Mike Palladino is the Founder and Principal of Palladino Law LLC. His legal and consulting practice concentrates on all areas of employment law and human resources, including litigation, counseling, training and drafting. Mike has nearly 20 years of progressive experience in advising, representing, developing and leading high-performing, global human resources, legal and other organizations. His background includes:
- Advising and representing Fortune 500 companies, senior executives, emerging/growing companies, non-profits, small business, individuals, and human resources departments ranging in size from single-person to large and complex
- Clients in nearly every industry, including, but not limited to, life sciences, high tech, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and education
- Work experience in nearly every sector as a lawyer and/or leader, including corporate (in-house employment and litigation counsel and executive human resources), private practice, government, non-profit
- State, national and global legal exposure, both in establishing a new business presence and maintaining operations
Prior to founding Palladino Law, Mike held various legal and leadership positions at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a global biotech based in Boston. Between 2009 to 2017, Mike ascended from the company’s first dedicated in-house employment counsel to Senior Vice President & Head of Global Human Resources. In his capacity leading Human Resources at Vertex, Mike oversaw all global aspects of talent acquisition, retention, performance management, diversity, compensation, benefits, HR information systems, leadership, talent development and employee relations related to an international workforce of over 2,300 employees in 19 countries.
Previously, Mike served as Vice President, Head of Litigation, Employment & Risk Management at Vertex. In this role, Mike provided guidance to management on employment contracts, compensation, non-disclosure, non-competition, discrimination/harassment, international labor laws, investigations and employee relations issues. He also managed all Company non-intellectual property related litigation, including but not limited to products liability/tort, commercial, securities, employment and life sciences matters. In addition, Mike oversaw the Company’s enterprise risk management and information governance programs and practices.
As Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel, Mike provided employment counseling and oversight of litigation. In addition, he developed and delivered extensive live and web-based training to managers, employees and Human Resources professionals on harassment, equal employment opportunity, performance management and investigations of misconduct.
From 2002-2009, Mike was an Employment and Labor Attorney in private practice, first at Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, and then at Schwartz Hannum PC in Andover, Massachusetts. In private practice, Mike represented both local and global companies of various sizes in high technology, healthcare, finance, retail, education, manufacturing and biotech, providing employment, labor, commercial and immigration law guidance and representation in litigation. From 1995-2002, Mike served in organizational development and human resources training, education, public policy and government services roles at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, the government affairs and public policy unit of the UMass President’s Office.
Mike received his J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States District Court – Massachusetts, First Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He is also an active member of numerous legal and non-legal associations and organizations.
Mike lives in Byfield, Massachusetts, with his wife (Jenny), three children (Austin, Jaxon and Colin), and dog (Baxter). When he’s not practicing law and HR, Mike enjoys being with his kids, long-distance running, biking, hiking, canoeing, astronomy, local and national politics and history, and the Boston Bruins.