Overview

Shawn Matthew Clark provides practical advice to employers on every aspect of the laws governing the workplace. He has extensive experience litigating employment disputes of all types, including defending employers and managers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations. On behalf of his clients, Shawn has won dispositive motions, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, defense verdicts, and appeals. He draws on that litigation experience to counsel employers on effective strategies for avoiding litigation when possible, and preparing for litigation when it is unavoidable.

Beyond the courtroom, Shawn devotes a substantial portion of his practice to business restructuring and M&A matters. In particular, he assists employers with planning and implementing reductions-in-force, mass layoffs, plant closings, furloughs, and other business reorganizations, including all aspects of compliance with federal and state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Acts and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWPBA). He also advises corporate clients and private equity firms on employment issues that arise in corporate transactions and performs pre-acquisition due diligence to identify employment obligations and liabilities that may impact the value and structure of the transaction. 

In addition, Shawn regularly drafts and negotiates executive employment contracts and noncompetition, nonsolicitation, and confidentiality agreements. When necessary, he also litigates claims related to such agreements, including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of confidential information, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference, and breach of the duty of loyalty.

Prior to entering private practice, Shawn served as an assistant corporation counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department where he represented the City of New York and its agencies and officers in employment litigation.

Prior to law school, Shawn worked in the United States Senate for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Turnaround Management Association

Member

Federal Bar Council

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

New York State Bar Association

Member

New York City Bar Association

Member, Board of Trustees

Community Roots Charter School

Recognition

Recipient, New York City Law Department Legal Rookie of the Year Award

New York City Law Department

September 2013

Recipient, Judge Doris A. Thompson and Judge Edward Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Brooklyn Law School

June 2012

Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy

Brooklyn Law School

December 2010

First Place Winner, New York Region

American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition

November 2010

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2012cum laude
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 2004

Bar Admission

New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • 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