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Michael Stefanilo Jr.

Michael Stefanilo Jr.

Boston, Massachusetts
888-877-6393 (Toll Free)

Michael Stefanilo, Jr. is an associate at Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP. He joined the firm as an associate immediately after completing law school and the Massachusetts bar exam. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in May 2012 and was admitted to the bar in November 2012. Attorney Stefanilo has been published twice in national and respectable legal journals. Both articles focus on LGBT issues in the law and have been cited by legal scholars in a variety of other publications. Additionally, Attorney Stefanilo was awarded the distinction of being named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016 recognizing him as one of the top young attorneys practicing law in New England. Most recently, the National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune named him to its list of Boston's Top 40 Attorneys Under 40.

Practice Areas & Record of Success

Attorney Stefanilo represents both plaintiffs and defendants. He concentrates primarily in the areas of employment law, civil rights claims, and insurance defense, and he specializes in the representation of victims of unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Attorney Stefanilo has successfully represented a number of victims of workplace discrimination, including those adversely impacted by discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additionally, he represents clients, including municipalities, in claims brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, the Massachusetts and United States Civil Rights Acts, and the Massachusetts and United States Anti-Discrimination Statutes. Attorney Stefanilo has also successfully represented a number of clients in cases involving the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute and laws governing unfair and deceptive insurance practices. He also acted as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in high-profile federal litigation involving Uber Technologies, Inc.

Attorney Stefanilo has an impressive record of settling a number of cases in favor of his clients, including a significant settlement in 2013 on behalf of a female victim of sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace and two significant settlements in 2015 on behalf of a pair of female victims of sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and a hostile work environment. Recently, he also obtained a very favorable settlement for two of his clients who had lost their home and possessions in a devastating fire.

In 2016, Attorney Stefanilo successfully settled a case on behalf of a client who was discriminated against by her corporate employer based on her gender identity.

Attorney Stefanilo has also been highly successful in achieving the dismissal of complex litigation claims brought against his clients at both the motion to dismiss and summary judgment stages. Additionally, in 2015, Attorney Stefanilo served as co-counsel in a four-week long high-profile federal court trial where he and Attorney Leonard Kesten obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of an off-duty Cambridge police officer who was falsely accused of using racial epithets. Later in 2015, he and Attorney Kesten again obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of the former Chief of Police for the Town of Wareham who was falsely accused of using a racial epithet and as a result was alleged to have retaliated against an employee.

Attorney Stefanilo's pro bono work to date includes the representation of a Massachusetts LGBT domestic violence organization in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and, in 2015, he was trained to represent victims of domestic abuse as part of the Middlesex District Attorneys Office 209A Pro Bono Program.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining BHPK, Attorney Stefanilo worked as a law clerk for GLAD ("Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders"), assisting with various legal issues facing the LGBT community, including its successful and nationally recognized high-profile challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Attorney Stefanilo also spent three months clerking for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Awards and Honors

Attorney Stefanilo was awarded the designation of "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016, recognizing him as one of New England's best young attorneys. Additionally, the National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune named him to its list of Boston's Top 40 Attorneys Under 40.

In 2012, Attorney Stefanilo was awarded first place in the Annual Michael Greenberg Law Student Writing Competition, a national writing competition focusing specifically on LGBT issues in the law. His award-winning piece, Identity Interrupted: The Parental Notification Requirement of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, was published in the spring of 2012 in the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, 21 Tul. J. L. & Sexuality 125. His work has already been cited by authors focusing on anti-bullying legislation and the protection of minors, including references in the Seton Hall Law Review, the Journal of Law and Education, and the New York Children's Lawyer.

In 2013, Attorney Stefanilo authored a second article, titled If You Can Play . . . You Can Play - An Exploration of the Current Culture Surrounding Gay Athletes in Professional Sports with a Particular Focus on Apilado v. NAGAAA. His article was published in the Sports Lawyers Journal in April of 2013, 20 Sports Law. J. 21. That article has also been cited as an authority by authors in publications focused on LGBT related issues in sports, including a 2014 reference in the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal.


Attorney Stefanilo is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Boston College. In May 2012, he graduated from Northeastern University School of Law where, after serving as both a staff and senior staff member, he was selected to the position of Managing Editor of the Northeastern University Law Journal for 2011-2012. He was also an active member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, serving two terms on the Board as a student representative from 2009-2011, and the National LGBT Bar Association, where he served a year-long term on the organization's Law Student Congress in 2010-2011. Additionally, as an upper-level student, he served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Defense
  • Wage & Hour
  • Consumer Protection
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
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