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Attorney Michael Akerson

Reardon, Joyce, & Akerson
Experience:  23 Years
Area Served: Worcester County

4 Lancaster Terrace
Worcester, MA, 01609


Attorney Message

I maintain a diverse and successful litigation practice, focusing upon complex litigation and representing both individuals and corporations in all stages of litigation and in pre-litigation strategy. I am recognized as one of the area’s most experienced civil, administrative and criminal litigators in the field of public official misconduct cases. I invite you to contact me directly to discuss your litigation matter.

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  • Last verified: 2/18/2014
  • Current status is Active
  • This attorney has no record of public discipline.
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Education

Western New England College School of Law, J.D.
Connecticut College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1991
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations

Massachusetts Bar Association

About Me

About Michael Akerson

Michael J. Akerson joined the firm over 17 years ago. Since that time he has fostered a diverse and successful litigation practice, focusing upon complex litigation and representing both individuals and corporations in all stages of litigation and in pre-litigation strategy. He is recognized as one of the area’s most experienced civil, administrative and criminal litigators in the field of public official misconduct cases. Another large component of his practice is representing individuals involved in serious personal injury matters involving automobiles, as well as those injured due to workplace misconduct, including harassment and discrimination. He also counsels numerous corporations on a variety of corporate business issues as well as providing residential and corporate transactional services.

Mike has tried in excess of 200 cases. He has significant experience in trying matters before state and federal courts, most state agencies, and a variety of administrative fora. He has proved successful many times over at trial and also at defending a judge or jury’s favorable determinations at the appellate level at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Honors and Awards

  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year, 2001

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You do have a pretty good injury case, but the problem is that the town’s liability is capped by statute. G.L. c. 84, §15 provides a limit of $5,000 for any injury upon a public way, and a sidewalk is part of the public way. Your injuries might otherwise entitle you to a damage award much higher than the cap. You should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Worcester area.




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Inasmuch as commissions are considered wages under the Massachusetts Wage Act, you should file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General, Fair Labor Division, in order to preserve your right to sue the employer or its President or Treasurer under the Wage Act for treble damages plus attorney’s fees and costs. The Fair Labor Division has posted its complaint form on its web page at this link: http://www.mass.gov Simply print out the form, fill it in and mail to the Fair Labor Division at the address on the web page. You may not file your unpaid wage claim in court until at least 90 days after your filing of your unpaid wage complaint with the Fair Labor Division so that it has time to investigate your claim. In the alternative, you could sue the nonprofit organization immediately for the breach of contract, but you would not be able to recover multiple damages, attorney’s fees and costs unless that is specified in your contract.




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In Massachusetts unless you have an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement that would establish your right to continue your employment during the notice period, the employer may terminate your employment after you give your notice, if it wishes. Massachusetts is an employment-at-will state, which means that either party to the employment relationship may end it at any time for any reason that is not illegal.




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No, an employer may not take any deduction for such damage, even if ostensibly authorized by the employee under the employer’s policies, unless there has been a court determination that the employee is responsible to the employer for the damage because the deduction violates the “special contract” provision of the Massachusetts Wage Act.




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