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NECA Names James E. Fagan as General Counsel

Oct 21, 2019
Fagan-HeadshotThe National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jef Fagan to the position of General Counsel. He is a seasoned first-chair litigator and counselor with over twenty-five years of experience as a practicing attorney. Mr. Fagan has represented small and large firms and trade associations and has spent half of his career as an in-house counsel to two large governmental entities.
David Long, Chief Executive Officer of NECA, said, “Jef has continued to demonstrate himself over time providing tremendous benefits to NECA on various levels. He has represented both small and large companies, and I have personally witnessed his interaction and measured approach to legal matters. It is clear to me his goal is to promptly and efficiently solve problems even before they happen. Among his major tasks will be to champion the future revision of our national by-laws and standing policies as well as provide oversight over all outside counsel activities. Jef and I are committed to providing responsible resolutions to our contractor members and chapters with exceptional value.”
Mr. Fagan has extensive experience in labor and employment law. He has counseled both public and private employers on a wide variety of employment issues, including employment discrimination, wage and hour, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, recruitment, discipline, termination, and compliance with civil rights laws. Jef also has extensive experience in the representation of management in traditional labor matters on issues involving union management, collective bargaining, and unfair labor practice charges.
Jef is proficient in government contracting, including matters involving the National Labor Relations Act, the Service Contract Act, prevailing wage, project labor agreements, ethics, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) compliance, bid protests and related litigation, as well as state and local cooperative purchasing. As general counsel to a large public school system, he routinely handled all legal matters in the areas of education, employment, procurement, finance, special education, virtual learning, public records, local and federal legislation, and general local government matters. He is also an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and has advised his clients on issues related to state and federal privacy laws, data protection and retention obligations and government contracts compliance issues in the evolving cyber and IT world.
“The opportunity to work with an organization like NECA presents numerous opportunities,” Mr. Fagan said. “I believe my experience as in-house counsel will help our organization grow and meet the challenges we face as we grow into an association powerhouse. Every employer has labor and human resources issues. I look forward to assisting our contractors and chapters in a manner that is productive and fruitful for both our members and the workers they employ.”

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