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Carmen F. Francella III


P 617-305-1271 F 617-367-2155


Carmen F. Francella III


Carmen F. Francella III is an associate in the Boston, Massachusetts office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has experience handling a wide variety of complex litigation matters, including government investigations and white collar criminal defense.

Carmen has experience defending corporations, executives, managers and other individuals during investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and various other federal and state agencies. He also regularly conducts sensitive investigations for large corporations, colleges and universities, and other private and public entities.

Carmen’s employment litigation practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has experience defending clients in hostile work environment, wrongful termination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, and alleged wage and hour violation claims. Additionally, he has represented companies, executives and other professionals in a broad range of complex commercial matters including contractual and trade secret issues.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, P.C., Carmen worked as an attorney with a mid-size law firm in Boston, Massachusetts where he conducted independent and external investigations related to sexual misconduct, allegations of race discrimination, and allegations of sexual harassment under Title IX. Other past experience includes working as an investigator for the Office of Bar Counsel of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and an internship with the State Ethics Commission.

During law school, Carmen was recognized as Best Oral Advocate and served as a member of Suffolk University Law School’s National Moot Court Team. 

Representative Experience

  • Defended national student loan servicer accused of unfair and deceptive practices in a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
  • Defended crypto-currency and blockchain entity during investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Massachusetts Securities Division.
  • Defended college student sued for defamation related to a sexual misconduct investigation under Title IX.
  • Conducted a remote internal investigation during COVID-19 for a large hospital organization related to claims of race discrimination and harassment.
  • Conducted an internal investigation involving alleged race discrimination within a global non-governmental organization.
  • Conducted an external investigation involving alleged sexual misconduct under Title IX for a local college.
  • Conducted an independent investigation into faculty-student sexual misconduct spanning six decades for an independent secondary school in New England.
  • Defended a non-profit organization in a contract dispute with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Defended a global food products supplier in a contract dispute with its distributor.
  • Negotiated a settlement involving a rate dispute between a skilled nursing facility operator and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
  • Successfully represented an Iraq War veteran in a Social Security Disability Income benefits appeal before an Administrative Law Judge of the Social Security Administration after the veteran was twice denied benefits.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Commercial Litigation" and "Ones to Watch: Criminal Defense: White-Collar" (2021)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" (2020)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Beacon Hill Civic Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association


Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Member, Boston Athenaeum
  • Coach, Suffolk University Law School National Moot Court Team