Michael S. Rabieh


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Michael Rabieh joined Lawson & Weitzen in 2021 as a Partner to continue his nearly 20-year practice of representing individuals and businesses in general civil litigation matters. A seasoned litigator, his practice currently focuses on real estate disputes, employment litigation, and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients at every level of the Massachusetts court system, including the Supreme Judicial Court, and in federal courts in Massachusetts, at both the district and appellate levels. Michael has represented and counseled businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, individuals, and non-profit organizations, in a variety of civil litigation matters.

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Harvard Law School, JD, 2002
University of Toronto, PhD, 1996
University of Toronto, MA, 1988
University of Chicago, AB, cum laude, 1986

Massachusetts (state and federal)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • Prevailed before the Massachusetts Appeals Court in Faisal v. Historic Boston, Inc., 91 Mass. App. Ct. 1127 (2017), resulting in the reversal of a trial court decision that had invalidated a historic preservation agreement.
  • Prevailed before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Boston Police Dep't v. Kavaleski, 463 Mass. 680 (2012), which found that a police applicant had been wrongfully denied admission to the Boston Police Academy.
  • Successfully represented a real estate developer confronting challenges in the trial and appellate courts to a comprehensive permit for a residential project; the representation culminated in Taylor v. Housing Appeals Committee, 451 Mass. 149 (2008), and Taylor v. Board of Appeals of Lexington, 451 Mass. 270 (2008), which were selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as two of the most important decisions of 2008.
  • Obtained a six-figure settlement for an employee alleging failure to pay wages.
  • Obtained a six-figure settlement for a plaintiff alleging wrongful termination.
  • Obtained a six-figure settlement for a state employee alleging employment discrimination and wrongful termination.
  • Represented the commercial developer of a shopping center in the trial courts and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, ultimately negotiating an agreement that allowed the project to come to fruition.
  • Represented state board in a successful effort to recover over ten million dollars in municipal losses stemming from the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Former Chair, Real Estate Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association