Shawn N. Butte

Associate

New York
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Overview

Shawn Butte focuses his practice on representing employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. He crafts creative and practical business solutions to complex legal challenges faced by corporations and emerging companies in a range of industries, including hospitality, technology, financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals.

Shawn regularly represents employers in high-stakes litigation involving restrictive covenants and trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, wage and hour class and collective actions, and more. He has experience in both federal and state court, as well as in alternative dispute forums such as the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to his litigation practice, Shawn advises management on a variety of workplace issues, including hiring and terminations, employee mobility, trade secret protection, wage and hour policies, employee classification, workplace investigations, personnel policies and compliance with employment laws and regulations. Shawn uses his experience as a litigator to help clients proactively avoid protracted legal disputes. He is recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro area "Rising Star."

Select Experience

  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of New York City hotel in a wage and hour matter involving allegations of unpaid wages and violations of New York Labor Law.
  • Represented municipal administrative agency in collective action alleging unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work.
  • Defended financial services company in a federal wage and hour lawsuit alleging misclassification of managers.
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Experience

  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of New York City hotel in a wage and hour matter involving allegations of unpaid wages and violations of New York Labor Law.
  • Represented municipal administrative agency in collective action alleging unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work.
  • Defended financial services company in a federal wage and hour lawsuit alleging misclassification of managers.
  • Defeated a TRO application alleging violations of a non-competition agreement and theft of trade secrets by the director of a large pharmaceutical company.
  • Second-chaired representation of a large retail company in a 10-day hearing before the American Arbitration Association involving claims of hostile work environment and retaliation.
  • Second-chaired collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of a Massachusetts hospital against SEUI 1199.
  • Drafting employment-related agreements and policies, including offer letters, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, separation agreements and employer handbooks.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2018)

Memberships

  • Sedona Conference Working Group 12, Trade Secrets: Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Wage and Hour Committee
  • Boston College Law School Alumni Association, New York City Chapter: Leader
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Cornell Alumni Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York

Community

  • Philip C. Jessup International Regional Moot Court Competition: Judge
  • CivicXcel (Accelerator of Civic Hall Labs): Facilitator for start-ups focused on social impact and civic engagement.

Pro Bono

  • Works with Immigration Asylum to represent gay, lesbian, transgender and HIV-positive individuals seeking asylum in the United States.

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Elizabeth M. Fahey, Massachusetts Superior Court

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2013
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2010

Languages

  • Urdu

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Changing the Competition – Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Non-compete Reform
By Shawn N. Butte
August 13, 2018
After nearly a decade of debate, Massachusetts has passed comprehensive legislation limiting the use of noncompetition agreements. Last Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker officially signed “An Act Relative to the Enforcement of Noncompetition...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave and Sets Sights on $15 Minimum Wage
By Shawn N. Butte
July 19, 2018
On June 28, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive bill requiring employers in the state to provide workers with paid family and medical leave. The bill, titled “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical...
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