Team

Joseph Laferrera

PolaroidNaomi Norcott, Trademark ParalegalPolaroid

Partner

AKA: “Joe”

Educational Training

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1993
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1988
    Computer Science and Philosophy

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • P: 617-350-6800   F: 617-350-6878  
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  • Email Me

    Email: joe.laferrera@gesmer.com

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Joe Laferrera wears many hats for his clients.  As one of the litigation partners in the firm, Joe helps clients not only litigate disputes in court, he helps avoid them by counseling clients on business strategies that minimize litigation risk and by addressing problems before they become lawsuits.  As the head of the Employment Group, he counsels clients and handles issues from hiring to termination and everything in between.  

Joe also heads the firm’s Data Security and Privacy practice area, guiding his clients through the statutory and regulatory morass that governs business and personal data.  And Joe works with clients on all manner of intellectual property issues, to protect what is often a company’s most important asset.

  • Joe represents clients in all stages of the litigation process, in state and federal trial courts, before governmental agencies, in appellate matters, and in mediations and arbitrations.  These matters involve intellectual property rights, contractual disputes, corporate governance issues, and myriad other areas of the law.
  • In the employment arena, Joe assists both employers and employees.  That may take the form of counseling and training to minimize corporate exposure for discrimination or harassment claims; drafting, assessment and enforcement of employment, non-compete, inventions and related agreements; negotiation of executive compensation packages; and dispute resolution.
  • Joe provides clients with insight and practical advice on protecting the security and privacy of their data.  He is familiar with the myriad federal laws touching on privacy (such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Graham-Leach-Bliley, and “Red Flag” requirements), states’ differing approach to data breach notification, and Massachusetts’ new regulatory scheme mandating comprehensive written information security plans.
  • On the intellectual property side, Joe represents clients in copyright, trade secret and trademark matters.  Whether you need to assess the nature of your IP, enforce your ownership (or license) rights against a third party, or defend yourself against an allegation of infringement, you’re covered.

Even when he’s not working, technology never seems far away.  Joe continues to work on software projects in his spare time.  When he does get away, you’ll find him with his family, hiking, biking, or playing tennis.

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