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Attorney Lucas Newbill is a civil rights and employment trial lawyer serving the Greater Boston region in cases involving free speech, religious freedom, equal protection, discrimination, accommodation (religious, disability, and pregnancy), wage theft, whistleblower, false claims, public corruption, police misconduct, and DCF related matters.

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man [or woman] perfected without trials.” – Seneca

Bio

A federal and state court trial attorney whose civil rights scholarship has been published in two academic legal journals, a rarity among attorneys, Attorney Newbill excels in the courtroom and on paper.

Lucas was selected by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, a distinction based on peer evaluation and limited to just 5% of attorneys.

As a law clerk at the Superior Court of Connecticut, Attorney Newbill was designated to the Complex Litigation Docket, where he helped resolve some of the state’s most complex and high profile cases.

Attorney Newbill is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, the United States District Court of Massachusetts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to law, Lucas worked in New York City, London, and Milan in the financial services industry. Having lived in Italy for five years, Attorney Newbill is fluent in Italian. Avvocato Newbill parla Italiano.

Lucas finished law school in the top ten percent of his class at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, then ranked number one in the nation for public interest by National Law Journal and number three in the nation for clinical training by U.S. News and World Report.

Publications

Law Review Journals

Gonzaga Law Review published Attorney Newbill’s article titled Violating Free Speech in the War on Opioid Addiction: The Washington Legislature’s Voice in the Doctor’s Office, wherein he examines how a Washington state regulation violates physicians’ First Amendment right to free speech, which includes the right not to speak.  The regulation requires physicians to obtain permission from their patients to contact law enforcement if they believe their patient is engaging in “illegal activity.”  Aside from the intrusion on the doctor-patient relationship, such requirement could be considered compelled speech in violation of physicians’ First Amendment rights.

In A Nurse’s Face: The Burqa in the Hospital, published in the North Carolina Central Law Review, Attorney Newbill explores discrimination and religious freedom in one of the most sensitive of work environments: The hospital.  Relying on scientific studies, Attorney Newbill makes the case that a hospital would not have to accommodate the wearing of a burqa under federal anti-discrimination law, but that a nurse may rely on her state’s religious freedom laws to pursue a career in nursing while remaining steadfast to her religious beliefs.

This website is designed for general information only.  The information presented here should neither be construed as legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.  If you seek legal advice or representation, you must first enter a formal agreement.

Insights & Events

No, government employees cannot be fired for political protest

I recently came across a GBH news article wherein an attorney advised people to avoid political protest because their employer may fire them for such activity.  The First Amendment says otherwise. Political speech is at the heart of the First Amendment, which protects government employees.  Government employees cannot be fired for political speech unless the …

Is Brookline’s Face Mask Mandate Constitutional?

On April 14, 2020, the Brookline Department of Public Health issued the following advisory: “Effective April 17, 2020 every individual is required to wear a protective face covering at all times when in the public.”[1]  The mandate contains no expiry.  This article poses constitutional questions relevant to the town’s broad rule. In order to challenge …

Parents Are Entitled to Paid Time Off to Take Care of Kids During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Emergency

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act signed by the President on March 18, 2020, requires non-healthcare provider employers with less than 500 employees to give up to 12-weeks of job-protected leave to parents to care for their children necessitated by school/daycare closures or loss of childcare due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health …

Contact

Please call Attorney Newbill at 617-918-7567 to discuss your legal issues and explore your options.

This website is designed for general information only.  The information presented here should neither be construed as legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.  If you seek legal advice or representation, you must first enter a formal agreement.