James M.Hlawek

Associate

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Jim provides unique solutions to employers facing high-risk legal matters involving ERISA, appellate litigation, and other complex areas.


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Employers face legal challenges in a variety of complex and high-risk areas, including compliance with ERISA, dealing with appeals in litigation matters, and keeping up with federal, state, and local employment laws that change frequently. Clients look to Jim for solutions to these complex challenges that couple deep knowledge of the legal matters with an understanding of their businesses.

Jim supports clients with both litigation and consulting. His litigation experience includes helping clients to navigate a variety of appellate matters in federal and state appellate courts. He has also litigated matters before federal and state trial courts, as well as administrative agencies. Jim has successfully represented employers against discrimination claims brought under federal and state laws, including claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Massachusetts' Chapter 151B. He has also successfully represented employers in several noncompetition and contract disputes. His experience with ERISA and employee benefits litigation includes successful representation on ERISA class action claims and withdrawal liability matters.

Jim's counseling practice includes advising employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws, leave management matters, and reductions-in-force. He also has experience drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, noncompetition agreements, and company handbooks.

In addition to his decade-plus of experience as a labor and employment attorney, Jim has been a business consultant, a certified public accountant, a certified management accountant, and has an MBA. These combined experiences provide Jim with a unique understanding of both the complex legal matters and the business risks that employers face.

Jim draws on his analytical skills and understanding of businesses in providing solutions to clients. Every recommendation that he makes is based on a consideration of the most practical solution for an employer from both a legal perspective and a business perspective.

At Seyfarth, Jim is proud to be working at a firm with such a wide depth and breadth of knowledge of the many complex legal matters that employers face. He works closely with attorneys from Seyfarth's various offices, and has learned so much from them that has allowed him to provide even better solutions to his clients.

  • JD, Harvard Law School

    Harvard Law Review, primary editor

  • MBA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Millikin University

    Summa cum laude

  • Massachusetts
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts