Civil Litigation

At Levine-Piro Law, we are able to handle a wide range of civil litigation. Civil litigation entails matters or disputes between two or more people of a non-criminal manner. Not all civil disputes require litigation; in fact, over 90 percent of cases are able to settle prior to trial.

Here are just some of the types of civil cases we handle:

  • Contract Disputes
  • Consumer Protection
  • Business Litigation
  • Collections
  • Small Claims (under $7,000)
  • Lemon Law Cases
  • Construction Cases
  • Defense or Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements

Business Formation

If you are opening a business or thinking of incorporating an existing one, let us help you through the process. We will help you select the appropriate entity, whether it be an LLC, LLP, PC, S-corporation or C-corporation, and we will draft and file all necessary documents with the Secretary of State. Each type of entity has different tax advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to work with an attorney to pick the structure that is most advantageous to your unique business.

Our Business Formation packages include:

  • Consultation and subsequent meetings
  • Selection of the appropriate entity for your business
  • Obtaining an Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS
  • Drafting of all necessary documents
  • Filing all necessary documents
  • Drafting of a personalized operating agreement for your business

Construction Law

Levine-Piro Law represents contractors, subcontractors, architects, material suppliers, homeowners, and business owners in construction related disputes.

Our construction law related services include but are not limited to:.

  • Contract drafting
  • Filing of Mechanic’s Liens
  • Defense against Mechanic’s Liens
  • Collection of Unpaid Invoices
  • Addressing construction defects
  • Contract Breaches
  • Negotiations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation
  • Compliance Issues with Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor
  • Statute, M.G.L. c. 142A.

This statute was designed to regulate contractors working on residential projects of $1,000 or more. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations requires all contractors providing renovations or improvements on detached one and two family homes to be registered as Home Improvement Contractors (HIC). For more information regarding applying for your HIC license, please visit the Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations website.

The statute also lays out specific contract requirements for all home improvement projects. All projects over $1,000 need to have a contract and specific contractual terms must be included. It is advisable to speak with an attorney who can review your current contracts or draft a contract suitable for your individual needs.

Employment Law

Levine-Piro Law offers services for noncompete litigation and noncompete agreements, wage and hour litigation, drafting of employment agreements and independent contractor agreements, wrongful termination claims, discrimination and harassment cases, as well as various other services. We are happy to provide you with any legal services necessary in order to ensure that your business operates as seamlessly as possible.

Noncompete Litigation and Noncompete Agreements: In a climate of increasing worker mobility and competition for talent, employers need to be vigilant in ensuring that effective noncompete agreements are in place to protect their companies. A noncompete agreement is a contract between two parties in which one party agrees not to compete with the other for a period of time. Such agreements are usually drafted to prevent departing employees from starting a competing business or going to work for a rival company, although they may also be drafted as a precondition to a business relationship. Noncompete agreements lessen the prospect that knowledge gained by an employee or business partner, such as sensitive information regarding customer or client lists, business practices, or upcoming products, will be used in the future to compete against them.

Wage and Hour Litigation: Wage and Hour Litigation encompasses a wide range of issues, including misclassification of employees as independent contractors, compliance with the salary-basis requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, recordkeeping obligations, failure to pay overtime compensation, improper calculation of regular rate, failure to pay minimum wage, and other pay practice irregularities. Our attorneys here at Levine-Piro Law are well-versed in federal and state wage and hour laws and are happy to offer our legal expertise to represent both employers and employees in cases stemming from wage and hour disputes.

Employment Agreements and Independent Contractor Agreements: Effective employment or independent contractor agreements are essential for creating a healthy business relationship. These contracts are generally entered into before the start of the employment relationship between an employee and employer and set forth the material terms of the relationship. This can include the duration of employment, compensation, benefits, as well as the duties and responsibilities of the executive and employer. Employment agreements may also establish a mechanism for dispute resolution. Employment and independent contractor agreements are vital both for protecting the rights of employees or independent contractors and for protecting employers against future lawsuits.

Wrongful Termination Claims: Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is wrongly fired by his or her employer. Various examples of wrongful termination include being fired on a discriminatory basis, being fired as a way of retaliating after complaining about an unlawful workplace practice, being fired for refusing to commit an illegal act, or being fired in a way that violates the termination procedures outlined in one’s employment agreement. If you have been fired for one of these reasons, you may have a valid claim for wrongful termination against your former employer. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Discrimination and Harassment: Employment discrimination is a form of discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or age by employers. It is illegal to discriminate against or harass a person based on these attributes. Additionally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has held that discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is an extension of discrimination based on one’s sex, and is therefore unlawful. The state of Massachusetts also has supplementary laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of discrimination and would like to learn more about your legal rights regarding discrimination, please contact our legal team here at Levine-Piro Law.

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