James B. Shrimp
Employment Law Attorney

Employment Law Attorney James B. Shrimp is adept in all aspects of employment law, franchise litigation and trademark infringement matters.

High Swartz
Norristown Office

Montgomery County, PA

James B. Shrimp concentrates his practice in the representation of employers in discrimination cases brought in federal court and state court, and at the administrative level (Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission). Mr. Shrimp also represents employers, including schools, in labor and employment issues. Mr. Shrimp also counsels and represents business in Franchise Law and Trademark issues.

Some of Jim’s legal specialties and achievements include:

  • Counsels and represents businesses in employment and commercial disputes, including employee discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour disputes and restrictive covenants.
  • Jim’s past experience representing employees, gives Jim the ability to advise employers with a 360 degree analysis of the cost benefit of the case while providing accurate risk assessment
  • Counsels and represents businesses in Franchise Law and Trademark issues from drafting the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), to filing for a federally protected trademark, and litigating of those issues before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and/or in court, if necessary
  • Represents employers in actions before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Obtained a verdict of $225,000 for a commercial leasing entity, in a breach of contract action

 


Get to Know Employment Law Attorney James B. Shrimp

Affiliations & Honors

  • Montgomery Bar Association, Member (2002 to present)
    – Labor and Employment Committee, Vice Chair (2016)
    – Labor and Employment Committee, Member (2002 to present)
    – Civil Rules Committee, Member (2012, 2013)
    – Franchise Committee, Member (2010-2012)
    – Young Lawyers Committee, Vice-Chair (2005)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member (1999 to present)
  • American Bar Association, Member (1999 to present)
    – Forum on Franchising, Member (2009 to present)
    – Labor and Employment Division (1999 to present)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member (2015 to present)
  • Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), Member (2015 to present)
  • American Association of Franchisee and Dealers, Member (2015 to present)

Honors 

  • AV Preeminent Ranking, Martindale Hubbell
  • Elected to Super Lawyers, 2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2013
  • Elected to “Best Lawyers in America©, 2016-2019
  • Lawyer of the Year The Best Lawyers in America© Philadelphia Region, 2017-2018
  • Main Line Today – Top Lawyer, 2019

Activities

  • Central Chester County Rotary Club
    • President (2017-2018)
    • President Elect (2016-2017)
    • Chair, Foundation Committee (2016-2017)
  • Misericordia University Alumni Association, Class of 1996 Representative (2005 to present)
  • Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association, Coach, Baseball (2012-present)
  • St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Member of Council (2018-present)
    • Chairman, Associate Pastor Call Committee (2014)

Noteworthy Cases

  • TEQ Lease, Inc. v. Soloman Charter School, et al, Philadelphia County, No. 14-0201045 (obtained $221,820.76 judgment at trial)
  • Munoz v. NutriSystem, Inc., 2014 WL 3765498 (E.D. Pa. July 30, 2014)
    Allen v. Nutrisystem, Inc., 546 Fed. App’x. 98 (3d Cir. 2013)
    Grosso Enterprises, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, 2011 WL 816620 (E.D. Pa. March 9, 2011)
  • Henderson v. NutriSystem, 634 F.Supp.2d 521 (E.D.Pa., 2009)
  • Schneider v. The Arc of Montgomery County, 497 F.Supp.2d 651, (E.D.Pa. 2007)
  • Kelly v. Harcum College, 2007 WL 712416 (E.D.Pa. March 7, 2007)
  • Mochan v. The Arc of Montgomery County, 2007 WL 655604 (E.D.Pa. March 2, 2007)

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Implementing a Paperless Office,” Independence Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, 2019
  • Co-author, “Walking the Line: Best Practices for Advising Franchise Clients on Avoiding Employment Risks,” American Bar Association, 38th Annual Forum on Franchising (October 2015)
  • “Management Lessons from Jonathan Papelbon,” Philadelphia Business Journal (October 2, 2015)
  • “Uber and the Heightened Scrutiny of Independent Contractor Status, ” The Legal Intelligencer (September 30, 2015)
  • “Working at Amazon: Delivery of Discord in Under Twelve Hours, or Just Normal?”, Law 360 (September 2015)
  • “Yes to Arbitration, but Did I Also Agree to Class Action and Consolidated Arbitration?”, Franchise Law Journal, ADA Quarterly Journal of the Forum on Franchising, Vol. 30, Num. 3 (Winter 2011)
  • “Supreme Court Assists Employers by Limiting Pay Discrimination Claims”, Schuylkill Alliance Business Advisor, July-August, 2007
  • “Open Government Guide, Open Records and Meeting Laws in Pennsylvania” Reporter Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2006
  • “Properly Documenting an Employee’s Discharge with Respect to Unemployment Compensation”, Lorman Educational Services, Employee Discharge and Documentation in Pennsylvania seminar, 2001

Practice Areas

Background

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2009

 

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Misericordia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996

Jim Shrimp's Legal Insights

U.S. Supreme Court Further Defines Title VII Protection to Include LGBT

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How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Will Affect Local Business

The Act seeks to address the impact of coronavirus in a number of areas, but how will it affect employees, employers and their businesses in PA? On the night of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It was passed by Congress in hopes that it will assist Americans, […]

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