Alan D. Rose

Alan D. Rose
Managing Partner

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Alan Rose founded the firm (then Rose & Associates) in 1995. He represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters and defends individuals and companies in governmental and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Alan is currently recognized (2010) as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts by Boston Magazine and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in Commercial Litigation (since 1995), Education Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Labor and Employment Litigation. From 2002 to 2006, he served, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, on the Board of Bar Overseers, including serving as its Chairman from 2005 - 2006. In June 2011, the First Circuit Court of Appeals appointed him Chair of the First Circuit Rules Advisory Committee. In 2014, he served as a member of the United States District Court’s Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judges.

Alan has tried over 50 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and argued more than 30 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He has handled leading cases in many substantive areas of the law. He has also represented major political figures and leading business people in the defense of governmental investigations into fraud, securities fraud, and corruption, and has represented corporations, non-profits, and witnesses in internal corporate and federal grand jury investigations. He also negotiates separation and severance agreements for high level corporate and financial executives.

Alan represents and advises colleges and universities in a wide variety of matters, including faculty and student matters, tenure denials and revocations, and general commercial litigation.He has handled matters for many Boston-area universities and other institutions in New England, and has represented numerous university presidents, trustees, deans, provosts, tenure committees and department chairs.

On April 9, 2013, at the conclusion of a three week trial, a federal jury returned verdicts for Rose’s clients in a False Claims Act case alleging research misconduct. On March 16, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the jury verdict. This is one of the few cases involving alleged research misconduct ever tried to a jury.


Rose, Chinitz & Rose (formerly Rose & Associates)(1995-present)
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, Associate (1980-85), Partner (1985-95) and Litigation Department Head (1991-94)
Assistant United States Attorney, District of Massachusetts, Fraud and Corruption Unit (1975-80)
Law Clerk, Hon. W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1972-73)
Harvard Law School, Lecturer on Federal Litigation (1980-82)
Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments (1990-92), Vice Chair (1991-92)
Special Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1993)
Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington (1992)
Board of Bar Overseers (Member, 2002-2006; Chair, 2005-2006)

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America (since 1995)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Education Law
  • Best Lawyers’ 2013 Boston Education Lawyer of the Year.
  • Best Lawyers’ 2010 Boston Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year.

Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts

  • General Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Employment Litigation

AV Rated (highest level of ability and ethics) by Martindale-Hubbell

Super Lawyers

Representative Engagements

Alan has represented, among many others, the following in the past few years:

Court & Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Unites States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Claims
United States Supreme Court

Bar & Professional Associations

American College of Trial Lawyers
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
National Association of College and University Attorneys


Harvard College, B.A., cum laude
London School of Economics, M. Sc.
Virginia Law School, J.D.; Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review

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