William T. Harrington

William T. Harrington

Hingham, Massachusetts

My law practice concentrates on employment law and business litigation. I regularly defend employers from discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage and hour complaints; advocate for departing executives in the negotiation of severance agreements, in the defense of claimed violations of non-competition and nondisclosure agreements, and in the pursuit of wage claims on their behalf, counsel employers on hiring, firing and classification decisions; draft employee policies, handbooks, and contracts on behalf of employers; and represent businesses in a wide-range of business and commercial litigation. 

I am a 1989 graduate of Boston College where I majored in history. I graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1993 near the top of my class and was an editor for the Suffolk University Law Review. Following graduation, I served a one-year judicial clerkship for Associate Justice Joseph R. Nolan of Massachusetts' highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, during which I assisted Justice Nolan in drafting court opinions. 

I gained extensive employment and business litigation experience as an associate at two mid-sized Boston law firms and have represented a wide range of businesses and individuals in varied and complex litigation. 

I also served for several years as an Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County. As an Assistant District Attorney, I gained invaluable experience conducting many jury trials and jury-waived trials. While a prosecutor, I also conducted numerous appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. 

Since 1998, I have been a co-author of a legal treatise, Federal Civil Practice, which is part of the "Massachusetts Practice Series" published by Thomson Reuters. It was first published in 1998, with a new edition published in 2008, and with pocket-part updates published every year. The book focuses on civil practice and procedure in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

I have been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1993 and the bars of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals since 1994. 

I live on the South Shore with my wife and three children.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law - Representing management in all aspects of employment law. Also advocate for departing executives in negotiating severance agreements and pursuing wage claims.
  • Business Litigation - Representing businesses in a wide variety of business and commercial disputes.
  • Executive Advocacy - Advocating for departing executives in the negotiation of severance agreements, in the defense of non-competition and nondisclosure agreements, and in the pursuit of wage claims.
  • Wage & Hour Litigation - Representing both employers and employees with respect to claims asserting violations of the Mass. Wage Act, the FLSA, and related statutes.
  • Defense of Employment Claims - Defend employers against discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage complaints and lawsuits.
  • Insurance Defense - Retained by insurers to represent employers and other insureds in defense of employment and civil rights lawsuits.

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1994


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 1993
    • Law Review: Law Review, Editor
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • "Changes to Federal Civil Rules Simplify Deadlines", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 7, 2009
  • Federal Civil Practice, Thomson Reuters, Massachusetts Practice Servies, Vol. 46, 2008
  • "New Discovery Rules: The Impact in Massachusetts", Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 29 M.L.W. 739, 2000
  • "From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court: Anatomy of a Free Speech Case, by Paul J. Walkowski and William M. Connolly", Suffolk U. Law Review, Book Review, 1995
  • "Federal Court May Never Depart from Sentencing Guidelines Pursuant to § 5K1.1 Absent Government Motion – United States v. Romolo", Suffolk U. Law Review , Case Note, 1992
  • "First Circuit Narrowly Interprets Legitimate Expectation of Privacy in Fourth Amendment Standing Determination – United States v. Sanchez", Suffolk U. Law Review , Case Note, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Law Clerk's Society of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • Plymouth County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Glynn, Landry, Harrington & Rice, LLP, Partner, June 1, 2002 - May 1, 2008
  • Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele, P.C., Associate, May 1, 2000 - June 1, 2002
  • Norfolk County District Attorney's Office , Assistant District Attorney, February 1, 1998 - June 1, 2000
  • Hanify & King, P.C. , Associate, September 1, 1994 - February 1, 1998
  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts , Judicial Law Clerk, September 1, 1993 - August 1, 1994

Previous Names

  • Law Office of William T. Harrington, June 1, 2008