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Bert H. Ware

Of Counsel
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Bert.Ware@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Bert H. Ware is Of Counsel in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. Mr. Ware has extensive experience as in-house and outside counsel in delivering strategic and tactical advice, counseling, and guidance to C-Suite and other senior executives, HR professionals, and staff support function executives concerning a very broad range of employment-related issues.

Mr. Ware’s in-house and private practice experience includes the portfolio-based and single matter-defense of single- and multi-party employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, before federal and state fair employment practice agencies, including EEOC, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and more than a dozen other state and federal agencies, as well as before AAA and FINRA arbitral panels, related conciliations, settlement and resolution negotiations, and mediations.

Mr. Ware has substantial practical in-house experience in designing and implementing enterprise-wide or business unit-specific on-boarding, senior executive contract negotiation, design, drafting, and execution, and background screening programs in coordination with sourcing and internal staffing teams, and corporate security organizations for existing business structures as well as in the context of M&A acquisitions and integrations.  Mr. Ware’s experience extends to senior executive performance management issues, the design and implementation of employee retention and goal achievement strategies during spin-offs, divestitures, or wind downs, off-boarding, RIFs, separation agreements, proactive protection, support of cyber-forensic review, and recapture of intellectual property, related strategies, negotiations and execution.

In addition, his practice focuses on crisis and reputational risk management, employment law, problem solving, legal risk avoidance and mitigation, including application of effective, easily understood, and practical risk management and quantitative risk triage approaches to employee relations and employment litigation risk management in coordinating defense strategies, responses, and matter resolution.  As a part of Jackson Lewis’ Corporate Governance & Internal Investigations practice group, Mr. Ware works with clients on both neutral third-party independent and client-directed internal investigations of alleged misconduct related to discrimination, bullying, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, threats of violence, and unprofessional workplace conduct issues.

He also assists clients as a part of Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Training practice group with regard to training, and policy and procedure development.

Mr. Ware assists clients as a part of Jackson Lewis’ Corporate Diversity Counseling practice group in diversity representation, complex civil rights reviews and employment law audits, as well as dispute resolution, investigations and the defense of class action lawsuits involving allegations of race-, gender-, and age-based discrimination and harassment law.

In addition, Mr. Ware works closely with clients with regard to confidential litigation assessments, internal legal vulnerability assessments, and assists clients in developing “best practice”, benchmarking, and diversity enhancement action plans.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Employment Law Council, Advisory Board Member, Past Panelist, and Member
  • Association of Workplace Investigators, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • New York University School of Law Black & Latino Alumni Association, Member
  • Practising Law Institute, Past Panelist and Panel Moderator
  • Society for Human Resources Management, Member
  • The Partnership Alumni Association, Member

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Acton Boxborough Community Education, Volunteer High School Boys’ Basketball Referee
  • Concord Academy, Past Chair – Parents’ Committee on Community & Equity, Committee Member