Richard D. Wayne represents employers primarily in matters involving employment policies and practices, occupational safety and health, labor relations, wage and hour issues (including prevailing wage), and employment discrimination.  Richard has litigated cases before a wide variety of administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Labor, Fair Employment Practices agencies, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Richard has also appeared in federal and state courts in conflicts relating to wrongful termination, discrimination, and workplace harassment, independent contractor issues, ERISA, FMLA, unfair business practices and noncompetition agreements, and labor disputes.

In addition, Richard has extensive experience counseling clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including construction, manufacturing, warehousing, food distribution, and health care.  Richard advises clients on new employment laws and trends and on hiring, employee leave, and discipline.  He also assists clients with maintaining non-union status and defending unfair labor practices, as well as with representation elections, collective bargaining, grievance handling, and labor arbitrations.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Boston University, B.S., 1974

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor Law Subcommittee, Occupational Safety & Health Subcommittee, and Construction Law Forum
  • Associated General Contractors, Safety Committee, Labor and Employment Law Council, Fiscal Affairs Committee
  • Boston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on the Prevailing Wage, Committee on Employee Health and Safety
  • Massachusetts Extended Care Federation Personnel Council
  • Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Utility Contractors Association of New England, Inc., Government Relations Committee, Safety Committee
  • 1991-1996: Labor and Employment Law Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • 1991-1993: Massachusetts Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Subcommittee, Employee Health and Safety Subcommittee, Chairman
  • 1989-1991: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Member
  • 1995-1998: Massachusetts Safety Council, Inc., Board of Directors