Richard D. Glovsky: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Richard D. Glovsky

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Healthcare
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Educational Institutions
University Dartmouth College, B.A.
Law SchoolBoston College Law School, J.D.
Admitted1972, Massachusetts; 1975, District of Columbia; 2005, New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit' U.S. District Court, District of


Dartmouth Lawyers Association
Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston

BornBoston, Massachusetts, August 27, 1947

Richard D. Glovsky is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, with extensive experience in the United States and abroad. Dick, who appears regularly before the trial and appellate courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in jurisdictions throughout the country, has won numerous precedent-setting rulings and has tried complex matters involving various business issues, defamation claims, employee non-compete agreements, and wrongful termination actions. Internationally, Dick has handled matters involving the laws of Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Japan and New Zealand. Dick has particular experience handling significant employment related litigation, including class actions of all sorts, wage and hour issues, discrimination and retaliation claims, and trade secret matters. Dick was recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, for his work in the field of Labor & Employment, where he is referred to as a superb trial attorney and is admired for his proficiency in a diverse range of employment issues.

In June 2009, Dick was invited to join the Litigation Counsel of America as a Fellow. According to LCA, membership in this invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society is highly selective and is limited to deserving, experienced and highly qualified lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Dick founded and co-chairs the Latino-Jewish Roundtable. He served as the National Hispanic-Jewish Relations chair of the Anti-Defamation League from 2006-2009, and was, in 1997, a recipient of that organization's David A. Rose Civil Rights Award. He has also served as ADL's National Education and Civil Rights chairs and New England Regional Board chair.

Dick has been a legal commentator for New England Cable News and WCVB/Channel 5. He has lectured at Boston College Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Brandeis International Business School and the University of Massachusetts. Dick has also been profiled in a number of articles appearing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald.

In January 2010, El Planeta, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Massachusetts, named Dick to its annual list of 100 of the most influential people in the Hispanic community, in recognition of his efforts in reaching out to the Latino community.

•Dick has successfully defended a number of class actions, including litigation involving wage and hour issues, and having defeated class allegations in a case involving the purported deceptive marketing of telephone equipment and services.

•Throughout his career, Dick has won a number of employment cases for financial institutions seeking to protect trade secrets and enforce non-competition agreements.

•Dick has defended numerous cases of discrimination, retaliation and defamation brought by professionals against health care institutions and colleges and universities, having recently resolved a high profile case involving one of Boston's leading hospitals.

•On many occasions, Dick negotiated employment and severance agreements for the CEOs and CFOs of some of Massachusetts' leading companies.

•Dick has spoken about the pitfalls of employment law at meetings and conferences of the highest ranking officers and human resources professionals at many of Boston's top tier businesses.

Before Edwards Wildman

Prior to joining the Firm Dick was a partner at Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye. Dick joined Prince Lobel Glovsky & Tye in 2000, when the firm merged with Glovsky & Tarlow, a firm Dick founded in 1983. In his 30 years as an attorney, Dick has advised and represented a broad spectrum of distinguished clients, including numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

Before entering private practice, Dick worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston, where he was named Chief of the Civil Division. In that role, Dick supervised all civil litigation in Massachusetts involving the federal government, including all cases brought by or against the United States, its agencies, and employees in state and federal courts. He also expanded the role of the United States Attorney's Office to include antitrust and civil rights litigation. Prior to becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dick worked in the United States Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. In law school, Dick was an editor of the law review.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Dick has served as president of his class at Dartmouth College, from which he has received the Class of 1929, the Charles F. Moore Jr., and the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Dick also was a director of the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was a founder and a director of The Wellness Community of Greater Boston and a founder of For Love of Life, an AIDS wish-list organization. In October of 2002, Dick and his two brothers received the American Jewish Committee's Community Service Award. Dick has served on the board of the Bob Cousy Humanitarian Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of Suffolk University's Thomas J. Drinan Memorial Fellowship

Dick has been a political activist for a number of years, serving as finance chair of the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and the re-election campaign of then Congressman Edward J. Markey. He has also raised funds for numerous United States senators and has served on the finance committees of President Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Deval Patrick. He was also a member of the transition team for Governor Patrick and currently serves on the Commonwealth's Judicial Nominating Committee.


AV Peer Review Rated

fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Named to the Judicial Nominating Commission of Massachusetts in 2012.

Since 2004, has repeatedly been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Litigation: Defense by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition

2004: Chosen by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the 60 or so most powerful lawyers in Massachusetts
2014: Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment in Massachusetts

Reported CasesPhelan v. May Department Stores Company, 443 Mass. 52 (2004); United States v. Cloutier, 966 F.2d 24 (1st Cir. 1992); United States v. Maguire, 918 F.2d 254 (1st Cir. 1990); United States v. Rengifo, 858 F.2d 800 (1st Cir. 1988); United States v. Dejesus, 752 F.2d 640 (1st Cir. 1985); United States v. Smith, 726 F.2d 852 (1st Cir. 1984); United States v. Budzyna, 666 F.2d 666 (1st Cir. 1984); United States v. Cermark, 622 F.2d 1049 (1st Cir. 1980); United States v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, 614 F.2d 27 (1st Cir. 1980); N.A.A.C.P. v. Harris, 607 F.2d 514 (1st Cir. 1979); Falzarano v. United States, 607 F.2d 506 (1st Cir. 1979); O'Connor v. Yezukevicz, 589 F.2d 16 (1st Cir. 1978); American Science And Engineering, Inc. v. Califano, 571 F.2d 58 (1st Cir. 1978); Tauton Gardens Co. v. Hills, 57 F.2d 877 (1st Cir. 1977); Weiss v. United States, 146 F.Supp.2d 113 (D.Mass. 2001); New England Welding Contractors Inc. v. Hydra-Machinery Sales Inc., 704 F.Supp. 315 (D.Mass. 1989); United States v. Smith, 587 F.Supp. 653 (D.Mass. 1984); Daley v. United States, 499 F.Supp. 1005 (D.Mass. 1980); Gledhill v. Harris, 492 F.Supp. 1018 (D.Mass. 1980); Armor Elevator Co., Inc. v. Phoenix Urban Corporation, 493 F.Supp. 876 (D.Mass. 1980); Doe v. Sharp, 491 F.Supp. 346 (D.Mass. 1980); Becton v. United States, 489 F.Supp. 134 (D.Mass. 1980); Gerritson v. Vance, 488 F.Supp. 267 (D.Mass. 1980); Leduc v. Harris, 488 F.Supp. 588 (D.Mass. 1980); Gregory v. United States, 448 F.Supp. 126 (D.Mass. 1978); Commonwealth v. Hills, 437 F.Supp. 351(D.Mass. 1977); Taunton Gardens Co. v. Hills, 421 F.Supp. 524 (D.Mass. 1976); Harris v. United States, 424 F.Supp. 627 (D.Mass. 1976); Ziviak v. United States, 411 F.Supp. 416 (D.Mass. 1976); Farmer v. Dir. Trans. Systems, 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13910 (D.Mass. 1981); United States v. Devito, 1982 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13986 (D.Mass. 1982); Blanck v. Harris, 1983 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12172 (D.Mass. 1983); United States v. Smith, 1983 U.S. App. LEXIS 26170 (1st Cir. 1983); N.A.A.C.P. v. Harris, 1981 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10552 (D.Mass. 1981); In Re Mahoney Hawkes, LLP, 272 B.R. 19 (1st Cir. 2002); In Re Attlebrook Properties, 37 B.R. 338 (D. Mass. 1983).

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Richard D. Glovsky

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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