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Robert M. Shea


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Bob has counseled and represented clients in employment law matters for over 30 years. This includes working with clients to develop best practices, drafting and negotiating employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and separation agreements, and advising clients on discipline and discharge, harassment, wage-hour compliance, disability, privacy, non-competition, and reduction-in-force matters. He also conducts workplace training, including anti-harassment training, and employment law audits.

Employment Litigation

Bob represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of employment/non-competition agreements, and wage-hour violations. This representation includes handling cases before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board. He has handled employment litigation matters for clients before courts in ten states across the country.

Arbitration and Mediation

In addition to his work for clients, Bob serves as an arbitrator and mediator, engaged by businesses and individuals to resolve employment contract disputes and statutory claims. He has served on the American Arbitration Association’s panels of employment law arbitrators and mediators since 1995.

Bob Shea speaks on the topic of misclassification of
independent contractors

Professional Leadership and Honors

Bob is the chairman of the board of directors of the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE). SBANE is a 600+ member, non-profit organization that helps New England businesses grow by providing profitable connections, innovation, leadership, advocacy, and education.

He also serves on the board of trustees of the National Small Business Association (NSBA). NSBA advocates on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. Its 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the country.

Bob is a former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and he has held many other leadership positions in the section, including Steering Committee member, ADR Committee co-chair, Legislative Committee co-chair, liaison to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and section newsletter editor.

Bob co-chairs the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s (MCLE’s) Employment & Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Bob has earned an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

He has been included in the Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyers listings in the category of Employment and Labor Law each year since 2006. In 2010, he was selected to the Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.

Bob lectures frequently on employment law issues and has written numerous articles for national and local business publications. Before joining the firm, Bob was a partner in the Boston office of Nixon Peabody LLP. Bob graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received his law degree with honors from George Washington University National Law Center.

robert shea

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Practice Areas:
Employment & Labor
Employment Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Recent Honors:

Martindale Hubbell AV® Rated

American Arbitration Association

Selected Publications:
Avoiding Employee Claims of Unlawful Retaliation

Enforcing Noncompete Agreements

Independent Contractor Law Increases Risk for Businesses

Employee Background Checks on the Rise in the Information Age

Boston College
George Washington Univ.
  National Law Center

Active Affiliations:
Boston Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Assoc.
American Arbitration Assoc.
National Smaller Business   Association

Massachusetts Employment Law Blog

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