Since joining Axinn in 2012, Shawndra Jones's practice has focused on labor and employment matters, contract disputes and other commercial litigation. Shawndra also has experience with internal investigations, trade secrets litigation, patent litigation, antitrust matters, securities litigation and civil rights litigation. She has been involved in various aspects of litigation, including arguing in court, drafting motions and briefs, conducting interviews and coordinating document productions. Her experience includes matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
Before entering private practice, Shawndra served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Shawndra is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law; the New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section & the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Social Media Committee; the New York City Bar Association, Judiciary Committee; Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Young Associate Member; and Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., Mentor.
Experience:Developed recommendations for not-for-profit clients and private industry clients regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues.
Represented both plaintiffs and defendants in contract disputes, including a financial services company in an arbitration concerning such a dispute.
Currently representing a client in litigation involving the oil-for-food program.
Handled matters for pro bono clients, including civil rights and labor and employment matters. Shawndra was part of a team that successfully represented an employee in a hearing before the Administrative Law Section of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board. She conducted the direct examination of the client and gave the closing argument. The Administrative Law Judge reached a favorable decision for the client, and the Board affirmed the decision on appeal.
Honors:Empire State Counsel Honoree for pro bono service (2013)
Appointed to The National Black Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40, a professional honorary organization composed of America's top attorneys who are the age of 40 and under and who exemplify superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a lawyer.
Articles & Newsletters:Note, Setting Their Record Straight: Granting Wrongly Branded Individuals Relief from Sex Offender Registration, 41 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 479 (2008).
Report, State Intervention in the Family: Child Protective Proceedings and Termination of Parental Rights, 40 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 485 (2007).
Speaking Engagements & Seminars:Social Media Defamation: What You Tweet Can Get You Sued
Social Media Defamation: What You Tweet Can Get You Sued
Education:JD - Columbia Law School (2008) Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
BA, cum laude - Yale University (2005) Honors: Psi Chi, Executive Board Member at Yale
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York