Jeffrey Dretler

Jeffrey A. Dretler



Jeff Dretler is a seasoned litigator and trusted counselor. He has more than twenty years of experience representing employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues and the enforcement of non-competition agreements and protection of trade secrets. He also advises employers on day-to-day human resources matters involving leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, independent contractor law, and conducts workplace investigations and trainings. Jeff prides himself on guiding employers to develop practices that will avoid costly litigation and has the skills and resolve to litigate matters when the situation calls for the employer to take a strong stand.

Jeff’s clients span a range of industries including healthcare, education, financial services, technology, assisted living, transportation, manufacturing, retail, human services, and professional services.

Representative Experience

  • Secured preliminary injunction on behalf of a national hygiene products company precluding its former employee from soliciting our client’s customers.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a hospital and two supervisors where plaintiff R.N.’s had alleged that their terminations from employment for falsification of patient records was motivated by personal animus and constituted defamation and other torts.
  • Successfully argued SJC case which established the right of a party to recover attorney’s fees under the anti-SLAPP statute when obtaining a partial dismissal of a claim based upon the movant’s protected petitioning activity.

Some of the representations listed above were handled by Dretler prior to his joining Rubin and Rudman, LLP.

Reported Cases

  • Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, Inc., 477 Mass. 141 (2017)
  • Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, Inc., 89 Mass. App. Ct. 97 (2016)
  • Chacon v. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 99 F. Supp. 3d 207 (D. Mass. 2015)
  • Craig v. Merrimack Valley Hospital, 45 F. Supp. 3d 137 (D. Mass. 2014)
  • Pearson v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, 723 F.3d 36 (1st Cir. 2013)
  • Delva v. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc., 72 Mass. App. Ct. 766 (2008)

Recognition and Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, – Employment Law – Management, 2018–2023
  • Listed, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2013-2022
  • listed, Top 100: 2022 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • Named, a Top Lawyer for Employment Law in Boston Magazine’s edition of Top Lawyers, 2021-2022
  • Recognized, Massachusetts Go To Lawyers, Employment, 2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts (2015)
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Inducted 2014)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
    • Employer Co-Chair, Revenue & Partnership Development Committee
    • Employer Co-Chair, Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Subcommittee, Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Committee
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • President, Northeastern University School of Law Alumni/ae Board (2020-21)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Event Organizer, “Annual Labor and Employment Program,” Northeastern University School of Law (February 24, 2022)
  • Quoted, “Vaccination cards, incentives and separate spaces,” - Ask the Job Doc. (May 17, 2021)
  • Moderator, “Employee Privacy Issues in the Use of COVID-19 Safety Technology at Work,” Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Virtual (March 17-19, 2021)
  • Quoted, “How to respond to COVID-19 or flu in the workplace?,” - Ask the Job Doc. (October 12, 2020)
  • Co-Author, “Documenting the Hiring Process (Chapter 1),” Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts, MCLE (3d ed. 2015, Supp. 2017 and 2018)
  • Speaker, “Workplace Violence Prevention – Best Practices,” Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA), Annual Conference and Trade Show Worcester, MA (October 25, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Eliminating Bullying from the Healthcare Industry,” American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership Chicago, IL (March 26 & 27, 2018)
  • Regional Editor, Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey, ABA/Bloomberg BNA (2d ed. 2017 and Suppl. 2018)
  • Speaker, “The Brave New World of Trade Secrets and Non-Competes: Drafting and Negotiating Non-Compete and Trade Secret Protections,” Webinar for ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (February 6, 2018)
  • Frequent contributor, “‘Job Doc’ Column – providing legal commentary on a variety of employment law issues,” Boston Globe (2008–Present)
  • Speaker, “Witness Examination Skills at Depositions and Trials,” 11th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference Washington, D.C. (November 2017)
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Compliance for Small Business,” Total HR Solutions Lunch ‘N Learn Waltham, MA (June 22, 2017)
  • Moderator, “The Status of Employment At-Will: So Many Exceptions, So Little Time (analyzing wrongful termination in violation of public policy claims),” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (March 22, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Off-duty Conduct As Grounds for Employee Discipline or Termination,” Fall Conference and Trade Show, Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA), Worcester, MA (October 29, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Adverse Employment Actions & Off-duty Conduct,” Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting Boston, MA (October 20, 2015)
  • Author, “Shift Workers In The Long Term Care Industry Present Tricky Issues For Employers,” Provider, National Association of Health Care Providers (Spring 2014)
  • Author, “You Can’t Fire Me For That – I Was Off-Duty!,” Employers and The Law: 2013-14 Anthology of Best Articles, G. Siedel and J. Siedel, eds., Van Rye Publishing, LLC (2014)
  • Speaker, “Negotiating Physician Employment Contracts,” Partners HealthCare System, Inc. Housestaff Clinical Fellows Retreat, Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education Boston, MA (Annually in October 2012–2014 and 2016–2017)