Caroline represents large national companies in multi-state employment law litigation, as a member of the Litigation Management Group. In her practice, Caroline defends clients in state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies, on matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, wrongful termination, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, Americans With Disabilities Act discrimination and failure to accommodate claims, Age Discrimination in Employment Act claims, FINRA matters, breach of contract, and other common law related torts.
Caroline has experience counseling employers on employment related issues, and works directly with in-house counsel and human resources partners to assess risks and ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and to develop litigation and defense strategies. Caroline also has represented clients in a variety of commercial litigation disputes, breach of contract claims, tort actions, and land use matters.
•Caroline argued before the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on sexual orientation discrimination and defamation claims on which she received summary judgment from the United States District Court for the District of Maine;
•Caroline successfully defended claims against a large financial institution in a FINRA arbitration involving allegations of wrongful termination, failure to pay incentives and commissions, and defamation related to a Form U-5 filing;
•Caroline successfully dismissed claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the ADEA, and Section 1981 filed by a former employee in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama;
•Caroline received a favorable decision from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding summary judgment in an employment discrimination matter;
•Caroline obtained summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in favor of the employer on claims raised by a former Financial Advisor alleging disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and constructive discharge;
•Caroline received a favorable decision in a matter alleging age discrimination, retaliation, aiding and abetting, and breach of contract in violation of the New York City and State Human Rights Laws, which was upheld on appeal by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals;
•Caroline successfully defended an appeal of a lack of probable cause finding before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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Prior to joining the firm, Caroline served as a law clerk to Justice Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. From 2005 - 2007, Caroline was a litigation associate at the firm, focusing on civil and commercial litigation. From 2007-2008, Caroline clerked for the Honorable William E. Smith at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, before returning to the firm to focus on labor and employment matters. Before attending law school, Caroline lived in Tokyo, Japan, where she taught middle school students at an international school.
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When not in the office, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and supporting the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.