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    Michael A. Gamboli

    Michael A. Gamboli

    Michael A. Gamboli


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    • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1991

    • Bucknell University, B.S., 1986

    Bar Memberships & Admissions

    • Rhode Island, 1992
    • Massachusetts, 1991

    Michael’s employment practice focuses on risk management and litigation. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to minimizing the risks arising out of human resource decisions and conflicts, and consults with clients on a daily basis on wage and hour, employee discipline, leaves of absence, termination and general employment disputes.  In addition to having over 20 years’ experience litigating general business disputes, Michael has extensive employment litigation experience, and has defended claims in multiple state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of gender, age, race, disability and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, WARN Act violation, breach of employment contract and whistleblower retaliation.  He has defended numerous wage and hour overtime and misclassification claims (including attempts at class action certification) and has guided many clients on Department of Labor and Attorney General audits.  Michael has extensive experience in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of employment contracts, executive compensation agreements, non-competition agreements, employment policies and handbooks, voluntary separation programs, and separation agreements, and has defended and prosecuted numerous lawsuits concerning non-competition agreements and trade secrets.  He has acted as a mediator on a variety of employment related disputes, bringing his expertise and practical sensibilities to bear in assisting parties in resolving pending court proceedings. 


    Representative Cases

    • Won a precedent setting R.I. Supreme Court case for national jewelry and fine goods corporation establishing that employee manuals including discretionary amendment provisions do not create contractual rights.
    • Obtained federal court summary judgment for worldwide crystal manufacturer against retailer on antitrust, breach of contract and fraud claims.
    • Won federal court trial for state’s dominant workers’ compensation insurance carrier against national competitor on claims of trademark infringement, establishing new precedent on issue of harm in intellectual property infringement actions.
    • Won R.I. Supreme Court decision dismissing disability discrimination claims against national retail chain by former employee.

    Representative Publications

    Representative Speaking Engagements

    • At the Intersection of Workers' Compensation and Employment Law
      Rhode Island Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting, June 22, 2018
    • The Law of Sexual Harassment (How to Address Situations)
      Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, March 21, 2018
    • Good Morning SouthCoast Breakfast Program
      SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, January 24, 2018
    • “Who's in Charge? You or the Temp Agency?”
      Employers Association of the NorthEast, 2016 Employment Law and HR Practices Update, November 3, 2016
    • “Drafting & Enforcing Noncompetes”
      Rhode Island Bar “Food for Thought” CLE Seminar, April & June 2015
    • “Legislative Updates”
      Employers Association of New England’s (EANE) Annual Conference, November 2014
    • “Internal Investigations and Leaves of Absence”
      Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) Annual Conference, April 2014
    • “Legislative Updates”
      Employers Association of New England’s (EANE) Annual Conference, November 2013
    • “In House Counsel Issues on Attorney Client Privilege and Internal Investigations”
      Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Annual CLE Legal Ethics Seminar, April 2013
    • “The Intersection of Social Media and Human Resource Law”
      Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, May 2011
    • NBC News Channel 10 WJAR “Sunrise News” with Frank Coletta
      Appearances on topics of “Social Security "No Match" Letters”, “Supreme Court Age Discrimination Ruling” and “Overtime Regulations”

    Professional Affiliations

    • Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
      • Member
    • Litigation Counsel of America
      • Fellow
    • Rhode Island Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
      • Sections on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation

    Community Activities

    • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
      • Board, Executive Committee Member and Legal Counsel
    • National Kidney Foundation
      • Past Regional Advisor Board Member and Chair
    • Special Olympics Rhode Island
      • Past Board Member
    • Rhode Island Community Food Bank
      • Past Board Member

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