Anita M. Polli represents employers in all phases of labor and employment law with specific expertise advising healthcare clients including hospitals, healthcare systems and long term care facilities. Anita negotiates collective bargaining agreements and counsels clients with respect to union organizing campaigns. She handles labor arbitrations, discrimination complaints and mediations, issues of hiring and firing and conducts internal investigations.

Anita has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board, all state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She has successfully led organizations through complex and highly charged legal problems where there was significant risk of external visibility. Anita recently negotiated a collective bargaining agreement for a major academic medical center covering almost 1,500 registered nurses and won dismissals of several unfair labor practice charges, which alleged the hospital wrongly implemented a new model of care and nursing rounding policies.

Anita has been involved in arbitrations involving patient and resident abuse, negligence of a nursing home director, discipline and termination of registered nurses, severance pay, and other issues. She also has argued before the National Labor Relations Board on issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act and has convinced the board not to issue unfair labor practice complaints in myriad cases, such as:

  • Refusal to recognize unions
  • Unlawful election conduct
  • Discharge of employees who claimed to engage in concerted activities when they withheld their services

Anita believes training is the most powerful risk management tool to help employers avoid legal liability, and she devotes a significant portion of her practice to training clients how to avoid risk. She has trained entire organizations, from management to staff, on all areas of labor and employment law. Another way in which Anita assists clients in avoiding legal risk is by working with them to develop fair and balanced policies and procedures.

Previously, Anita was a partner in another law firm and has written extensively on labor and employment matters and has lectured for numerous legal, business and human resource organizations.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

Massachusetts Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

Boston Bar Association


National Health Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

Investigations: The Corner Stone of Effective EEO Policies and Codes of Conduct

2016 New England Employer Conference, Burlington, MA

October 13, 2016

NLRB Update: Recent Developments Under the New NLRB

Boston, MA

June 14, 2012

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): A Sea Change of Interest to All Employers

Boston, MA

October 15, 2008

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): A Sea Change of Interest to All Employers

Providence, RI

October 14, 2008

Health Care's New Labor and Privacy Law Frontiers: Defusing Tomorrow's Problems Today

Denver, CO

May 14, 2008

The 2008 Executive Employer® Conference

April 10, 2008

Health Care’s New Labor and Privacy Law Frontiers: Defusing Tomorrow’s Problems Today

Cleveland, OH

November 14, 2007


  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 1979summa cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts