Shennan Harris helps employers solve – and prevent – problems through efficient, effective, personalized representation and counseling.

Shennan excels at efficiently and effectively managing all aspects of the litigation process and thinking outside the box to resolve tough problems. She represents clients in all aspects of complex litigation and arbitration, including class actions and in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as helps employers resolve charges of discrimination and other disputes before administrative agencies.

In addition to her dispute resolution work, Shennan counsels employers of all sizes regarding all aspects of federal, state and local employment law, including hiring, termination, wage and hour compliance, FMLA and ADA issues, federal contractor issues, and employee handbooks and policies. Shennan is well-versed on state and local employment laws, including paid sick leave laws, allowing her to provide guidance to employers with employees across the US. She also helps clients by reviewing, drafting and providing advice regarding all types of employment-related contracts.

Prior to joining our firm, Shennan was a litigation associate in the Chicago office of a major international law firm for seven years.

Shennan is a member of the Federal Bar Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation’s 2016-17 Leadership Institute class.

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  • Successfully defended district court’s grant of summary judgment for client employer upon appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in employer intentional tort case.
  • Representing employers in employment discrimination litigation in federal court.
  • Revised handbook and drafted 50-state supplement for client with employees across the US.
  • Representing employer in multiplaintiff arbitration involving wage and hour allegations.

Education

  • University of Chicago, J.D., 2006
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999

Admissions

  • Ohio, 2014
  • Illinois, 2006

Courts

  • U.S. Ct. of App., Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation’s Leadership Institute, Class of 2016-17

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Publications

  • Co-author, “Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide,” American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC, 2016.
  • Author, “State Law Round-Up: 2017 Minimum Wage Rates, Paid Sick Leave Compliance, and More,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, December 20, 2016.
  • Author, “US Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act: Injunction Granted!” Employment Law Worldview Blog, October 27, 2016.
  • Author, “FLSA OT Rule: Six Month Reprieve? US House Votes Yes,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, September 29, 2016.
  • Author, “OSHA to Employers: No Gagging Whistleblowers!” Employment Law Worldview Blog, September 21, 2016.
  • Author, “State Law Roundup: Illinois’ New Leave Laws and Non-compete Warning; Sick Leave Comes to Berkeley and St. Paul,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, September 13, 2016.
  • Co-author, “EEOC Gives Employers Extra Time to File EEO-1 Pay Data Reports,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, July 13, 2016.
  • Author, “BREAKING: Chicago Catches Sick Leave Fever,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, June 22, 2016.
  • Author, “Sick of These Updates Yet? The Latest Sick Leave and Minimum Wage News (Minneapolis, San Francisco, San Diego, OR),” Employment Law Worldview Blog, June 8, 2016.
  • Author, “It’s All the Wage! Historic Minimum Wage Increases in California and New York; New York Institutes 12-Week Paid Family Leave,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, April 4, 2016.
  • Author, “Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Update: Oregon, Vermont, Santa Monica,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, March 3, 2016.
  • Author, “DOL Issues Proposed Rule Implementing Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, February 25, 2016.
  • Author, “Sick Leave Update: Spokane Has Spoken and Other Sick Leave News,” Employment Law Worldview Blog, January 21, 2016.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Information Overload: Managing Employee Leaves,” Squire Patton Boggs Columbus Labor & Employment Seminar, October 11, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Time to Talk Overtime: New Fair Labor Standards Act Rules and Some Existing Rules to Live By,” Ohio Association of School Board Officials Treasurers’ Clinics, September 13 and 29, 2016.
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