Shira Franco > Davis+Gilbert LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
Davis+Gilbert LLP Offices
NEW YORK, NY 10019
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Labor + Employment
Shira Franco, a partner in the firm’s Labor + Employment Practice Group, focuses on employment counseling, investigations, and litigation for financial services, technology, and advertising and marketing companies. She helps clients mitigate legal risks as they scale their businesses and provides them with practical guidance on the numerous laws impacting the workplace.
Banks, hedge funds, fintech companies, and other financial services and technology employers call on Shira for day-to-day guidance on workplace issues and depend on her exceptional skill in analyzing and solving personnel challenges. She anticipates the trajectory of legal claims brought by employees and resolves sensitive employment-related issues before they escalate. C-suite executives also call on her to negotiate their employment contracts, severance packages and post-employment restrictions.
When meeting with clients, Shira focuses first on gaining a clear understanding of the client’s business and culture. Then she helps develop legally compliant HR policies and workplace best practices tailored to the client’s specific workforce needs. When disputes arise, she leads investigations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims.
A well-prepared and tenacious litigator, she has successfully defended clients in race, age, sex, pregnancy and disability discrimination cases, in wage and hour cases, and in breach of contract disputes involving violations of confidentiality, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements. From complete victories in employment discrimination lawsuits to winning dismissals of complex employee contract cases, Shira has an impressive record in prevailing for clients in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local administrative agencies.
- Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
- University of California – Berkeley (A.B., with highest distinction, 1998)
Davis+Gilbert LLP‘s labor and employment team advises a large number of clients, with a focus on preventative management, which involves implementing employer/employee education, procedures and documentation, particularly during reductions in workforce and complex terminations. The firm has been successful in a range of employment-related litigation, including cases involving federal and state anti-discrimination laws, WARN Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, state wage and hour laws, ERISA and whistleblower claims. The team is led by New York–based co-chairs Gregg Gilman, who advises blue-chip companies on long-term strategy, and Daniel A Feinstein. Shira Franco, also in New York, often assists food and technology companies.