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Jeff Shooman focuses his practice on the representation of management in employment law disputes. 

Jeff is a seasoned litigator who has litigated cases throughout the country in state and federal courts for over a decade.  He has argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court, and the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court. He is deeply engaged in seeking the best result for clients that often do not result in litigation. Jeff is a problem solver who thinks “outside-the-box” when dealing with daily labor and employment issues.  

Jeff began his career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City as a securities and antitrust defense lawyer, but later in his career focused on employment defense work. Jeff went onto clerk for the Honorable Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Additionally, Jeff has an in-depth understanding and extensive experience with the False Claims Act, having litigated dozens of those cases for over a decade, including a matter that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jeff regularly represents airlines, home health care agencies, and restaurants in myriad litigations. Clients appreciate Jeff’s ability to wrap his head around a problem and strive to find a creative solution. He actively litigates class action and collective action wage and hour matters in state and federal court. Before coming to FordHarrison, Jeff was a partner at a prestigious litigation boutique firm where he was the Chair of the Appellate Practice, having litigated cases in the Second, Third, and Federal Circuits.  

In law school, Jeff was a senior editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and the author of a published note, The Speech of Public Employees Outside the Workplace: Towards a New Framework, 36 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1341 (2006). He was a finalist in the Eugene R. Gressman Moot Court competition, winning an award for best brief. He was also Regional Champion of the ABA National Moot Court Competition, winning another award for best brief. At graduation, Jeff was awarded the Raymond Del Tufo Award for having the highest GPA in Constitutional Law in his class.

Representative Experience
  • Represented public entity in a bench trial in a case of public importance. Obtained judgment for the public entity. Successfully argued appeal upholding the judgment.
  • Defended D.C. agency’s vaccination mandate in federal court. 
  • Represented public entity in class action. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the public entity and successfully defended the judgment on appeal.
  • Successfully argued pro bono appeal on behalf of a prisoner in freedom of religion case in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Represent companies in False Claims Act investigations and litigations.
  • Successfully represent major airline against an order to show cause and won dismissal of entire action on an expedited basis.
  • Won affirmance by the New York Appellate Division of an arbitral award after full briefing and oral argument.
  • Represent large companies in class and collective actions involving wage and hour disputes.
  • Won motion to dismiss employment action asserting disability and gender discrimination in New Jersey Superior Court.
Honors & Awards
  • "Rising Star," New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine (2015-2016, 2021)
  • *Jeffrey was selected to the Rising Stars list issued by Thomson Reuters. The selection methodology is found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
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