Robert G. Young


Robert Young advises businesses, municipalities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of employment matters. He defends these clients against a variety of claims, including discrimination and retaliation, non-competition, trade secrets, and wage-and-hour matters. He has litigated disputes in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. He counsels clients in matters outside of litigation, including the negotiation of agreements, medical leaves, and accommodation requests, as well as employee discipline and termination matters. In addition, he conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients, including alleged harassment, whistleblower, and other employee claims.

Admitted to Practice: 

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts


Representative Experience

  • Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a Fortune 50 company in a federal jury trial brought by a former manager alleging retaliation (the underlying race discrimination claims had been dismissed on summary judgment). The plaintiff asserted two counts: retaliatory hostile work environment and retaliatory termination, and he was seeking damages in excess of $2,000,000. After a one week trial, the jury deliberated for four hours and returned a complete defense verdict on both counts.
  • Secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of a medical technology company to uphold the terms of a non-competition agreement executed between the company and one of its sales representatives, and to protect the company’s trade secrets and other confidential business information.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a Fortune 50 company against an employee alleging age discrimination, breach of contract, and defamation in connection with his termination.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, for a publicly-traded company against an employee alleging age discrimination.
  • Secured the dismissal, affirmed on appeal, of a complaint brought by a former consultant alleging breach of contract and violation of G.L. c. 93A in connection with stock options that had expired before the consultant attempted to exercise them.
  • Assisted in the litigation and briefing of an issue of first impression in Massachusetts concerning the interpretation of the Sunday pay requirements of the Massachusetts Blue Laws and the state overtime law, resulting in a favorable result for the client. The case is Swift v. AutoZone, Inc., 441 Mass. 443 (2004).

Professional/Community Affiliations: 

  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Managing Student, Faculty and Staff Mental Health Disabilities,” Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, March 2017