Jeffrey H. Lerer

Of Counsel - Boston

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In over thirty-five years of practice, Jeff Lerer represents employers in a variety of industries (particularly hospitality, construction, cement, textiles and general manufacturing) in labor and employment matters. His primary areas of emphasis are traditional labor law and union-related matters (which would include counseling on union corporate campaigns), employment law litigation, and proactive counseling on employment law compliance matters. He is regarded as one of the preeminent labor management lawyers in the hospitality, cement and construction industries both in New England and throughout the U.S.

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  • New England School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1975
  • Michigan State University, Master in Labor and Industrial Relations, 1971
  • University of Vermont, B.A., Psychology and Economics, 1970

Representative Experience

  • Handled precedent-setting (and successful) appeal to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation exempting the bond or escrow requirement in a corporate acquisition pursuant to ERISA Section 4204(a)(1) sale of assets
  • Successfully defended clients in wage-hour audits both with the DOL and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • Negotiates on behalf of cement industry employers throughout the United States
  • Served as chief labor negotiator for the Insulator Contractors of Atlanta
  • Serve as chief labor negotiator for the Boston Coalition, a multi-employee group of unionized hotels
  • Negotiated contract settlements on behalf of the Boston Hotel Association with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union, Local 26, avoiding imminent work stoppages
  • Conduct ongoing negotiations for various New England and national construction contractors, including negotiating project labor agreements with the Massachusetts and New York Building Trades
  • Individual hotel and restaurant negotiations for clients in the Greater Boston area
  • Successfully defended the first Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Complaint filed in the DOL’s Region One office (New England)
  • Defends employee concessionary against unfunded liability claims by Taft Hartly pension plans
  • Negotiated labor contracts for independent restaurants in Boston


Professional Experience

  • Georgia State University, Emory University, University of Massachusetts, Cornell University, and Massachusetts Lodging Association, Guest lecturer 
  • Boston University, Instructor


  • New England Law Review


  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • New England Council, Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association, Human Resources Committee
  • UMass Advisory Board
  • Massachusetts Lodging Association, Member/Advisor
  • Ravinia Club Board of Governors (Atlanta), Member
  • Scottish Rite/Egleston Children’s Hospital (Cardiac Care)
  • AIDS Action Committee
  • “Selected Issues in Labor and Employment Law for Construction Professionals,” BBA CLE Fourth Annual Construction Law Update
  • Cement Employers Association
  • Massachusetts Lodging Association
  • Associated General Contractors (Georgia, Hawaii and Maine Chapters)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association
  • Various human resource groups in the hospitality, cement and construction industries
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court