PATRICIA A. WASHIENKO, ESQ.
Ms. Washienko is an experienced employment attorney who represents individuals and companies in a wide range of employment and compensation matters, including the negotiation and enforcement of sophisticated employment, compensation and separation agreements; and the litigation of workplace-related claims, including the prosecution and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. She was named by Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment Law in 2005, 2006, and 2007; and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2008 and 2009, and 2010.
A skilled negotiator, Ms. Washienko often counsels and represents executives and professionals in complex contract and severance negotiations. She also represents individuals and companies litigating claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, and breach of contract. In those areas, she has steered cases to successful (and, at times, precedent-setting) resolution in state and federal courts, governmental agencies, arbitration and mediation.
Ms. Washienko is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, where she serves on the Steering Committee for the BBA's Labor & Employment Section; the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, where she previously served as Employment Section Co-Chair; and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She has co-authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in cases raising significant issues in the fields of employment discrimination and civil rights. She is also active in continuing legal education, and has served on the MCLE Employment & Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Committee and as co-chair and frequent panelist of MCLE seminars and conferences. She has also published articles on employment law issues particularly relevant to companies and executives and serves as a quarterly commentator for the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter.
Ms. Washienko earned an A.B. with honors from Harvard University in 1988 and she earned her J.D. with honors from Boston University School of Law in 1998. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.