Chair, John L. Shahdanian II

Trenk Isabel Siddiqi & Shahdanian’s Labor and Employment practice is comprised of counselors and litigators who assist with day-to-day employment issues to full-scale employment litigation. Our team strives to help clients defend against lawsuits early and efficiently.

As labor and employment laws continue to increase in complexity, our clients look to us to help them navigate the constantly evolving legal landscape and compliance requirements. We counsel employers of all sizes from startups to public entities to Fortune 500 companies to help mitigate risk and consider litigation alternatives. When necessary, we represent our clients in both jury and non-jury trials as well as in front of administrative agencies.

Employment Counseling

We proactively counsel our clients on their day-to-day legal obligations as well as employ effective tools to mitigate risk. Our areas of focus include:

  • Employment agreements
  • Executive compensation
  • Disability accommodations
  • Non-solicitation/Non-compete agreements
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secret protection
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Worker classification
  • Sexual harassment and discrimination

HR Training & Policies

Working alongside a client’s Human Resources professionals or department, our team develops and presents customized and effective training programs to meet the unique needs of a client’s business and operations. We help our clients draft the necessary HR policies and procedures to stay in compliance with frequent changes in state and federal laws. Our team regularly handles:

  • Creation and revision of policies and employee handbooks
  • Drafting and negotiation of employment agreements including non-solicitation and non-compete language
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Compensation arrangements
  • Severance packages
  • Independent contractor agreements

Employment Litigation

Our team represents small companies, public entities, and major corporations through mediation and arbitration, before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local human/civil rights agencies, and the administrative venues of the New Jersey and New York Departments of Labor, and the Public Employment Relations Commission.

We prioritize cost-effective litigation management and work tirelessly to resolve matters expeditiously. We work alongside in-house counsel, management, and corporate employees to aggressively defend our clients.

Our areas of focus include:

  • Discrimination/retaliation claims
  • EEOC claims
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Pay and overtime disputes
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Worker misclassification claims


Our employment law group conducts timely independent investigations into allegations made by an employee or third party concerning improper or unethical behavior such as:

  • Discrimination
  • Employee misconduct
  • Fraud
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblowing