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James F. Shea

Principal and Office Litigation Manager

P 860-522-0404
F 860-247-1330


James F. Shea is a Principal and the Litigation Manager in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Shea concentrates his practice on employment litigation and preventive counseling. He represents employers in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, the state and federal departments of labor, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Shea has been an attorney with Jackson Lewis since 1998.

Mr. Shea has successfully represented 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, Mr. Shea advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues including reductions-in-force, non-compete agreements and personnel policies. Mr. Shea 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. He has authored articles on workplace law issues that have appeared in the Hartford Business Journal, the Connecticut Law Tribune, The Corporate Counselor and the HR Communicator.

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut, Board of Directors Member and Chair of the Legislative Sub-Committee
  • Leadership Greater Hartford, Quest Program, 2004 participant

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Grace Academy, Hartford, CT, Board of Directors Member
  • Our Piece of the Pie, Officer and Board of Directors Member, 2002-2010

Published Works

  • “Unfinished Business: New Procedures at the CHRO,” Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 41, No. 43 (October 26, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • “Is Your Volunteer Really an Employee,” Hartford Business Journal (May 11, 2015) [Co-Author]
  • "That Summer Intern May Be A Legal Liability," Hartford Business Journal (June 10, 2013) [Co-Author]
  • "Connecticut Supreme Court Limits CFMLA," The HR Communicator, Vol. XXXV, No. 10 (November 2012) [Author]
  • "Step-By-Step Guide To Paid Sick Leave," Hartford Business Journal (December 19, 2011) [Co-Author]
  • "Workplace Retaliation Rulings Pose Challenges," Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 37, No. 17 (April 25, 2011) [Author]
  • "New Media Demand New Workplace Rules," Hartford Business Journal (February 28, 2011) [Co-Author]
  • "Five Steps Hospitals Can Take To Avoid Being Sued By Medical Residents," The Healthcare Employer, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Fall 2010) [Author]
  • "A Guide To Using Social Networking Sites in Making Hiring Decisions," The HR Communicator, Vol. XXXI, No. 10 (November 2010) [Author]
  • "Supreme Court Again Broadens Scope of Fair Employment Anti-Retaliation Provisions," The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 23, No. 13 (May 2009) [Author]
  • "Best Practices for Conducting Reductions in Force," The HR Communicator, Vol. XXX, No. 2 (February 2009) [Author]
  • "When Workplace Reductions Are Absolutely Inevitable," Connecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 34, No. 43 (October 27, 2008) [Author]

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

August 15, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

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Sexual Harassment Case Costs Iowa Taxpayers $2.2 Million
August 24, 2017

A former staffer for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus in Iowa has been awarded $2.2 million in damages for retaliation that will be paid from Iowa’s already-floundering general fund.  Kirsten Anderson was terminated from her position as communications director for the caucus in 2012. Read More