Steve Suflas
Steve Suflas

Steven W. Suflas

Partner

suflas@ballardspahr.com
Tel 856.761.3466
Fax 856.761.1020
New Jersey

Steven W. Suflas is Managing Partner of the New Jersey office. He concentrates on the representation of management in all phases of labor and employment matters, including collective bargaining and traditional labor law issues, employment litigation, trials and appeals, appearances before courts and administrative agencies, ERISA, MEPPA, and wage and hour law.

Mr. Suflas works closely with clients, both large and small, national, regional and local, in responding to the daily challenges of the workplace, such as designing and implementing corporate human resources and labor relations strategies and initiatives, drafting and enforcing company policies, and applying employee discipline. His experience includes:

  • Serving as chief spokesman for management in numerous union negotiations in the collective bargaining process
  • Serving as lead trial counsel in federal and state court litigation involving the full range of employment issues, including age, gender, and race discrimination; sexual and workplace harassment; whistleblower claims; wrongful discharge; restrictive covenants; labor injunctions; and ERISA
  • Representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings, hearings and appeals
  • Serving as counsel in labor arbitrations involving a multitude of disciplinary and contract interpretation issues
  • Representing clients concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage laws, including administrative investigations, federal court litigation, and pre-audit compliance
  • Representing clients in withdrawal liability proceedings and litigation under MEPPA
  • Developing strategy in HR planning, including reductions-in-force and national labor policy

Noteworthy Decisions

  • Walton v. The Rose Group d/b/a Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 2013 WL 6498392, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173587 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 11, 2013).
  • Stanker & Galetto v. N.J. Reg'l Council of Carpenters, 2013 WL 4596947, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123222 (D.N.J., Aug. 28, 2013).
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. v. N.L.R.B., 682 F.3d 65 (D.C. Cir. 2012), rev'ing, 355 NLRB Nos. 176 and 177 (2010).
  • In re New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts, 35 NJPER 94, 2009 NJ PERC LEXIS 220 (2009).
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. N.L.R.B., 489 F.3d 1310 (D.C. Cir. 2007), aff'ing 346 NLRB 553 (2006).
  • Dominicus v. Board of Review, Dept. of Labor, 2007 WL 92415 (N.J. Sup'r. Ct. App. Div. 2007).
  • Walton v. Guidant Sales Corp., 203 Fed.Appx. 510, 2006 WL 2974337 (4th Cir. 2006).
  • Walton v. Guidant Sales Corp., 417 F.Supp. 2d 719, 2006 WL 538410 (D. Md. 2006).
  • Thurber v. City of Burlington, 191 N.J. 487 (2006).
  • Babcock v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 2005 WL 3533568 (N.J. Sup'r. Ct. App. Div. 2005).
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. and Niagara Plant Employees Union and Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers, Local 1-5025, National Labor Relations Board, JD-47-04, 2004 WL 1237052 (May 28, 2004).
  • Bassett v. Rent-A-Center, 80 Fed. Appx. 776, 2003 WL 22683350 (3d Cir. 2003).
  • Macedo v. Dello Russo, 178 N.J. 340, 840 A.2d 238 (2002).
  • Witherspoon v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., 173 F.Supp. 2d 239, 2001 WL 1491297 (D.N.J. 2001).
  • Waugh v. Pathmark Stores, Inc., 191 F.R.D. 427 (D.N.J. 2000).
  • Bolinger v. Bell Atlantic, 330 N.J. Super. 300, 749 A.2d 857 (App. Div. 2000).  

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association
Trustee, 2011-present

New Jersey State Bar Association
Labor & Employment Law Section, Chair (1999-2001)

New Jersey Supreme Court
Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, Member (2004-present)

New Jersey Supreme Court
Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education, past Member (2007-2009)

The National Employment Law Institute (NELI), National Advisory Board (2009-present)

Recognition & Accomplishments

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – Fellow (Initial Class – 1996)

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, highest ranking (band one), 2005-2014

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law, employment law, and labor and employment litigation, 1987-2015

Named Best Lawyers' Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year – Philadelphia Area – 2011

Human Resource Executive magazine, named among "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys—Top 100," 2009-2014

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Acknowledged by New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, South Jersey Magazine, Law & Politics, and EuroMoney as a leader in the field of labor and employment law

Publications

"Attorneys Fees in Discrimination Cases" and "At-Will Employment" chapters in Employment Litigation in New Jersey, © 2006 LexisNexis

"5 Labor Developments To Watch after UAW Loss at VW Plant," Law360, February 21, 2014

Co-author, "Are Your 'Partners' Partners? It Matters If They Want To Bring a Discrimination Lawsuit," New Jersey Law Journal, December 9, 2013

"Tips on Legal Writing from Elmore Leonard," The Legal Intelligencer, September 13, 2013

Co-author, "Asking Prospective Employees for Social Media Credentials," Internet Law & Strategy, May 2012

"Representing the Company and its Constituents," New Jersey Lawyer, December 2011

"From Litigation to Arbitration and Back Again," chapter in The Role of Ethics in ADR, published by Aspatore Books, 2011

"Dead or Alive: Independent Contractors," New Jersey Lawyer, Employment Law Supplement, Vol. 17, No. 34, August 25, 2008

"Reflections of a Management Attorney," New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, 2007

"Paralegals are Eligible for Overtime Pay," New Jersey Law Journal, Volume CLXXIX, No. 11, Index 1057, March 14, 2005

"Scorecard Redux: Plaintiffs Still Winners in Employment Case," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. CLXXIX, No. 7, Index 579, February 7, 2005

"Basic Principles for Awarding Attorneys' Fees in Discrimination Cases," New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2002

"And the Cy Young Award Goes to . . . Plaintiffs' Lawyers," New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. CLXVI, No. 11, Index 903, December 10, 2001

"Rise, Fall and Rise Again of CEPA Interpretations," New Jersey Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 47, November 20, 2000

"Expanding Insurance Coverage–Golden Goose or Poisoned Apple?" New Jersey Labor Letter, Vol.1, No. 8, August 2000

"Are Your Workplace E-Mail Polices Ready for Y2K?" New Jersey Labor Letter, Vol. 1, No. l, January 2000

Editor, New Jersey Workplace Law, published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education and the NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Section

Speaking Engagements

ALI-ABA

"Strikes, Lockouts, Picketing, and Secondary Boycotts," Employment and Labor Relations Law for the Corporate Counsel and the General Practitioner: Evolving Law and Practical Compliance Procedures, Philadelphia, September 23, 2013

"Handling the Anti-Discrimination Agency Investigation," Employment and Labor Relations Law for the Corporate Counsel and the General Practitioner, Philadelphia, June 14, 2012

American Conference Institute

"Class Actions: How To Advise Your Clients Given the Uncertainty of Class Action Law and Waivers Post-Wal-Mart v. Dukes, AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, and the NLRB Decision in D.R. Horton," 3rd Annual Conference on Employment Discrimination Litigation, New York, New York, July 30, 2012

Panel moderator, "View From the Bench: Federal District & Magistrate Judges Speak out on How To Convey Complexities to a Court," New York, New York, February 25-26, 2010

 American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section, Annual CLE Conference

"Keeping It Safe: The Legal Basics Addressing Violence and Threats of Violence in the Workplace," Denver, September 13, 2008

"Classic Law of Labor-Management Relations – NLRA Basics," Philadelphia, November 8, 2007

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

"Evidence and Case Management," 32nd FMCS Arbitration Symposium, Atlantic City, N.J., May 6, 2011

Healthcare Financial Management Association

"The NLRB and The Non-Union Workplace," HFMA Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter: Long Term Care Workshop, North Wales, Pa., June 21, 2012

Judicial College for the New Jersey Superior Court

"Mandatory Arbitration of Statutory Employment Cases," Teaneck, N.J., November 22, 2004

"Basic Principles for Awarding Attorneys' Fees in Discrimination Cases," Teaneck, N.J., November 20, 2001

"Significant Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," Teaneck, N.J., November 23, 1999

National Employment Law Institute

"Termination & Severance Agreements," 38th Annual Employment Discrimination Law Update, Chicago, July 31, 2014

"Independent Contractor Misclassification," 19th Annual Mid-Year Employment Law Conference, Arlington, Va., May 9, 2014

"The Expansion of the NLRA," 2014 Employment Law Briefing, Vail, Colo., February 24, 2014

"Employment Terminations and Severance Agreements," 34th Annual Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, December 12, 2013

"Recent Legislative Activity and Agency Initiatives," 37th Annual Employment Discrimination Law Update, Pentagon City, Va., July 25, 2013

"Employment, Termination, and Severance Agreements," 18th Annual Mid-Year Employment Law Conference, Arlington, Va., May 9, 2013

"The Expansion of the NLRA," 32nd Annual Employment Law Briefing, Vail, Colo., February 25, 2013

"Terminations and Severance Agreements," Employment Discrimination Law Update, Chicago, July 19 and 26, 2012

"Recent NLRA Developments," Las Vegas, May 25, 2012

"Current NLRA Developments or EFCA by a Thousand Cuts," Vail, Colo., February 13, 2012

"Current NLRA Developments," 2011 Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, December 9, 2011

"Americans With Disabilities Act Workshop 2011," Newark, N.J., September 23, 2011

"Legislative and Executive Branch Update," Employment Discrimination Law Update, Arlington, Va., May 12, 2011

"Labor-Management Relations Update," 30th Annual Employment Law Briefing, St. Petersburg, Fla., March 8, 2011

"Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act," 2010 Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., July 29, 2010

"Legislative and Executive Update," 29th Annual Employment Law Briefing, Clearwater Beach, Fla., March 10, 2010

"Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Compensation," 2009 Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., December 3, 2009

"Legislative and Executive Branch Update," Employment Discrimination Law Update, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2009

"Significant Legislative and Case Law Update," Human Resources Conference, Washington, D.C., May 21, 2009

"The Latest on Independent Contractors – The Next Wave?"; "Lessons Learned from Outrageous Decisions," 28th Annual Employment Law Briefing, Coronado, Calif., March 2009

"Lessons Learned from Outrageous Decisions," Coronado, California, March 2009

"Trade Secrets/Covenants Not to Compete Issues," 2008 Employment Law Conference, Washington, D.C., December 11, 2008

"Cutting Edge Employment Contract Issues," 27th Annual Employment Law Briefing, Key Biscayne, Fla., March 3, 2008

"Administering, Monitoring and Securing E-Communications in the Workplace," Washington, D.C., December 6, 2007; Chicago, November 9, 2007; Washington, August 22, 2007; Washington, May 17, 2007

"Negotiating and Drafting Termination and Severance Agreements," Washington, D.C., August 2, 2007

"Workplace Defamation," Washington, D.C., August 3, 2006

"Settlement Strategies and the Use of ADR," Washington, D.C., May 18, 2006; Washington, August 5, 2005; New Orleans, December 3, 2004

Georgetown University Law Center

"A Management Perspective on Mediation Advocacy," Washington, D.C., April 13, 2007

"Rights and Liberties in Conflict: Romance in the Workplace," Washington, D.C., April 6, 2006

"The Impact of Daubert and Kumho on Expert Testimony in Employment Law Cases," Washington, D.C., April 21, 2005

"Privacy and Confidentiality in Conducting Investigations of Prospective and Current Employees," Washington, D.C., April 15, 2004

New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education

"Annual Employment Law Update," 2014 Labor and Employment Law Forum and Bench Bar Conference, New Brunswick, March 26, 2014

"Annual Employment Law Update," 2013 Labor and Employment Law Forum, New Brunswick, March 12, 2013

"NLRB Representation and Unfair Labor Practices," Labor & Employment Law Summer Institute, New Brunswick, N.J., July 17, 2012

"Annual Employment Law Update," 2012 Labor & Employment Law Forum, New Brunswick, N.J., March 6, 2012 

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2011 Labor Law Forum and Bench-Bar Conference, New Brunswick, N.J., March 16, 2011

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2010 Labor Law Forum and Bench-Bar Conference, New Brunswick, N.J., March 23, 2010

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2009 Labor Law Forum and Bench-Bar Conference, Woodbridge, N.J., March 2009

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2008 Labor Law Forum and Bench-Bar Conference, Woodbridge, N.J., March 2008

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2007 Labor Law Forum and Bench-Bar Conference, New Brunswick, N.J., March 15, 2007

"NLRB Representation and Unfair Labor Practices," 2006 Labor & Employment Law Summer Institute, New Brunswick, N.J., July 19-20, 2006

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2006 Labor Law Forum and Bench Bar Conference, New Brunswick, N.J., March 16, 2006

"Recent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law," 2005 Labor Law Forum and Bench Bar Conference, Edison, N.J., March 16, 2005

"Case Law Update/Recent Development for New Jersey," 2004 Labor Law Forum and Bench Bar Conference, Woodbridge, N.J., March 16, 2004

"Making and Defending a Case of Discrimination: A Primer to Practicing Before the EEOC & DCR," New Brunswick, N.J., January 29, 2004

"How to Handle Employment Law Cases," Fairfield, N.J., January 19, 2004

"The Role of the Newark Region in the Development of Current NLRB Cases," 25th Annual (NLRB – Region 22) Labor Law Conference, New Brunswick, N.J., November 21, 2003

"Statutory Attorneys' Fees in Employment Litigation – Overview of the Substantive Law," New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, Paradise Island, Bahamas, November 7, 2003

"Instituting a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit," New Brunswick, N.J., April 5, 2003

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

"Ask the Arbitrators: The Arbitration of Statutory Claims," 20th Annual Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, April 25, 2014

"NLRB Update — The Upheaval Continues," 18th Annual Employment Law Institute, Philadelphia, April 19, 2012

"How to Avoid Crossing the Ethical Boundaries in Collective Bargaining & the Grievance Process," Philadelphia, December 10, 2008

"Ethical Issues in Labor Arbitration," Philadelphia, December 5, 2006

"The Gaming Law: The PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act of 2004," Labor and Employment Law Issues for the Gaming Industry, Philadelphia, November 17, 2004; Mechanicsburg, Pa., November 12, 2004; Pittsburgh, October 29, 2004

Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium

"Your Employee Handbook: Useful Tool or Ticking Time Bomb?" Management Labor Employment Roundtable, 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, Las Vegas, March 14, 2014

"The Girl with the Doggone Tattoo: Regulating Employee Conduct," Management Labor Employment Roundtable, 10th Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, Las Vegas, March 13, 2014

"Social Media & HR – From Privacy to 'Protected Concerted Activity'," Management Labor Employment Roundtable, Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, Las Vegas, April 4, 2013

"Social Media—Debate Moves from Privacy to 'Protected Concerted Activity'," Management Labor & Employment Roundtable/HR Specialist, Eighth Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, Las Vegas, March 22, 2012

"The Most Bizarre Employment Law Cases of 2010," Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium, Las Vegas, March 31, 2011

"'DC Developments' – The Latest News & What Employers Should Expect in 2010," Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, Washington, D.C., November 5, 2009

"The Most Bizarre Workplace Cases of 2006-2007: And What You Can Learn From Them," San Diego, Calif., February 13-16, 2008

National CLE Conference

"Whistleblower Claims: Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel," Vail, Colo., January 10, 2014

"Objections during Openings and Closings: When, Why and the Best Way To Make Them," Snowmass, Colo., January 4, 2013

"The Art of the Dance I: Effective Use of Procedural Road Blocks," Snowmass, Colo., January 6, 2012

"Effective Advocacy: Deposition/Summary Judgment Program / Rule 26 Conference," Vail, Colo., January 5-9, 2011

"State Law Developments," Colorado Bar Association CLE, Vail, Colo., January 9, 2010

"State Law Developments: What Will the Legislators Think of Next?" Vail, Colo., January 6, 2009

"Something Wicked This Way Comes – Investigating Your Case," Vail, Colo., January 7, 2008

"Postcards From the Edge – Unique State Statutes and Causes of Action," Aspen, Colo., January 8, 2007

"Internal Investigations after Sarbanes-Oxley," Aspen, Colo., January 6, 2006

University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D. 1976, with honors)
Member, North Carolina Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

Davidson College (B.A. 1973)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania