Robert M. Shea

Shareholder Boston

Bob Shea is a Shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree Deakins. Bob’s practice includes working closely with clients to develop best practices, and providing advice on discipline and discharge, discrimination, harassment, worker misclassification, wage-hour compliance, disability, non-competition, and workforce reductions. He also focuses on drafting employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and separation agreements, and he regularly conducts workplace training for clients, including anti-harassment training and performs worker wage-hour classification analyses. Bob has an enviable record of success in defending claims of employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful discharge, breach of employment and non-competition agreements, and wage-hour violations.

Bob regularly represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the US Department of Labor. He has handled employment litigation matters before courts in ten states nationwide.

Bob also serves as an arbitrator and mediator, engaged by businesses and individuals to resolve employment contract disputes and statutory claims. He has served since 1995 on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of employment arbitrators and mediators.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • New England Business Association (Vice Chair, Past Chair of the Board of Directors, 2013-2016)
  • National Small Business Association (Member, Board of Trustees; Chair, Health and Human Resources Policy Group)
  • Boston Bar Association (Past Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (Member, Labor & Employment Section Council)
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Chair, Employment & Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Board
  • American Arbitration Association (Employment Arbitration and Mediation Panels)


  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. - ''What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Employment Law'' - Boston - June 16, 2017
  • New England Business Association - ''A Primer on the Mediation Process'' - Boston - March 29, 2016
  • American Arbitration Association University - ''Don’t Strike Back: Retaliation Claims on the Rise'' - Boston - May 02, 2013
  • New England Business Association - ''Mitigating Your Employment Risks: Traps for Unwary Business Owners and Managers'' - Boston - January 30, 2013
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. - ''What You Need to Know About CORI Reform'' - Boston - December 14, 2012
  • New England Business Association - ''Legal Update 2012'' - Boston - January 10, 2012


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January 11, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Massachusetts: Ruling Impacts Delivery Companies Using Contractors"