Brian Pedrow
Brian Pedrow

Brian D. Pedrow

Partner

pedrow@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8108
Fax 215.864.9766
Philadelphia

Brian D. Pedrow represents management in employment-related litigation, including discrimination and harassment, labor arbitrations and negotiations, and employment contract, wrongful discharge, and tort claims. Mr. Pedrow advises clients on compliance with employment and benefit laws, such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, OSHA, FMLA, and drug testing.

Mr. Pedrow's practice encompasses all facets of litigation involving employees and employee benefits. He has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued appellate cases in various U.S. appellate courts. He routinely litigates employment discrimination, harassment and tort claims, such as defamation, trade secret/noncompetition disputes, and wrongful discharge and breach of contract suits. Mr. Pedrow also has developed a significant practice representing benefit plans, fiduciaries, and plan sponsors in ERISA litigation arising from benefits eligibility disputes, breach of fiduciary litigation, and interference with benefits claims.

Mr. Pedrow has represented a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice in First Amendment litigation, as well as the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry in a constitutional challenge to state workers' compensation statute.

Representative Matters

Public Sector Labor Law

  • Has served as labor counsel to Gov. Edward G. Rendell and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, conducting labor negotiations and interest arbitrations for most of the commonwealth’s bargaining units
  • Served as labor counsel to the City of Philadelphia during the Rendell and Street Administrations
  • Has served as counsel to SEPTA in its labor negotiations with the Transport Workers Union, as well as in other labor and employment-related matters
  • Serves as counsel to the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities

Private Sector Labor Law

  • Represents a wide variety of Philadelphia-based employers in private-sector labor matters, such as labor negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings, and labor arbitrations; serves as labor counsel to Comcast-Spectacor and Global Spectrum
  • Served as labor counsel to Philadelphia 2000, the host committee for the Republican National Convention, and mediated a labor cooperation agreement for the trades unions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Employment and Employee Benefits Litigation

  • Represented Group Health Association of America in a lawsuit challenging state regulation of employee benefit plans

Advice and Training

  • Provides day-to-day advice to clients, ranging from drafting personnel policies to advising on a difficult employee termination to preparing employment agreements; frequently provides training at client sites, including FMLA/ADA training and harassment training

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Pedrow recently worked with two shelters to develop handbooks and personnel policies for the staffs of these nonprofit organizations.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Planning Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, 2007-2014

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law, employment law, 2008-2014

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

Supreme Court and legislative/regulatory reporter, Employment and Labor Relations Law (ABA newsletter)

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker on employment and benefit law issues at public seminars and client-sponsored programs

Faculty member, professional certification in human resources management courses sponsored by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Villanova University

Lecturer, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and Villanova University School of Law

Regular participant in annual Employment Law Institute sponsored by Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Planner and annual presenter, Ballard Spahr's Breakfast Briefing Series on labor and employment topics

"2013 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional," Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, Trevose, Pa., September 20, 2013

"#disTracted! Driving: Legal Liability and Preventive Measures for Employers," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 14, 2013

Course Planner, "The Family and Medical Leave Act, One Year After the Regs," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Program, Philadelphia, December 1, 2009; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, December 14, 2009; Webcast, December 14, 2009; Pittsburgh, January 21, 2010

Community Activities

Volunteer, Surrey Services for Seniors, which provides a broad range of transportation and in-home services to senior citizens in Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania

Board Memberships

Society for Human Resource Management, Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter (SEPA SHRM)

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1988, cum laude)
Managing Editor, Law & Policy in International Business; Recipient, honors as Law Fellow and Lawyers Cooperative Academic Achievement Award in Constitutional Law

Dickinson College (B.A. 1985, magna cum laude)

Pennsylvania

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court