James T. McBride advises and represents companies in a broad range of labor and employment matters including wage and hour class and collective cases, discrimination, harassment, and leave of absence and accommodation matters. James has appeared before courts in wage and hour matters, discrimination and harassment cases, as well as non-competition and breach of fiduciary disputes and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a wide variety of matters, including discrimination, retaliation and additional issues under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) matters. James has also defended employers in cases before the National Labor Relations Board related to unfair labor practice charges and union election matters.
James’ experience spans multiple industries with a particular focus on the hospitality industry, restaurants, private equity firms, and manufacturing companies. James has defended clients in wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits and in DOL investigations and provides day-to-day advice and counsel on designing and implementing proactive policies to assist national employers in minimizing their risk of liability under all facets of labor and employment laws, including tip credit and tip pooling issues.
Prior to attending law school, James spent several years working for a Big Four accounting and professional services firm as a management consultant in their IT advisory practice as well as for two Fortune 500 companies in risk management roles where James was responsible for identifying business risks and providing guidance to proactively reduce the companies’ risks. These experiences make James a trusted business partner to his clients and allow him to understand the issues unique to each client’s business.