Todd Shinaman is counsel in the Labor & Employment practice group. He has over 25 years of experience in counseling and representing employers of all sizes in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation.
What do you focus on?
I have experience in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, but I have focused recently on several main areas of practice.
Wage-hour class action litigation
I have led, or participated on, a team of other experienced class action litigators to defend numerous high stakes wage-hour class actions, including obtaining the dismissal of such claims and successfully arguing to uphold dismissals at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. We have also succeeded in denying or limiting class certifications, significantly reducing potential liability.
Defense of discrimination claims
I have aggressively and successfully defended numerous discrimination cases of all types, including through trial. I have also negotiated many favorable settlements, satisfying the clients’ goal of resolving a matter expeditiously and efficiently. I regularly represent clients before state and federal administrative agencies and courts.
I have effectively negotiated union contracts and assisted clients in opposing unionization. I have also won dismissal of many grievances at arbitration.
I regularly counsel clients in all areas of employment law to minimize litigation and liability exposure.
What do you see on the horizon?
We are closely following the developing law on class certification in wage-hour cases and expect that there will be significant holdings that could change the landscape in that area.