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Gwen King

Gwen Nolan King


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Gwen concentrates her practice in employment, tort defense, and complex business and real estate litigation. Gwen routinely represents employers in cases involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, and other employment-related claims. Clients seek Gwen’s expertise in assessing and investigating employment issues with a goal of minimizing the risk of future litigation. Gwen’s clients include educational institutions, municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals. They value their close working relationship with Gwen and her pragmatic approach to solving problems.  From an internal employment issue to a real estate dispute, clients routinely praise Gwen’s commitment to efficiently and effectively solving the problem.

Gwen’s commitment to her clients and legal excellence is routinely recognized by her peers. Since 2019, Gwen has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and was designated a “Rising Star” from 2014-2018.  Gwen is regularly invited to lecture and author resources on both employment law and civil litigation. In 2015, she was selected as part of the “Women’s Leadership Initiative,” a Women’s Bar Association program that identifies “rising stars” for leadership development. Gwen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association and was previously on the steering committee for the Boston Bar Association’s College & University Section.

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Representative Matters
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  • Secured dismissal of employment discrimination claim against private college.
  • Conducted Title IX investigation for private college.
  • Achieved favorable settlement for commercial retailer in wrongful termination suit.
  • Successful defense of healthcare center against discrimination claims.
  • Won dismissal on behalf of product manufacturer in product liability suit.
  • Successful defense of premises liability claims.
  • Representation of private university in real estate litigation.
  • Representation of individual landowner in easement dispute.
  • Lead counsel representing dozens of plaintiffs in product liability suit.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for major entertainment venue in breach of contract litigation.
  • Won summary judgment against manager of LLC in breach of fiduciary duty action.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of a trustee against breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Assisted in securing favorable settlement on behalf of university in real estate dispute with municipality.
  • Advised non-profit residential community on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Speaking Engagements
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  • Panelist, “Pretrial Litigation Primer,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2021
  • Panelist, “Adjudicatory Proceedings During COVID: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Boston Bar Association, 2021
  • Panelist, “Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2019
  • “Pretrial Litigation Basics,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2015-2018
  • “Substance Use & Abuse in the Workplace,” 2018
  • “1st Look” at the New Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, September 12, 2017
  • “The Supremes: A Year in Review of Labor & Employment Cases,” Boston Bar Association CLE Panel, May 10, 2016
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  • “Gender Discrimination” – Employment Discrimination in Massachusetts, 2nd Edition, 2020
  • “Gender Discrimination” – Massachusetts Employment Law, 5th Edition, Chapter 6, MCLE (co-author), 2020
  • “Other Employee Handbook Leave Policies” – Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts, 2nd Supplement, 2019, 4th Edition, 2021
  • “Leave Policies” – Massachusetts Wage and Hours Handbook, 4th Edition, Chapter 5, MCLE (co-author), 2016, 5th Edition 2018
  • “Leave Policies” – Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts, 1st Supplement, 2016
  • “Duties to Colleagues” – Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts, 4th Edition, Chapter 4, MCLE (co-author), 4th Edition 2015, with 2018 supplement, 5th Edition 2021
Professional Affiliations
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  • Boston Bar Association (College & University Steering Committee 2017-2019)
  • Women’s Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2018-present; Women’s Leadership Initiative, 2015-2016)
  • Cornell Law School Alumni Advisory Committee (Boston)
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  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2019-2021
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (Business Litigation), 2014-2018
  • Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts “Rising Stars” (Business Litigation), 2016
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019