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Alfred A. Gray, Jr.



Alfred Gray is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Rubin and Rudman and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Al is also a member of the Education group, where he applies his labor and employment skills for the Massachusetts State Universities. For more than two decades, Al has represented employers in all facets of labor and employment law issues.

Al represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations (DLR), the Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other agencies. Al also represents clients in union arbitrations and the collective bargaining process.

Al focuses his labor and employment practice on human and health care services. He counsels clients at a variety of human service agencies (including disability provider agencies, long-term care facilities, special education facilities and others) regarding operational, administrative, investigative, regulatory, litigation, and training, among other matters.

Al’s practice involves assisting children and adults with special needs and disabilities. He advises on the availability of state services and on meeting eligibility requirements for special education, housing and other services.

Al also provides training and speaks on variety of topics, including various labor and employment topics, union avoidance, abuse-related issues, advanced directives and other labor-related topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Al provided seventeen years of public service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (now known as the Department of Developmental Disabilities) and served as legal counsel for the MCAD.

Recognition and Awards

  • Named, Boston magazine, Top Lawyers, Employment and Labor Law, 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2022-2023
    • Education Law – Management
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, Department of Labor Relations Advisory Council
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)
  • Committee Chair, Rubin and Rudman Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • General Counsel and former Vice President, Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF)
  • Former Member, Governor’s Commission on Mental Retardation
  • Founder and Former Member, Department of Mental Retardation, Northeast Region Medical Ethics Committee
  • Former Board Member, Bay Cove Human Services
  • ProVisors – Professional Networking Group; Co-Chair, Diversity Committee; and Danvers and Woburn Group Leader

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Pay Transparency Panel,” The Massachusetts Bar Association’s 44th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference, Massachusetts Bar Association, Suffolk University Law School (May 24, 2023)
  • Speaker, “2023 USLAW NETWORK Labor & Employment Forum,” USLAW Network, Inc. (April 24, 2023)
  • Conference Co-Chair, “43rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference,” Massachusetts Bar Association (May 16, 2022)
  • Presenter, “Hiring Strategies in a Tight Labor Market and Improving DEI,” USLAW (April 20, 2022)
  • Panelist, “Labor & Employment Section 47th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference,” MBA (February 11, 2021)