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Subject: employment/discrimination
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: winnie-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 25 Nov 2002 13:30 PST
Expires: 25 Dec 2002 13:30 PST
Question ID: 114437
I need info on the success rate of 3 boston attorneys dealing with
employment discrimination (gender based), harrasment at work-place,
unfair employement terms.
The 3 attorneys are;
1. Jody Newman - Dwyer and Corolla
2. Kevin Powers - Kevin Powers and Asoociates
3. Justine Brousseau - Kimball, Brousseau and Michon

Details of cases in public record should be supplied also.

Request for Question Clarification by legolas-ga on 28 Nov 2002 20:11 PST
I can provide you with some information on each of the three
lawyers--as much as is available from newsclippings and presentations,
etc.. But, MA courts don't seem to publish decisions.. Are you ok with
an answer that would give you information on each of the lawyers, and
cases they worked on that made news? and/or were discussed by
professional bodies, etc?

Please let me know,


Request for Question Clarification by legolas-ga on 28 Nov 2002 21:05 PST
Here is what I have so far, please let me know if it is acceptable:

Jody Newman:
Information about her specalization in law, information about a gender
discrimination lawsuit which is now back for re-trial, but, which she
won her client $500,000 in damages.

Kevin Powers:
Information about his specalization, and a quick review of 15 cases
he's worked on where he has won the case--and some thoughts on the
makeup of those cases (i.e. the basics of the case as compared to your
own needs).

Justine Brousseau:
Information about her specalization in law.

Justine has the least amount to find on the web: she simply does not
come up as often as the other two in searches. Also, as I've mentioned
before, MA courts do not seem to publish decisions online. Please let
me know if this is an acceptable answer for you and I will post the
more detailed findings and analysis.


Clarification of Question by winnie-ga on 29 Nov 2002 07:01 PST
I do not need info about their specialization or degrees in law.
Just as much detail about the cases as you can find, whether
newspapers, presentations or discussions etc:-
Your answer would then be quite acceptable.
Subject: Re: employment/discrimination
Answered By: legolas-ga on 29 Nov 2002 10:22 PST
Hi Winnie-ga,

This was an interesting question to research—and one that was
challenging as well. I was unable to find the actual Massachusetts
Court Decisions published by the court as the court does not publish
the decisions on the internet. However, I was able to find other
information in the form of news articles and presentations that might
shed some light onto each of the three lawyers you ask about.


Jody Newman, a lawyer at Boston's Dwyer & Collora represents mostly
women in sexual harassment cases.

Jody seems to focus her practice on sex and gender discrimination
cases. She also graduated cum laude (honors) from both her
undergraduate degree and the Suffolk University Law School (which she
obtained the degree J.D.).

Jody Newman’s “About Me” webpage is here:

(Search for Lipchitz v. Raytheon decision)

Jody Newman was highlighted in a case discussed by the Massachusetts
Employment Lawyers Association. In this case, Ms. Newman brought to
trial a sexual discrimination suit which alleged that (among other
things) there was a “glass ceiling” that the plaintiff could not pass
beyond, and that negative and derogatory comments were made which
would have suggested that the plaintiff (a female) was passed up for
promotion due to her gender.

In this trial, the plaintiff was awarded $500,000 in compensatory
damages, including $30,000 in back pay, $150,000 in front pay, and
$320,000 for emotional distress. However, this decision was appealed
and later remanded back for re-trial due to a potential
misinterpretation of the law by the jury.

Ms. Newman was also featured in a Boston Globe Article – “Men on the
Verge” which can be found at:

This article discussed some of the backlash by men countersuing women
plaintiffs and (some) wining large awards. Ms. Newman is quoted
talking about the “poor men” who lose their jobs is all about the
“intense climate of fear”.

There also seems to be various other links about “Jody Newman” that
don’t entirely seem consistent with her role as advocate—yet, similar
enough to make mention. I will not discuss them here as I don’t know
that it is the same person, but, clicking the link to the Google
search on her will reveal them to you (for example, there are many
political type news alerts where a “Jody Newman” is named as executive
director of various gender-related organizations).

After an exhaustive search on her name, there appears to be no more
information on Ms. Newman available on the web.


Mr. Powers appears to base his career on labor law and labor
discrimination. However, judging from his website, only 1 out of 7 of
his “Sample of Cases Tried by Kevin Powers” was regarding sexually
based discrimination. The other 6 are based on race, age and handicap
discrimination. One would likely assume that his “wall of fame” would
include the best, most lucrative cases Mr. Powers was involved in;
therefore, one would have to immediately question his voracity for
gender based discrimination cases. Either he simply doesn’t do many of
them, or he doesn’t do many of the well.

Mr. Powers’ primary publications and speaking engagements seem to
revolve more around race-based discrimination practices. Even Mr.
Powers’ appellate work only shows 2 out of 8 cases as gender
discrimination cases.

Cases that he discloses that he has been involved in (that are Gender

DeBiase v. the MBTA
A gender discrimination case where the MCAD awarded the plaintiff
$33,000.00 with attorneys fees to be decided.

Federal Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, gender discrimination

United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit 1982, gender

I’m sure Mr. Powers is an excellent lawyer, but, judging from his own
personal page, there seems to be a lack of experience in the sexually
based discrimination that you are interested in finding someone to
litigate for you.

There is an article that I found that gives a little more information
on Mr. Powers and one of his racial discrimination cases.
Massachusetts Employment lawyers-Rodgers and Associates

Kevin G. Powers “About Me” webpage is here:


Ms. Brousseau has perhaps the smallest amount of information available
via. the internet. I was able to find precious little on her. I was
however able to find a document that she wrote dealing the disability
discrimination. That article, entitled “Disability Discrimination:
Rights & Obligations” appears here:

Ms. Brousseau does co-edit the BBA Labor & Employment Law Section –
Newsletter which appears here:

Justine Brousseau’s “About Me” webpage is here:

There is simply NO other information on Ms. Brousseau.


In my mind, clearly Ms. Newman, who specializes in Gender
discrimination lawsuits seems to be the most clear and decisive winner
based on the information I’ve found. She seems well versed in Gender
issues, and was invited to talk on one of her cases to the Employment
Lawyers Association. A similar speech could not be found from her

I have spent a considerable time locating information on these three
lawyers: there is, unfortunately, nothing more that the Internet has
on these individuals. Sorry!

Thanks! If any part of my answer is unclear, please ask for
clarification of my answer prior to rating this answer.


Other sites of interest:

Massachusetts Court Records

The Massachusetts Judicial Branch

Search terms and result links:

"Jody Newman" boston discrimination

"kevin powers" boston

"Justine Brousseau" boston

Dwyer & Collora

court records Massachusetts
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