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Joseph Sulman

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Phone: (617) 521-8600

1001 Watertown St 3rd Floor
West Newton, Massachusetts 02465

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Joseph L. Sulman concentrates his practice on serving clients in need of employment-related legal counseling. He also provides sophisticated litigation services in civil rights, personal injury, and general litigation. The foundation for his practice is proven success in employment disputes combined with depth of experience.

Mr. Sulman represents both workers and employers in need of legal counseling. He pursues and defends claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations (with a particular expertise in unpaid commissions), whistle-blower actions, and independent contractor misclassification; he also provides counseling to employers on personnel-related policies and practices. His past employment cases include federal class-actions and individual complaints before state administrative agencies. He also specializes in representing public safety employees in appeals before the Civil Service Commission.

Additionally, Mr. Sulman represents clients in civil rights, personal injury, and general litigation. With his diverse legal background, he brings experience in issues concerning consumer protection, motor vehicle accidents, business disputes, mortgage fraud, First Amendment law, and actions against the government. He regularly advocates for his clients in court and before administrative agencies. Several cases have proceeded to trial.

Mr. Sulman attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude, and he was formerly associated with Dechert LLP and Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sulman was a journalist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he covered the police beat and politics.


J.D. Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2005
Cum Laude (Top 33%)
Articles Editor, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review

B.A., Oberlin College, 2000
Graduated with Honors in English

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Massachusetts, 2005
District of Massachusetts, 2006
First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association
Member Since: 2005

Boston Bar Association
Member Since: 2005

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
Member Since: 2011

National Employment Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2011

Pro Bono Activities
  • American Constitution Society, Boston Lawyers’ Chapter
      Programming Chairperson and active board member