James P. Reidy

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James P. Reidy

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Practice Focus

Jim practices in the areas of labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents management in organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held, family-owned businesses, to not-for-profit entities and public sector employers. Since joining the Firm in 1989, Jim has expanded an already well-established employment law practice group. This group is now recognized as one of the best labor and employment practices in Northern New England.

Jim has extensive experience handling matters before the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.

He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is frequently asked by the media, business groups and human resources associations to comment on breaking news and recent developments in labor and employment law. He is the moderator of NHLABORNET, the popular Internet discussion group for human resource professionals in New Hampshire. Jim is also the creator and serves as the managing editor of Good Company, Sheehan Phinney’s quarterly e-newsletter, which features articles on legal developments and best practices in business.

Sample Matters
  • Assisted an out-of-state employer with the abatement of substantial civil penalties assessed by the New Hampshire Department of Labor.
  • Helped restructure a company’s employee handbook, executive contracts and commission sales agreements.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturing client on an age discrimination claim.


B.A., Assumption College
M.P.A., Northeastern University
J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law


Jim has been recognized for his work on behalf of employers in the State. He was the recipient of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association’s 2001 Above and Beyond Award and the 2005 Roland Roberge Corporate Citizen of the Year. In May 2006 the Granite State Human Resources Conference named him HR Hero for his many contributions to the field of human resources in the State. Jim is listed in Chambers USA as one of the top-tier employment lawyers in the state of New Hampshire. He was elected by his peers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the State in a poll conducted by the New Hampshire Bar Association and published in New Hampshire Magazine. In 2012 Business NH Magazine named Jim one of New Hampshire's Top Attorneys in the area of Labor and Employment Law. The Irish Voice Newspaper selected Jim to be part of the 2013 Irish Legal 100. Jim was also selected again this year for the 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers. Best Lawyers also named Jim Manchester's 2014 Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law - Management and the 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law - Management. In 2015, the New Hampshire Business Review recognized Jim with the Business Excellence Award (Business and Professional Services) for his work on behalf of the business and human resources communities throughout the state.

Memberships and Admissions

Jim is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts and administrative agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim is a member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of Lex Mundi, an international association of law firms; and of the American, the New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Community Involvement

Jim has been a featured speaker and emcee at the annual Granite State Human Resources conferences. He chairs the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Human Resources Exchange, serves on the Board of the Manchester Area Human Resources Association as the Board’s Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and is the Legislative Affairs Chair for the HR State Council of New Hampshire. Jim is a graduate of 2006 Class of Leadership New Hampshire. He also serves as a board member of a few other local boards of directors including Concord CareNet Pregnancy Center (CareNet) and the New England Association of Personnel Services (NEAPS), a professional association of owners of temporary employment and placement firms.

Practice Areas
Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits
Commercial Contracts - Domestic and International
International Law

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