Leann Walsh is a senior associate in the firm’s Specialty Litigation Business Unit and is a member of its Labor + Employment and Higher Education Practices. She joined Goodwin in 2011, and represents employers across a broad spectrum of employment matters.




Ms. Walsh has handled a variety of commercial and business litigation and employment law matters. In particular, her work has involved allegations of theft of trade secrets and confidential information; misclassification of independent contractors; breaches of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants; wage and hour violations; unlawful retaliation and discrimination; unfair and deceptive business practices; and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty. Ms. Walsh has experience representing clients before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and in the courtroom. Ms. Walsh’s cases have ranged from single-plaintiff disputes to large, complex class actions.

Ms. Walsh also provides counseling in numerous areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination and harassment, wage and hour compliance, and personnel policy development and administration. She further supports the firm's transactional practice by advising on employment-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions and drafting and negotiating employment-related documents and agreements.

Pro Bono Work

Ms. Walsh is actively involved in pro bono and public interest work. From November 2015 to May 2016, she served on a pro bono basis as a fulltime Special Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and was responsible for a full district court prosecutorial caseload. In her six months at the DA’s Office, Ms. Walsh served as lead or co-counsel on 50 trials and motions in a wide array of criminal matters.

Ms. Walsh has also served on a pro bono basis as a volunteer attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project Lawyer-for-the-Day Program in Boston Housing Court since 2012 and became an associate coordinator for the program in 2013. Additionally, Ms. Walsh participated extensively on a pro bono basis in the internal investigation of Roxbury Community College. Finally, Ms. Walsh regularly provides pro bono labor and employment advice to nonprofit organizations.

In 2014, Ms. Walsh was honored with Goodwin’s Robert B. Fraser Award for her sustained commitment to the firm’s pro bono efforts.

Professional Experience

Ms. Walsh was a summer associate at Goodwin in 2010. Prior to joining Goodwin, she worked in the legal department of Jabil Circuit, an international electronics manufacturing company, and for the Boston Regional Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor.

During law school, Ms. Walsh worked for two years as a research and teaching assistant. She also represented clients in Waltham District Court and in administrative appeal hearings for the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau’s Housing Clinic.

Ms. Walsh is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In particular, she is a member of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.

Since January of 2016, Ms. Walsh has served on the Board of Directors of the Wily Network, a 501(c)(3) qualified nonprofit corporation with a mission to improve college graduation outcomes for youth with foster care experience at four-year residential college programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Ms. Walsh was the Valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida in 2008. At the University of Florida, she was named an Anderson Scholar of the Highest Distinction. She also graduated first in her class at Boston College Law School in 2011, where she was awarded the Joseph W. Smith Award for highest academic rank and the Sheila McGovern award for personal achievement under extraordinary circumstances after her father passed away from Leukemia while she was in law school.

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J.D., 2011
Boston College Law School

(summa cum laude)

B.A., 2008
University of Florida

(cum laude)



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