People: Patrick J. Bannon, Partner

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Patrick J. Bannon

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4987
Fax: (617) 790-6755
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Patrick J. Bannon is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office. 

In state and federal court, in arbitration, and before state and federal agencies, Mr. Bannon represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour collective and class actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes and complex discrimination claims. 

Mr. Bannon also helps business avoid litigation by advising them about all aspects of their relationships with employees, including:  compensation for both exempt and non-exempt employees; leaves of absence; discipline and termination; managing employees with physical and mental conditions that affect work; distinguishing employees from independent contractors; non-competition agreements; employment contracts; separation agreements; and reductions in force.

A regular speaker regarding employment law, Mr. Bannon is former vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and has served as a volunteer mediator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  His articles regarding employment law have appeared in The Boston Globe, New England In-House, Compensation & Benefits Review and Mass High Tech. 

Mr. Bannon is recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2004-2012 and is listed in Chambers USA "Leaders in their Field" for 2012.
 

Patrick J. Bannon is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office. 

In state and federal court, in arbitration, and before state and federal agencies, Mr. Bannon represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour collective and class actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes and complex discrimination claims. 

Mr. Bannon also helps business avoid litigation by advising them about all aspects of their relationships with employees, including:  compensation for both exempt and non-exempt employees; leaves of absence; discipline and termination; managing employees with physical and mental conditions that affect work; distinguishing employees from independent contractors; non-competition agreements; employment contracts; separation agreements; and reductions in force.

A regular speaker regarding employment law, Mr. Bannon is former vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and has served as a volunteer mediator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  His articles regarding employment law have appeared in The Boston Globe, New England In-House, Compensation & Benefits Review and Mass High Tech. 

Mr. Bannon is recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2004-2012 and is listed in Chambers USA "Leaders in their Field" for 2012.
 

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School (1992)
    with distinction
    Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • A.B., Harvard College (1989)
    magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Third and Ninth Circuits 

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, speaker and member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, former Vice-Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • Boston Bar Association
  • MCAD Volunteer Mediator Pilot Program (Volunteer Mediator, 2003-2006)
     

Representative Engagements

  • Represented sports club in investigation by Wage & Hour Division of U.S. Department of Labor
  • Represented insurance company in collective action by claims adjusters under FLSA and state law
  • Defended suit alleging misclassification of tennis professional under FLSA and Massachusetts law
  • Obtained preliminary injunction for Fortune 500 company enforcing former sales executive’s non-competition and non-solicitation agreement
  • Advise hospital regarding all aspects of employee relationships, including wage and hour compliance, hiring, investigation of internal complaints, discipline and termination
  • Obtained summary judgment for billion-dollar semiconductor company in age discrimination case involving reduction-in-force and change to employee retirement plan
  • Defended retailer in collective action by assistant managers seeking overtime under FLSA
  • Successfully enforced and successfully challenged numerous non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Won arbitration award for executive who was forced out of a publicly traded company in breach of his employment contract
  • Negotiated dozens of executive employment and separation agreements
  • Defended financial services, consulting, manufacturing, and technology companies from claims of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, disability, age and other protected categories
  • Successfully litigated retaliation and whistleblower claims
  • Helped businesses avoid litigation through training, drafting and review of company policies and advice regarding employee discipline and termination
  • Defended employers against claims by employees for alleged failure to pay wages
  • Counseled businesses on how to reduce the size of their workforces while minimizing the potential for claims by terminated employees
     

Presentations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Annual Labor and Employment Conference (2012)
  • American College of Health Care Administrators, Framingham, MA (March 12, 2012)
  • “Basic Employment Law Issues for Emerging Companies,” Cambridge Innovation Center (January 18, 2012)
  • “Deposition Do’s and Don’ts Demonstration,” ABA 5th Annual Labor and Employment Conference,  Seattle, WA (November 3, 2011)
  • “Executive Employment Agreements for Private Companies,” Massachusetts Bar Association (October 14, 2010)

Publications

Accolades

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2012 Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers