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Jeffrey Webb, Massachusetts Chief of Fair Labor, Joins Ropes & Gray

Time to Read: 2 minutes Practices: Labor & Employment, Employment Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Federal Contractor Compliance / OFCCP, Immigration, Labor Management Relations, Trade Secret Litigation, Wage & Hour Compliance

Jeffrey Webb, the chief of the Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, is joining Ropes & Gray as a partner resident in the Boston office, the firm announced on April 24. 

Mr. Webb’s deep experience on significant employment law issues – in government, as in-house counsel for a major entertainment company and as a corporate litigator – enhances Ropes & Gray’s labor & employment practice, which is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. 

Since 2010, Mr. Webb has led Massachusetts' enforcement of wage and hours laws through criminal prosecutions, civil suits, and administrative proceedings. Prior to his tenure in government, he was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Boston and at Gibson Dunn in Los Angeles, where he focused on the defense of employment class action litigation. Jeff also served as vice president at Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, where he managed the employment litigation and compliance functions of a major corporation. 

“Jeffrey Webb is one of the most seasoned, versatile employment law litigators in the country, who has successfully litigated high-stakes matters with tens of millions of dollars at stake,” said Peter Ebb, head of the labor & employment practice at Ropes & Gray. “His selection as a Fellow in the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers speaks to the high regard in which he is held by his peers. And his particular experience with the hot-button issues of employment law – including ERISA litigation, executive compensation disputes, wage-and-hour and employment discrimination class actions, and non-competition and trade secret matters – will be of great value to clients across multiple industries.”

Mr. Webb’s knowledge and background also will support the firm’s integrated approach to corporate matters, including M&A transactions and private equity buyouts, where issues of executive compensation and class-based employment litigation risks often take center stage in negotiations.

“Ropes & Gray boasts one of the premier employment law practices in the country, and I am excited to be joining such a high-caliber team of lawyers,” said Mr. Webb. “I look forward to drawing upon my work in government enforcement and in business when litigating in the courtroom and advising in the boardroom.” 

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Webb is qualified to practice in both Massachusetts and California. He has been active on a variety of pro bono matters, as well, including the initial gay marriage cases in California. 

Ropes & Gray, a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers and professionals, provides clients with execution of their transactions from offices in the world’s major centers of business, finance, technology and government – Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo. The firm is highly and consistently ranked for its practices in private equity, M&A, finance, investment management, hedge funds, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation, securities litigation and government enforcement, in addition to employment law.

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