James N. Boudreau

James N. Boudreau: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Shareholder; Chair, Class and Collective Action Group; Co-Chair, Global Labor & Employment Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2131 Attorneys)
  • 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Biography

James N. Boudreau is Co-Chair of the Global Labor & Employment Practice and the Labor & Employment Practice’s Collective & Systemic Employment Litigation group. He represents management in class action and complex employment litigation and devotes the majority of his practice to managing teams of attorneys and paralegals in nationwide class and collective actions from receipt of the complaint through discovery, class certification and trial. He is considered a thought leader in class-based employment litigation and has been listed by Human Resource Executive magazine as one of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers - Top 100, each year since 2013. He was also selected as one of five Law360 MVP - Labor and Employment, for 2012, for his cutting-edge work representing employers in class and collective actions.

Concentrations

•Class and Collective action employment litigation
•Non-compete and trade secret litigation
•Wrongful termination litigation

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2018
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Labor & Employment
•Ranked, 2017
•Recognized Practitioner, 2014-2016
•Listed, Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive magazine, The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers - Top 100, 2013-2017
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013-2014, 2016-2017
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013
•Selected, Law360 MVP - Labor and Employment, 2012

Temple Academy of Trial Advocacy

•Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee

•Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

•Board Member,Law360, Employment Editorial Advisory Board, 2013 Fellow: Temple Academy of Trial Advocacy

• Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee

• Member, Philadelphia Bar Association

• Board Member, Law360, Employment Editorial Advisory Board, 2013

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, Human Resource Executive magazine, "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers - Top 100," 2013

• Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013

• Selected, a Law360 "MVP - Labor and Employment," 2012

• Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

Jim frequently speaks on labor and employment issues, most notably on class and collective actions in the labor and employment arena.

Member: Philadelphia Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member: Labor and Employment Section; Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee).

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Education
  • Arbitration & Mediation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215.988.7833  Phone
215.988.7801  Fax
www.gtlaw.com/People/BoudreauJamesN
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 1987
Law School Attended:
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1990
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Massachusetts; 1996, Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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Professional & Community Involvement

•Board Member, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), Board of Directors
•fellow, Temple Academy of Trial Advocacy
•Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Class Actions & Derivative Suits Committee
•Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
•Board Member, Law360, Employment Editorial Advisory Board, 2013

Birth Information:
September 29, 1965
Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: Represented international food manufacturer in multiple collective actions alleging FLSA violations; plaintiffs sought alleged unpaid wages, including overtime, incurred for time spent donning and doffing clothing and associated personal protective equipment, as well as waiting and/or walking time.; Represented national provider of waste hauling services in putative class and collective under the FLSA and state analogues. Plaintiffs sought unpaid overtime compensation as a result of, among other things, allegedly working off-the-clock and employer's nationwide policy of deducting a 30-minute meal break each day.; Represented national health care provider in series of collective and class actions in which plaintiffs sought payment for alleged overtime compensation due as a result of company's purported policy of automatically deducting 30-minute meal break each day.; Represented financial services entity in purported nationwide class action alleging misclassification of independent contractors and resulting claims for repayment of allegedly improperly withheld FICA contributions; motion to dismiss granted; affirmed on appeal by Third Circuit, 542 F.3d 59 (3d Cir. 2008), in published opinion addressing question of first impression.; Represented international pharmaceutical company in multiple nationwide class and collective actions asserting that company improperly classified its sales representatives as exempt outside sales and/or administrative employees in violation of the FLSA and various state laws.; Obtained $1 million judgment in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract action arising out of former employee's theft of trade secrets and transfer of those secrets to competitor. Although former employee was not party to a non-compete agreement, obtained equitable relief prohibiting former employee from working for any competitor for two years and defendant employer from competing in industry for nine months.; Represented food service provider in nationwide race discrimination class action alleging race-based harassment as well as systemic discrimination in pay and promotion.; Represented retail mortgage loan company in four class and collective actions asserting that in four different corporate locations, company failed to pay its non-exempt retail loan officers for all hours worked. Company allegedly had an unwritten policy that retail loan officers were not to record hours worked in excess of 40 in a week, resulting in willful violations of FLSA. Defeated motions for nationwide certification and notice; cases proceeded individually, conditionally certified on state-by-state basis, until settlement on the eve of trial.; Represented national retailer in class action filed by EEOC alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination. After aggressive discovery strategy, focusing on EEOC's failure to conciliate, case settled at mediation on terms more favorable than offered pre-litigation.; Represented transportation/delivery company in purported nationwide class and collective action alleging that employer improperly classified certain Dock Supervisors as exempt employees under the FLSA and Pennsylvania state law; motion to strike class allegations granted; state law claims dismissed in oft-cited reported decision regarding maintainability of hybrid collective/class actions.; Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Boudreau prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
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