Mr. Francella has experience representing clients during investigations and enforcement actions undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and various other state and federal agencies. He has also represented companies, executives and other professionals in a broad range of complex civil matters including contractual, employment, and trade secret.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, P.C., Mr. Francella worked as an attorney with a mid-size law firm in Boston, Massachusetts where he garnered extensive experience conducting independent and external investigations related to sexual misconduct, allegations of race discrimination, and allegations of sexual harassment under Title IX. Other past experience includes working as an investigator for the Office of Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and an internship with the State Ethics Commission.
During law school, Mr. Francella was recognized as Best Oral Advocate and served as a member of Suffolk University Law School’s National Moot Court Team. He now volunteers as one of the Team’s coaches.
•Defended national student loan servicer accused of unfair and deceptive practices in a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
•Defended crypto-currency and Blockchain entity during investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Massachusetts Securities Division.
•Defended college student sued for defamation related to a sexual misconduct investigation under Title IX.
•Conducted an internal investigation involving alleged race discrimination within a global non-governmental organization.
•Conducted an external investigation involving alleged sex discrimination for a local college.
•Conducted an external investigation involving alleged sexual misconduct under Title IX for a local college.
•Conducted an independent investigation into faculty-student sexual misconduct spanning six decades for an independent secondary school in New England.
•Conducted an independent investigation into faculty-student sexual misconduct spanning three decades for an independent secondary school in New England.
•Conducted an independent investigation for a local independent secondary school involving alleged sexual misconduct by a former faculty member.
•Defended non-profit organization in a contract dispute with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
•Defended a global food products supplier in a contract dispute with its distributor.
•Negotiated a settlement involving a contract dispute between a recycling and waste services company and its consumer.
•Negotiated a settlement involving a rate dispute between a skilled nursing facility operator and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Boston Athenaeum, Member
•Suffolk University Law School National Moot Court Team, Coach
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association
•Beacon Hill Civic Association
•Boston Bar Association
•Massachusetts Bar Association
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