Attorney Robert P. Rudolph
Areas of Practice:
- Boston Business Litigation
- Boston Business Transactions
- Boston Real Estate Law
- Boston Employment Law
- Massachusetts, 2012
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2013
- Boston College Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2012
Honors: Cum Laude
- Colby College
B.A. Economics, 2009
Honors: Cum Laude
- The Governor’s Academy
Robert P. Rudolph
Bobby represents clients in all aspects of litigation with a primary focus in business, employment and real estate. He has experience handling and successfully resolving complex commercial litigation disputes and regularly appears in court.
Bobby has a broad employment law practice that includes wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Wage Act violations, whistleblower complaints, independent contractor misclassifications, and non-compete and non-solicitation issues. He has successfully litigated employment matters before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in Massachusetts trial courts. In addition to handling litigious matters, Bobby provides employment counseling to employers to mitigate the risks associated with the employer-employee relationship. These measures include reviewing and updating employee handbooks and drafting appropriate policies and procedures.
In his real estate practice, Bobby works with property owners and developers on a diverse range of issues, including zoning relief and disputes with abutters. He also represents clients involved in construction disputes, condominium disagreements and landlord/tenant issues. Bobby has significant experience dealing with condominium bylaws, special assessments and capital projects. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of a large Boston high-rise undergoing a multi-million dollar repair and renovation project.
- Co-trial counsel obtaining defense verdict for a group of national restaurants on all counts of wrongful termination and discrimination claims after a four-day jury trial in Suffolk Superior Court.
- 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 trial team that obtained dismissal of claims against a professional services firm after an eight-day jury trial in the Business Litigation Session of Suffolk Superior Court.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Back Bay condominium owner who was improperly assessed a portion of the condominium’s special assessment to rebuild its parking garage. On appeal by the condominium, represented the client before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, which affirmed the judgment.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 clients in several highly contested disputes between shareholders of closely-held businesses, involving tens of millions of dollars; claims included breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and corporate freeze-outs.
- Litigated matters involving allegations of Massachusetts Wage Act violations, including prevailing wage claims and investigations by the Office of the Attorney General.
- Obtained favorable results in matters filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Resolved multiple construction disputes on behalf of owners, contractors and material suppliers involving liens asserted pursuant to the Massachusetts Mechanics Lien Law.
- 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 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.
- Security Deposits: Could They Be More Harmful Than Helpful?
- Department of Labor Modifies Stance on Obama Era 80/20 Rule for Tipped Employees
- Caution to Employers: When Paid Administrative Leave Constitutes Unlawful Retaliation
- Franchisor Not Liable for Alleged Tips Act Violation by Franchisee
- Land Court Rules No Binding Agreement Where Broker Lacks Authority to Bind Seller
- When Children Become Adults: 3 Essential Legal Documents
- Landowner Liable When Guest Walks into Area Marked “Employees Only”
- Court Denies Former CEO Access to Privileged Communications
- New Case Establishes Liability for Boston Restaurant Owners with Multiple Locations
- Constructive Knowledge of Overtime Work Sufficient for Wage Act Liability
- Massachusetts Finalizes Earned Sick Time Regulations
- Massachusetts Becomes Fourth State to Enact Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights
- Tip Pooling: Know the Law in Massachusetts
- No Signed Lease, Yet Broker’s Fee Must Be Paid
- 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
- Rising Star, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2019
- Krupp Leadership Award (awarded by the Anti-Defamation League), 2015
- 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
- Massachusetts Bar Association, Member