Resolving labor and employment disputes is at the heart of Fran DeLuca’s practice. Employers in the financial services, technology, health care, life sciences, and manufacturing industries rely on Fran to represent them in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in a wide array of disputes, including cases involving sensitive allegations of discrimination and harassment, high-stakes wage and hour class actions, and unfair competition matters. Regardless of the type of case, Fran develops creative and practical litigation strategies to reduce or eliminate potential exposure and achieve clients’ goals. His strategies have led to favorable results, including dismissals and summary judgment, in a variety of matters.
Recognizing that, as Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Fran regularly counsels national, regional, and local employers of all sizes on litigation-avoidance strategies, such as developing and maintaining compliant employment policies, protecting trade secrets and confidential information, and handling terminations so as to minimize the risk of claims that can be costly and damaging to an employer’s reputation. Fran also conducts internal investigations to assist employers in determining the cause of potential problems before they undermine employee morale and lead to time-consuming disputes.
Earlier in his career, Fran served as a temporary law clerk to Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
- Persuaded an employee’s attorney to dismiss her client’s claims for disability discrimination voluntarily based on a novel interpretation of a workers’ compensation release, saving his defense contractor client from costly and protracted legal proceedings.
- Served as a key member of a team that obtained summary judgment on a former employee’s claims for age and disability discrimination against a large hospital.
- Obtained the dismissal of claims for breach of contract and age discrimination on behalf of a government contractor before the need to conduct expensive discovery.
- Defeated a former executive’s motion for summary judgment on claims for breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment arising from executive’s involvement with subcontractor to his former employer.
- Obtained, on behalf of a hospital, dismissal of an employee’s promissory estoppel and contract claims based on the hospital’s leave policies.
- Boston University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014)
- Roger Williams University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2011)
- Rhode Island
- American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
- Boston Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Employment Law, Social Security, and Disability Law Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter, Co-Chair
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Conference Planning Committee