Brian P. Fox

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: bfox@mhtl.com

Brian Fox is an associate practicing in the area of employee benefits and labor and employment law. Mr. Fox devotes much of his practice to counseling public retirement boards, health and welfare trust funds in both the public and private sectors, and employers with employee benefit plans with regard to the myriad of issues that face such benefit plans. He deals regularly with matters arising out of Massachusetts public pension law as well as federal statues affecting employee benefits, such as ERISA, HIPAA and COBRA. In the course of his practice, Mr. Fox has successfully represented clients in court, arbitration and state adjudicative settings.

Mr. Fox graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and as a member of the Honors Program. He received his law degree magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Fox was Production Editor and an Executive Board Member for the Catholic University Law Review. He was also awarded the John Fanning Labor Law Scholarship. Mr. Fox is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fox was an associate with a small labor and employee benefits firm in Boston, MA. Before attending law school, Mr. Fox served as Legislative Director for a Massachusetts State Senator at the State House in Boston.

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