Feuer, Jeffrey M.

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Address: 52 Western Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Lawyer Firm: Goldstein and Feuer
Phone: (617) 492-8473
Fax: 617 492-5098
Website: https://www.goldsteinandfeuer.com

Areas of Practice Landlord/Tenant, Consumer Protection, Employment Law — Severance Agreements, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Privacy Rights — Video and Electronic Surveillance of Employees, Business Contracts and Leases, Administrative Hearings, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury — Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff, Trustee/Guardian Ad Litem for lead poisoned children

His law partner Lee Goldstein came up with their firm’s slogan, but it aptly describes Jeff Feuer’s life work: We fight evil. Always have, always will. Often unpaid but always ready for the struggle, Jeff has been at the forefront of the defense of tenants, consumers, employees, political demonstrators, and other underrepresented people and groups.

His training began with his family. His family’s always been progressive, and by the time he finished high school, he had been involved in anti-war and civil rights civil disobedience actions and demonstrations. During college he went to Chicago to organize welfare recipients in the Poor People’s Campaign, and became active in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). His first career was in social work, first as a drug rehabilitation counselor in New York City and then, for 15 years, with youthful offenders in Watertown.

Eventually Jeff grew dissatisfied with what social work could achieve and entered law school. “I kept seeing the same problems over and over again and I thought law would give me some additional tools to help bring about systemic change,” he says. Plus, he admits, “I like arguing.” Though an idealist, Jeff had a good business plan to finance his law school education, one that also satisfied his passion for music. He and a partner opened Rockit Records in Saugus in 1980. The plan paid off when he sold his half of the store and entered Northeastern University Law School in 1982.

Early in his legal career, Jeff represented children poisoned by lead paint and helped extend the protection of state lead paint laws to poor people living in federally subsidized housing. He continued his lead paint cases at Stern and Shapiro, but grew tired of litigating the same cases over and over again, and in 1995 teamed up with Lee Goldstein to form his current political community-based law office and partnership.

Goldstein and Feuer earn their bread and butter with tenants’ rights, consumer, employment discrimination, and wrongful termination cases, as well as helping non-profits with incorporation, governance and taxes, and some family law cases. Both partners are also very active in the defense of political demonstrators and people losing their homes through foreclosure.

Jeff is the chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee. Before the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was part of the NLG team who negotiated permits and parade routes for demonstrators. When the city tried to confine protests to a small caged-in area, he was on the NLG legal team that sued to allow demonstrators within sight and sound of conventioneers. He coordinated legal support for those arrested in the 2005 Justice for Janitors campaign and did the same for climate change activists who set up camp on the Boston Common in 2009. He also continues to defend community activists seeking to prevent foreclosures and evictions under the auspices of City Life/Vida Urbana. Jeff has great respect for how local police departments have been tolerant and even accepting of political demonstrations in these trying times and seeks to work cooperatively with them to prevent the kind of unlawful mass arrests of protestors that have happened in other urban areas around the country.

In addition, Jeff is very active in the National Lawyers Guild Street Law clinics, training lawyers and students and offering free clinics himself to community-based agencies on topics such as tenants’ rights, foreclosure/eviction defense, and legal observing of demonstrations.

As a community-based attorney committed to serving people in trouble, and with the goal of helping people to achieve some measure of social and economic justice, Jeff’s work is a model for private lawyers who want to make a difference.

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