Jack S. Gearan is an associate in the Boston office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law and business litigation where he has experience in all phases of civil litigation including discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appellate practice.
Jack focuses on Complex Employment Litigation and Trials, and frequently handles matters under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, other whistleblower claims, non-compete and restrictive covenant litigation, and individual employee discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation and arbitrations. Jack also frequently defends employers in wage and hour class actions brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act, and nationwide collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Jack also focuses his practice on ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation and writes frequently on developments in this area of the law.
In addition to defending companies and non-profits in litigation when necessary, Jack provides counsel to senior management and human resource personnel on various employment law compliance matters, such as leaves of absence, exempt status classification under the FLSA and state law, employee discipline and restrictive covenant agreements. Jack is also regularly called upon by clients to conduct outside independent investigations of sensitive personnel issues or threatened legal actions. Additionally, Jack has advised companies regarding employment law in connection with various corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and reductions in force.
Jack’s business litigation practice covers a variety of business torts, including misrepresentation, fraud, contract disputes, and claims under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A – the Massachusetts unfair trade practices statute. Further, Jack is a member of the firm’s Education Practice in which he advises schools and colleges on a variety of employment and other legal issues, including Title IX and Clery Act compliance.