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.
Jim has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers-Rising Stars® lists (2005 – 2012, 2016) and has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Employment Law – Management (2022-2023).
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.
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.