Shawn Matthew Clark represents and advises employers in all areas of employment law. His practice focuses on litigating unfair competition and trade secrets claims, counseling management with regard to business restructuring and defending employers against discrimination and harassment claims.
Shawn has extensive experience in matters involving restrictive covenant agreements. He advises employers in developing noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements, and also litigates claims related to such agreements, including claims of breach of contract, misappropriation of confidential information, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, tortious interference, and breaches of the duty of loyalty.
In the business restructuring context, Shawn assists employers in planning and implementing reductions-in-force, mass layoffs, plant closings and business reorganizations, including all aspects of compliance with the federal and New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Acts and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. Shawn 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 routinely represents employers in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, in litigation involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations. Shawn’s experience includes every phase of litigation from pre-suit demands through trial and appeal, including navigating complex e-discovery obligations and negotiating favorable settlements for clients.
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 in employment litigation.
During law school, Shawn was a national team member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and received several awards and recognitions for his trial advocacy skills.