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Deepa Desai

Deepa K. Desai

Associate

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Deepa is a member of the Labor & Employment and Higher Education practice groups. Since beginning her practice, she has defended and counseled employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. As an employment litigator, Deepa defends employers against claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, as well as wage and hour violations and contract disputes. When proactively counseling clients, she provides advice in connection with many workplace matters, including the preparation of employee handbooks, hiring, terminations, discipline, leaves of absence, benefits compliance reasonable accommodations and grievances.

During law school, Deepa interned at the United States Department of Labor in the Office of Administrative Law Judges. She also worked for a nationwide government contractor, where she was responsible for ensuring company compliance in all matters of employment law and human resources-related training.

Recognition and Awards

  • Vice President, 2021 Board of Directors, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABAGB)
  • Selected as Massachusetts Rising Star, Employment Litigation
  • South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston 2019 Board Member of the Year

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Executive Committee Clerk/Secretary, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston Board of Directors
  • Member, USA500 Clubs

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Young Lawyers Division Third Annual Symposium,” Massachusetts Bar Association, Virtual (March 26, 2021)
  • Co-presenter, “Employee Handbooks: Top Ten Items that Should be Added,” Massachusetts Staffing Association’s Legal and Compliance Webinar series (June 10, 2020)
  • Co-presenter, “New Overtime Rules,” Massachusetts Staffing Association’s (MSA) Legal & Compliance webinar series (March 11, 2020)
  • Speaker, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN)’s Local Food and Specialty Crop Trade Show (March 11, 2020)
  • Co-presenter, “Leave Entitlements in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Staffing Association’s (MSA) Legal & Compliance webinar series (December 11, 2019)
  • Co-speaker, “Update: Paid Family Medical Leave Act,” Massachusetts Staffing Association’s (MSA) Legal & Compliance webinar series (June 12, 2019)
  • Co-presenter, “The NextGen Store – from Finance to Staffing and Beyond,” 2019 Northeast Regional Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) meeting Needham, MA (April 23, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Northeastern University School of Law, Center for Co-op and Career Development,” Private Sector Kickoff: Panel Discussion (October 1, 2020)