Jonathan R. Shank is an Associate in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers in all areas of workplace law, including preventive advice and counseling as well as litigation before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.
Mr. Shank advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters including those involving disciplinary action, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour compliance, whistleblowing, disability management, and leaves of absence. Mr. Shank has represented employers in litigation involving the enforceability of restrictive covenants, claims for defamation, breach of contract, as well as employee stock disputes.
Mr. Shank also frequently counsels and defends employers on a variety of issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Mr. Shank's ERISA litigation experience includes defending against claims to recover plan benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, interference, and other ERISA matters. He also assists clients with ERISA compliance issues, including fiduciary counseling, benefit plan design, and administration modification.
Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Shank was an Associate at a large Boston law firm and, prior to that, he completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
While attending law school, Mr. Shank served as Note Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review and competed on the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team. He won the Suffolk Law Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law and interned for the Honorable Mary M. Lisi, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shank worked as a policy analyst for an international trade association in Boston.
Professional Associations and Activities
• American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
• Massachusetts Bar Association
• Rhode Island Bar Association
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
• Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), Former Mentor
• Volunteers In Providence Schools (VIPS) Power Lunch Program, Former Volunteer
• "Retaliation in the Wake of Burlington Northern: Making the Case for an Updated Standard for Proving an Adverse Action in Massachusetts Under Chapter 151B," Suffolk University Law Review (December 2007) [Author]
Speeches and Presentations
• "ERISA Compliance 101 Webinar," EBS Capstone (Newton, MA, February 2012) (co-presenter)