Daryl J. Lapp: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Daryl J. Lapp

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Product Liability
  • Educational Institutions
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
University Swarthmore College, B.A., 1984
Law SchoolNorthwestern University, J.D., cum laude, 1987
AdmittedMassachusetts; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Boston Bar Association (College and University Law Section)

BornSellersville, Pennsylvania, 1962

Daryl Lapp is a litigator whose practice principally involves the representation of colleges, universities and independent schools in connection with employment discrimination, personal injury, civil rights, breach of contract, real estate and other claims. Mr. Lapp regularly advises education clients outside of litigation, principally on issues relating to faculty and staff employment matters; at-risk students; and compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination, privacy, campus security and other laws. He also regularly works with educational clients in connection with investigations by federal and state agencies and matters of institutional governance. Mr. Lapp has been listed by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Education Law since 2007.

In addition to his education practice, Mr. Lapp regularly handles other litigation matters including the defense of product liability claims and commercial disputes. He Co-Chairs the firm's Litigation Department.
•Successfully defended a university in a three-week jury trial involving claims of gender discrimination and retaliation asserted by a lecturer who repeatedly was denied appointment to the faculty. Obtained a defense verdict on all claims at trial and defeated plaintiff's appeal.

•Successfully defended a university in a two-week jury trial involving claims of disability discrimination asserted by a computer programmer who alleged that the university failed to reasonably accommodate her disability. Obtained a defense verdict on all claims.

•Successfully defended a university against breach of contract, defamation and other claims asserted by a tenured faculty member who was terminated for his misuse of university credit cards. Obtained dismissal of all claims through motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and defeated plaintiff's appeal.

•Successfully defended a college against breach of contract and other claims asserted by a faculty member who was terminated for cause after pleading guilty to fraud. Defeated plaintiff's claim for injunctive relief, prevailed on a motion to dismiss the complaint, and defeated plaintiff's appeal.

•Successfully defended a university against claims seeking to establish the existence of a prescriptive easement across the university's property. Obtained a judgment in favor of the university following a trial in the Land Court.

•Successfully defended a university in three separate lawsuits alleging wrongful arrest and/or excessive force by campus police. Prevailed on motions to dismiss or for summary judgment in each case and defeated all three appeals.

•Successfully represented a university in an arbitration proceeding to enforce the terms of a license agreement with respect to the proceeds of a patent infringement action involving the licensed technology, securing a $4 million recovery for the university.

•Successfully defended the Town of Spencer in a two-week jury trial against breach of contract, civil rights and defamation claims arising from the Town's termination of much of its police force. Obtained a defense verdict on all disputed claims.

•Successfully defended the Town of Lexington against a constitutional challenge to the Town's regulations for use of its historic Battle Green for expressive purposes. Defeated plaintiff's motion for injunctive relief, obtained summary judgment on all claims and defeated plaintiff's appeal.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Community Service

Greater Boston Legal Services: A Board member since 1996, Mr. Lapp has served GBLS as President (2011-2013) and as a member of the Executive, Finance, Board Governance and other Committees.

Willow Hill School: Trustee since 2011.

Donor Advised Funds: Options and Opportunities
October 29, 2014 event
2013 NECHA & NYSCHA Combined Annual Meeting
November 6-8, 2013 event
Putting the 'A' Back in ADR
October 4, 2013 event
What the Contract Should ... or Should Not ... Say About Dispute Resolution
June 12,2013 event
Client Advisory - 321,391 Nonprofits Scheduled to Lose Their Tax Exemption
September 2010
Client Advisory - The New Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law: What it Means for Private Schools
May 2010
Financial Risks for Colleges and Universities Posed by Federal Compliance Regulations
October 19, 2006 event
Responding to Reports of Hazing, Sexual Assault, or Inappropriate Sexual Activity Involving Students
November 2, 2006 event

Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp and Kevin Kam Represent Three Colleges in Environment Tax Credits Lawsuit, Reports Law360
September 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp Tells Boston Globe that Colleges Applied for Tax Credits
September 2, 2014
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Recognizes Edwards Wildman Attorneys for Excellence
August 18, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Boston Office Supports Bridge Over Troubled Waters Gift Drive, Reports BBA Week
December 20, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp Weighs in on High Court's Affirmative Action Ruling in Law360
June 26, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp Details Firm's Support in Challenging DOMA in The Guardian
March 26, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp Outlines Rationale for Supporting Legal Challenge to DOMA in the Fairfield County Business Journal
March 11, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Daryl Lapp and Jamie Notman Represent Harvard Law School in Plagiarism Allegations Case, Reports Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
February 4, 2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012


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Daryl J. Lapp

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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