Patrick J.Bannon


Patrick helps employers manage and compensate employees lawfully, while upholding high performance standards, avoiding legal disputes, and defeating unfounded claims.

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Employers hire Patrick for advice they can understand about how to avoid employment litigation without compromising their legitimate goals. Clients in litigation appreciate his creative, efficient approach to even the most complex litigation.

While he works in the world of courts and government agencies, Patrick's heart is with the people who try to run fair, productive organizations without being drained, derailed, or paralyzed by the legal system.

Patrick has extensive experience defending wage-and-hour cases, including class and collective actions, lawsuits brought by overtime-exempt employees who claim they are entitled to overtime pay, claims by independent contractors who allege they are entitled to be treated as employees, and lawsuits brought by employees claiming that they were required to work off-the-clock.

Patrick also helps businesses avoid litigation by advising them about all aspects of their relationships with employees. These subjects include:  compensation for exempt employees, non-exempt employees and executives; leaves of absence; discipline and termination; managing employees with physical and mental conditions that affect work; distinguishing employees from independent contractors; noncompetition agreements; employment contracts; separation agreements; and reductions in force. He has helped a number of major clients develop and enforce arbitration agreements.

Patrick is a regular speaker and author regarding employment law. His articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, New England In-House, Compensation & Benefits Review, and Mass High Tech.

  • JD, Stanford Law School

    With distinction
    Stanford Law Review, associate editor

  • AB, Harvard College

    Magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts