Brian D. Pedrow

Partner He / Him / His
Philadelphia

Brian D. Pedrow represents employers and management in the full scope of matters related to employment, labor, and employee benefit disputes. Brian's practice includes all facets of employment-related litigation, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and employment-based torts.

He also has a significant practice representing benefit plans, fiduciaries, and plan sponsors in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation arising from benefits eligibility disputes, breach of fiduciary litigation, and interference with benefits claims.

Experience 

Representative Matters

Public Sector Labor Law

  • Labor counsel to three Pennsylvania gubernatorial administrations, including Governors Edward G. Rendell, Thomas Corbett, and Tom Wolf, conducting labor negotiations and interest arbitrations and wage and hour litigation
  • Labor counsel to the City of Philadelphia during the Rendell and Street Administrations
  • Counsel to SEPTA in seven rounds of labor negotiations with the Transport Workers Union, and in other labor and employment-related matters
  • Counsel to the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities

Private Sector Labor Law

  • Represents a wide variety of 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

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Brian oversees the SOAR disability benefits program at Ballard Spahr in connection with the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), representing homeless veterans seeking Social Security benefits. He also serves as counsel to the Mural Arts Advocates, assisting with labor and employment matters, such as artists' contracts.

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, labor and employment, (Pennsylvania), 2007-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law - management and employment law - management, 2008-2021

Benchmark Litigation, "Labor & Employment Star," Labor and Employment, 2019-2020 

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Vaccines in the Workplace: To Mandate or Not to Mandate, Ballard Spahr podcast, December 4, 2020

Co-Presenter, "I Won’t Come to Work! Legal and Practical Guidance for Employers Facing Accommodation Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Ballard Spahr CLE for Free webinar, August 13, 2020

Presenter, "Blurred Lines Between Work and Play: Employer Regulation of Off-Duty Conduct," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law Institute 2020, July 23, 2020

Board Memberships & Community Service

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

Member, Homeless Advocacy Project Board, Philadelphia, PA

Volunteer, Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP): Oversees SOAR disability benefits program and participates in legal intake clinic at adopted homeless shelter

Volunteer, Comcast Cares Day: Annually leads a team of volunteers to conduct a food drive for and conduct a workday at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission homeless shelter

Volunteer, Surrey Services for Seniors: Provides transportation and in-home services to senior citizens in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Credentials 

Education

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1988)
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., magna cum laude, 1985)
Double major in Spanish and psychology with a certificate in Latin American studies

Admissions

Pennsylvania

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit