Ann M. O'Neill

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

Nan O’Neill - Ms. O’Neill is Senior Counsel in the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane. Her emphasis is in labor and employment law. She has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration of employment related disputes, including discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. O’Neill also represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations. She counsels clients on a day-to-day basis on employment related matters. Additionally, Ms. O’Neill frequently conducts training sessions on topical legal issues such as disability, FMLA, and other emerging legal trends. She has also authored several articles on subjects which include discrimination, drug testing, and legal updates. She was previously associated with the Boston law firm of Goodwin, Procter and Hoar and the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon. Ms. O’Neill is a graduate of Boston College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Articles and Notes Editor of the American Criminal Law Review and received awards for outstanding work in the study of labor law.

 

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St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Katherine Hesse introduced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the annual St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester event which was held at the Westin Copley Place.  Ms. Hesse currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children which focuses on offering innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty.  As Governor Baker noted, the St. Mary’s Center has been known for “healing” for well over 100 years.   According to Attorney Hesse, “of the many charities in which I have been involved over the last 40 years of my professional career, St. Mary’s is closest to my heart.”  Other highlights of the evening included Lorrie Higgins receiving the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence based upon her advocacy of and commitment in helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Over six hundred individuals attended the event, which raised approximately $500,000 for the women and children who rely upon the center.  

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Program On Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Rescinded

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum announcing the rescission of the June 15, 2012 Memorandum entitled Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children, which had established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as “DACA.” This may have a significant impact on employers who rely on individuals in their workforce with lawful immigration status through DACA.

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