Margaret is rated AV Preeminent® in employment law and litigation, a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence. She has years of litigation experience in a range of employment disputes, including employment discrimination, retaliation, employment contracts, payment of wages, and employee-shareholder disputes. She has tried cases before both state and federal courts, administrative agencies and in arbitration.
Margaret also devotes much of her practice to advising and assisting employers and colleges and universities so as to prevent litigation when possible. She counsels and represents employers on a range of employment matters, including personnel policy development and implementation, compliance issues, disciplinary matters, hiring and firing, the conduct of internal investigations of employee complaints, wage and hour issues, and drafting and negotiating employment contracts. Margaret assists higher education institutions in responding to and investigating reports of sex discrimination and sexual assault, ensuring compliance with Title IX of the Educations Amendments of 1972, the Clery Act and the Campus SaVE Act. She also counsels and represents colleges and universities on faculty employment and tenure matters.
Margaret has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer every year since 2008, and is one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts as chosen by Boston Magazine. Margaret’s representative experience includes private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and health care providers. She has lectured and written extensively for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Massachusetts Law Review, the Boston Bar Journal and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Prior to forming Kurker Paget LLC, Margaret was a partner at a mid-sized Boston law firm, serving as Co-Chair of its Employment Law group. Before entering the legal profession, she served in the United States Peace Corps, living and working on the island of Dominica, West Indies.
- Upstanding, highly ethical and cooperative lawyer to colleagues and opponents alike. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- I found Margaret a very accomplished attorney. I recommend her highly. Corporate Counsel, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- I have worked with Margaret and referred matters to her and always find her judgment to be sound and her legal strategy to be excellent. She is a terrific lawyer. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell peer review
- Margaret is a superb attorney. She has the highest ethics and skills. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- Superb attorney — practical and cost effective — knows her stuff — very easy to deal with — strong advocate — Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- I’ve known Margaret Paget for almost 20 years and have worked closely with her in 2 different settings (public sector and law firm). She has the utmost regard for the responsibilities and ethical obligations that come with being an attorney and she is unwavering in her commitment to her clients and the law. She is, without a doubt, an exceptional lawyer but not because she knows the law (which, of course, she does)-she has clear judgment, is a powerful communicator and has genuine compassion. Corporate Counsel, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- Bright and dedicated, Margaret possesses all of the attributes I look for in employment counsel. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- Margaret Paget is a truly outstanding lawyer. One of the leading lawyers in Employment law. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- I have tried cases with Margaret and worked on many complex matters with her, as well. She is a top notch litigator, and her ethics are beyond reproach. Private Practice Attorney, from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review
- Massachusetts Law Review, “Brodie v. Jordan” (published May 2008) (addressing Supreme Judicial Court’s opinion on shareholder freeze-out disputes in close corporations)
- Boston Bar Journal, “When Lawyers Leave Firms,” (March/April, 2006)
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, “Survival of 151B Claims Upon the Death of a Party,” Focus on Employment Law, p.11 (June 13, 2005)
- Massachusetts Law Review, “Exceptions to the At-Will Employment Doctrine and its Applicability to Employment of Minority Shareholders,” Vol. 88, No.1, (Mass. Bar Assoc. 2003)
- Crime and Consequence: The Collateral Effects of Criminal Conduct, (MCLE 2001) (authored chapter on consequences of criminal conduct on private employment)
- Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy: “Employment Contracts After O’Brien: An open Door For Failure-to-Promote Claims?” Vol. IV (1999)
- Speaker, “Employment Contracts,” MassBio, November 15, 2016. https://www.massbio.org/events/employment-contracts-1504
- Co-Chair and Faculty Member, MCLE Labor and Employment Law Basics, 2012-2013
- Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2012
- Co-Chair, “Employment and Labor Law,” MCLE Seminar, November 7-8, 2012
- Speaker, “Legal Issues Surrounding Executive Compensation for Colleges and Universities,” Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM) Annual Symposium, October 23, 2012
- Speaker, “Employment Misclassification,” Lexwork Employment Group Conference, April 2012
- Speaker, “Fair Labor Standards Act and State Wage and Hour Laws,” Massachusetts Credit Union League, May 2009
- Chair, “When Employment Law Goes Criminal,” MCLE Seminar, 2008
- Faculty Member, “Criminal Records, Conduct, and Employment,” MCLE Seminar, 2008
- Moderator, Massachusetts Bar Association’s brown bag lunch series on emerging employment law issues
- Presented numerous seminars on wage and hour issues for employers in various industry and trade groups
- Boston Bar Association
- 2016-2017 Chair of Massachusetts Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Council
- New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
- The Boston Club
- DRI, Employment Law Committee
- Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D.
- Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, B.A.
Margaret has received numerous recognitions for her work as an employment attorney, including:
- 4.9/5.0 Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Boston Magazine 2008-2013.
- Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine 2012-2013.
- Appointment to Consumer Advocacy Task Force of Massachusetts Bar Association, 2013.