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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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        Joshua D. Xavier
        Joshua defends employers in courts and administrative agencies in actions concerning wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, noncompete enforcement and other claims. He also counsels employers on a variety of employment related topics, such as handbooks, terminations, harassment complaints, leave acts, overtime payment, and misclassification claims.

        Joshua has litigation experience representing employees in cases involving wage and hour claims, claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, misclassification, joint employment, and for unemployment benefits. Joshua also holds experience practicing general business litigation and civil rights litigation. He has served as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department, drafting numerous judicial decisions involving various areas of law, including employment discrimination and unemployment benefits.

        While attending law school, Joshua served as both a Judicial Intern for the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island as well as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Joshua served as a legal intern with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and as a legal intern with the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Joshua was elected President of the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association and was awarded a scholarship as one of only two Public Interest Scholars in his class at Roger Williams University School of Law.


        • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
          •  Moot Court Team
        • New York University, B.S.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • US District Court, Rhode Island
        • US Circuit Court, Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

        Practice Areas

        Professional Affiliations

        • Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association
        • National Bar Association
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Thurgood Marshall Law Society of Rhode Island
        • Rhode Island Hispanic Bar Association
        • United States Distrct Court, District of Rhode Island
          • 2022 District Conference Co-Chair


        • Montessori Community School of Rhode Island
          • Board Member
        • Rhode Island Center for Justice
          • Board Member
        • Roger Williams University School of Law
          • Pro Bono Collaborative, ACI Medium Security Civil Legal Clinic
          • Pro Bono Collaborative, Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Project (2019 - Present)


        • The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Merit Selection Panel (2020)
        • Rhode Island Monthly Professional Excellence Law Honoree, Employment Law (2020, 2021)
        • Named Up & Coming Lawyer 2021 by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly
        • Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Employment Litigation (2020, 2021)

        Representative Cases

        • Litigation experience involving a collective action brought by seventy-two employees arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act alleging unpaid overtime compensation.
        • Litigation experience involving claims made by independent contractors alleging joint employment and misclassification.
        • Litigation experience in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with respect to cases involving the enforceability of an employer’s arbitration agreement alleged to be unenforceable for lack of consideration.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements