Attorneys & Professionals

TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: jbateman@mhtl.com

Mr. Bateman practices in the areas of business and commercial real estate law.  He represents privately-owned businesses ranging in size from small start-ups to middle market companies, including both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and across a number of industries.  He regularly advises business owners and executives on a wide range of matters, including business entity selection and formation, governance, contract and lease negotiation, data security, intellectual property rights, debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions.  He also advises clients with regard to various commercial real estate matters, including the purchase and sale, leasing, and financing of commercial property.

Mr. Bateman received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in business law and financial services, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College, with honors.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bateman was a Senior Associate with a Boston-area investment banking firm, where he advised clients on sell-side mergers and acquisitions transactions across a number of verticals within the healthcare services industry.

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce: Labor & Law Employment Update

MHTL attorneys Katherine Hesse and Kier Wachterhauser will be presenting information regarding important legal issues and developments in the Labor & Employment field at a Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) event on Thursday, November 15th.  These presentations will include a comprehensive overview of major legislative/regulatory/case law developments, as well as best practices in navigating issues such as marijuana in the workplace and sexual harassment.

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Supreme Judicial Court Issues Important Decision Protecting Employers – Back Pay Awards Do Not Constitute “Wages” Under the Wage Act and Thus Are Not Subject To Trebling

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC” or “Court”) declined to classify a court-ordered “back pay” award as “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act (“Wage Act”).   In response to a request for briefs from the Court, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP (MHTL), on behalf of its public and private clients, submitted an amicus brief, supporting the defendant employer’s position.   The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the New England Legal Foundation also submitted amici briefs.  This decision – a significant victory for employers – has far-reaching consequences and helps to protect employers from punitive and excessive penalties in many employment contexts.  Had the case been decided for the plaintiffs, it could have had significant ramifications for employers, extending the punitive damage scheme under the Wage Act (strict liability, treble damages, attorneys’ fees, individual liability, etc.) to a myriad of different employment contexts.

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