Andra J. Hutchins, Partner

Biography:
Andra J. Hutchins has 20 years of experience representing individuals, families, employees and health care professionals in education law, domestic relations, employment law, business litigation and professional licensure matters. Ms. Hutchins’ practice is focused on helping people in complex legal and emotionally charged situations receive fair and equitable treatment. She understands the laws and regulations and is a strong advocate for her client in both the courtroom and the negotiating table.

Ms. Hutchins, a graduate Suffolk University Law School, is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and has successfully litigated cases in both states.

Education Law Experience:

As an attorney practicing education law, Ms. Hutchins represents students in areas of special education, school discipline, suspensions and expulsions, and child placement. She has also published articles, and lectured in the area of education law. Her experience includes:

  • Successfully representing students who have been suspended or expelled from their schools or programs;
  • Preparing college and graduate students for administrative discipline hearings;
  • Helping parents navigate the world of special education, including assisting with obtaining and implementing individualized education plans or 504 plans, advocating for proper services and accommodations, and negotiating with school districts.

Domestic Relations Law Experience:

In her domestic relations practice, Ms. Hutchins represents both men and women in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, support, alimony, visitation, Department of Children and Families cases, and kinship adoptions. Her experience includes:

  • Preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements;
  • Representing individuals in divorce or modification proceedings and mediations;.
  • Representing parents in child custody, child support, modifications, paternity, and contempt cases;
  • Advocating for families presented with allegations by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), including responding to abuse and neglect reports (51As), 51B investigations, fair hearings and appeals;
  • Representing children and families in Juvenile Court and Probate and Family Court;
  • Defending and obtainig restraining orders (209As) and harassment orders (258Es) brought against clients.

Employment Law, Civil Litigation, and Professional Licensure Experience:

  • Representing both employees and management in employment related issues, including discrimination, enforcement or defense of non-competition agreements, and wrongful termination cases;
  • Representing health care and other professionals in a variety of matters, including sexual misconduct allegations, chemical dependency issues, and inadequate record keeping;
  • Representing individuals and businesses in various business litigation matters, including breach of contract.

Community Involvement:

  • Treasurer, Friends of the Westwood Public Library
  • Volunteer – Girl Scouts of America

Honors & Awards:

In 2008, Ms. Hutchins was profiled in TIME Magazine’s “Salute to Women in Leadership” feature and was interviewed by Sky Radio regarding her domestic relations practice.

Publications

  • Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” and “Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs

    Massachusetts Special Education Law, National Business Institute, 2006

  • Student Records” and “Privacy Implications of Social Networking Sites,” Student Privacy: The Top Hot Button Legal Issues

    National Business Institute, 2011

Recent Blog Posts and News

  • KCL Insights: August 9, 2018

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes recent news and blog posts: Parent’s Death Sparks Siblings’ Disputes Over Inheritance KCL Resolves Complicated Personal Injury Case Download the PDF version: KCL Insights August 9, 2018  

  • KCL Insights: June 28, 8018

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes recent news and blog posts: Does Your Company Need an Employee Handbook? Andra Hutchins Volunteers with BBA Law Day in Boston Schools  

  • Andra Hutchins Volunteers with BBA Law Day in Boston Schools

    The goal of the Boston Bar Association’s Law Day in the Schools Program is to introduce Boston’s youth to the law and legal profession. KCL Partner Andra Hutchins was one of 130 BBA volunteers that visited with over 1650 Boston Public School students in Kinder …

  • 2017 Year In Review

    Dear Clients and Friends, Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year! In case you missed it last year, here are some of KCL’s 2017 highlights. Notable KCL Wins Board of Medicine Reverses Itself, Grants Andrew Hyams’ Client a Full Medical License | Attorneys: …

  • KCL Insights: November 16, 2017

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes recent news and blog posts: Constructive Eviction: A Tenant’s Rights to Break a Lease Navigating Sexual Assault Complaints on Campus

  • Navigating Sexual Assault Complaints on Campus

    Private and public colleges, as well as the federal government, have offered their various views and opinions on how sexual assault cases on college campuses should be handled. Title IX is the federal law that dictates how such cases must be handled procedural …

  • Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Andra Hutchins’ Client in Employment Lawsuit

    KCL attorney Andra J. Hutchins successfully represented an employer in a lawsuit brought by a former employee. The former employee filed a lawsuit in Superior Court alleging breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and violat …

  • KCL Insights: May 18, 2017

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes recent news and blog posts: Maury Lederman Selected to Best Lawyers List Steven Coren Presenting at MCLE Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop June 5-9, 2017 Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers from Discrimination Psych …

  • Psychologists: Keep your Custody Opinions to Yourself

    Board of Registration of Psychologists rules prohibit giving opinions Psychologists try to help their clients. Whether a client needs intense psychotherapy, advice, or just someone to talk to, a psychologist’s job is to listen to, and treat their clients. Agai …

  • KCL Insights: March 10, 2017

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes recent client wins and blog posts. Andrew Hyams Testifies Against Proposed Board of Medicine Regulations – Andrew Hyams Former Employee Not Entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Massachusetts – Andra Hutchins Have Your …

  • Former Employee Not Entitled to Unemployment Benefits in Massachusetts

    KCL attorney Andra J. Hutchins recently prevailed on behalf of her client, an education consulting firm, in a case involving unemployment assistance. A former employee of the consulting firm applied for unemployment benefits in Massachusetts, though she was a …

  • KCL Insights: November 14, 2016

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes blog posts by: Milton Kerstein and Andra Hutchins – Help! I Received a Subpoena for Patient Records Piercing the Corporate Veil – Concerns for the Small and Mid-Sized Business  

  • Help! I Received a Subpoena for Patient Records

    By attorneys Milton Kerstein and Andra Hutchins. It’s happened—you received a subpoena for patient records from an attorney representing your patient. This is the first in a two part series. The second part will address the circumstance where you receive a sub …

  • KCL Insights: July 14, 2016

    KCL Wins One of First Cases Under New Alimony Termination Law; I Wish I Had Known…….What Did I Sign?; And Recent Blog Posts The latest issue of KCL Insights includes: KCL Client is Entitled to Termination of His Alimony Obligation Under Alimony Reform Law …

  • KCL Insights: Patient Confidentiality, Security Deposit Law Update, Latest News June 23, 2016

    The latest issue of KCL Insights includes: Milton Kerstein and Andra Hutchins new blog series, “Tips for Avoiding or Responding to Licensing Board Investigations”. The series provides practical advice for health care professionals including psychiatrists, psyc …

  • Tips for Avoiding or Responding to Licensing Board Investigations

    Reasonable and Necessary Steps: Patient Confidentiality and the Internet It has been our pleasure to have represented many of you over the years.  Often our conversations would occur by phone or email.  With the advent of social media, we now have a forum to s …

  • School District Held Accountable in Bullying Case when it Failed to Address Parental Concerns During IEP Meeting (Part II)

    In this two-part blog series, I look at how different laws and statutes can help students and parents address bullying in school. Recent cases in Massachusetts and New York federal courts have addressed bullying in schools, and in both cases, the students over …

  • Massachusetts Bullying Case to Proceed under Title IX – the law that prohibits sex discrimination in school (Part I)

    In two recent cases, federal courts in Massachusetts and New York have addressed bullying in schools, and in both cases, the students overcame legal arguments by their respective districts. The Massachusetts case involves a regular education student who was bu …

  • Student Discipline and Expulsion Procedures in Massachusetts Public and Charter Schools

    Due Process and Educational Services From schoolyard pranks to serious offenses, students facing disciplinary action in Massachusetts public and charter schools have a right to due process and educational services. New Procedures for Suspending or Expelling St …

  • KCL Insights: February 11, 2016

    A new issue of KCL Insights is now available. This issue includes articles on: Annual Reporting School Suspensions in Massachusetts Tax Deadlines Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Massachusetts Department of Revenue Voluntary Disclosure Program Attorney Spotlight: …

  • Kindergarten and Pre-K Students Suspended from Massachusetts Schools

    A WBUR analysis of state data shows that 603 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students were suspended from Massachusetts public and charter schools in the 2014-15 school year. Reasons for the suspensions included hitting, disrupting, disrespecting, throwing t …

  • Andra Hutchins Appointed Treasurer of the Friends of the Westwood Public Library Board

    Andra J. Hutchins has been appointed Treasurer of the Board of the Friends of the Westwood Public Library. The Friends of the Westwood Library is a non-profit fundraising and outreach organization that plans programs of cultural interest and raises funds to su …

  • Andra Hutchins Joins Friends of the Westwood Public Library Board

    Andra J. Hutchins has joined the Board of the Friends of the Westwood Public Library. The Friends of the Westwood Library is a non-profit group that raises funds to supplement library expenditures that are not covered by the library’s operating budget, includi …

  • The Law that Now Protects Domestic Workers in Massachusetts

    For those private homeowners who employ people to perform domestic or child care work in their homes, a new law has emerged regarding the rights of these workers. The new Domestic Worker’s law in Massachusetts – called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights – too …

  • It’s official: the Massachusetts Alimony Law has Passed

    On September 26, 2011, Governor Patrick signed the long-awaited alimony bill into law, potentially ending many lifetime alimony awards across the state. The previous Massachusetts law required the court to consider a number of factors when determining alimony, …

  • FERPA: The Federal Law of Student Records

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is a Federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records and access to those records, and applies to schools that receive federal financial assistance under the U.S. Department of Educat …

  • Drug Related School Expulsions: A Parent’s Guide to the Discipline Process

    If your child is charged with possession of drugs on school premises or at a school sponsored event, preparation for the events that will follow is essential in protecting your child’s education.  State law specifically provides that a student may be expelled …