Robert P. Joy

USA: Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
02109, USA

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Robert P. Joy is a member of the management committee of Morgan, Brown & Joy having served as Chair from 1994 – 2013. Since he began practicing in 1975, he has handled employment cases before State and Federal agencies and courts at every level on a wide range of issues, including successfully arguing Lechmere, Inc. v. N.L.R.B. before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bob has been an active member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association including Chair of the Private Sector Labor Law Committee and the Equal Employment Opportunity Law Committee, as well as two terms on the Labor and Employment Law Section Council. He is the former Chairman of the Litigation Subcommittee of the National Retail Federation for whom he has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs and has lectured and written numerous articles on labor and employment law. Bob was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1999 and was named one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2003 – 2014 (“masterful attorney”; “ultimate trusted advisor”; “terrific negotiator”; “excellent litigator”) by Chambers USA. Bob was named in the top 100 “Super Lawyers” by Boston Magazine and has been selected as one of the nation’s most respected lawyers in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers In America. Bob is also named in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

In 2011, Bob was the Management-Legal Counsel recipient of the Cushing-Gavin Award, an award recognizing labor relations professionals in Massachusetts for their “competency, vision, and integrity they bring to labor relations.” On May 10, 2012, Bob was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America at the LCA’s Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows in Santa Barbara, California. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Mr. Joy is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School where he was a member of its Board of Overseers and Business Advisory Council. Bob is also the former President of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Eastern Massachusetts, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Codman Academy.

Morgan, Brown & Joy’s services include advice on all aspects of workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation issues; collective bargaining and labor-management relations; reductions in force and terminations; FLSA; NLRA; FMLA; ERISA; OFCCP; worker’s compensation; business tort and contract litigation including trade secrets, non-competition agreements and individual employment contracts.
For over eighty years, Morgan, Brown & Joy has been one of the preeminent employment and labor law firms representing management in the United States. Our clientele spans the entire spectrum of the economy including retail, energy, biotechnology, communications, banking and insurance, college and universities, government, healthcare, technology, publishing and manufacturing.

Established in 1923 by John W. Morgan, the firm of Morgan, Brown & Joy has successfully anticipated and adapted to the changing legal and business landscape to grow to its present complement of twenty eight lawyers. Its origins in labor and employment law can be traced back prior to the passage of the Norris-Laguardia Act in 1932 and the Wagner Act in 1935. During the period 1935 – 1960 as the field of labor and employment law developed the firm’s practice grew, adding among its clients retailers, public utilities, manufacturers, trucking companies to name a few.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, with the passage of new legislation in the area of civil rights, occupational health and safety, and pension protection, the firm’s practice correspondingly expanded into those areas.

For the past twenty-five years Morgan, Brown & Joy has enhanced its reputation in the field of employment and labor law. In the process and with the changing economy, it now counts among its clients some of the largest corporations in America and in many different sections of the changing economy, e.g., biotechnology, technology and communications.

Morgan, Brown & Joy is the only law firm in the United States to have two of its partners selected as Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, John W. Morgan in 1959 and William F. Joy in 1973. Additionally, the firm has been active in business and trade associations such as the National Retail Federation, National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

The firm’s lawyers are proud of its long and distinguished history, and commit themselves to adding to its national reputation.


Robert Joy is viewed by peers as a “terrific” attorney, and continues to impress with his deep experience in a broad range of labor and employment issues.
Chambers USA, 2015