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Lucia A. Passanisi


Lucia A. Passanisi concentrates her practice on employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Passanisi represents employers and individuals in disputes involving discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, non-competition, non-solicitation, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wrongful termination issues.  

Ms. Passanisi is committed to client advocacy and regularly appears in state and federal courts as well as before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  She represents clients at all stages of the litigation process.  In addition to employment matters, she handles business disputes and qui tam lawsuits.

Notable case results for Ms. Passanisi including obtaining a $2 million gender discrimination verdict for Boston police officer Donna Gavin, and securing a $2.4 million settlement on behalf of Beth Donovan, a former Deputy Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, in connection with gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims against the City of Boston.


  • Todd & Weld LLP, 2019-present
  • Hartley Michon Robb LLP, 2019
  • The Harbor Law Group, 2014-2019



  • Northeastern University School of Law (2014)
  • Boston College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Working Group, Massachusetts Bar Association (2020-Feb. 2023)


  • Reviewer, Representing Clients Before the MCAD in Employment Cases, MCLE Employment & Labor Law Print & E-Book (9th ed. 2022)
  • MCLE Presenter, E-Discovery Challenges & Opportunities, February 2022
  • Co-author of "Pregnancy Discrimination" in MCLE's Massachusetts Employment Law (2020)

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021-2024
  • Named by Super Lawyers to Massachusetts Rising Stars for Employment & Labor, 2019-2023