Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
Lebanon, NH        603.448.2221
800.727.1941




JAMES A. O'SHAUGHNESSY

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603.716.2895 Ext. 223 Phone
603.716.2899 Fax

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1001 Elm Street, Suite 303
Manchester, NH 03101-1845


Assistant: Darnell Filleul




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
School Employment

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Hamilton College, B.A.


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New Hampshire

MEMBERSHIPS

New Hampshire Bar Association Labor & Employment and Municipal Sections

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

The Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

New Hampshire Bar Journal Advisory Board
  Member


New Hampshire Bar Legislation Committee
  Member


Kimball Jenkins Estate, Paint the Town Committee
  Member


New Hampshire Bar Foundation & New Hampshire Bar Association, Civics in Action
  Ambassador


Daniel Webster Scholar Selection Committee
  Member




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Collective Bargaining
School & Education
School Employment

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Hamilton College, B.A.


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New Hampshire

MEMBERSHIPS

New Hampshire Bar Association Labor & Employment and Municipal Sections

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

The Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

New Hampshire Bar Journal Advisory Board
  Member


New Hampshire Bar Legislation Committee
  Member


Kimball Jenkins Estate, Paint the Town Committee
  Member


New Hampshire Bar Foundation & New Hampshire Bar Association, Civics in Action
  Ambassador


Daniel Webster Scholar Selection Committee
  Member




Jim O'Shaughnessy focuses his practice on the representation of public school districts and school boards, and other educational institutions, including charter schools and child care centers.

Jim’s practice involves all aspects school law, including board representation and governance, school district organization and finance, policy development and implementation, school safety and guns in schools, and student discipline. Jim advises schools boards and superintendents regarding New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law, crisis management, rights of students and school employees, and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. He conducts seminars and trainings on a variety of topics, including school district organization and board governance, effective teacher evaluations, staff misconduct investigations, employees’ and students’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments, collective bargaining, bullying and cyberbullying.

Jim represents public employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings and mediation, in state and federal court proceedings, and before state administrative agencies, including the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education.

Jim was elected in 2019 to serve a two-year term as the Chair of the NH Council of School Attorneys and was appointed by the Council to serve as its representative on the NH Legislative Commission to Study Cooperative School District Issues.

Jim is a presenter at Drummond Woodsum’s Annual New Hampshire Principals Academy, which is a two-day intensive seminar designed specifically for school district administrators. Jim has presented at the Bradley F. Kidder Education Law Conference every year since 2010. He was a presenter at the 2019 NH Association of School Principals “Legal Essentials for Busy School Leaders” conference and is a frequent presenter at the NH Association of School Business Officials. Jim authored the New Hampshire Bar Journal Article: Is Cyber-Bullying the Next “Columbine”: Can New Hampshire Schools Prevent Cyber-Bullying and Avoid Liability?

Jim graduated from Hamilton College and in the top ten percent of his class from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law. While in law school, he participated in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a rigorous two-year honors program. Jim is also a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership New Hampshire.



REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Baer v. N.H. Dep't of Educ.

  • Avery v. N.H. Dep't of Educ

  • Appeal of Michael Silverstein

  • Taylor v. SAU 55

  • PUBLICATIONS

    • Is Cyber Bullying the next Columbine: Can New Hampshire Schools Prevent Cyber-Bullying and Avoid Liability New Hampshire Bar Journal (Spring 2011)


    Jim O'Shaughnessy focuses his practice on the representation of public school districts and school boards, and other educational institutions, including charter schools and child care centers.

    Jim’s practice involves all aspects school law, including board representation and governance, school district organization and finance, policy development and implementation, school safety and guns in schools, and student discipline. Jim advises schools boards and superintendents regarding New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law, crisis management, rights of students and school employees, and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. He conducts seminars and trainings on a variety of topics, including school district organization and board governance, effective teacher evaluations, staff misconduct investigations, employees’ and students’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments, collective bargaining, bullying and cyberbullying.

    Jim represents public employers at the bargaining table, in grievance arbitration proceedings and mediation, in state and federal court proceedings, and before state administrative agencies, including the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education.

    Jim was elected in 2019 to serve a two-year term as the Chair of the NH Council of School Attorneys and was appointed by the Council to serve as its representative on the NH Legislative Commission to Study Cooperative School District Issues.

    Jim is a presenter at Drummond Woodsum’s Annual New Hampshire Principals Academy, which is a two-day intensive seminar designed specifically for school district administrators. Jim has presented at the Bradley F. Kidder Education Law Conference every year since 2010. He was a presenter at the 2019 NH Association of School Principals “Legal Essentials for Busy School Leaders” conference and is a frequent presenter at the NH Association of School Business Officials. Jim authored the New Hampshire Bar Journal Article: Is Cyber-Bullying the Next “Columbine”: Can New Hampshire Schools Prevent Cyber-Bullying and Avoid Liability?

    Jim graduated from Hamilton College and in the top ten percent of his class from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law. While in law school, he participated in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a rigorous two-year honors program. Jim is also a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership New Hampshire.



    REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Baer v. N.H. Dep't of Educ.

  • Avery v. N.H. Dep't of Educ

  • Appeal of Michael Silverstein

  • Taylor v. SAU 55


  • PUBLICATIONS



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    NEWS

    Attorney Jim O’Shaughnessy Graduates from Leadership New Hampshire
    June 10, 2019

    US Supreme Court Issues Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31
    June 28, 2018

    Introducing Drummond Woodsum's Newest Shareholders and Senior Consultant
    December 12, 2017

    Drummond Woodsum Obtains Favorable Decision From the NH Supreme Court in a Significant Right-to-Know
    September 22, 2017


    ARTICLES

    New Hampshire Supreme Court Affirms Voters' Ability to Amend Warrant Articles
    Winter 2017

    Maine's Recreational Marijuana Law Goes into Effect January 30, 2017
    January 1, 2017

    School Choice Round One: The Superior Court
    Fall 2016

    New Hampshire Supreme Court Issues Controversial Decision on Teacher Non-Renewal
    Spring 2016

    PRESENTATIONS

    New Hampshire Principals Academy
    August 7-8, 2019


    Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an employee needs or requests an accommodation
    March 20 & 21, 2019


    Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019
    December 5 & 6, 2018


    2018 Bradley F. Kidder Educational Law Conference
    October 3, 2018



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