Jody L. Newman

Collora LLP
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 02568


Areas Of Practice

Civil Rights
Non Compete
Professional Liability
Sexual Harassment
Wrongful Termination


Clients and Industries

In employment cases, Jody has represented executives, managers, licensed professionals, and both union and non-union workers in various crafts and trades. She has also represented companies and institutions as employers, so she understands the strategies and tactics associated with each perspective, and utilizes that to her advantage in any employment-related legal proceeding.

Her clients have come from many different industries, including the health care, pharmaceutical, financial services, hospitality, national defense and government service sectors of commerce.

Practice Areas and Experience

Jody concentrates her practice on representing clients involved in employment disputes, most often representing plaintiffs. She represents employers and has conducted sensitive workplace investigations of high risk claims, as well as conducting employment law compliance audits designed to prevent liabilities.

Jody is also skilled in a neutral role, conducting trainings to avoid workplace discrimination, claims and employment law compliance audits.  She is a MCLE certified mediator and a trainer for HR Certifications, Inc. in conducting internal investigations.

She has represented individuals and companies in a wide variety of disputes, including employment-related contract, tort and discrimination cases. Jody has extensive experience in civil litigation before state and federal courts and government agency forums. She has conducted jury and non-jury trials, and is also skilled in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law. Jody is a certified Title IX investigator.

Much of her work has involved matters relating to gender bias, sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, disability, sexual orientation, race or national origin, including retaliation. She is very experienced in negotiating separation and severance agreements.

Professional Experience Outside of Collora LLP

Jody began her career more than thirty years ago with Collora LLP, serving as Managing Partner from 2007-2012. During her tenure with the firm, she has also served on the Boards of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Women's Bar Association and Greater Boston Legal Services, devoting significant time to those non-profit endeavors.


  • MA Certified Mediator, MCLE, 2014
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE, B.A. Philosophy, cum laude, 1980

Professional Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Employment Law Arbitrators
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., Board of Directors Member
  • Boston Bar Association, current member and former Co-Chair Labor and Employment Section (2007-2009)
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Board Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, former Executive Committee and Board Member
  • National Employment Law Association
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Board of Directors (2002-2007)

Awards and Recognitions

  • New England Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2016)
  • Top Women Of Law Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2014)
  • Recognized for Exceptional Standing in Legal Community for Employment Law in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2015)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation--Plaintiff (2009-2015)
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, Individuals and Management (2011-2016)
  • New England Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England (2009-2014)
  • Best Lawyers of America, Labor and Employment Law (2006-2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-2014)
  • "The Power List," Most Influential Attorneys of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Community Leadership Award by The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (2010
100 High Street, 20th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

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