Amy Davidson, Esq.
Cushing-Gavin Award Recipient
Labor Attorney Award, 2020
Amy Laura Davidson has been a partner in the law firm of Sandulli Grace, P.C., for twenty-eight years. The firm specializes in the representation of unions in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and litigation in court and at the Department of Labor Relations. Her clients include the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA), the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (MCOP), firefighter locals affiliated with the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts (PFFM), and various independent local unions in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
Amy began her legal career as a hearing officer at the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission (now the Department of Labor Relations), hearing and deciding cases under G.L. c. 150E and defending the Commission’s decisions in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She was then recruited by the in-house counsel’s office at the National Association of Government Employees/International Brotherhood of Police Officers, where she remained for two years before joining Sandulli Grace.
Amy has maintained a strong interest in shaping public-sector labor law since her early employment with the Labor Relations Commission. She played a pivotal role in the innovative litigation that secured the right of Massachusetts municipal employees to negotiate over health insurance benefits. In 1998, Amy worked with the BPPA to successfully lobby for the passage of St.1998, c. 9, which amended G.L. c. 150E to afford police officers in cities the same rights to negotiate their working conditions and enforce their collective bargaining agreements as other public employees in the Commonwealth. Amy has been co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Annual Workshop for Public-Sector Labor Relations Specialists for over twenty years, creating and hosting presentations on public-sector bargaining issues. In the 2006, she served on a labor-management committee, formed for the purpose of analyzing ongoing difficulties at the Labor Relations Commission and making recommendations to the Secretary of Labor. After the reorganization of the Commonwealth’s labor agencies in 2007, Governor Deval Patrick appointed Amy to
the Advisory Council to the Department of Labor Relations. From 2010 to 2014, she served as chair.
Amy also has a longstanding interest in educating workers and union activists about collective bargaining. For many years, she has created and led seminars and workshops at the MCOP Annual Police Seminar, the PFFM’s Biennial Convention and the MTA’s Annual Summer Leadership Conference.
Amy received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1980. She holds a B.A. in Sociology summa cum laude from University of Connecticut.