Mandy’s practice encompasses a wide variety of employment litigation matters, including disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, wage and hour violations (including the defense of class actions relating to overtime pay and misclassification claims), discrimination and wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duties and litigation surrounding the enforcement and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation restrictive covenants. Mandy has experience representing management-side clients before state, federal and local administrative agencies as well as before state and federal courts throughout the country and in arbitration and mediation forums.
Mandy’s extensive litigation experience allows her to effectively counsel and advise clients on a variety of employment-related issues to ensure that effective human resource practices and procedures are followed in order to minimize exposure, including providing advice and counsel regarding background checks, hiring and termination, performance management and discipline, employee relations, independent contractor status and employee classification, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, wage and hour compliance and restrictive covenants.
In addition, Mandy prepares customized handbooks, policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state employment laws, and provides training on a variety of related topics, including investigations, harassment and discrimination prevention and social media policies. Mandy also negotiates and drafts all types of employment agreements, including executive employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure/restrictive covenant agreements and separation/severance and release agreements.
As part of the firm’s E-Discovery & Records Management Practice, she has assisted in drafting records management policies and document retention schedules for a variety of clients, including retailers, nonprofits, and those in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries. In this role, Mandy also advises clients on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations with respect to the management and retention of records, and she has extensive experience drafting litigation holds for clients and coordinating e-discovery efforts.
An active contributor to the firm’s commitment to pro bono work, Mandy and a team of Mintz lawyers and co-counsel recently negotiated a $132 million settlement of a lawsuit regarding Mississippi’s use of post-Katrina federal emergency funds. She also focuses her pro bono efforts on victims of domestic violence by providing them with assistance in obtaining restraining orders against their abusers.
While in law school, Mandy was a legal intern at the Massachusetts Office on Disability, where she assisted in advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities to combat violations of their civil rights under various housing, employment, education, and public accommodations laws. Mandy also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Joyce London Alexander, magistrate judge of the US District Court of Massachusetts.
- New England Law (JD)
- University of Tampa (BA)
- Defended class action alleging unfair business practices in sale of memberships to activity and event platform. Case settled on terms favorable to client.
- Represented Panera Bread in a case involving the violation of a former employee’s noncompetition agreement. Panera sued Papa John’s, a competing restaurant chain, and a former senior technology executive in an effort to prevent the executive from violating his noncompetition agreement and joining Papa John’s. The team won a temporary restraining order that prevented the executive from immediately joining Papa John’s.
Recognition & Awards
- Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Adams Pro Bono Award (2011)
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Selected for the Women’s Leadership Program (2014)
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Selected for the Boston’s Future Leaders Program (2018)