Joseph W. Ambash: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Joseph W. Ambash

Regional Managing Partner
Boston,  MA  U.S.A.
Phone(617) 532-9320

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Law Training
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Labor Strikes
  • National Labor Relations Board - NLRB
  • Personnel and Supervisor Training
  • Unfair Labor Practices - ULP
University Yale University, New Haven, CT, A.B., magna cum laude, 1970
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1973
Admitted1973, Massachusetts; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional Activities
fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Member, Boston Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association


Joe Ambash is the managing partner of the Boston office. His practice includes all aspects of employment law, including labor-management relations, employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, and preventive labor relations.

He also has an extensive practice training managers in all areas of employment law compliance. Joe represents management in a broad range of industries, including health care, higher education, financial services, retail, media, sports and state and local government.

He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the United States Department of Labor, and in Massachusetts state and federal courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Joe's experience in labor-management relations extends over several decades and involves representing management in representation cases, unfair labor practice cases, strikes and other labor disputes.

He represented Brown University in the landmark NLRB case holding that graduate students are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and he represented New Process Steel in the Supreme Court case invalidating decisions by a two-member National Labor Relations Board.

Joe is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment topics. He was listed in the Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2014, Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers in2013 and he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006.

Joe has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal USA - Management Labour & Employment by the researchers at the International Who's Who publication.

Served as the executive editor of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Reporter
Served as the executive editor of the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter
Served as the executive editor of the Employment-At-Will Reporter
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Recognized in New England Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly since 2004
Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006
Named one of the ten Leaders in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2010
Listed in Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2013


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January 9, 2015

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May 20, 2014

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May 28, 2013

Employers Need To Know The Law During A Disaster
May 17, 2013

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October 28, 2014

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July 10, 2014

Joseph W. Ambash Selected For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers for 2014
March 6, 2014

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March 2, 2014


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February 26, 2015


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Remember, The Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increased January 1, 2015
Joseph W. Ambash, February 4, 2015
On January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. This is the first of three annual minimum wage rate hikes that Massachusetts employers will face due to legislation signed into law last June.

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Joseph W. Ambash

200 State Street
BostonMA 02109


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