Michael Loconto is a Boston-based attorney, policymaker, conflict resolution expert and consultant with two decades of experience serving the tech industry, financial services, local government, non-profits and the education sector, with a focus on labor and employee relations across organizations of all sizes.
Mike has served as general counsel for a small college, building the institution's first in-house counsel function by promoting clear and stable practices across the institution. Mike also served as a policy, compliance, safety and labor relations leader for a large university.
Mike began his career serving the City of Boston, where he forged a reputation built on mutual respect and a commitment to finding reasonable outcomes with employee unions. His reputation as a fair dealer has led to enduring relationships with the community and employee representatives in higher education, K-12, public safety, construction and trades.
Mike has taught legal writing and research at his alma mater, Northeastern University School of Law, and is a sought-after public speaker and convener on contemporary labor and education issues. He has presented before the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Labor & Employment Relations Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, CUPA-HR, and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, among others.
Mike's commitment to fairness and equity has supported economic development and youth empowerment efforts that make Boston a welcoming and supportive city for all.
Mike served seven years on the City’s school committee (including three as Chairperson), where his efforts contributed to closing opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color, increasing state and local funding for public schools, and building state-of-the-art facilities. An original appointee of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Mike's long service in and around City Hall have created the relationships necessary to get results in government.
In the digital age, empathy for public figures, with the knowledge, skills and relationships necessary to change the narrative, is essential.
Previous title held: College Counsel
Previous title held: Associate Director of Labor & Employee Relations
Legal Writing & Research