Anne L. Josephson


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  • B.A. 1973 Smith College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D. 1977 Boston College Law School, cum laude, served as Editor-in-Chief, Boston College Industrial & Commercial Law Review (now Boston College Law Review)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Speaking Engagements

  • “Effective Attorneys’ Fee Petitions: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar” Boston Bar Association, April 9, 2013 (
  • “Fee-Shifting Statutes,” Women’s Bar Association Panel Discussion, October 22, 2012
  • The Supremes:  Review and Preview of 2012 Employment Cases,” Boston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Series, October 1, 2012
  • “Summary Judgment: To Move or Not to Move – Strategies for an Employment Discrimination Case,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 14th Annual Employment Law Conference, January 5, 2012


  • Hot Topics & Emerging Issues in Employment Law, in 13th Annual Employment Law (MCLE 2010) (with Heidi S. Alexander)
  • Developments in the Law of Employment Discrimination: Case Notes – State Court Decisions (2008), in 11thAnnual Employment Law Conference (MCLE 2008) (with Michelle A. Moor)
  • 2008 Developments in the Law: Employment Discrimination, 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Sprint Conference (MBA, 2008) (with Michelle A. Moor)
  • Retaliation Claims After Burlington Northern: Reference Notes on ‘Adverse Action’ (BBA, 2007) (with Mark Burak)
  • USERRA and G.L.c. 151B: A Brief Comparison, BBA “Spotlight” Series: Spotlight on Employment Law: Cutting Edge Issues in Litigation (BBA Spotlight Series, June, 2006) (with Amy A.C. Mainelli)
  • Severance Agreements: An Informal Checklist, in Employment Discrimination Law 1999 (MCLE, 1999) (with Sharen Litwin)
  • Drafting Pleadings in Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual (MCLE, 1997) (with Hon. Margot Botsford, Hon. Barbara J. Rouse eds.)
  • False Light Invasion of Privacy Claims Massachusetts, in Defamation Claims in the Workplace (MCLE, 1997) (with Patricia Meunier)
  • Written Advocacy, in Civil Litigation Prep (MCLE, 1996, 1995, and 1994)
  • Parental Leave and Part Time Employment: A Report on a Survey of Massachusetts Legal Employers (Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, 1989)
  • Practice and Procedure Before the Single Justice of the Massachusetts Appellate Courts, (Massachusetts Bar Association, 1984)
  • Report on a Survey on Maternity/Paternity Leave, Part Time Employment, and Related Subjects (Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, 1982)
  • Standing to Challenge Exclusionary Zoning in the Federal Courts, 17 B.C. Indus. & Com. L. Rev. 347 (1976) (with Alice S. Lonoff, Comment)
  • 1975-1976 Annual Survey of Labor Relations and Employment Discrimination Law, 17 B.C. Indus. & Com. L. Rev. 1041 (1976)

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association, Member of the Steering Committee of the Labor and Employment Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Ranked in 2017 as a Chambers USA Band 1 Attorney by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment-Mainly Plaintiffs Representation – Massachusetts
  • Selected as one of the 50 Top Women Attorneys for Employment and Labor (Boston Magazine, April 2017)
  • Selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts for Employment and Labor (Boston Magazine, April 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
  • Voted a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected as Chambers Rated in 2016 by Chambers USA in Labor and Employment-Mainly Plaintiffs Representation – Massachusetts
  • Voted a 2014 “Best Lawyer” for Employment Law-Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America
  • Voted a 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law-Individuals by Best Lawyers in America
  • Named as a Super Lawyer® by New England Super Lawyers Magazine ( (since 2004)
  • Named as among Super Lawyer’s top 50 women lawyers in 2011
  • Named as a Best Lawyer in Massachusetts, Employment Litigation (since 2010)
  • Achieved the highest ranking for Massachusetts lawyers who represent plaintiffs in employment litigation, Chambers USA (2012)
  • Named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as among the Top Women of Law (2010)
  • Honored by the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action for Dedication to Civil Rights Enforcement (2008)
  • Holds an AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Community Leadership

  • Co-Founder of the Amicus Group
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Member of the Governing Board, Law Clerks’ Society of the Supreme Judicial Court
  • Member of the Legal Committee, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Wide Horizons for Children
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Union of Minority Neighborhoods

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