Jack Kealey - Romano Law

Jack Kealey

Associate Attorney

Jack Kealey


New York

Law School

Brooklyn Law School, cum laude (2021)

Journal of Law and Policy, Executive Articles and Symposia Editor


University of Colorado Boulder, B.A. (2017)

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Jack joined Romano Law in 2019 as a Summer Extern.  Post externship, he continued with the firm as a Law Clerk, gaining valuable experience in all the firm’s practice areas.

In 2021, Jack received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.  There, he was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy’s executive board and published his note Preserving Fabled Amateurism: The Benefits of the NCAA’s Adoption of the Olympic Amateurism Model, 29 J. L. & Pol'y 325 (2020).  In addition to working at Romano Law throughout law school, Jack interned at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, where he helped draft decisions on a default judgment motion and motion for attorney sanctions.

After law school, Jack returned to the firm as an Associate Attorney.  His areas of practice include employment, intellectual property, and commercial litigation.  Early in Jack’s career, he has helped secure favorable settlements for his clients in wrongful termination, employment discrimination, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and business divorce matters.

On the weekends, you will find Jack at the farmer’s market with his dog Ginger searching for gameday spread ingredients.  He also maintains a yoga practice and regularly visits his family in Denver to ski and hike.  Eventually, Jack has his sights on a backpacking trip through Southeastern Asia and learning to scuba dive.

Blog Entries

  • Can you Contest a Default Judgment In New York?

    If someone sues you and you do not respond within the required timeframe, the court can enter a default judgment against you. This means that the court can award damages to a plaintiff, without you being heard. The plaintiff can then use this judgment to garnish your wages, levy your bank accounts, seize certain of

  • Are You an Employer Covered by the WARN Act? Three Questions to Consider.

    As the current coronavirus crisis unfolds, many employers are forced to consider laying off their staff, particularly those in the hospitality, wellness and event industries.  Before you alert your team to the new reality, employers should determine whether they are covered by federal and state-level WARN laws.  For background, Congress passed the WARN Act in the

  • Supreme Court Steps Up To The Plate To Face Compensation For Student-Athletes

    It is no secret that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) oversees a very profitable business.  The billions of dollars that college basketball and football programs generate on a yearly basis have had student-athletes clamoring for their fair share for decades.  In 2019, the Fair Pay to Play Act was introduced and picked up steam after

  • How Can the WARN Act Protect You as an Employee?

    Millions of Americans have been laid off over the last few months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  If you are an employee who has recently been laid off, you should become familiar with the federal and state WARN laws, as they may offer protection, depending on the circumstances of your lay-off. The WARN Act,

  • What Are COVID Liability Waivers?

    Liability waivers are documents businesses may choose to have their clients, customers and/or patrons sign.  They generally state that patrons will not bring a lawsuit against the business in the event they receive personal injury, including illness, from entering the business establishment or participating in a service the business provides. In light of the COVID-19

  • Changes to New York’s Right of Publicity Law

    Updated: July 9, 2021 In New York, individuals generally have the right to control the commercial use of their name, image and likeness, or other similar aspects of their identity.  This is referred to as the right of publicity.  Not all states recognize this right.  While New York has offered some protection in the past, Governor Cuomo signed

  • The Deal to Legalize Marijuana in New York

    The Deal to Legalize Marijuana in New York New York State has reached a deal to legalize marijuana.  This was the third attempt at legalization as nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers favor legalization of recreational marijuana.   Previous deals had failed due to decision-makers’ inability to agree on how to spend marijuana-related tax revenues and

  • Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

    Updated: October 18, 2021 Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police

  • Kanye and Walmart Battle Over Trademarks and Foam Shoes

    Two powerful brands, Yeezy and Walmart, are currently battling over trademarks that are allegedly too similar.  The two actions relate to Kanye’s Yeezy fashion line.  Trademark law provides important protections to brands of all sizes, so even small companies should pay attention to these cases to understand how to enforce their rights or avoid liability.

  • Avoiding and Redressing Cryptocurrency Scams

    Cryptocurrency has become a highly sought-after investment.  Its investors range from tech savvy investment professionals to regular people with limited investing experience.  The industry has garnered a reputation of high-risk, high-reward investments that make for tempting opportunities for those comfortable with educated gambling.  Like gambling, the drawback of crypto investment is the potentially massive losses

  • Confession of Judgment in New York

    Updated: January 25, 2022 A confession of judgment is an instrument used to secure the full payment of an agreed upon settlement amount.  It often arises when one party to a settlement agreement has concerns about the other party’s ability to provide full payment.  Usually, this is in instances where the settlement amount is broken

  • When Can You Sue For Breach of Contract in Florida?

    When you enter into a contract, the expectation is that both parties will act as promised.  A contract is an agreement between two parties that is enforceable by law.  Assuming you have a valid contract, if one of you does not meet your obligations, that party may be liable for breach of contract.  Suing for

  • Freshly Brewed: Starbucks Employees Put A “Latte” Effort Into Unionization

    For almost a century, labor unions have provided employees a vital mouthpiece to arrange fair employment terms for workers.  Currently, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) supervises the formation and enforcement of union rights.  Notably, the NLRB is overseeing the recent effort by Starbucks employees to unionize in Buffalo and Seattle.  Within the past few

  • Title VII and Flores v. The National Football League, et al.

    Listen to the podcast: Siddartha Rao, Litigation Partner, discusses the matter on Bloomberg Radio (begins at 30:18) I. Flores Lawsuit Overview  On February 1, 2022, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores brought a race discrimination class action suit against the NFL and several of its teams.  His complaint alleges that the New York Giants

  • Anticipated Impacts of the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Cryptocurrency

    On March 9, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order entitled “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets” (the “Order”), concerning the administration’s digital asset policy objectives.  The Order is the U.S. government’s first holistic risk analysis of digital assets.  While it did not announce any specific regulations, the Order directs federal agencies to investigate the