Stephen Jones is a trusted advisor and courtroom advocate for employers of every size. His clients range from multinational Fortune 100 companies, research universities, and major healthcare systems to start-ups and small family-owned businesses. Mr. Jones concentrates his practice in employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex class action lawsuits, discrimination claims, trade secret/non-competition litigation, ERISA claims, and wage-hour collective actions. Mr. Jones has a track record of obtaining summary judgment dismissals of employment claims and has developed cost-effective litigation strategies carefully calibrated to achieve trial advantage while remaining attentive to the client’s overall business considerations.
Mr. Jones’ experience also includes representing employers in administrative agency proceedings before the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal and state Departments of Labor. In addition, Mr. Jones regularly counsels employers with respect to employment policies and procedures and compliance with state and federal employment laws. He has developed successful preventative, training, and auditing methodologies for companies in equal employment opportunity and wage-hour areas. Mr. Jones has conducted dozens of company-wide wage-hour audits focusing on exemption classifications and timekeeping practices.
During 2006, Mr. Jones served on special assignment as in-house counsel to Eastman Kodak Company, where he was responsible for managing external counsel on litigation matters and counseling business units.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Jones was a member of the Syracuse Law Review, the Justinian Honorary Law Society, and the Moot Court Honor Society. Champion: 27th Annual McKenzie Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition of Syracuse Law School; Author: 50 Syr. L. Rev. 285 (2000).