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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

New York State Bar Association


New York City Bar Association

Member, Board of Trustees

Community Roots Charter School


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


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

Bar Admission

New York


  • 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