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Shawndra G. Jones

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

New York, NY, USA


Shawndra Jones’s practice at Axinn focuses on management-side labor and employment matters and commercial litigation.  Ms. Jones’s experience includes actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  As part of her labor and employment practice, Ms. Jones counsels employers regarding various issues, including family and medical leave, disability accommodation, wage and hour matters, veterans’ rights, anti-discrimination practices, and questions arising from the intersection of technology and the workplace.  Ms. Jones has also taught seminars on the legal and ethical implications of social media.

Ms. Jones’s professional activities include the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law; National Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section & Women Lawyers Division; New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (Social Media Committee) & Labor and Employment Law Section; New York City Bar Association, Judiciary Committee & Diversity in the Judiciary Subcommittee; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; and Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc.

Ms. Jones is a 2016 recipient of the National Bar Association’s “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award and its “Excellence in Innovation” award.  She has also been recognized as an Empire State Counsel® honoree for her pro bono service and was selected to become a member of The National Black Lawyers – “Top 40 Under 40” for New York – and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

After graduating cum laude with Distinction in Psychology from Yale University, Ms. Jones earned her juris doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and editor in chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.  Following law school, Ms. Jones clerked for the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut before entering private practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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