Todd M. Torres

Associate Boston

Todd Torres is an associate in the Boston office where he focuses his practice on employment litigation.  He offers advice and provides representation before both state and federal courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.  Mr. Torres’s experience includes the defense of discrimination claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Equal Pay Act, as well as wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts tipped employee statute.  In addition to issues concerning employee privacy and drug testing, Mr. Torres has significant experience with both Massachusetts and Rhode Island state employment laws and has drafted and reviewed numerous employee handbooks for compliance with the laws and regulations of both states.

Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Torres served as a law clerk to the Business Calendar as part of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department and worked as a summer associate at a large Massachusetts and Rhode Island based law firm.  As a law student, Mr. Torres focused his studies in the areas of labor and employment law with a particular emphasis in the area of employment discrimination.  Mr. Torres also worked as a student clerk for an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Department of Labor hearing appeals of federal workers’ compensation benefits as well as a research assistant at the National Center for State Courts.  Prior to law school, Mr. Torres worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Out of the office, Mr. Torres serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Bar Association where he co-chairs the Division’s Education Committee.  The Education Committee sponsors speaking events and presentations for both new and experienced practitioners on topics including changes in the law and professional development.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Young Lawyers Division, Treasurer
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section; Access to Justice Section; Young Lawyers Division)
  • Rhode Island Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Published Works

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Our Insights

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

November 16, 2017

Massachusetts Veterans May Be Entitled to Paid Leave on Veterans Day

October 31, 2017

Rhode Island Employees May Soon Be Entitled to Paid Sick Time

September 22, 2017

Rhode Island Court Gives Assignability of Employee Non-Competes a Haircut

July 11, 2017

Positive No More: Rhode Island Employers Need to Think Twice Before Denying Employment Based on a Positive Drug Test

June 19, 2017

Right to Light? Maine’s New Marijuana Law Prohibits Employers from Discriminating Against Recreational Users

January 26, 2017

The Employment Law Implications of the Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

November 14, 2016

New Massachusetts Amendments Related to Gender Identity Discrimination Go Into Effect October 1: What Massachusetts Employers Should Know

September 15, 2016

Watch Your Words: Can A Stray Comment Sink an Employer’s FMLA Defense?

May 19, 2016

Ogletree Governmental Affairs State Round-Up

December 01, 2015

Employers’ Bundle of Joy: The Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Mandatory Reasonable Accommodation Law for Pregnant and Nursing Women

September 24, 2015

Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Authorizing the Use of Electronic Pay Cards

August 04, 2015

Rhode Island Raises Minimum Wage Again: Now $9.60 per Hour

June 24, 2015

Rhode Island and Federal Officials Agree to Cooperate in Investigating Independent Contractor Misclassification

May 26, 2015

Massachusetts Enacts Parental Leave for Both Mothers and Fathers

January 15, 2015

Intern Sues Company in First-of-its-Kind Discrimination Suit under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Law

December 09, 2014

Retailers Can Avoid Holiday Headaches in New England by Complying With Holiday Pay Laws

November 25, 2014

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

September 03, 2014

Another Increase in the Rhode Island Minimum Wage to $9/Hour

July 25, 2014

Rhode Island General Assembly to Consider Lowering Standard for Employees to Bring Retaliation Claims

April 24, 2014

Employer Failed to Establish Tortious Interference by Current Employees Who Were Secretly Operating a Competing Business

April 07, 2014

A Bit Too Far: Employee’s Alleged Self-Defense Fails To Sway NH Justices On His Wrongful Discharge Claim

November 18, 2013

New Legislation Will Allow Bi-Monthly Payment of Wages

August 28, 2013

New Temporary Caregiver Insurance Benefits Become Effective January 1, 2014

August 28, 2013

Rhode Island Employers May No Longer Ask About Criminal Convictions on Employment Applications

August 28, 2013

Rhode Island Raises the Minimum Wage

August 28, 2013

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Media Quotes

December 16, 2014 - SHRM.org - "R.I.: Intern Sues Company in Discrimination Suit Under State Medical Marijuana Law"
December 11, 2014 - Law.com - "Intern Sues Company in First-of-its-Kind Discrimination Suit Under Rhode Island's Medical Marijuana Law"
July 28, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Court Finds No Bias in Promotion Decision"

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