James Francis Barna Esq

James Francis Barna Esq

Employment Attorney, EPLI, employment contracts, wages/overtime, discrimination
  • Employment Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • Maine, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee
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Summary

JIM BARNA BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO EMPLOYMENT LAW REPRESENTATION. Throughout his career, Jim Barna has focused his practice on employment law. Jim did his undergraduate studies at Syracuse University and Stony Brook University. Jim attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis, a Top Twenty law school with an extensive employment law curriculum. While in law school, he had the opportunity to work for a national leader in employment law and womens rights litigation, Mary Anne Sedey. “From Mary Anne Sedey, I saw that big cases can bring big changes, and that a life devoted to seeking justice can coincide with success for clients and attorneys.” After he graduated from law school in 1996, Jim spent ten years working for nationally recognized employment law firms in Memphis, Tennessee, a center of labor and employment law work. During that time, he handled litigation matters in 22 states, and the District of Columbia. Jim has owned practices in Maine and New York since that time, continuing to represent corporate employers as well as employees. His specialties include contract negotiations for executives and physicians, EPLI (employment practices liability insurance) defense, workplace discrimination, harassment, other workplace related legal issues, and labor law. In 2002, Jim was associate counsel, and coauthor of the victorious merits brief, in the first Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case to be heard by the United States Supreme Court, Ragsdale v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 535 U.S. 81 (2002). He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Jim is holds law licenses in New York, Maine, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and represents clients throughout the United States.

Education
Washington University School of Law
J.D. (1996)
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Honors: Articles Editor of Law Review
Activities: Published twice during law school
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State University of New York - Stony Brook
B.A. | Multidisciplinary Studies
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Syracuse University
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Professional Experience
Owner
The Barna Law Firm
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Special Counsel
Costello Cooney Fearon PLLC
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Mr. Barna was a member of Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC’s Labor and Employment practice group. He has a broad range of experience advising clients in both the private and public sectors. In addition to his employment litigation experience, he advises clients in improper and unfair labor practice hearings and representation proceedings before the NLRB and PERB. He counsels clients with wage and hour and benefits issues. He advises clients on how to avoid expensive and lengthy employment litigation by drafting human resource policies and procedures, including documentation of employee performance problems. Mr. Barna frequently represents corporate clients with insured employment claims (EPLI representation). He also represents executives, physicians and professionals in their employment law claims.
Principal
The Barna Law Firm
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Principal
Down East Law & Litigation
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General legal practice serving individuals and businesses in Eastern Maine. Represented clients in litigation, employment law, wills, administrative law, landlord and tenant law, and criminal law.
Senior Associate
Weintraub Stock & Grisham
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Corporate employment law and litigation practice. Represented corporate and governmental clients in litigation and administrative proceedings in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States. Litigation practice included trials and appeals, including matters before the United States Supreme Court. Advised clients on compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. Represented and advised clients in unfair labor practice charges, union election campaigns, and labor arbitrations.
Attorney
Waggoner Law Firm
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Trial practice in association with two other attorneys representing clients in personal injury, criminal, and employment discrimination matters. Handled matters before state and federal courts and agencies.
Associate
Ford & Harrison
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Management employment law and labor relations practice. Represented clients in employment litigation and administrative proceedings. Advised clients on compliance with employment laws and regulations, as well as discrimination laws.
Certifications
Notary Public
Onondaga County, New York, Clerks Office
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
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Onondage County Bar Association
Member
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National Employment Lawyers Association- New York
Member
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New York State Bar Association
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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Mississippi
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New York
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Tennessee
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees accepted for particularly strong cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees can be flat fee, hourly, contingent, or a combination of these depending on the needs of the client and the strength of the case.
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Area
  • Labor Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Contact & Map
Cazenovia, New York
9 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
USA
Telephone: (315) 440-6950
Syracuse, New York
9 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
USA
Telephone: (315) 440-6950