People: Jean M. Wilson, Counsel

Photo of Jean M. Wilson, Counsel

Jean M. Wilson

Counsel

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4809
0

Ms. Wilson is counsel in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office, specializing in the area of labor and employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Wilson began her practice in the Chicago Office of Seyfarth Shaw before joining the Boston Office in 2000.

Ms. Wilson represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including litigation of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation law suits in state and federal courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and other state administrative agencies.  Ms. Wilson also represents employers in the defense of class action and multi-plaintiff discrimination law suits, wage and hour claims, and employment-related breach of contract and tort claims. 

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Wilson counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, performance management and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, background checks, independent contractor/employee classification, and whistleblower claims.  Ms. Wilson regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, personnel polices, and employee handbooks.

Ms. Wilson is counsel in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office, specializing in the area of labor and employment litigation and counseling.  Ms. Wilson began her practice in the Chicago Office of Seyfarth Shaw before joining the Boston Office in 2000.

Ms. Wilson represents management in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters, including litigation of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation law suits in state and federal courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and other state administrative agencies.  Ms. Wilson also represents employers in the defense of class action and multi-plaintiff discrimination law suits, wage and hour claims, and employment-related breach of contract and tort claims. 

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Wilson counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, performance management and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, background checks, independent contractor/employee classification, and whistleblower claims.  Ms. Wilson regularly assists clients in drafting employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, personnel polices, and employee handbooks.

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School (1998)
    summa cum laude
  • B.A., University of Delaware (1989)
    magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • First Court of Appeals

Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Cameron, et. al. v. Idearc Media Corp., (U.S. District Ct. MA) (obtained summary judgment for employer in multi-plaintiff action for violation of the ADEA and ERISA).
  • Madden & Sweeney v. Idearc Media Corp. (1st Circuit) (affirmed denial of employee’s Rule 60(b) Motion dismissing age discrimination and state law claims).
  • Defense of hospital in FLSA meal break class action litigation.  (U.S. District Ct. MD).
  • Eterly v. Nypro, Inc. (Mass. Superior Ct.) (Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of claims for assault and battery, negligence, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and respondeat superior).
  • Logan v. Caterpillar, Inc. (7th Circuit) (affirming summary judgment for employer against claims for sex discrimination and malicious prosecution).
  • Locke v. W.R. Grace & Co. (Mass. Superior Ct.) (defense of claims including age and disability discrimination) (settled).
  • Bergmann & Ouellette v. First Data Corp. (Mass. Superior Ct.) (defense of hostile work environment claim).
  • Dewhurst v. The Timberland Co. (U.S. District Ct. N.H.) (defense of claims including disability discrimination).
  • DiNatale v. Cambridge Public Schools (Mass. Commission Against Discrimination) (defense of age, gender, race and disability claims).

 

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “Navigating the New Massachusetts Criminal Record Law,” Massachusetts Hospital Association Webinar (2012)
  • Co-presenter, “CORI Reform: Understanding the Changes to CRAs and Your Clients,” National Association of Professional Background Screeners Webinar (2012)
  • Co-presenter, “New CORI Regulations and EEOC Guidance - What Bankers Need to Know,” Massachusetts Bankers Association Webinar (2012) 
  • Co-presenter, “Navigating the New Massachusetts Criminal Record Law,” Seyfarth Breakfast Briefing (2012)
  • Massachusetts CORI Reform,” Global HR Research Webinar (2011)