James M. Nicholas

Partner

Overview

Jim Nicholas is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Jim focuses his practice on federal and state labor and employment issues, including employee classification, wage and hour, leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, and the enforcement of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements. His work for employers also extends to litigation, representing clients before federal and state courts in cases involving claims for wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, breach of contract, defamation, noncompetition defense and enforcement, and shareholder disputes. His litigation practice has a significant focus on defending employers against wage and hour class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hours laws.

Jim also frequently advises private equity sponsors, portfolio companies and their executives on employment matters including drafting and negotiating complex employment agreements. He advises clients on the terms and use of offer letters, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, employee handbooks, and personnel policies.

Jim also represents employers and executives in drafting and negotiating complex executive employment agreements. He advises clients on the terms and use of offer letters, noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, employee handbooks, and personnel policies.

Prior to joining Foley, Jim served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years as a civilian affairs specialist and worked as an attorney for another Boston law firm.

Recognition

Jim has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® lists (2005  2012, 2016).

Education

Jim received his J.D. from the University of Maryland, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo.

Admissions

Jim is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Capabilities

Insights

Strict Updates to Massachusetts’ `Ban the Box’ Law
02 January 2019
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Pay Equity Law Update
18 June 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
NLRB Reverses Obama-Era Joint Employer Test
26 December 2017
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers
24 July 2017
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives