Patricia Lang Farnsworth

Patricia Lang Farnsworth

Attorney Contact Info:

Phone: 617.439.4990
Direct Dial: 617.603.3732
Fax: 617.439.3987
Email Attorney

Professional Bio:

Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1993
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1994
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

J.D., New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1993 cum laude
B.S.N. Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts, 1985

Recipient, Dean Arthur McLean's Founders' Award 1993

Law Review:
Managing Editor, New England Law Review

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association - Member
Women's Bar Association - Member

Ms. Farnsworth received a B.S.N. from Salem State College in 1985 and a J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law in 1993. At New England School of Law she served as Managing Editor on the New England Law Review. She was the 1993 Recipient of the Dean Arthur McLean Founders Award.

Ms. Farnsworth is a member of the Women's Bar and the American Bar Association. She is admitted before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Community Service Activities:
Ms. Farnsworth serves on the Board of Directors of The Edinburg Center, a private non-profit 501(c)3 agency whose mission is to provide an array of innovative services which promote personal growth and independence, foster hope and enhance the quality of life of people with mental health conditions, co-occurring substance use conditions and/or developmental disabilities.

Representative Cases:
In re: Assinippi Liquors, Inc., Wareham (ABCC decision dated June 8, 2004): Commission held that the policy behind a “sting” operation should be the education of licensees in the risks associated with selling alcoholic beverages without requesting proof of age and Commission disapproved a twenty (20) day suspension for failure of a compliance check as unreasonable.

In re: Saba Foodmarket, Haverhill (ABCC decision dated June 27, 2012): Commission finding the penalty of revocation of a license for a violation occurring solely as the result of a compliance check draconian, unfair and unreasonable.

Donohue Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Donohue's vs. Watertown Licensing Board (Middlesex Superior Court #MICV2012-03178 decision dated April 25, 2013): Upheld Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission finding local board had no authority to require that licensed premises close prior to 11:00 P.M. since M.G.L. ch. 138 section 33 requires sales must be permitted between 11:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M. and further holding that a patio is part of the licensed premises and as such, the local board cannot mandate that the licensee close a portion of its premises for any part of the year.

Ballarin, Inc. v. Licensing Board of Boston, 49 Mass. App. Ct. 506 (2000).

Practice Description:

Ms. Farnsworth provides legal advice to privately held business clients. She counsels a variety of established and start-up business clients and entrepreneurs. She regularly handles the purchase and sale of businesses, venture capital and commercial finance, securities and intellectual property matters, shareholder matters, business disputes and employment matters. She is well experienced in the area of employment law representing both employers and employees. She advises clients on a wide range of employment issues including discrimination, hiring and firing, executive compensation, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, wage and hour laws, workplace policies and employee handbooks, employee discipline, leave of absence issues including matters related to the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

With respect to her alcoholic beverages clients, Ms. Farnsworth handles a variety of licensing matters including obtaining or transferring licenses and permits as well as disciplinary matters and violations, local state and federal, for a variety of restaurants, hotels and other retailers, wholesalers and suppliers.

Areas of Practice:

Business and Commercial Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Business Formations
Employment Law
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
Retail Food and Hospitality
Banking and Financing
Intellectual Property