Amanda Marie  Baer

Amanda Marie Baer is an associate in the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group and Litigation Group.  Amanda focuses her practice on representing employers in federal and state courts and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, defending against claims concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, accommodations, and wage and hour laws.  Amanda also has experience in conducting workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination or harassment, enforcing and defending employment, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, and severance agreements and representing businesses in contractual, fraud, and general business litigation matters.

A magna cum laude graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, Amanda was named to the Order of the Coif.

Amanda is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

In 2016, Amanda was selected by the Worcester Business Journal as one of "40 Under Forty" professionals honored for their professional achievements and community service. Amanda has been named a Massachusetts "Rising Star" by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2013.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgetown University Law Center JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (2011), Executive Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law (2011); CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Civil Litigation Practice, Torts, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law and Art of the Washington Lawyer
  • Providence College BA, summa cum laude (2008)

Publications/Presentations

  • Companies Determine Practices When Marijuana Becomes Legal in Massachusetts,” WCVB Interview, November 2016
  • Quoted in “New Mass. Pay Equity Law Prohibits Salary-History Questions,” SHRM (August 2016)
  • Quoted in “Massachusetts Makes Asking About Salary History a Thing of the Past,” US News & World Report (August 2016)
  • Quoted in “How Massachusetts’ New Pay Law Will Help Close the Gender Wage Gap (and How it Won’t),” Fast Company (August 2016)
  • Quoted in “This Popular Interview Question is Now Illegal in Massachusetts,” Inc. (August 2016)
  • Quoted in “Job Interviewers Can’t Ask this Question in Massachusetts Anymore,” Huffington Post (August 2016
  • "Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law," Mirick O'Connell Client Alert (November 2014)
  • "Teacher-on-Student Bullying: Is Your Massachusetts School District Ready for This Test," Northeastern University Law Journal 107 (Spring 2014)
  • "Preventing Discovery of Accountants' Materials and Communications," Mirick O'Connell Client Alert (July 2013)
  • "MOOCs When Opening Door to Education, Institutions Must Ensure that Participants with Disabilities Have Equal Access," New England Journal of Higher Education (July 2013)
  • "Best Practices for Advising Clients on Cyber Security," American Bar Association Criminal Litigation Journal (March 2013)
  • "The New Medical Marijuana Law: Must Massachusetts Employers Now Make Exceptions to their Policies on Illegal Drug Use?" Mirick O'Connell Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Legal Update (December 2012)
  • "Teachers Who Bully," American School Board Journal (December 2012)
  • "Fisher v. University of Texas: Insight into the Meaning and Importance of Diversity," HRMA Perspectives (November 2012)
  • "Traps for the Unwary in Independent Investigations," Massachusetts Bar Association Annual In-House Conference (2012) (co-author)
  • "Penalties for Clery Act Violations May Devastate Penn State," Mirick O'Connell Higher Education Legal Update (August 2012)
  • "Department of Veterans Affairs Asks Institutions of Higher Education to Commit to Unannounced Principles of Excellence," Mirick O'Connell Higher Education Legal Update (July 2012)
  • "Business Litigation Session Highlights - 2011," Massachusetts Bar Association Annual In-House Conference (2011)(co-author)

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Young Professional Women's Association
  • YWCA, Board of Directors and Personnel Committee