Michael Brier maintains a diverse practice, with a particular emphasis on complex business, employment, and trust disputes. He sees himself primarily as a problem-solver, dedicated to securing the best results for clients in what are almost always difficult situations.
Sometimes, that means going to trial. Michael has successfully represented clients in numerous matters in both state and federal courts as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies. For example, he recently defended a client against a former employee's claim that she was owed payments under the client's incentive compensation plan, successfully winning both judgment and an award of attorney's fees. He also served as part of trial teams that successfully represented a former partner against his private equity firm and defended a major energy company against allegations that it had fraudulently negotiated a favorable municipal tax agreement.
Nevertheless, the most favorable resolution to litigation for the client is often one that takes place well before trial. Michael has successfully secured the dismissal of several actions at the pleading stage, including the dismissal of separate actions against municipal employees for tortious interference with contract and civil rights violations. Michael has also secured favorable settlements for clients in both employment discrimination and class-action cases.
Prior to entering private practice, Michael practiced criminal law as a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, trying approximately forty cases to verdict and winning convictions against defendants for a number of violent crimes. He continues to successfully represent defendants in criminal actions, including by securing the dismissal of a civilian’s application for a criminal complaint against a police officer and the dismissal of another complaint request brought under the Massachusetts wiretapping statute.
Michael enjoys assisting students at his law school alma mater, Boston College Law School, in both moot court and mock trial competitions. He is also active in Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. When he is not working, Michael enjoys reading history, jogging, and spending time with his wife and son.
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