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Joan Ackerstein


P   617-367-0025
F   617-367-2155



Joan Ackerstein is a Shareholder in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and serves as the firm's National Director of Litigation.  She concentrates her practice in employment litigation and counseling employers on the full range of workplace issues.

Ms. Ackerstein's litigation practice includes the defense of employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts and in administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, on claims of discrimination (gender, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation), sexual harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, violations of whistleblower protections and wage/hour laws, and wrongful discharge and related tort claims (invasion of privacy, defamation, interference with advantageous relations, misrepresentation, fraud and civil conspiracy).

In her counseling practice, Ms. Ackerstein regularly advises employers on issues such as disability management, reductions in force, privacy in the workplace, terminations without litigation, restrictive covenants, best practice employment policies, executive hiring and separations, and performance management. She also conducts management training for employers on a wide variety of employment law topics.

Ms. Ackerstein has substantial trial experience, including service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston from 1983 to 1986, prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 1987. Ms Ackerstein began her career at the prominent Boston firm Goodwin, Procter & Hoar.

Honors and Recognitions

Published Works

  • The American With Disabilities Act - What Supervisors Need to Know, MA: Business One Irwin/Mirror Press (1994)

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August 17, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... Read More

June 9, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015

June 9, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 9, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation:... Read More

January 14, 2015
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Joan Ackerstein Discusses Advice for Associates

January 14, 2015

Joan Ackerstein discusses advice for associates in Law 360's "What Associates Need To Do To Stand Out." View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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