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Mark D. Pomfret

Fax +1.617.261.3175

Mr. Pomfret represents local, regional and national employers in all areas of employment and labor law.  He has significant experience before federal and state courts in employment related litigation defending against discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, privacy, civil rights, whistleblower, contract, and tort-based claims, as well as enforcing noncompetition and other restrictive covenant obligations.  Mr. Pomfret also has successfully handled numerous administrative proceedings and investigations on behalf of clients before various federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the New York Division on Human Rights, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities and the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights.
Mr. Pomfret regularly counsels and advises companies on a wide variety of employment and labor issues, including compliance with federal and state employment and labor laws and regulations; employee hiring, discipline, and discharge; reductions in force and plant closings; employment practices and policies; structuring the workforce (including the use of independent contractors and temporary employees); and the employment and labor implications of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.  He also has conducted training for clients on such topics as sexual harassment, employee leaves of absence, workplace violence, wage-hour concerns, and various aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As a labor law advisor, Mr. Pomfret has assisted management on union avoidance, union election campaigns, collective bargaining agreements, grievances and arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. 

During his career, Mr. Pomfret has acted as employment and labor counsel to clients across a broad spectrum of industries including high technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, printing, telecommunications, financial services and real estate.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Pomfret was a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP.   He also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County in Massachusetts where he tried numerous cases to jury verdict.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Boston Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Pomfret has spoken at a number of seminars, including those presented by the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and various professional and trade groups. He also has written for a number of publications including CCM: The American Lawyer’s Corporate Counsel Magazine, Outside Counsel, and the Journal of Legislation.