Attorneys James P. Reidy

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Jim practices in the areas of management side labor and employment law with an emphasis on assisting employers in effectively avoiding, or defending against, employment disputes. He represents 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.

Key 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.
  • Helped a client avoid OSHA fines and penalties.
  • Assisted an employer with significant reorganization, reduction-in-force and plant closing activities.

Admissions

  • State of New Hampshire
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of Lex Mundi, an international association of law firms
  • American Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Industry Involvement

  • Featured speaker and emcee at the annual Granite State Human Resources conferences
  • Chairs the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Human Resources Exchange
  • Manchester Area Human Resources Association, Boards Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory
  • Legislative Affairs Chair for the HR State Council of New Hampshire
  • Graduate of 2006 Class of Leadership New Hampshire
  • Concord CareNet Pregnancy Center (CareNet)
  • New England Association of Personnel Services (NEAPS), Board

Awards

  • Chambers USA, Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Manchester Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2016 Manchester Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Labor Law - Management
  • New England Super Lawyer®, Employment Law
  • Business Excellence Award (Business and Professional Services), New Hampshire Business Review