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Regina M. Federico is a civil litigator who focuses her practice on Higher Education Disciplinary Misconduct and Due Process, Employment Discrimination, and Business Litigation. As a passionate advocate for due process rights, she places a particular emphasis in her practice on civil rights, Title IX gender discrimination, and Title VII employment discrimination matters. She handles cases prior to litigation and in all phases of litigation, including critical motion practice, such as motions to dismiss and summary judgment, and appeals.
Regina is also well versed in how to navigate the complex waters of school disciplinary investigations and has extensive experience advocating for college and university students of all genders, as well as faculty, with respect to allegations of misconduct of all types during all phases, from initial notice of investigation through school disciplinary level appeal. She has advised on numerous sexual misconduct proceedings, academic integrity violations, safety and other disciplinary violations. Additionally, she routinely conducts matters in general business litigation, defamation, and contract disputes.
Prior to entering private practice, and during her time in law school, Regina worked in the legal department at a large international bank in various groups, including Global Wealth and Investment Management, Litigation, and Employment. While at the bank, Regina focused her expertise on various contracts for advertising and commercial engagement, corporate legal support, comment letters submitted to several government entities, and litigation case management for employment and regulatory matters. Preceding law school, Regina was a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm, where she worked on a trial in the Southern District of New York and an amicus brief for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Below is a list of practice areas in which Regina M. Federico specializes:
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D., Journal of Health and Biomedical Law
- Saint Anselm College, B.A., Dean’s List
- U.S. District Court – Massachusetts
- Boston Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Farzinpour v. Berklee Coll. of Music, 516 F.Supp.3d 33 (D. Mass. 2021) – Successfully defeated a motion to dismiss in the United States Federal Court, District of Massachusetts, resulting in the critical precedent setting decision that Title VII does not preempt Title IX claims.
Farzinpour v. Berklee Coll. of Music, — F.Supp.3d –, 2022 WL 2704466 (D. Mass. July 12, 2022) – Overcame Defendant’s motion for summary judgment on five counts, including Title IX, gender discrimination under Title VII and Mass. Gen. L. ch. 151B, and retaliation under Title VII and Mass. Gen. L. ch. 151B.
Advised undergraduate university student through Title IX investigation that stemmed from an erroneous charge of sexual misconduct, resulting in a successful finding of not responsible at the school disciplinary level.
Guided professor thorough investigation into wrongful allegations of sexual harassment set forth by a non-student at prominent private university, resulting in a dismissal of all charges, and closure of case.
Prepared six student disciplinary level appeals that resulted in the reversal of all six erroneous suspensions stemming from wrongful charges of violations of safety guidelines and findings of responsibility at a large private university upon appeal.
Aided professor through investigation at public university, ultimately overcoming a wrongful accusation of gender discrimination.
Guided student facing an academic integrity violation through appeal process and hearing, resulting in a full reversal of finding and sanction.
Aided PhD student in successfully appealing an academic misconduct charge, obtaining full reversal and full reinstatement into the program.
Settled a matter in litigation involving an erroneous sexual misconduct finding and wrongful suspension against student athlete against a private university.
Assisted three athletes in successfully reducing a sanction through the student disciplinary level appeals process at a private university as a result of wrongful accusations violations of safety guidelines.
Prepared student disciplinary level appeals of three wrongly accused students of violations of Coronavirus safety guidelines at private university, resulting in full reversal of suspension.
Reached an advantageous settlement against a private institution after commencing action for violations of Title IX and breach of contract based upon the gender biased investigation and wrongful finding of sexual misconduct against a student, resulting in a full expungement.
Favorably settled business litigation contract dispute, resulting in successful outcome for prominent commercial business client.