suppliers, Bobby handles a diverse range of real estate and construction related issues, including disagreements with abutters and construction disputes. He regularly asserts mechanic’s lien rights to recover unpaid amounts due to contractors and material suppliers. Additionally, Bobby litigates condominium disputes and landlord/tenant issues. He is experienced with condominium bylaws, special assessments and capital projects and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of a 374-unit Boston high-rise.

Experience

Business

  • Assisted in the successful defense of a contempt action brought by the Office of the Attorney General against three corporate entities and their principal after a nine-day bench trial in Suffolk Superior Court.
  • Part of a trial team that obtained the dismissal of claims against a professional services firm after an eight-day jury trial in the Business Litigation Session of Suffolk Superior Court.
  • Represented clients in a variety of highly contested disputes between shareholders of closely held businesses (retail, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, etc.); claims included breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and corporate freeze-outs.
  • Represented a real estate developer in a lawsuit for enforcement of an out-of-state judgment in a contract dispute over breach of multiple commercial leases, helping the client recover approximately $3.8 million.
  • Obtained a court order on behalf of a prominent retail business ordering that a competing business promptly change its name and permanently cease and desist from using certain terms in its new name and promotional materials.
  • Obtained favorable outcomes in multiple wrongful death actions, resulting in substantial monetary payments and a $4 million judgment in a matter involving the death of an infant.
  • Represented an employer in a case of fraud and theft seeking recuperation of hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen funds.
  • Represented restauranter in permitting and licensing of high-end restaurant in Boston, including representation before the City of Boston Licensing Board and highly publicized purchase of a liquor license.

Employment

  • Served as co-trial counsel and obtained a defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in Suffolk Superior Court for a group of national restaurants on all counts in a lawsuit involving wrongful termination and discrimination claims.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a whistleblower complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration claiming use of retaliatory employment practices in violation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Whistleblower Provisions.
  • Represented clients in investigations conducted by the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts and Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division (Form I-9 Investigation).
  • Successfully defended employers before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from claims alleging discrimination and wrongful termination based on gender, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion and retaliation.
  • Collected unpaid wages, treble damages and attorney’s fees on behalf of an unpaid laborer in violation of the prevailing wage laws.
  • Represented an employee terminated by a Fortune 500 company the day after requesting medical leave, resulting in a favorable resolution for the employee’s claim filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
  • Represented an employee constructively terminated for refusing sexual advances by her superior, resulting in a favorable resolution of the employee’s claim filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Real Estate/Construction

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Back-Bay condominium owner who was improperly assessed a portion of a condominium’s special assessment to rebuild its parking garage. On appeal by the condominium, represented the owner before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, which affirmed the judgment in favor of the owner.
  • Assisted in the judicial appeal of the City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal’s denial of a conditional use permit for a real estate development and obtained a court order overruling the ZBA’s decision and ordering the conditional use permit and building permit for the project to be issued immediately with no conditions.
  • Represented a landlord in a matter involving claims of violations of the Massachusetts Security Deposit Law and a U.S. Department of Housing Section 8 Tenant-Based Housing Assistance Payments Contract.
  • Represented multiple owners, contractors and material suppliers in matters involving liens asserted pursuant to the Massachusetts Mechanics Lien Law, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of contractors and material suppliers.
  • Successfully represented a large national bank in opposition to an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order filed in the eleventh-hour as an attempt to prevent foreclosure of a commercial property.
  • Obtained a Memorandum of Lis Pendens on behalf of a property buyer, preventing the seller from transferring the property to a third-party buyer for a higher price, and ultimately assisting the client buyer in consummating its purchase of the property.
  • Defended a landlord from claims asserted by a tenant of violation of the Massachusetts Security Deposit Law and Massachusetts Sanitary Code.
  • Represented a landlord in a lawsuit against a tenant for breach of a lease, recovering lost rent for the landlord.
  • Represented a condominium unit owner in opposition to condominium’s proposal to replace the condominium’s HVAC system, successfully preventing the condominium’s plan from moving forward.
  • Represented property owners and developers in matters involving construction defects, including the defense of a developer of a Boston condominium project from claims of construction defects asserted by the condominium trust and certain individual unit owners, and the representation of a high-end waterfront homeowner in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of custom windows due to defects and leaks.
  • Assisted general contractors in investigations conducted by OSHA as a result of serious workplace accidents and acted as corporate counsel in subsequent wrongful death litigation.

Accolades

  • 2021 Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Employee
  • Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2021
  • Daniel R. Ginsberg National Leadership Award (awarded by the Anti-Defamation League), 2020
  • Krupp Leadership Award (awarded by the Anti-Defamation League), 2015

Associations & Memberships

  • Anti-Defamation League
    New England Regional Board Member, 2018 – Present
    Co-Chair, Associate Board, 2015 – 2017
    Associate Board Member, 2013 – Present
    Glass Leadership Institute, 2013
  • Board of Trustees of a 374-unit Condominium Building
    Chair, 2016 – Present
    Vice-Chair, 2015 – 2016
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts
    Young Leaders Council, 2013 – Present
  • The Governor’s Academy
    Class Agent
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member

Publications & Events

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2013

Education

  • Boston College Law School
    Newton, Massachusetts
    Juris Doctorate, 2012
    Honors: Cum Laude
  • Colby College
    Waterville, Maine
    B.A. Economics, 2009
    Honors: Cum Laude
  • The Governor’s Academy
    Byfield, Massachusetts

Robert P. Rudolph

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