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Keerthi Sugumaran

Associate
Boston

P 617-305-1216
F 617-367-2155
Keerthi.Sugumaran@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Keerthi Sugumaran is an Associate in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing and defending employers in workplace legal issues, including preventive advice and counsel.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Sugumaran worked at a Boston law firm for over four years as a general litigator. During this time, she represented employers in front of the MCAD, EEOC, state and federal courts. Ms. Sugumaran also participated in a six-month secondment, working in-house for a private equity firm.

While attending law school, Ms. Sugumaran was a member of the Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy and the Chief Competition Director of the Moot Court Honor Board. Ms. Sugumaran was a semi-finalist in the Thomas C. Clark Appellate Advocacy Competition, as well as a quarter-finalist and second speaker at the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Court Competition. Ms. Sugumaran was named to the Dean’s List from 2008-2011, received the Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure, the Dean’s Public Citizen Award and the Scales of Justice Award.

During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Sugumaran received the Philo Sherman Bennett Award for Best Thesis in Government & Legal Studies and was named to the Dean’s List in 2006.

Ms. Sugumaran’s recent litigation experience includes:

  • Obtained summary judgment for supervisor in an age discrimination case, federal court, Massachusetts
  • Successfully defended an automobile dealership accused of religious discrimination in a multi-day public hearing at the MCAD

Honors and Recognitions

  • South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, Board Member of the Year (2018)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Group
  • South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, Board Member (2018-present), President (2019)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Lawyers Clearinghouse – Advising nonprofits on employment issues

Published Works

  • “United States Supreme Court Sounds the Death Knell for Class Arbitration—Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp., 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010),” Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy (Spring 2011) [Author]

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May 6, 2019
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Keerthi Sugumaran is Honored as a Legal Rising Star and for Excellence in Law

May 6, 2019

BOSTON, MA (May 6, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Keerthi Sugumaran has been named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and selected as one of the “5 Legal Rising Stars of Color” by Get Konnected... Read More

April 23, 2019
India New England News

Keerthi Sugumaran is Spotlighted for Pro Bono Efforts

April 23, 2019

Keerthi Sugumaran is spotlighted for her work with X-Cel Education an organization helping underserved Greater Boston neighborhoods in "Keerthi Sugumaran: Promoting Civil Rights and Serving Undeserved Greater Boston Neighborhoods," published by India New England News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 12, 2018
SHRM

Keerthi Sugumaran Comments on Writing Employee Warning Letters

December 12, 2018

Keerthi Sugumaran comments on implications of writing and delivering employee warning letters in "13 Ways to Improve Written Warnings and Manage Employees Better," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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June 17, 2019

Massachusetts Officially Amends Paid Family Leave Law; Announces Other Changes

June 17, 2019

After announcing an agreement to delay the start of contributions under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), the legislature passed a bill amending the law that the Governor subsequently signed and enacted on June 13, 2019. As announced, PFMLA contributions will begin on October 1, 2019, rather than July 1, 2019... Read More

June 12, 2019

Agreement in Place to Delay Required PFMLA Contributions Until October 1, 2019

June 12, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo issued a joint statement on June 11, 2019, agreeing to amend the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) and delay the required contributions until October 1, 2019. Support for delaying the contributions has grown since a coalition of... Read More

May 2, 2019

Massachusetts Extends Deadlines for PFMLA Notice to Employees and Private Plan Exemptions

May 2, 2019

In an effort to help businesses, on May 1, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) extended both the deadline to notify employees about the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) and the deadline for employers to apply for a “private plan” exemption from law. Previously, the DFML required... Read More

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