Michael L. ChinitzMichael L. Chinitz

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Michael L. Chinitz joined the firm in 1996. Michael’s practice focuses on employment and business litigation, securities industry arbitration, employment law counseling, and the representation of executives in the negotiation of employment and severance agreements. From 2005 through 2011, Michael has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (top 5% of the Bar) in the field of employment litigation (Defense) and he has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating for the past ten years, which is the highest available merit rating.

Michael handles a broad variety of employment disputes in the Massachusetts state and federal courts, before the MCAD and EEOC, FINRA, and in arbitration. He has defended many employment discrimination suits, wage act claims, as well as claims for breach of contract, whistle blowing/retaliation, defamation, and tortious interference.

Michael has an active practice in restrictive covenant and employee raiding litigation. He is New England regional counsel to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Michael has represented numerous other brokerage and financial firms and their recruits in court and in litigation arising from employee transitions. Michael has extensive injunction experience in court and before FINRA and has litigated many issues arising from the Securities Industry’s Protocol for Broker Recruiting. Michael has experience with a wide range of securities industry issues, including theft of trade secrets and employee raiding claims, commission disputes, wage act claims, promissory note and other compensation disputes, and broker’s claims of discrimination and wrongful termination. Michael and his partners also represent registered securities representatives in NASD/FINRA investigations.

Michael has considerable experience counseling employers and executives on executive transitions and litigating employee restrictive covenant and trade secret cases in state and federal court in numerous industries, including software and high-tech, pharma and bio-tech, information technology, insurance and mortgage brokerage, and professional recruiting.

Within the area of business litigation, Michael has litigated closely-held corporation and other shareholder disputes, advised shareholders of their rights and obligations, and has represented clients through business break-ups and stock redemptions. Michael has also litigated a wide array of business disputes, including claims for fraud, professional malpractice, claims under Chapter 93A, and claims arising from failed real estate and other business ventures and partnerships.

Michael represents policyholders in insurance coverage litigation and counsels them on coverage issues.

Michael and his wife Karen have three daughters and live in West Newton.


Rose, Chinitz & Rose (formerly Rose & Associates) (1996-Present)
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, Associate (1988-1993); Junior Partner (1993-1995)

Honors & Awards

Super LawyersMassachusetts Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation (2005-Present)
New England Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation
AV Rated (highest level of ability and ethics) by Martindale Hubbell

Representative Engagements

Court & Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
New Hampshire State and Federal Court

Civic & Charitable activities

Board of Directors, Boston University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Research Program
Pan Massachusetts Challenge-“Heavy Hitter” cyclist/fundraiser (2007-Present)
Newton/Needham/Brookline  Kids PMC Event Organizer (2007-Present)


University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Boston University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Boston University Law Review, Editor
Berger Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

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