Benjamin J. Wyatt, Esq.

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Founder and managing partner Ben Wyatt assists employers and employees by ensuring compliance with relevant employment-related legal obligations through both wise advice and representation during the litigation process.

Ben assists large and small employers with developing practical solutions to the challenges of the modern workplace. He also provides dedicated trial representation to employees who believe their rights have been violated through wrongful termination or other hostile workplace actions, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Additionally, Ben assists both employers and employees in evaluating legal wage & hour obligations and addressing potential violations of applicable pay requirements. Based on his broad experience representing both employers and employees, Ben is able to provide his clients with unique perspectives and insights concerning the strategies of opposing counsel during the litigation process.

Ben is a zealous advocate for his clients when litigation is necessary, but also takes time to provide clear solutions-based advice concerning all phases of the employment process. Ben has represented his clients in court and before government administrative agencies concerning numerous employment law subjects, including employment discrimination, disability accommodation, FMLA leave administration, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) compliance, and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and equivalent state laws. Ben also utilizes his experience litigating class action lawsuits for the benefit of his clients.

Ben assists non-union employers with a variety of employment-focused services, including employment handbook drafting, wage & hour auditing and solutions, development of employment agreements and consulting contracts. Ben also provides employers with real-time human resources advice by answering time sensitive legal questions, running investigations, and providing counsel concerning employee questions and concerns. Ben leads numerous trainings to assist employers in minimizing risks and expanding the skill-sets of their management and HR teams.

Prior to founding Wyatt & Associates, Ben served as Senior Labor & Employment Legal Counsel at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the tenth largest privately owned company in the United States. Earlier in his career, Ben served as a member of the labor & employment group at one of Boston’s largest law firms, where he advised and represented multiple Fortune 500 companies concerning a variety of employment law matters.

Ben earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he founded and helped to lead the Law School’s Small Business Clinical Initiative, which provided a variety of legal services to small start-up businesses in economically depressed communities. Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, where he graduated with High Honors from the College of Social Studies.

Yale Law School, Juris Doctor
Wesleyan University, School of Social Studies, BA, High Honors Phi Beta
Kappa, Philip B. Brown Scholarship for academic and extracurricular achievement, John W. Macy Grant for academic excellence and public service, Parker Prize for distinction in public speaking

Admitted in:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • District of NY: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of Vermont
  • District of Maine

Affiliations:

  • Cheshire County Bar Association, President
  • New Hampshire Bar Association Past Clerk- Labor and Employment Section
  • Maine Bar Association
  • NH Employment Lawyers Association

Michael R. Varraso, Esq.

Michael Varraso represents employees and employers in a variety of employment law related matters, including cases of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Michael also represents clients with regard to pay violations, including failure to pay overtime and minimum wage, tip pool violations, and other wage related issues. Michael assists clients in bringing and defending against cases before government administrative agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (the “MCAD”), and the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights (the “NH CHR”). If claims are not successfully resolved during the agency process, Michael will zealously represent his clients within state and federal courts.

For employers seeking to avoid legal battles before they occur, Michael Varraso also provides advice and legal services, such as comprehensive employment policy audits, to businesses to catch issues before they become problems.

Michael graduated from Northeastern University School of Law.

Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Champlain College, BA, Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing

Admitted in:

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of Vermont
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of Maine
  • District of NY Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western

Affiliations:

Timothy J. Brock, Esq.

Tim Brock represents employees related to a range of employment law matters related to wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate disabilities, and improper retaliation.  Tim also represents clients with regard to improper pay claims, including failure to pay overtime and other wage & hour violations.  Tim assists clients in bringing cases before relevant government administrative agencies and courts, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, and other agencies.  When an amicable settlement cannot be reached, Tim also vigorously pursues the cases of his clients within state and federal courts.

Before joining the Law Offices of Wyatt & Associates P.L.L.C., Tim Brock assisted in the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury law suits at a Boston area law firm and also represented clients in discrimination, social security insurance, and unemployment cases.  In addition, Tim previously served in the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, where he defended Massachusetts state prisoners in disciplinary hearings.

Tim graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law.  He is admitted to the bars of New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine.

Boston University of Law, Juris Doctor
University of New Hampshire, Bachelor of Arts, History and Justice Studies

Admitted in:

  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of Vermont
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of Maine
  • District of NY: Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western

Affiliations:

 

Gabrielle Regney, Esq.

Gabrielle Regney advocates for clients who have been treated illegally in the workplace environment. Gabrielle assists clients who have experienced wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, improper retaliation, failure to accommodate disabilities, and improper pay practices.

Gabrielle’s commitment to social justice stretches back through many years of nonprofit and activist work. She has led efforts in gender equity, gay and lesbian rights, environmental and consumer rights, affordable housing, and animal welfare. Before attending law school, Gabrielle earned her doctorate in English from the City University of New York (CUNY) and served as a college professor for over a decade, where she worked with diverse populations, including students with disabilities. Gabrielle taught courses in literature, writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Gabrielle has published numerous articles and online publications and has presented her scholarship around the country and internationally.

Gabrielle earned her Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She was Articles Editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and served as State House liaison for Vermont Public Interest Research Group, clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and an extern for a State’s Attorney.

Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor
Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, Ph.D. in English, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies
University of Connecticut, B.A. in English and in French

Admitted in:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of New Hampshire

Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • NH Bar Association
  • MA Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

 

Trevor R. Brice, Esq.

Trevor Brice assists terminated employees in a range of employment law matters, including claims related to wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, improper pay claims, including failure to pay overtime and other wage & hour violations. Trevor strives to achieve justice for clients whose rights have been violated at work.

Before joining Wyatt and Associates, Trevor worked as an associate for a Boston-area firm.  Prior to that, he worked for the City of Boston Department of Labor Relations, where he handled union grievance matters.

Trevor earned his law degree (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School.

Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor/Masters of Business Administration
Providence College, B.S. in Management

Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor/Masters of Business Administration
Providence College, B.S. in Management
 

Admitted in:

  • New Hampshire
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • New York
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of New York- Northern and Western
  • District of NH
  • District of MA

Affiliations:

  • New Hampshire Bar Association

 

Rachael De Orio, Esq.

Rachael De Orio helps employees facing employment law issues, such as workplace discrimination, harassment, improper pay, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Rachael works hard to fight for clients who seek justice after being wronged.

Rachael earned her law degree (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School.  While in law school, Rachael worked in the Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Right Clinic assisting a tribe in Massachusetts to amend their rules of civil procedure.  She also provided research and advice for tribes seeking consultation on recent changes in federal law.

Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts in English and Textual Studies.

Admitted in:

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Maine
  • District of Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • District of Rhode Island
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Maine
  • District of Massachusetts

Affiliations:

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Katherine Gabriel, Esq.

Katherine Gabriel assists clients in various employment law matters, including wrongful termination, workplace harassment, unlawful discrimination, and retaliation.

Katherine is a dedicated advocate for social justice, and she strives to bring that passion into her work at Wyatt and Associates. Prior to joining Wyatt and Associates, Katherine worked as a student clinician in the South Royalton Legal Clinic providing pro-bono services to indigent Vermont residents and Vermont’s military veteran population. She also served as a law clerk in the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office. Over the years, Katherine has volunteered for various non-profit organizations, including the USPCA and Windsor County Youth Services.

Katherine earned her Juris Doctor at Vermont Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She was the Alumni Editor of the Vermont Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board.

Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor
Bard College, B.A. in Language & Literature, Concentration in Classical Studies

Admitted in:

  • Vermont
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

 

  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Rhode Island
  • District of Maine
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of NY- Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern

Affiliations:

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Vermont Bar Association

 

Connor Barnett, Esq.

Connor Barnett assists clients in various employment law matters, including wrongful termination, workplace harassment, unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and failures to provide disability related accommodations.

Connor earned his law degree (J.D.) from Syracuse University College of Law. While in law school, Connor worked in the Criminal Defense Clinic assisting people of Onondaga County in NY. While in law school, Connor was also an active member of the Journal of Science and Technology serving in both an Associate and Executive Editor role.

Syracuse University College of Law, Juris Doctor
Hobart College, B.A. in Economics, Minor in Environmental Studies.

Admitted in:

  • New York
  • District of New York- Northern

Chandan Panigrahi, Esq

Chandan Panigrahi passionately assists clients on matters related to wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and improper pay. Chandan prepares discrimination charges on behalf of clients who feel that they have been treated illegally in the workplace environment. He will see his cases through the agency process with confidence and strive to achieve justice for his clients. Chandan is fluent in Spanish and regularly assists the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients.

Prior to joining Wyatt & Associates, Chandan gained experience for a corporate law firm in downtown Boston. Chandan also previously worked in public interest-oriented law offices for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, a Boston area women’s shelter, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. While he was in law school, he was elected to both the Graduate & Professional Student Association and the Student Governing Council, as well as served as president of the South Asian Law Student Association. Chandan culminated his legal education with specialized concentrations in both Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Chandan earned his law degree (J.D.) at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Florida, BS in Journalism; Criminology

Admitted in:

  • Minnesota
  • Maine
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island

Sarah B. Patriquin, M.S.

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Sarah is a professional office manager and consultant with significant experience developing and administering human resources compliance systems and procedures. She specializes in the technical support elements of the services provided by Wyatt & Associates and has an extensive background in management, systems development, and event planning.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England, Sarah worked as a regional planner, assisting towns in Southwestern New Hampshire to write master plans, hazard mitigation plans, natural resource inventories, and inventories of roads and transportation features throughout the region. As part of this work, she often led focus groups of town officials in order to customize solutions based on the distinct histories and needs of each town. Sarah also has extensive experience as property manager in charge of leases, book-keeping, advertising, and contracting. She has also provided specialized consulting and management services for a number of local businesses, with particular focus on the streamlining of processes and projects.

Antioch New England Graduate School, Master of Science, Resource Management and Administration
Brandeis University, BA, Biology

Julie Emineth, M. Ed.

Julie Emineth is a well-rounded Paralegal and Litigation Manager with extensive background in project management. She specializes in scheduling, document management and paralegal support for the Firm’s attorneys and serves as a first point of contact for clients.

While receiving her Master’s Degree from Plymouth State University, Julie worked closely with local towns on building awareness of historic and cultural impacts through designing and implementing relevant projects, as well as conducting seminars. Since then, she has used her research background and strong documentation skills to develop policies and procedures and implement new processes. She focuses on streamlining procedures while continuing to improve customer satisfaction. Julie also has an extensive background in project management, customer relationship management, and holds a certificate in payment security compliance

Plymouth State University, Master of Education, Heritage Studies
Granite State College, Bachelor of Art, European History through Literature

Laura Dunfey-Ehrenberg

Laura is the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator. She specializes in case-negotiation assistance, damages analysis, mediation preparation, and settlements.

Laura is a passionate advocate for social justice. She graduated Cum Laude from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a focus in Women’s and Gender Studies. Laura’s studies centered around the psychology behind discrimination and inequality, as well as their effects on marginalized people. Laura brings these aspects of her education to her position at the Firm to provide the best possible assistance to our clients.

Josie Fernandez-Andersen

Josie is a versatile and energetic Workflow Coordinator, and has a well-rounded background in administrative support and event development. She specializes in workload management, helping our attorneys meet important deadlines, while improving the efficiency of the office’s internal technical procedures.

While receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Macalester College, Josie worked as a social media and marketing assistant for the college’s multicultural affairs department. She led the development and promotion of departmental programs, including designing programs to foster a culture of diversity and justice on campus. Josie brings her passion for social justice into her work helping to pursue justice for Firm clients.

Bethany Pratt

Bethany is customer service minded and places great importance on providing the best service possible. She specializes in communicating with potential clients and appointment scheduling. Bethany serves as one of the first lines of communication between the Firm and potential clients who are seeking legal advice.

Bethany has been providing exemplary customer service for years through other professional roles. Bethany has skills in organization and administrative duties, including record keeping, data entry, proof reading and editing, and filing. She feels the most accomplished when she is able to assist those in need and put a smile on someone’s face.  In her spare time, Bethany also works as a crocheter, crochet designer and soon-to-be certified crochet instructor. Bethany has crochet patterns published in multiple publications.

Olivia Pellegrini

Olivia is the Firm’s Administrative Assistant. She works closely with prospective and current clients and supports the staff on a daily basis.  Olivia began her legal career in Bangor, Maine as a clerical assistant in a law firm helping with patent, immigration, and litigation cases.  She has always been an advocate for those who are not offered the privilege of a voice, and strives to help them find the justice they deserve.

Olivia graduated cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.