Samantha C. Halem


MarshallHalem LLC
27 Mica Lane, Suite 102
Wellesley, MA 02481
United States

Tel: 781-235-4855


Samantha Halem practices law exclusively in the areas of employment law and employment litigation. After receiving her A.B. from Stanford University, Ms. Halem earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Ms. Halem served on the Executive Board of the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review.

After graduation, Ms. Halem served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Paez at both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Halem subsequently worked as an associate in the labor and employment departments of both the California law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter, LLP. She is a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California bars.

Ms. Halem regularly counsels clients in all aspects of employment law. She advises clients on a day to day basis on issues such as discipline, investigations, leaves of absence, and accommodations. She drafts handbooks, policies, employment contracts, and separation agreements, among other employment documents.

Ms. Halem is also a successful litigator, representing clients before state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

Ms. Halem has also appeared before several different state human rights agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in multiple jurisdictions. She has also successfully represented clients before arbitrators and in mediations.

Ms. Halem conducts regular seminars and training sessions across the country for clients and others. A sample list of seminars and training is available at Seminars and Training Programs.

Attorneys at Marshall Halem help employers address and respond to legal issues concerning their employees. We also develop and help employers implement “best practice” policies and procedures. Some of the specific services we offer are summarized below.

  • Defend employers against wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and other complaints filed with administrative agencies.
  • Represent employers in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts.
  • Advise employers about effective and legal policies, procedures and practices.
  • Draft lawful, state-specific, employee handbooks, policies and procedures.
  • Prepare contracts with employees and contractors, including confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
  • Negotiate and draft executive contracts.
  • Direct and/or conduct investigations into alleged illegal or improper behavior.
  • Help employers respond to specific employment issues.
  • Represent employers at the arbitration or mediation of employment disputes.
  • Review and/or draft offer letters, warnings and other communications with employees.
  • Draft and negotiate separation agreements.
  • Counsel clients facing difficult or sensitive employment issues.

We also offer a Human Resources Audit designed to evaluate and recommend improvements in our clientʼs employment policies, practices and communications. The Audit covers all significant Human Resource issues and provides us with a fundamental understanding of each client’s policies, practices and culture.

Attorneys at Marshall Halem concentrate solely on management-side employment law. Therefore, we have developed practice-tested forms, policies and model documents that can be tailored to meet any employer’s needs. Over the years, we have evaluated and advised employers about virtually every employment issue or claim.

All attorneys at the firm are experienced litigators. Our attorneys’ litigation experience allows us to advise clients in proactive measures to avoid litigation or, if a suit is filed, to provide the best possible defense.

Although we are located in Massachusetts, attorneys at Marshall Halem represent clients throughout the United States. For example, attorneys at Marshall Halem have recently and successfully litigated cases in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Texas, New York and Vermont in addition to Massachusetts. We have also defended charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New York Commission on Human Rights, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, agencies in other states, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and United States Department of Labor.

Ms. Halem has repeatedly been selected by her peers as a Massachusetts ‘Super Lawyer’ in the area of employment law and litigation and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts.