Todd R. Shinaman

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.

Labor work

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.

Don't miss it: Nixon Peabody pilots Tegna’s $105M TV stations deal

Law360 | August 24, 2018

Washington DC partner and team leader John Partigan is mentioned in this article for leading the deal team in Tegna Inc.’s $105 million acquisition of local television stations in Ohio and Texas. The deal team also included partners Sean Clancy, Brian Kopp, Jean McCreary and Denise Pursley; counsel Todd Shinaman; and associates Pierce Han, Dara Histed, Carolyn Lowry and Dana Stanton.

Major Changes for OT

Rochester Business Journal | May 20, 2016

Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman is quoted in this article about the Department of Labor’s recent changes to overtime regulations.

State Legislation Increases Wages, Mandates Family Leave

Rochester Business Journal | May 13, 2016

Rochester partners Jeff LaBarge and Steve Jones, counsel Todd Shinaman, and associates Joe Carello and Kim Harding co-authored this column discussing New York’s landmark legislation raising the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave.


Todd R. Shinaman



Phone: 585-263-1265

Fax: 866-402-3332

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, B.S.

New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Todd was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment, and was designated the Rochester “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law - Management. Todd has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2003 and was its 2013 Rochester “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law - Management.

In addition, Todd has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Employment & Labor law based on a peer-review survey by New York Super Lawyers magazine.

Todd is a member of the American (Labor Law Section), New York State (Labor and Employment Law Section), and Monroe County bar associations.

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