Christine Netski concentrates her practice in business, employment and product liability litigation. She has obtained successful results for clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, security services, professional services, commercial real estate, insurance, retail, distribution and consumer product manufacturing. She has represented clients in matters involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, civil conspiracy, defamation, commercial disparagement, unfair trade practices, bad faith insurance practices, public accommodations, consumer class actions and breach of contract.
Christine’s employment practice includes representing management and individuals in cases involving allegations of race, gender, age and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and other employment-related claims, including in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies. She also counsels business executives with respect to contractual and other employment-related issues.
Representative Matters and Experience
- Jury verdict in favor of recruitment outsourcing software and service provider, defeating multi-million dollar claim by customer for alleged fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract, resulting in a $2.1 million judgment on provider’s counterclaim for breach of contract
- $4 million arbitration award on behalf of appliance manufacturer seeking contractual indemnification against a component part supplier for underlying property damage claims arising out of defect in component part
- Jury verdict in favor of Oracle Applications implementer on claim by customer seeking to recover consequential damages for breach of “fixed bid” contract
- Favorable resolution on behalf of seller of software company of buyer’s claims for breach of stock purchase agreement and violations of Chapter 93A in connection with certain representations and warranties and the alleged failure to transfer certain software licenses
- Summary judgment in favor of release of information service provider that precluded named plaintiffs and prospective class members from recovering damages in class action asserting that provider had imposed unlawful charges when fulfilling medical records requests
- Pre-trial dismissal of class allegations in consumer protection action brought against vehicle storage and auction facility for alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices in connection with its standard notice to vehicle owners
- Favorable resolution of a defamation and commercial disparagement claim on behalf of a consumer product manufacturer alleging that the sponsor of an educational seminar for the client’s customers made false statements concerning the client’s products
- Summary judgment in favor of a consumer product manufacturer in misrepresentation claim by patent owner seeking a licensing arrangement, based upon a successful Daubert challenge to the plaintiff’s proposed expert testimony on lost profits
- Preliminary injunction on behalf of technology consulting firm against a former employee and favorable settlement with new employer after discovery on employee’s misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of the injunction
- Representation of major mutual fund company in non-compete case against high-profile portfolio manager, resulting in favorable settlement on the eve of evidentiary hearing on company’s request for injunctive relief
- Massachusetts defense counsel for two major national retailers in discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and public accommodation claims
- Favorable summary judgment rulings for employers in numerous discrimination, sexual harassment and civil rights matters
- Successful appeal overturning employee’s jury verdict against employer based upon lack of subject matter jurisdiction over workers’ compensation claims
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Honoree, Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2012
- The Best Lawyers in America, (Commercial Litigation), 2013-2015
- 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell
- Benchmark Litigation “Litigation Star,” Massachusetts, 2013-2014
- Benchmark Litigation “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Massachusetts, 2013-2014
- Benchmark Appellate “First Circuit Litigation Star,” Massachusetts, 2013
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), Boston magazine, 2005-2014; Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2013; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2008-2014; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2011-2013
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
- Boston Bar Association (Member, Executive Committee, 2013-; Member, Council, 2012-; Co-Chair, BBA Task Force on the Future of the Profession, 2010-2011; Co-Chair, BBA Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-2009; Chair, BBA Nominating Committee, 2007; Member, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections)
- Board of Editors, Boston Bar Journal (Chair, 2004-2007; Member, 2002-2007)
- Women’s Bar Association (Host, 2013-2014; Co-Chair, Women's Leadership Initiative, 2011-2012; Co-Chair, Appointments, Awards & Endorsements Committee, 2006-2008; Co-Chair, Senior Practice Group, 2002-2006)
- Massachusetts Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
- Case Conferencer for Boston Bar Association/Boston Municipal Court Pre-Trial Case Conference Program
- Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (Vice President, 2011-2015; Board Member, 2010-2011)
Representative Speaking Engagements:
- Panelist, "The Supremes: Review of 2014 Employment Cases," Boston Bar Association, September 2014
- Panelist, "Connecting with your Jury," Women's Bar Association, April 2014
- Presenter, "Defending Depositions: What Every Litigator Needs to Know," Boston Bar Association, April 2014
- Panelist, "Women's Breakfast Forum," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 2012
- Presenter, "A Discussion of the Report on the Future of the Legal Profession," Boston Bar Association, May 2012
- Panelist, "Interference with Business Relations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March 2011
- Moderator, “Demystifying the Path to the Bench,” Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, October 2007
- Presenter, “Strategies to Prevent Lawsuits Arising from Employment Termination,” Council on Education in Management seminar, May 2007
- Interference with Business Relations (MCLE, Inc. 2011)
- Ethical "Red Flags" for Counsel Retained by Insurer to Defend Insured, BBA Employment Law Seminar (June, 1999)
- Co-author, "Chapter 93A and Chapter 176D - Recent Developments," a chapter in Raising the Stakes: Defending G.L. c. 93A and G.L. 176D Claims (Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, 1994)
August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas.
May 14, 2015 -
Attorney General Proposes Regulations on Sick Time
Massachusetts's Earned Sick Time law, passed by voters via ballot initiative last November, will take effect on July 1, 2015. The Office of the Attorney General has released proposed regulations to implement and clarify the scope of the new law. The ...
September 26, 2014 -
Christine Netski Presents at BBA Labor & Employment CLE
On October 16 Christine Netski will be presenting at the Boston Bar Association's annual CLE program "...
August 18, 2014 -
Fourteen Partners Earned Title "2015 Best Lawyers" and One Partner Named "Lawyer of the Year"
Fourteen SRBC partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. In addition, David Barry earned special recognition as "Boston Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. ...
June 03, 2014 -
Law360 Female Powerbrokers: Q&A with Christine Netski
SRBC partner Christine Netski is featured in the "Female Powerbrokers Q&A" series by Law360. In the interview, Christine discusses the importance of empowering women leaders in law firms, as well as strategies for mentoring younger female lawyers. ...
April 22, 2014 -
Christine Netski on "Connecting with Your Jury"
Christine Netski joins co-panelists Mark Phillips and Dana Pierce for the WBA program "Connecting with Your Jury" on April 23 at 12:30 pm. Learn how to use all of the tools at your disposal to connect with your audience. Not only the words you choose, but the story you tell, your body language, and ...
April 07, 2014 -
Christine Netski and Andrew Levin on Defending Depositions
On April 17, SRBC's
Christine Netski and Andrew Levin co-present at the Boston Bar Association on "...
February 11, 2014 -
SRBC Supports "Walk to the Hill" for Civil Legal Aid
SRBC participated in the Equal Justice Coalition's 15th Annual "Walk to the Hill" for Civil Legal Aid on January 30. The walk is one of the largest annual lobbying events at the Massachusetts State House. This year more than 500 attorneys gathered to urge lawmakers to approve a budget ...
October 22, 2013 -
21 SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Twenty-one lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...