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Naomi R. Shatz

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(617) 742-6020

65A Atlantic Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Attorney Naomi Shatz represents high school, college, and graduate students accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and academic misconduct and represents clients in a wide variety of criminal and employment matters.

In 2016, Naomi Shatz was selected to the Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Student Discipline

Naomi routinely represents students and professors facing discipline for allegations of plagiarism, academic misrepresentations, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence. Naomi applies her expertise in the unique area of high school, college, and university disciplinary proceedings to each case, helping her clients avoid serious disciplinary actions by their schools.

Naomi’s creative legal thinking and deep understanding of Title IX, sexual harassment law, and sexual assault issues result in substantial victories for the students she represents who are either accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus or have been the victim of such harassment or assault. In the dozens of cases she has handled in the past few years she has had substantial victories. For example, she represented business school student who was accused of raping his ex-girlfriend; after the campus disciplinary proceedings he was found innocent of the charge. She recently represented a student who was accused of sexually assaulting a classmate at a party; the state court judge handling the case for the school found her client innocent, and the state supreme court judge reviewing the appeal upheld that finding. Where necessary, Naomi also takes these cases to court when her clients have been deprived of their rights in the school’s disciplinary proceedings. In a recent case she won a preliminary injunction requiring her client’s college to readmit him after it had expelled him for allegedly engaging in sexual assault.

Naomi also represents students accused of academic misconduct. In one case her client was an undergraduate student accused of academic dishonesty, Naomi helped him win his case and avoid discipline. She represented a graduate student in his appeal from a finding that he committed plagiarism, obtaining a reversal of the finding and the suspension from his program. She also represented a graduate student given a failing grade in a course based on plagiarism allegations, winning a reversal of the grade assignment on appeal.

Criminal Law

Naomi brings zealous advocacy and thorough legal research to her criminal defense practice, which includes both working with clients to prevent criminal charges from being brought against them, and seeing criminal cases through from arraignment to trial. Naomi has successfully prevented criminal charges from issuing against her clients at numerous “show-cause” hearings (also known as clerk-magistrate hearings) before both clerk-magistrates and judges in cases with charges including assault, restraining order violations, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Naomi assists clients to seek resolution of their cases prior to trial in cases involving felony and misdemeanor charges. She recently helped a client charged with multiple felonies obtain a sentence with no jail time where the prosecutor recommended 2-3 years of state prison time. In another recent case the Commonwealth dismissed the charges against her client after Naomi moved to suppress the Commonwealth’s evidence. Where resolution is not possible she takes the case to trial. In a case charging her client with felony animal abuse Naomi successfully argued at trial for a required finding of not guilty for her client, resulting in the judge dismissing the case in the middle of the trial.

Employment Law and Other Civil Cases

Naomi applies her knowledge of discrimination issues to her employment practice, where she represents clients who have faced discrimination and retaliation in the workplace based on their age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, and she advises clients in ongoing employment situations and workplace conflicts. She has helped numerous clients negotiate separation from their employers and obtain favorable severance packages. She also litigates cases at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and in state and federal court. In one federal case Naomi helped her client, a Department of Correction employee, obtain a substantial financial settlement of a lawsuit alleging that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts discriminated against the client based on her disability and gender, failed to pay her equal wages to male employees, violated wage and hour laws, and discriminated against her for taking protected FMLA leave.

Naomi brings her extensive civil rights background to civil rights cases at the firm. She represented a client in a federal case before the First Circuit Court of Appeals against the federal Transportation Security Administration. The suit alleged that the TSA’s invasive whole-body pat-down procedures violate traveler’s Fourth Amendment Rights and discriminate against travelers who, like Naomi’s client, have disabilities that require them to have metal joint implants.

Naomi also represents individuals in family law and personal injury matters.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Naomi was first a Skadden Fellow and then a staff attorney with Legal Momentum and New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). Naomi represented one of the first students in the country alleging discrimination by his school for ignoring his complaints of harassment by other students based on a failure to conform to gender stereotypes. Naomi helped her client secure a settlement wherein the school district not only compensated the student but agreed to overhaul its policies and practices for preventing and addressing harassment of students. She also represented New York City public school students in a class-action suit challenging police practices in the schools.

During law school Naomi was a managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, an editor of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, and chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She helped found the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented survivors of domestic violence in family law matters.


J.D., Yale Law School, 2008

B.A., Barnard College, 2004
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Justice Ralph D. Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2011-2012
Professional Affiliations

Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association

Boston Bar Association

Women’s Bar Association

Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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