Kevin J. Shehan has distinguished himself as a labor and employment attorney who is sought after by employers and employees alike.
Employers rely on Kevin to defend against claims of discrimination and harassment, wage and hour claims, including collective and class actions, unfair labor practice charges, WARN Act claims, and other employment-related claims. Also, employers seek Kevin’s advice on legal compliance and day-to-day workplace issues, and they look to Kevin to draft employment agreements and policies.
Employees rely on Kevin to protect their rights in the workplace. Kevin defends federal government employees facing proposed removal (termination) and suspension actions, including defending managers who face discipline based on allegations of harassment. Kevin asserts discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims on behalf of employees in both the federal government and the private sector. Also, Kevin asserts wage and hour claims on behalf of employees. In addition, Kevin represents high-level managers and C-suite officers in the negotiation of executive compensation packages and severance agreements.
Kevin has extensive litigation experience. He regularly represents clients before New York federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. At the national level, Kevin is notable for his work involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), a statute that provides workplace protections for veterans. Specifically, Kevin persuaded a federal trial court to invalidate a veteran’s written waiver of employment-related claims, under USERRA, in one of just a handful of decisions nationwide to deal with the subject of USERRA waivers.
Before he joined Tully Rinckey PLLC, Kevin practiced labor and employment law at New York law firms where he represented employers and executives. Also, Kevin was an in-house counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked primarily on employment matters. In addition, Kevin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Monique J. Roberts-Draper, Administrative Judge, at the New York District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he wrote draft opinions and orders in employment discrimination actions brought by federal workers against their employing agencies.
Kevin is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, and a member of the New York State Bar Association. From 2007 to 2012, Kevin was an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he taught appellate and trial writing and lectured on selected topics, including damages and injunctions. Kevin received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law, where he was an editor of the George Mason Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Albion College.
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