Jeffrey B. Gilbreth

Jeff Gilbreth is a partner in the Labor & Employment group. He represents employers of all sizes and across all industries.

What do you focus on?

Any employer, even those with just one employee, has employment law issues. I help clients with all aspects of employment law, but much of my work is focused on these areas:


Wage-hour laws are incredibly detailed and expose employers to significant potential liability (multiple damages, attorneys’ fees, class/collective claims). I work with companies proactively to ensure their policies and practices comply with all applicable wage-hour laws, and I defend them when something goes awry and they face a claim from a current or (more likely) former employee.

My experience runs the gamut from negotiating settlements for small startups with single employee disputes to litigating national class actions for publicly traded companies.

Layoffs/Reductions in Force

Employers are regularly reorganizing their workforces, which often results in a layoff or reduction in force. Whenever large numbers of employees are let go, employers face significant potential liability.

I work with clients of all sizes to navigate the pitfalls associated with restructurings and layoffs. I help my clients at every step of the process to help minimize exposure to discrimination and other wrongful termination claims, comply with the WARN Act and related state statutes, prepare separation agreements and to communicate effectively with the remaining workforce.

Employee Management

Employees are constantly posing challenges for their employers, and I help my clients navigate these challenges. My work in this area often involves advising clients on managing leaves of absence, disciplining problem employees, protecting trade secrets, enforcing non-compete and other post-employment restrictions and managing workplace investigations.

What do you see on the horizon?

Advances in technology means employees are always connected. While great for productivity, these developments mean employers face new and significant wage-hour exposure.


  • “HR and Employment Best Practices and Policies,” 2018 Million Dollar Round Table EDGE Meeting, Boston, MA, November 8, 2018 (co-presenter)

The CDC has released guidelines for vaccinated people. Here's what to know

New England Cable News | March 08, 2021

In this television news segment on the CDC’s new COVID-19 guidelines for vaccinated people, Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discussed how businesses can continue enforcing additional guidance they have in place, such as mask mandates.

Baystate Business: Snow, Stimulus, and Fitness

Bloomberg Radio | December 16, 2020

Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth joined Thursday’s “Baystate Business“ radio program to discuss whether employers can and should mandate that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the office.

Baystate Business: Climate Change, Labor Laws

Bloomberg Radio | April 22, 2019

In this radio segment, the hosts interview Boston Labor and Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth about Massachusetts’ new family and medical leave law and how it may impact employers.


Bloomberg BayState Business | September 25, 2018

Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt McLaughlin, both of the Boston office, joined Bloomberg Radio to discuss the new Massachusetts law restricting the use of noncompete clauses by businesses.

Markets, platelets and jazz

Bloomberg Radio | June 28, 2018

Boston Labor and Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth appeared on Bloomberg Radio to discuss a Massachusetts equal pay law.

Drug testing in the workplace

Bloomberg Radio | June 18, 2018

Boston labor and employment partner Jeff Gilbreth spoke to the hosts of Bloomberg Radio on the challenges of drug testing in the workplace in Massachusetts.


Jeffrey B. Gilbreth



Phone: 617-345-1371

Fax: 866-812-3847

Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

Trinity College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa


U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Jeff has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Labor & Employment (Massachusetts). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years. He received an Excellence in Law award in 2013 from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and was recognized in the publication as an “Up & Coming Lawyer.” Jeff was recognized as a 2020 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (as well as in prior years), and was selected as a “Rising Star” in Employment & Labor by Super Lawyers 2007–2009 and 2011–2017.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
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