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Benjamin J. Hinks



Ben Hinks is an attorney in the firm’s Employment & Labor practice, representing employers in litigation matters from preliminary stages through trial. He has handled wage and hour claims, discrimination actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and contract claims before the courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and administrative agencies.  

Ben also helps counsel clients through a full range of employment issues including hiring, termination, personnel policies and handbooks, leaves of absence, internal investigations, employee discipline and DEI initiatives. 

Over the course of his practice, Ben works with clients such as higher education institutions, nonprofits, healthcare organizations, country clubs, hospitality groups, and government contractors. 

Additionally, Ben provides assistance to higher education clients with risk management matters and investigations specific to colleges and universities, such as Title IX compliance and sexual misconduct matters, as well as other student and faculty issues. 

Besides work 

Ben enjoys activities such as skiing and playing tennis with friends and family. He is also an avid soccer fan and supports Arsenal football club. 



  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Management (2024) and Litigation – Labor and Employment (2024) 
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Employment Litigation: Defense, 2023 

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  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Skidmore College

Executive-level agreement for nonprofit organization  

A nonprofit organization with a departing executive decided to outsource the executive’s position. In the short term, the organization found an interim executive who agreed to help during the transition period and also stay on at an advisory level as needed after the transition was completed. Ben prepared an employment agreement so that all parties understood the terms and conditions of the position. 

Successful arbitration involving claims of fraud and misrepresentation in the employment context 

A former employee of an aerospace company brought claims under contract and common law theories alleging misrepresentations related to the terms and conditions of his employment, and specifically, the duties he was required to perform. Ben and the team successfully defended the case and secured a win for the client after a multi-day arbitration. The defense involved nuanced arguments related to the at-will doctrine and reasonable reliance. 


  • Healthcare and nonprofit clients with MCAD claims 
  • Employers before MCAD and EEOC, including race discrimination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination and retaliation 
  • Large healthcare company with an internal investigation after physician was accused of sexual harassment over a number of years and the case was settled out of court; the internal investigation was to determine if there was merit to the claims; we conducted witness interviews and prepared reports for the client 
  • Structured separation agreement for an executive to remain as a consultant to maintain their eligibility for a bonus 
  • Defending employers against a variety of contract and common law claims, such as claims for negligence and misrepresentations 
  • Large naval engineering company with a range of employment matters, such as assisting in reviewing workplace policies and counseling on accommodations requests and wage and hour issues 
  • Defending discrimination matters in state and federal court 
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