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Christine Netski
Cite as 4 Litigation Commentary & Rev. 264 (September/October 2012)

Christine Netski is a senior partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., a civil litigation firm in Boston.  Ms. Netski is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group and serves as member of the firm's Executive Committee.  She concentrates her practice in business, employment and product liability litigation, and represents corporations and individuals in state and federal court, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Ms. Netski’s recent successes in business litigation include a jury verdict in favor of a recruitment outsourcing software and service provider after a two-week trial in which she defeated a multi-million dollar fraud claim brought by the provider’s customer and obtained a $2.1 million recovery on the provider’s counterclaim, including the full amount of the provider’s attorneys’ fees.  She also secured a $4 million arbitration award in favor of an appliance manufacturer in a contractual indemnity claim against a supplier for underlying property damage claims arising out of a defect in the supplier’s component part.

In her employment practice, Ms. Netski defends employers and individuals in cases involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and other employment-related claims.  She acts as Massachusetts employment counsel for two national retailers and has substantial experience successfully representing employers in non-compete and trade secret litigation, with a particular focus in the technology sector.

Ms. Netski also devotes a considerable portion of her practice to disability rights litigation under Title III of the ADA and is currently part of a team of lawyers representing the National Association of the Deaf in a high-profile suit seeking to require Netflix to provide closed captioning for its internet streaming service.  She also serves as Massachusetts counsel for the National Federation of the Blind in Title III-related matters, focusing primarily on efforts to achieve equal access by blind individuals to web-based services.

Ms. Netski was recently selected as one of the Top Women of Law for 2012 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, an honor given to “women who have made significant professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy.”  She has also been recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts and New England, and a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.

In addition to the Litigation Counsel of America, Ms. Netski is active in several professional and civic groups.  Ms. Netski has held various leadership positions in the Boston Bar Organization.  She recently was elected to serve a three-year term as Member of the BBA Council and, in 2011, served as Co-Chair of the BBA’s Task Force on the Future of the Profession.  Ms. Netski also Co-Chairs the Women’s Bar Association Women’s Leadership Initiative, a group mentoring program designed to identify and develop women leaders from diverse backgrounds.  She also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

Ms. Netski received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law and her B.S., with distinction, from Cornell University.

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