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Martin S. Ebel

board member, secretary 

Marty Ebel"I had a wonderful experience as a student at BCLS and more than a small part of that is directly attributable to the participation of BCLS alumni in student activities at the Law School. Here’s just one example: as a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, we had access to many, many alumni who gave their time, expertise, and insight to the team, benching us in preparation for our competition. As a result of this excellent and expert preparation, we were very successful, winning best advocate awards and best brief. It would not have happened that way without the huge amount of alumni input we received. These gifts of time made my BCLS years more meaningful and better prepared me for a successful career as an attorney. Because there is no real way for me to pay this back, I am trying to pay it forward by answering the call whenever the Law School or the student body needs assistance that I am able to provide. It remains very important to me that the BCLS alumni community remain vibrant and strong--it seems like the best way to ensure that is to participate whenever and however I can. I chose BCLS in large part because of the reputation of the alumni as people who would help one another, help the Law School, and help the community. That choice all those years ago drives the choice now to participate however and whenever I can."



Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA 2006–present

Commissioner (2006–present)

Set agency policy and define methods for its implementation. Preside at Public Hearings (bench trials) and draft hearing decisions. Facilitate settlement as neutral in conciliations and mediations for cases having probable cause. Conduct hearings and draft full commission appeal decisions. Make decisions regarding existence of probable cause for all cases assigned by Chair. Draft language for regulation of public accommodations, training, and agency procedure and conduct public hearings regarding these regulations. Authored standing order to unify and streamline processes and procedures among agency offices. Manage day-to-day operations of 80-employee agency. Prepare annual report and agency budget. Serve as one of three members of EEOC’s FEPA task force. Act as agency chair during Commissioner transition period.

General Counsel (2006)

One of three managers of unionized agency. Directed day-to-day operations of agency’s litigation practice and attorneys, managed outside counsel and litigation docket, and mentored agency’s prosecution counsel. Researched, wrote, and argued briefs to the Appeals and Supreme Judicial Courts. Supervised hearing officers, training and mediation programs, and clerk’s office. Advised Commissioners on legal, policy, strategic planning, budget, personnel, enforcement, and production matters. Agency’s media spokesperson.


Cournoyer Law Offices, PC (formerly Conroy Cournoyer, LLP), Marlborough, MA 2004–2007

Of Counsel

Provide employment law prevention and defense to business clients. Defend discrimination, wage and hour, overtime, whistleblower, ERISA, FMLA, COBRA, ADEA, OWBPA, and public policy wrongful termination claims at the MCAD, the EEOC, and in state and federal courts. Litigate noncompete and trade secret claims. Conduct sexual harassment claim investigation and design recommendations. Panelist for National Golf Course Owners Association’s Annual Meeting ADA issues seminar. Keynote Speaker for Golf Maine Association/Maine Superintendent’s Joint Annual Conference. Speaker for New England Golf Course Owners Association. Speaker for USGA’s Annual Turf Section Meeting.


Lawson & Weitzen, LLP, Boston, MA, Partner 2003–2004

Conduct sexual harassment, discrimination, and workers compensation training for business/management clients. Conduct commercial litigation and insurance case defenses. Negotiate and draft employment offers, contracts, and severance agreements. Advise clients regarding employee compensation, bonus programs, drug testing policies and procedures, potential unfair labor practices, and overtime. Managed, mentored, and critiqued associate attorneys’ employment assignments and progress. Designed procedures to implement HIPAA changes. Co-authored Equal-Access Computing and Avoiding Discrimination Claims When Disciplining and Terminating Injured Workers. Lecturer for Lorman’s “Return to Work Issues in Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation” and Council On Education’s “Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Update 2003.” Guest lecturer at John & Wales University.


Shepherd & Ebel, LLP, Boston, MA, Partner 1999–2003

Counseled clients to prevent employee lawsuits. Planned discipline and terminations, and designed and drafted personnel manuals and policies. Successfully engaged arbitration and mediation services limiting clients’ risk and expenses. Conducted all phases of litigation, including discovery, summary judgment, settlement negotiation, and trial. Analyzed employee retention and WARN Act issues for plant closing. Ensured NLRA compliance during strike. Wrote and argued winning motions leading to decisions named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as two of the most important opinions of 2001. Co-authored Navigating Noncompetes: Ten Tips for In-House Counsel and Keeping Your Clients Competitive: Practice Points For Breaking Noncompetes. Lecturer for Mass. Bar Association’s “Employment Law Basics” program.


Millenium Legal Counsel, Framingham, MA 1997–1999

Business Litigation Attorney

Provided personnel, employment discrimination, and general litigation analysis, defense, and advice. Provided prevention advice and litigated employment and commercial claims. Conducted legal audits and provided analysis and advice regarding litigation mitigation and avoidance. Evaluated and successfully settled appropriate cases (with and without ADR). Performed legal research, drafted pleadings, conducted discovery, drafted and argued motions and memoranda before various courts and administrative agencies.


Peabody & Arnold, Boston, MA 1994–1997

Associate Attorney—Commercial Litigation

Managed civil litigation case load including surety and insurance defense and coverage, employment, construction, consumer protection, bankruptcy, personal injury defense, product liability and product defect defense, contract, collection, and professional liability claims. Represented insurers in determinations of duty to defend and coverage. Handled discovery and trial preparation for class action wage and hour claim. Drafted and argued various motions. Researched and drafted legal memoranda. Conducted and successfully concluded settlement negotiations. Conducted, drafted, and answered discovery. Prepared articles on environmental law, lender liability, and sureties.


Energy Steel & Supply Company, Auburn Hills, MI 1985–1991

Vice President: Quality Assurance and General Manager

Directed day-to-day operations of steel service center and warehouse serving the nuclear power industry with complete profit and loss responsibility. Guided growth of annual sales from $3 to $10 million. Responsible for strategic planning, budget formulation and administration, human resources, outsourcing, inspection, sales, and distribution. Managed staff of 30 overseeing training, MRP, SPC, MIS, procurement, and administrative functions. Designed, implemented, and directed the first QA program to earn a Quality Systems Certificate from the ASME on its initial audit. Resulted in first year sales increase of 25%.




Massachusetts Bar; Michigan Bar: 1994

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts: 1995

U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit: 2000

Member: American, Massachusetts, Boston, and Michigan Bar Associations




Massachusetts Architectural Access Board: Vice Chair

United States Disabled Golf Association: President

Boston College Law School Alumni Council: Member

National Amputee Golf Association: Trustee




Boston College Law School (Newton, MA), Juris Doctor, 1994

GPA: 3.29/4.00. Recipient of the St. Thomas More Award: Highest honor of Boston College Law School. Member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team: won Oral Advocacy and Best Brief Awards in Regional Competition.


Oakland University (Rochester, MI), School of Business Administration (SBA), Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, 1991, GPA: 3.65/4.00. Major: Management Information Systems (MIS); Extensive coursework in computer programming and systems analysis. Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Gold Key Honor Society, SBA Honors.

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