Tyler Fox graduated from New England Law School/Boston in 1979. He began a solo law practice shortly thereafter in the Greater Boston area, beginning with the representation of indigent clients in the district courts in criminal cases. After that, he expanded his practice to include juvenile cases, including representing children in Care and Protection and CHINS proceedings. As a result of that work, much of which involved advocating for the rights of, and articulating the thoughts of his clients, Tyler decided to close his law practice and go into human services. He did so for several years, working for innumerable programs and agencies, with many different types of populations, including secure treatment for sexual offenders and in-patient substance abuse evaluations.
After returning to graduate school to obtain a Master in Social Work degree in 1990 at Boston University, Tyler began work as a psychotherapist at a private non-profit agency on a full time basis, seeing clients with a wide range of problems including affective and anxiety disorders, substance abuse and family conflict. After being invited to maintain a law office in Chelsea, MA, he continued to work part-time as a therapist, while maintaining a law office representing almost exclusively clients who emigrated from countries in Central America, with civil claims including personal injury, worker’s compensation, and immigration law. During that time, he successfully represented three men, originally from Guatemala, who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted on numerous occasions on MBTA premises at Government Center by a sexual predator, in litigation in Suffolk Superior Court.
For almost the last twenty years, Tyler has maintained a law office on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. (He currently is located at 675 Massachusetts Avenue, where he maintains a private practice as well as being of-counsel for Altman and Altman, LLP.) During which time he has specialized in the advocacy for and civil litigation on behalf of clients who have been sexually harassed and/or assaulted. He specializes in representing victims of abuse at the hands of priests, doctors, private school teachers, employers, and others. (He has had or currently has cases involving priest abuse all over the country including New York City, Newark, NJ, Baltimore, MD, Miami, Louisiana, Scranton, PA, California, Washington, Boston, etc. He has also presented on this topic at several area agencies, including the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (Cambridge), the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston, and the Sexual Assault Advisory Board in Worcester., as well as at graduate classes at Northeastern University.
In 2005, Tyler stopped practicing psychotherapy- although he has maintained an active (LICSW) license - so that he could begin researching and preparing for litigation on behalf of otherwise qualified teachers or teacher licensure candidates who had lost their jobs or been unable to obtain employment due to having failed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure. The lawsuit, filed in 2009 and based on claims of “disparate impact” discrimination, was brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, in the US District Court/Boston, on behalf of African-American and Latino/Latina test takers who were shown to have failed the test at a dramatically higher rate than others. He has presented on this case several times, including at the 2009 Southeast Regional Conference of the International Reading Association, at UMASS-Boston, and at the New England School of Law.
Tyler has also taught a course at Northeastern University on “Employment Law”, as well as hosted a television show for several years in Cambridge, entitled “Talking About the Law”. In December 2010, an article about his cases was published in Boston Magazine, entitled: “Perfect Crimes: For Immigrant victims of sexual abuse, justice is nearly impossible to come by.”
His cases have also been the feature of numerous newspaper articles and television reports.
J.D., New England Law School/Boston, 1979
M.S.W., Boston University, 1990