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Jackson Lewis Names Ana C. Shields Long Island Office Managing Principal

MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2023) Nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to announce Ana C. Shields  has been elevated to Long Island office managing principal (OMP), effective January 1, 2023. Ana succeeds Christopher M. Valentino, who is stepping down to focus on his clients and his additional leadership roles in the firm, where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as a regional coordinator. Jeffrey W. Brecher will assume the role of office litigation manager (OLM).

“Ana is a skilled attorney whose depth of experience and commitment to Jackson Lewis’ core values has fostered lasting relationships with clients,” said Firm Chair Kevin G. Lauri. “Chris has been instrumental to our success in Long Island, and his leadership over the past ten years has contributed to the impressive growth and renowned acclaim of the office. We congratulate Ana on her elevation to OMP and look forward to seeing her ongoing contributions as she continues to lead our efforts in the local business community.”

Prior to her role as OMP, Ana served as OLM since 2021 and is also leader of the Financial Services group. As a management side defense litigator, Ana represents employers and management with respect to claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other alleged violations of labor and employment laws before federal and state courts and in Arbitration before the AAA, JAMS and other forums.

Ana also works proactively with clients to strategically implement policies, agreements and effective solutions to mitigate risks associated with litigation and to ensure compliance with various federal, state and local laws impacting the workplace. These include preparation of release agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, arbitration agreements with class action waivers, jury waivers, anti-harassment and whistleblower policies as well as advice and counsel with respect to FLSA and NY Labor Law compliance, FMLA and NY PFL compliance and NY’s mandatory training requirements to prevent sex harassment in the workplace. 

“I am honored to take the reins after Chris as OMP,” said Ana. “His contributions have been instrumental to our impressive presence in Long Island, and I intend to continue building upon our reputation as client-focused industry leaders.”

Ana earned her J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law and her A.B. from Harvard University.

Jackson Lewis’ Long Island office can be reached at (631) 247-0404.

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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