DAVID R. JIMENEZ is a Partner in the Hartford, CT office of Jackson Lewis LLP and Co-Chairs the firm's Corporate Governance practice area. He defends employers on general employment law and associated corporate governance matters including Sarbanes Oxley Act whistleblower claims filed with the U.S. Department of Labor and Qui Tam claims asserted under the False Claims Act. He frequently advises on corporate investigations involving employee misconduct, employee fraud, and related code of conduct matters. Mr. Jimenez also has handled numerous high-stakes matters including class action claims involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (wage/hour litigation) and independent contractor claims. He also represents employers in the financial services industry in FINRA arbitration matters. Mr. Jimenez assists clients with preventative measures including development of corporate codes of conduct and related compliance structures including whistleblower hotlines, internal controls and employee awareness programs as mandated by the Sarbanes Oxley Act and the Federal Acquisition Regulations ("FAR").
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Jimenez was the former vice president, employee relations and associate general counsel of a Fortune 100 financial services company where he was the senior employment counsel for domestic and international employment law and immigration matters.
Mr. Jimenez is a frequent trainer, speaker and writer on employment and corporate governance topics including Management and Defense of Employee Whistleblower Claims, Association of Corporation Counsel (co-author) September 2009; Compliance & Ethics Requirements for Federal Contractors, Jackson Lewis Special Report, March 2009; Strategic Handling of Employment Law Exposures, Ethisphere, 2007; Corporate Governance Developments, National Assoc. of Stock Plan Professionals, Oct. 2007; Employment Law Compliance Solutions, Practicing Law Institute, October, 2006; Investigating Complaints under Sarbanes-Oxley, Practicing Law Institute, January 2006; Responding to Employee Complaints, ABA, Labor and Employment Law, November 2001; and Employee Handbooks Can Be Legal Minefields, Boston Business Journal, September 1996. He has been quoted by major publications including The Wall Street Journal, the Hartford Courant, the Metropolitan Corporate Defense Counsel, The Connecticut Law Tribune and other leading publications.
Mr. Jimenez is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and he completed executive education on strategic Human Resources systems at Cornell University's School of Industrial Relations.
He is a board member and officer of several professional and not-for-profit organizations including: The Hartford County Bar Foundation (board member and president-elect), Charter Oak Cultural Center (board member and vice-president), and Hartford Stage (governing board member). He is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section and currently holds two appointed positions including section liaison to the ABA's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and co-Chair of the committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession. In addition, he is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and a former member of American Leadership Forum and the Inns of Court.