About the Authors


Brian J. Mullin

Blog Co-Editor

Brian Mullin is a partner with Bowditch & Dewey LLP. He provides his higher education clients with advice and counsel on a broad range of matters including those specific to colleges and universities such as representation before the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, student and faculty issues, Title IX, Section 504, ADA, VAWA, and the Cleary Act.



Robert G. Young

Blog Co-Editor

Robert Young advises businesses, municipalities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations on a broad range of employment matters. He defends these clients against a variety of claims, including discrimination and retaliation, non-competition, trade secrets, and wage-and-hour matters. He has litigated disputes in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. He counsels clients in matters outside of litigation, including the negotiation of agreements, medical leaves, and accommodation requests, as well as employee discipline and termination matters. In addition, he conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients, including alleged harassment, whistleblower, and other employee claims.



2FelperDavid M. Felper

David M. Felper is a senior partner with Bowditch & Dewey LLP and concentrates his practice in representation of management in matters including defense of discrimination and wrongful termination claims, wage and hour and OSHA complaints, non-competition agreements, contract negotiations, grievances, union organization and permissible conduct under all federal and state labor and employment laws.


BriggsTerrence J. Briggs

Terry Briggs concentrates his practice on executive compensation, ERISA and employee benefits matters. He represents individual executives, management teams and public and private companies in matters involving executive and equity compensation. This includes employment agreements, stock option and incentive plans, employee stock purchase plans, and golden parachute issues. He works with employers on issues involving both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans.


22FeeneyMary T. Feeney

Ms. Feeney’s practice focuses on real estate development and land use, construction services, general representation of colleges, universities, and secondary schools, commercial and retail leasing, facilities-related regulatory, code and licensing matters, and transactional matters for higher education and other non-profit organizations.  Ms. Feeney has extensive experience representing colleges, universities and secondary schools in business, operational and regulatory matters, construction, and real estate, drawing on her practice for over ten years as a University Attorney at the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University and the representation of local and regional colleges and universities and non-profit organizations.


2PowellTimothy Powell

Mr. Powell joined Bowditch & Dewey, LLP as an Associate in 2013 after graduating from Boston University Law School. Mr. Powell concentrates his practice in all aspects of business and employment litigation.



Ariel G. Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan concentrates her practice in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representation of businesses and institutions of higher education in proceedings before state and federal courts, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Sullivan advises clients on a wide variety of day-to-day personnel matters, including hiring, termination, internal investigations, employment contracts and policies, wage and hour practices, non-competition agreements and employee discipline.


2vandyckTimothy P. Van Dyck

Practice Area Leader for Higher Education and Labor & Employment

Timothy Van Dyck defends clients of all sizes, including Fortune 100 companies, against sexual harassment claims, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, and wage-and-hour class action suits, among other matters. He also routinely prosecutes and defends non compete, non solicit and trade secret matters. He has tried over 20 cases to verdict. For clients looking to avoid litigation, Tim leads the implementation of rigorous training and compliance programs. With over 25 years of experience in representing management, he has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading labor & employment lawyer in Massachusetts.


Chelsie A. Vokes

Chelsie Vokes is an associate with the firm’s Labor & Employment group, advising businesses and non-profit organizations on a broad range of employment matters. She is also involved with the firm’s Environmental group.