Eugene J. Sullivan III
Eugene J. Sullivan III (“Jay”) focuses on civil trial work, management-side labor and employment law, health-care law, and municipal law.
Mr. Sullivan has represented clients from many industries, including health care, education, manufacturing, construction, and technology, in a variety of forums, including the federal and state trial courts, federal and state administrative agencies, and numerous arbitration and mediation proceedings.
His trial work has included:
- obtaining a defense jury verdict for a Boston teaching hospital in a case where the plaintiff alleged racial harassment (January 2016, U.S. Dist. Ct. Boston);
- obtaining a defense jury verdict for a major teaching hospital in a case where the plaintiff alleged age discrimination (June 2014, Suffolk County Superior Court);
- obtaining a defense jury verdict for a hospital supervisor where the plaintiff alleged her supervisor had tortiously interfered with her employment (February 2014, Essex County Superior Court); and,
- with Herb Holtz, obtaining a defense jury verdict for a major health care system and large physicians group after a six-week trial where the plaintiff, a former medical resident, claimed gender discrimination (April-May 2014; U.S. Dist. Ct. Boston).
Mr. Sullivan’s appellate cases include Nansamba v. North Shore Medical Center, Inc., 727 F.3d 33 (727 F.3d 33 1st. Cir. 2013) (affirming district court denial of plaintiff’s motion for relief from judgment in FMLA-retaliation case); Ventura v. Partners HealthCare System, Inc. et al., 10-1885 (1st Cir. 2010) (with Herb Holtz) (affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment in a handicap discrimination case); Brooks v. Massachusetts General Hospital, 71 Mass.App.Ct. 1115 (2008) (with Herb Holtz) (affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of employer in a race discrimination case); and Town of Saugus v. Saugus Public Safety Dispatchers Union, 65 Mass.App.Ct. 901 (2005) (affirming trial court’s ruling that a union could not grieve the directive of the town’s police chief concerning public safety issues through the dispute-resolution mechanism of a collective bargaining agreement).
Mr. Sullivan frequently represents clients in general business and commercial disputes and in a variety of employment disputes. He counsels employers on issues such as state and federal anti-discrimination statutes, labor unrest, payment of wages questions, occupational health and safety issues, and non-competition and trade secrets agreements, and he routinely defends employers in jury trials involving employment discrimination claims in the federal and state trial courts. He has represented health-care clients on a variety of matters, including peer-review proceedings and internal investigations.
Mr. Sullivan also counsels municipal employers on a variety of issues, including labor and employment matters, and he has represented municipal clients in the state and federal trial courts and before the Commonwealth’s Department of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission, Joint Labor Management Committee, and other agencies.
Mr. Sullivan has represented many clients on a pro bono basis. Recently, he successfully defended a local college student, who had been sanctioned after organizing a peaceful protest, at a college disciplinary hearing.
Prior to working in law, Mr. Sullivan worked in the book publishing industry at, among companies, Grove/ Atlantic, Inc. He is the co-founder of the literary magazine LVNG. The LVNG archives were purchased by the University of Chicago and are housed in its library’s Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection.
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Suffolk University Law School, Kenyon College (B.A. Classics), and Milton Academy.