James Leva, a labor and employment lawyer, regularly defends employers against all types of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims. He represents clients before state and federal courts, as well as government agencies. James has represented employers of all sizes from a number of different industries, including the financial, telecommunications, retail, pharmaceutical, logistics, manufacturing and insurance industries.
In addition to handling complex employment litigation, James routinely counsels employers on day-to-day compliance with the spectrum of laws governing the employer-employee relationship. He also regularly assists companies with protecting their confidential information and trade secrets. James has successfully represented companies and individuals in injunction hearings arising from and related to non-disclosure, non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenant agreements. He also routinely works with clients to prepare such agreements and to strategize the onboarding and offboarding of employees subject to restrictive covenants.
James has substantial experience counseling employers on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and with OSHA investigations. He defends employers with OSHA whistleblower cases and before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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Successfully defended Fortune 500 company against retaliation claims in 5-day bench trial
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 500 company on age discrimination claim
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of large employer on former employee's hostile work environment, and race and age discrimination claims
Successfully represented several employers in wage/hour audits before United States Department of Labor and Connecticut Department of Labor
Selected to The Best Lawyers in America list of Ones to Watch (Woodward/White, Inc.) for Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021-2024; Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2024
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