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Jackson Lewis Appoints New Leadership in Hartford Office

HARTFORD, CT (March 14, 2023) Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce James F. Shea has been elevated to Hartford office managing principal (OMP). Jim succeeds Tanya A. Bovée, who is stepping down to focus on her growing practice. Allison P. Dearington will assume the role of office litigation manager.

“Since joining the firm 25 years ago, Jim has been a steady presence in the Hartford office and a resource to many,” said Firm Chair Kevin G. Lauri. “Allison, who joined us as an associate in 2016, has built a stellar reputation as an excellent, firm-minded litigator. I am confident that Jim and Allison will strengthen our presence in the local market and continue to grow the office. Tanya has done an exceptional job leading the Hartford team, and we are grateful for her energy and total devotion to the office.”

Jim concentrates his practice on employment litigation and preventive counseling. He represents employers through all stages of litigation -- from trials in state and federal courts through appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has litigated claims alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, whistleblower violations and a variety of other statutory and common law claims. He is experienced in handling class and collective actions alleging violations of state and federal wage/hour laws, including claims involving retail managers, insurance claims adjusters and restaurant workers. He has also litigated multi-plaintiff discrimination claims in federal court and before the EEOC.

In addition to his litigation experience, Jim advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues including reductions-in-force, non-compete agreements and personnel policies. Jim is a frequent speaker and conducts management training on a variety of topics such as harassment prevention, leave and disability law, workplace privacy, and personnel management skills.

“I have spent most of my legal career at Jackson Lewis, so I am very excited for my new role as OMP,” said Jim. “We have a great team in Hartford, and I look forward to growing the office and building upon Tanya’s accomplishments to ensure we are consistently providing best-in-class legal services to our clients.”

Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

Jackson Lewis’ Hartford office can be reached at (860) 522-0404.

About Jackson Lewis 
Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. We help employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and share our clients' goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee.

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