Terence P. McCourt

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Automotive Dealerships
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.310.6246
Fax: 617.279.8461
University Georgetown University, B.A., magna cum laude
Law SchoolThe Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1982, District of Columbia; 1990, Massachusetts; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Governor's Advisory Board
•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Board of Trustees, Cambridge College
•Member, Board of Overseers, Boston Children's Hospital
•Member, Boston Bar Association
•Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section
•Member, Society of Fellows, Boston Bar Foundation
•Member, WGBH Corporate Executive Council
•President, Farrington Education Center, Board of Trustees, 2004-2008
•Member Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Council, 1997-2002

BornBoston, Massachusetts, April 28, 1956

Terence P. McCourt is Managing Shareholder of the Boston office and Chairman of its Labor & Employment Practice. He represents a broad range of organizations in all facets of management-side labor and employment law. During more than two decades of practice, Terry has gained a national reputation for his practical, solution-oriented approach to employment law issues.

With wide-ranging litigation experience, Terry handles diverse employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases in state and federal courts, wage and hour compliance, labor arbitration cases, non-competition cases, internal corporate investigations, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. He also counsels employers concerning day-to-day human resources issues as well as myriad legal requirements in the workplace, particularly related to significant operational changes such as mergers, acquisitions, business relocations or reductions in force.

Terry has wide-ranging governmental experience as the former Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of Massachusetts and General Counsel to the Massachusetts Secretary of Labor.

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Press Releases

06.09.15 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Attorney Terence P. McCourt to Present at CLE Webinar on NLRB’s New Election Rules
06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
06.04.15 Six Greenberg Traurig Boston Attorneys Listed in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
06.01.15 Boutique Firm Moves Securities Litigation Practice to Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Office
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.12.15 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Attorney Terence P. McCourt to Present at MCLE Seminar on Preventing and Litigating Wage and Hour Cases
04.06.15 Greenberg Traurig’s Terence P. McCourt and Justin F. Keith to Host Webinar on NLRB’s New Election Rules
03.16.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Terence McCourt Appointed to the Cambridge College Board of Trustees
03.13.15 Greenberg Traurig’s Boston ‘Conversation With’ Series Welcomes Dr. Gary Fleisher, Physician-in-Chief and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Boston Children's Hospital
11.21.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Attorney Terence P. McCourt to Present at MCLE Seminar on Independent Contractor v. Employee

Published Articles

04.14.15 Catch Me If You Can: NLRB Union Election Rules Edition


04.14.15 The NLRB’s New ‘Quickie’ Election Rules Take Effect Despite Pending Court Challenges
02.12.15 Massachusetts Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015
11.06.14 Massachusetts Voters Approve Ballot Question Mandating Paid Sick Time
09.05.14 Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law
04.04.14 Welcome to ESTA: New York City's 'Earned Sick Time Act' Comes into Effect, DCA Proposes New Rules
05.15.13 What Does the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Act Mean for Employers?
05.09.12 Massachusetts Law Regulating Employment Background Checks Goes Into Effect May 2012
04.04.12 Intern or Employee? Unpaid Internships May End Up Costing Employers
03.09.12 Massachusetts Personal Information Data Security Regulations: Are You in Compliance With the March 1 Deadline?
09.01.06 Human Resources Documents: Taking Retention Seriously

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Contributor, Fifty State Survey on Covenants Not to Compete, Greenberg Traurig & Association of Corporate Counsel InfoPAK, September 2015
•Co-Author, Catch Me If You Can: NLRB Union Election Rules Edition, Law360, April 14, 2015
•Co-Author, Massachusetts Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015, GT Alert, February 12, 2015
•Quoted, NLRB Reverses Course on Non-Work Use of Co. Email, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 18, 2014
•Co-Author, Massachusetts Voters Approve Ballot Question Mandating Paid Sick Time, GT Alert, November 6, 2014
•Co-Author, Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law, GT Alert, September 5, 2014
•Quoted, Private Colleges' Employment Policies Pressured by Northwestern NLRB Ruling, Business Insurance, April 13, 2014
•Author, Highlights of the Mass. Medical Marijuana Act, Law360, July 16, 2013
•Author, Mass.: What Does the Medical Marijuana Act Mean for Employers? SHRM, May 29, 2013
•Author, Removing Judicial Discretion Makes New Wage Law Punitive for Massachusetts Employers, Boston Bar Journal, September/October 2008
•Author, Employee Communications with Personal Attorney via Company Computer May Still be Privileged, New England In-House, August 4, 2006
•Author, How to Settle Boston's Labor Struggles, The Boston Globe, Op-Ed, April 10, 2004
•Author, Recent Decision Affects Employee Arbitration Rights, Mass High Tech, April 9, 2001
•Author, Balancing Project Labor Agreements and Public Bid Laws, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 16, 1998


•Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, BNA Books, 2008


•Speaker, Medical Marijuana Use: What’s at Stake for Massachusetts Colleges and Universities, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts Fall Symposium, October 2, 2014
•Speaker, Current Trends in Workplace Harassment and Discrimination and How to Reduce Exposure: Workplace Bullying, Transgender, Gender Stereotyping, Caregiver Status, Race, Age and Beyond, American Conference Institute, National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, June 23, 2014
•Speaker, Preventing & Litigating Wage & Hour Cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, May 15, 2014
•Speaker, The Latest on Harassment Claims: Sexual, Non-Sexual, and Who Qualifies As a 'Supervisor' Under Title VII, American Conference Institute, Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, August 1, 2013
•Speaker, The Transition from Identifying Trends to Developing Strategies: Tips from Recent Wage and Hour Class Actions, Law Practice International, Class Actions and Alternatives For Resolving Aggregate Claims Conference, June 17, 2013
•Speaker, 2012 Employment Legislation Update, 15th Annual Employment Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, December 14, 2012
•Speaker, Labor Arbitration Basics, Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, October 10, 2012
•Speaker, Navigating the Massachusetts Wage Act and Data Security Laws, University of Massachusetts Club Networking Roundtable, October 5, 2012
•Speaker, ADA Amendments and New Regulations, American Conference Institute Program, Managing and Defending Discrimination Litigation, July 30, 2012
•Speaker, Labor Law for the Union and Non-Union Workplace, Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, November 9, 2011
•Speaker, Navigating in a New Regulatory Environment: ADA, FMLA and GINA Compliance, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts, October 7, 2011
•Speaker, Drafting & Enforcing Employment Contracts & Severance Agreements, MCLE New England, June 7, 2011
•Speaker, Employment ADR Programs in the Changing Legal Landscape, Boston Bar Association, January 13, 2011
•Speaker, The Surge in High-Exposure Retaliation Claims, American Conference Institute, Employment Discrimination Litigation Forum, February 25, 2010
•Speaker, Responding to Allegations of Wrongdoing, Boston Business Journal Seminar, October 14, 2009
•Speaker, The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants, May 21, 2009
•Speaker, Employment Law Round Table, National Council of State Housing Agencies, September 26, 2005
•Speaker, Managing Employee Leave Requests, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, May 25, 2005
•Speaker, Charter School Labor Issues, Fifth Annual Massachusetts Charter School Convention, March 31, 2005
•Speaker, Privacy and Emerging Issues in Electronic Workplace Litigation, Massachusetts Personnel Law Update 2003, September 11, 2003
•Speaker, Joint Employers and the NLRB, Recent Developments in Employment Law, November 19, 2002
•Speaker, Conducting Internal Investigations, Advanced Employment Law Certificate Forum, September 19, 2002
•Speaker, Internet and E-mail Policies, Massachusetts Software and Internet Council, October 10, 2001
•Speaker, Employees' Right to Privacy, Personnel Law Update, March 19, 2001
•Speaker, Attorneys' Fees and Punitive Damages in Employment Discrimination Litigation, Boston Bar Association, February 26, 2001


•Appearances on WBZ Radio Business Report and CBS 4 Evening News, Impact of Supreme Judicial Court's Goodridge Decision on Employee Benefits, May 18, 2004

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2013-2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment - Labor-Management Relations, 2014-2015
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2005-2014
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013
•Selected, Guberman Fellowship for Legal Studies, Brandeis University
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Areas of Concentration

•Wage and hour litigation
•Restrictive covenant litigation
•Workplace training
•Labor-management relations

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; In a case of first impression before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, represented employer in vacating NLRB decision thereby permitting company to implement unilaterally a discretionary merit pay plan in the face of a bargaining impasse with its union. Defended Governor of Massachusetts in wrongful termination case brought by former commissioner of state agency. Acted as outside counsel to a number of employers to serve as chief negotiator for collective bargaining negotiations. Represented several employers in nationwide collective actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and hybrid wage-hour class actions. Cases involved the litigation of class certification issues as well as substantive questions related to independent contractor classification, exempt and non-exempt classification, and compensable time issues. Developed litigation and labor relations strategy for publicly traded company in case of international union seeking to affiliate with bargaining unit represented by independent union. Litigation involved numerous proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit with final result of employees voting to reject bargaining representative. Represented trucking company in case of first impression before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, affirming dismissal of case brought under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act through the retroactive application of Supreme Court precedent. Acted as outside labor counsel to publicly traded telecommunications company with responsibility for labor arbitration cases, contract administration and collective bargaining negotiations. Represented a number of employers in injunctive proceedings regarding the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Reported Decisions; Jackson v. McKesson Health Solutions , 10 WH Cases 2d 374. (D. Mass. 2004); AFSCME v. Olympus Specialty & Rehabilitation Hospital , 279 F.Supp. 2d 59. (D. Mass., 2003); Quirk Tire v. NLRB , 241 F.3d 41. (1st Cir. 2001); American Medical Response, Inc. , 335 NLRB No. 90. (2001); Doherty v. American Medical Response , 7 Mass. L. Reporter No. 31. (1997); Some of the representations listed above were handled by Mr. McCourt prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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The NLRB’s New ‘Quickie’ Election Rules Take Effect Despite Pending Court Challenges
Justin F. Keith,Terence P. McCourt,Howard L. Mocerf, April 17, 2015
On April 14, 2015 the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new union election rules (Election Rules) went into effect. As discussed in a prior GT Alert, the NLRB adopted the new rules by a 3-2 vote with the two Republican NLRB members dissenting. As outlined below, the Election Rules make...

Massachusetts Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015
Jack S. Gearan,Terence P. McCourt, February 20, 2015
Effective April 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) is amended to extend coverage to male employees. The essential provisions of the new law are discussed below.

Massachusetts Voters Approve Ballot Question Mandating Paid Sick Time
Jack S. Gearan,Justin F. Keith,Terence P. McCourt, November 28, 2014
On Nov. 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that entitles employees to earn up to 40 hours of sick time each year.

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