Overview

Ilisa S. Clark represents and counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters, specifically providing litigation defense and trial advocacy of claims involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower matters
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • Massachusetts M.G.L. c. 151B and respective implementing regulations

She often works with clients in health care, retail, and high technology, appearing before Massachusetts state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state administrative agencies.

Among her notable litigation successes, Ilisa has:

  • Defended a high-technology company in a gender discrimination claim
  • Procured the dismissal of claims of pregnancy and sex discrimination lodged against a national non-profit agency
  • Prevailed on summary judgment (and in counterclaims) in a suit filed against a university client by a former employee, who claimed she was constructively discharged due to her supervisor's alleged harassment
  • Defended a hospital against claims asserted by an employee alleging disability discrimination and failure to provide reasonable accommodation
  • Defended a university against a claim of religious discrimination and failure to accommodate brought by an employee
  • Procured dismissal of a claim by employees against a national supply-chain corporation asserting a pattern and practice of discrimination
  • Procured dismissal of a claim by a Caucasian candidate for a university faculty position for failure to hire

Ilisa's practice also includes advising employers on:

  • Internal resolution of employment issues
  • Hiring
  • Background checks
  • Performance management
  • Terminations
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Compliance
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Leave requirements
  • Disability accommodations
  • Audit and formulation of workplace policies

Ilisa is an effective negotiator who has handled dozens of employment and separation agreements. She is certified to conduct discrimination and harassment training by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and has offered programs on:

  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Disability and religious accommodations
  • Performance management

Prior to working at Littler Mendelson, Ilisa was an associate at another firm and worked as in-house employment counsel for a national specialty retailer.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Massachusetts Bar Association

Member

Boston Bar Association

Member

Women's Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1991
  • B.B.A., University of Massachusetts, 1984summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts