J. Allen Holland, a member/shareholder of the firm, focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation and employment law, with significant experience in intra-business disputes and general civil litigation, as well. He is the Chair of the firm's Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group and Co-Chairs the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Prior to joining Rich May, Allen was a partner in the firm Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & Fink, LLP. Allen has extensive jury trial, arbitration and appellate experience having obtained seven figure awards both at trial and in arbitration and successfully defended cases seeking similar damages.

Allen lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

Representative Matters

Represented a healthcare consulting firm in connection with the formation of a joint venture between the healthcare consulting firm and a number of European healthcare consulting firms.

Represents a large national cooperative direct mail franchisor in a wide variety of franchise matters.

Regularly represents employers in connection with discrimination claims before the EEOC, MCAD and state and federal courts.

Represented a construction contractor in the successful resolution of a claim brought by the Department of Labor alleging that the contractor had failed to pay in excess of $600,000 in overtime due to employees for time spent traveling to and from job sites.

Represented a franchisor in connection with the successful enforcement of the noncompetition provision contained in a former franchisee’s franchise agreement.

Secured jury verdict in favor of defendant in a wrongful death action.

Secured jury verdicts in favor of defendants at trial in cases asserting age and handicap discrimination claims.

Obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration award and cancellation of noncompetition covenants on behalf of two brokers who were constructively terminated by a securities firm.

Obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict on behalf of a medical device manufacturer against a large pharmaceutical company in connection with a dispute arising out of a supply agreement for the manufacturer’s device.

Obtained an arbitration award in excess of $1 million on behalf of a real estate business terminated by an LLC composed of real estate companies.


Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor, Employment and Litigation by Martindale-Hubbell.

Named a “New England Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine 2005-2018.

Awarded the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (AV – Legal Ability Rating: Very High to Preeminent).

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Instructor, American Arbitration Association, Best Arbitration Practices

Editor of Boston Bar Journal, 2004-2010

Author of a chapter on the attorney-client and work product privileges for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publication Massachusetts Discovery Practice, 2002 and 2012

Community Involvement

Coach, youth sports

Member of the Executive Board of the Newton Girls Softball League

Professional Affiliations

American Arbitration Association, Commercial Advisory Council, member, 2001-present

Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Practice Section, Co-Chairman 2002-2003

Massachusetts Bar Association