Kevin J. Shehan

Kevin J. Shehan

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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Law
Practice Locations
  • Manhattan, NY

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.

Representative Matters:

  • Defended French restaurant in New York City in a wage and hour collective and class action in federal court.
  • Defended corporate governance and proxy services firm in New York City in a WARN Act class action in federal court.
  • Defended Times Square area hotel in multiple discrimination and harassment actions in state court.
  • Defended hospital against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Defended dermatology practice in state court action to enforce an unsigned settlement agreement.
  • Defended obstetrics and gynecology practice against charges of discrimination before the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHRL).
  • Represented general contractor in wage and hour audit by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
  • Represented landscaping company in wage and hour audit by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL).
  • Defended dental practice in enforcement action by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) relating to the employer’s hiring practices.
  • Represented electrical sub-contractor in New York City with respect to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation after an employee was electrocuted.
  • Defended cabinet-level federal agency at administrative trial in decade-long harassment litigation before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Represented cabinet-level federal agency in appeal before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) of an employee’s suspension.
  • Represented chief executive in review and negotiation of employment agreement.
  • Represented federal employee in removal from civil service.
  • Represented federal employee in discrimination action against agency for non-selection.
  • Represented attorney in a fee dispute with co-counsel with respect to their work in obtaining multi-million dollar judgments against a foreign government for state-sponsored terrorism.

Court & Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

Education

  • JD: George Mason University School of Law
  • BA: Albion College (magna cum laude)

 

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