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General Contact

Contact Lichten & Liss-Riordan if you need legal help related to your employment, are looking for a job opportunity, or want to refer a case.

BOSTON OFFICE

Email

info@llrlaw.com

Address

Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
729 Boylston Street, Suite 2000
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Telephone

617-994-5800

Fax

617-994-5801

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

Email

info@llrlaw.com

Address

Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
466 Geary Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, California 94102

Telephone

415-630-2651

Fax

617-994-5801

Potential Clients

If you are an employee anywhere in the country and want to seek a consultation with us, please fill in the information below.

Our particular specialties are independent contractor misclassification, tips and service charge violations, and overtime and other wage violations.

We will do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible but regret that we cannot take on all cases that are submitted. Please note that filling out this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Thank you!

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Job Opportunities

Lichten & Liss-Riordan welcomes applications from lawyers interested in joining our team, who have proven commitment to advocating for employee rights. We look for candidates with outstanding writing and oral advocacy skills. If you are an attorney seeking employment with Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., please email us a cover letter and resume, and we will contact you if we would like to invite you for an interview.

Lichten & Liss-Riordan welcomes law students to apply to us for internships during the summer and term-time. To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample and we will contact you if you have been selected for an interview.

Our firm also employs a dedicated staff of paralegals and assistants. To apply for a position, please contact Office Administrator Rebecca L’Abbe at rlabbe@llrlaw.com.

Referrals

We welcome referrals from attorneys around the country, and we always pay fair referral fees.

We are also frequently contacted by attorneys from around the country seeking to collaborate with us in one of our specialty areas (independent contractor misclassification, tips and service charges litigation, and overtime and other wage violations).

If you would like to contact us about a proposed case or referral, please email us at info@llrlaw.com.

Starbucks

We filed cases against Starbucks in Massachusetts and New York on behalf of baristas challenging the company’s practice of requiring tips to be shared with shift supervisors. We won this issue in Massachusetts. The federal courts in Massachusetts agreed with our interpretation, ruling that Starbucks’ tip sharing policy violates the law of Massachusetts, which requires that only employees with no managerial responsibility may share in tip pools. The magistrate judge granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and class certification, which was affirmed by the district court in March 2011. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this decision in November 2012. In New York, the case was certified to the state’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. The court held that shift supervisors can participate in a tip pool under New York law.

Skycaps

In 2008, we won a jury trial against American Airlines, challenging the airline’s collection of a $2 per bag charge for curbside check-in and not allowing skycaps to keep this money. After this trial, most airlines stopped charging the $2 per bag fee.

The case was on appeal twice. We won the first appeal in 2009, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected American’s argument that it could not be liable to skycaps whom it did not directly employ. The Court reinstated the $333,000 verdict for the skycaps who were part of the initial trial. Click here to read the Court’s decision. Click here to watch the oral argument.

In the second appeal, the federal First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in American’s favor and decided that the case is preempted by federal law, thus reversing the verdict we obtained at trial for the nine original Boston skycaps. We filed a petition to appeal this decision to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

After the jury verdict in favor of the American skycaps, we brought similar claims on behalf of United and US Airways skycaps. The courts ruled that those cases were preempted.

In a companion case we filed against American, which the federal court certified as a national class action on behalf of American skycaps across the country, we have argued that the case should not be preempted under recent Supreme Court caselaw. The district court has ruled that the case is preempted, but we are appealing that ruling.

Hawaii Hotel

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Major Cases

Amero v. Townsend Oil Company, 2008 WL 5609064 (Mass. Super. 2008) (in one of the first decisions issued under the Massachusetts Independent Contractor statute, the court held as a matter of law that an oil delivery employee had been wrongfully misclassified as an independent contractor)

Welch v. Town of Stoughton, 542 F.3d 927 (1st Cir. 2008) (won appeal and jury verdict finding that the Town of Stoughton had violated the First Amendment and whistleblower rights of a sergeant in the Town’s police department)

In The News

Mr. Lichten was named a 2003 Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Cable company loses bid to end overtime class action
Law 360 | October, 2013

11th Circ. revives cable installers’ contractor status case
Law 360 | July, 2013

Black police officials sue city
Boston Globe| February, 2012

Police hit with bias decision; Two officers may be due ‘millions’
Worcester Telegram | November, 2011

TGI Friday’s

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Harvard

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