Overview

Shawn Matthew Clark complements a broad, management-side labor and employment practice with concentrations in business restructuring, executive employment agreements, and unfair competition matters. In the business restructuring context, Shawn assists employers in planning and implementing reductions-in-force, mass layoffs, plant closings, furloughs, and business reorganizations, including all aspects of compliance with federal and state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Acts. He 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. Shawn also advises employers on labor and employment issues that arise in bankruptcy.

In addition, Shawn has extensive experience drafting and negotiating 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.

An accomplished litigator, Shawn has represented employers in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies, in litigation involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, and wage and hour violations. His experience includes every phase of litigation from pre-suit demands through trial and appeal.

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