Stephen E. Trimboli
Steve, a founding member of the firm, specializes in labor and employment law on behalf of management, representing public and private sector employers in the full range of labor and employment law issues. His practice also includes administrative law, occupational safety and health law, pension law disputes, appeals, wage and hour law, and EEO compliance. He is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and regularly reports on labor and employment law developments in the Third Circuit.
Mr. Trimboli is the author of the “Unfair Labor Practices” Chapter of New Jersey Labor and Employment Law, published by the N.J. State Bar Association and the N.J. Institute for Legal Education.
Mr. Trimboli has served as President of the N.J. Public Employment Labor Relations Association. President of the N.J. Chapter of the National Human Resources Association, and the Board of Directors of Prevention First.
Mr. Trimboli is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the New Jersey Federal District Court, the Second and Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
James T. Prusinowski
Jim, a founding member of the firm, is its managing partner. He represents privately held businesses and public entities serving as their labor/employment counsel. In these capacities, he has represented clients concerning restrictive covenants, wrongful termination claims, harassment claims, civil rights claims, defamation, and contract disputes. He also represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Office of Administrative Law, New Jersey Civil Service Commission, Wage and Hour, Unemployment, agencies overseeing New Jersey pensions, and the Public Employment Relations Commission.
He has handled numerous investigations alleging sexual harassment in the workplace, claims of discriminatory practices based upon age, race and/or disability, whistleblower claims and other alleged wrongful employment claims. He has also defended businesses based upon these types of claims.
He is also experienced in traditional labor law and has negotiated collective bargaining agreements for private employers and public entities; as well as conducted numerous interest and grievance arbitrations.
He has specialized knowledge on constitutional issues that affect businesses such as free speech concerns of employers and employees, defamation claims, search and seizure laws, privacy of data, ownership of information contained on company-owned computers and religious issues in the workplace.
Debra Shannon, a partner with the firm, focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment on behalf of management in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience negotiating all contracts related to the field, such as employment agreements, restrictive covenants and collective bargaining agreements. She has represented her clients in the defense of wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour complaints as well as unfair labor practice matters. Over the last decade, Ms. Shannon has served in the role of Executive Vice President and General Counsel for a private company and in that role, acquired a unique perspective into the legal aspects of the business needs of an organization. Combining her in house background with her legal experience, she has been successful in guiding her clients to strategize for best outcomes. Ms. Shannon has counseled as well as conducted various training seminars for human resource departments and management staff on implementation of best practice employment policies into practice.
While in her role of Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ms. Shannon was nominated by her peers for inclusion in New Jersey’s Top 50 Women in business.
Ms. Shannon is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, as well as the U.S. District Courts of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
John P. Harrington
John P. Harrington brings to the firm over 20 years of experience in Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation, advising and representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodation, leaves of absence and wrongful termination cases. He assists employers in reducing exposure to employment liability through timely advice, training and policy creation and implementation. Where litigation cannot be avoided, he uses his extensive experience to advocate for the client’s best interests at every stage of litigation.
He has worked with a wide variety of employers, from small local businesses to large corporations, public entities and educational institutions. He helps clients navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of employment law through a common sense approach and thorough preparation. He has also conducted independent workplace investigations involving alleged harassment and employee misconduct.
He has authored “Perception Is Reality: New Jersey Prohibits Hostile Work Environment Based Upon Perceived Membership In A Protected Class,” (Legal Alert); “The Supreme Court’s New Jury Selection Standards,” Labor and Employment Law Quarterly; “New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies The Role And Consequences Of Light Duty As A Reasonable Accommodation,”(Raspa Jr. v. Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office); and “Tales From The Front Lines: The Joys And Injustices Of Litigating Against Pro Se Plaintiffs.”
Mr. Harrington graduated from Trinity College with a B.A in Economics and from Rutgers School of Law in 1995 with a Juris Doctorate. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section. His professional activities include, Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Rutgers Law School 1994; Sidney M. Reitman Employment Inn of Court, Pupil 1998-1999; Contributing Author for Employment Law Reference Manual published by the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce; Regional Final Judge, Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition, 2001 to Present; Author of Numerous Client Alerts on Developments in Employment Law.
John is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the New Jersey Federal District Court.
Lauren W. Kavanagh
Lauren W. Kavanagh represented both public and private employers in counseling, arbitration, and litigation, as well as individual plaintiffs in employment negotiations and disputes. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. John S. Triarsi, J.S.C. of the New Jersey Superior Court. Ms. Kavanagh graduated from Seton Hall Law School, where she was a research assistant to Professors Charles A. Sullivan and Timothy P. Glynn.
She is a co-author with Charles A. Sullivan on EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW & PRACTICE, 4th Edition (Aspen) and its annual case supplement. She previously contributed to the 2005 Supplement to CASES AND MATERIALS ON EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (Aspen 6th ed), as well as updating WHITE ON NEW YORK CORPORATIONS vols.. 3-5 (Matthew Bender 13th and 14th eds., 2005). Ms. Kavanagh also contributed to Professor Sullivan’s chapter, The Gilmerization of Antidiscrimination Law in EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION STORIES. (Friedman, ed. 2006).
Ms. Kavanagh earned her B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University, where she majored in History. She has also served as an independent consultant on ethics and employment workplace issues. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Virginia.