Brian D. Pedrow

Tel 215.864.8108
Fax 215.864.9766

Brian D. Pedrow is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group. He 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. Brian 's traditional labor practice includes both private and public sector labor negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and related matters. He routinely represents clients in litigation, regulatory matters, and compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Brian also represents employers in transactional and compliance matters encompassing such issues as employment and benefits aspects of corporate transactions, reductions in force, executive compensation, agreement drafting, policy and handbook reviews, and affirmative action planning. He provides management and workforce training on a wide array of labor and employment law issues and day-to-day counseling and advice to human resources professionals, managers, and in-house counsel. Brian serves as the Leader for related initiatives, including the firm's Accessibility Group involving ADA Title III and other public accommodation laws and the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Group, which assists with the development and implementation of D&I programs.

Brian has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued appellate cases in several U.S. appellate courts. He counts among his clients Fortune 100 companies, the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, SEPTA, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry.

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
  • Served as labor counsel to the Democratic National Convention Committee and Philadelphia Host Committee for the 2016 DNC Convention in Philadelphia and to Philadelphia 2000, the host committee for the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000
  • Mediated and drafted the labor cooperation agreement for the trades unions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Employee Benefits Litigation

  • Served as national coordinating counsel on all benefits litigation nationwide for a Fortune 2016 Global 500 company, litigating cases in various appellate circuits around the country
  • Represented Group Health Association of America in a lawsuit challenging state regulation of employee benefit plans
  • Litigated and won the first filed case in the country involving ERISA's amended anti-cutback rule

Diversity & Inclusion

  • D&I counsel to Comcast Corporation in connection with FCC approval of the NBCUniversal acquisition; negotiated memoranda of agreement with leading civil rights organizations
  • Conducts D&I gap assessments and advises on design and implementation of D&I programs, including in connection with the Dodd-Frank Act diversity standards


  • Advises clients on compliance with public accommodation and accessibility laws, including Title III of the ADA
  • Represents clients in connection with litigation involving accessibility issues, including the testing industry
  • Designs policies and procedures governing accessibility

Transactional and Regulatory Work

  • Advises employers on employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions
  • Assists with the design and implementation of reductions in force, including layoff notices, separation agreements, informational disclosures, and compliance with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • Serves as counsel to boards of directors and compensation committees regarding executive compensation issues
  • Drafts agreements governing the employment relationship, including employment agreements, non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, and independent contractor agreements
  • Reviews employment policies and procedures, including complete employee handbook and manual reviews
  • Creates employee leave programs encompassing FMLA, sick leave, and short- and long-term disability leave, and advises on compliance with paid and unpaid leave laws at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Represents employers in audits and litigation with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and assists with affirmative action plan preparation and related compensation audits
  • Conducts workplace investigations in connection with complaints of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, as well as wage and hour audits

Advice and Training

  • Provides day-to-day advice to clients
  • Provides all manner of management and workforce training, covering such issues as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, ADA compliance, managing attendance under the FMLA and other leave laws, NLRA issues, among others
  • Frequent speaker at public programs, including the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), the Public Employer Labor Relations Advisory Services (PELRAS), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters
  • Guest lecturer at area law schools and universities on labor and employment law topics, including Rosemont College, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University

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. Mr. Pedrow 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), 2007-2020

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

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

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Recipient, 2016 Corporate-Firm Partnership Recognition Award, Homeless Advocacy Project

Recipient, 2016 Alan J. Davis Pro Bono Award by Ballard Spahr LLP


Co-author, "NLRB on Handbook Rules: Do’s and Don’ts," Ballard Spahr alert, January 12, 2021

Co-author, "FMLA in the COVID-19 Era: Telemedicine and Workplace Postings," Ballard Spahr alert, January 8, 2021

Co-author, "California Court’s Nationwide Injunction Halts Trump’s Diversity Training Ban for Contractors and Grant Recipients,Ballard Spahr alert, December 24, 2020

Co-author, "DOL Issues Final Rule on Regulations Regarding Tipped Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, December 23, 2020

Co-author, "New Stimulus Deal: Overview of Major Provisions Impacting Businesses and Individuals," Ballard Spahr alert, December 22, 2020

Co-author, "Payroll Protection Program: Practical Advice for Completing Your Loan Necessity Questionnaire," Ballard Spahr alert, December 16, 2020

Co-author, "EEOC, DOL, DOJ Finalize Controversial Agreement To Coordinate Equal Employment Enforcement, Compliance," Ballard Spahr alert, November 5, 2020

Co-author, "DOL Set to Enforce President Trump’s Executive Order 13950 on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping," Ballard Spahr alert, October 15, 2020

Co-author, "President Trump Utilizes Executive Power to Issue Order Addressing Race and Sex Stereotyping," Ballard Spahr alert, September 24, 2020

Co-author, "DHS Extends Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Rule for an Additional 60 Days," Ballard Spahr alert, September 16, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates," Ballard Spahr alert, September 14, 2020

Co-author, "EEOC Opinion Letter Limits Agency’s ‘Pattern or Practice’ Litigation," Ballard Spahr alert, September 11, 2020

Co-author, "Federal Judge Blocks Portions of DOL’s Joint Employer Rule," Ballard Spahr alert, September 10, 2020

Co-author, "Treasury Issues Guidance Implementing Memorandum on Social Security Tax Deferral," Ballard Spahr alert, August 31, 2020

Co-author, "USDOL Reminds Employers to Track and Pay for Remote Work Hours Accurately," Ballard Spahr alert, August 26, 2020

Co-author, "Trump Signs Memoranda and Executive Order: Enhanced Unemployment Benefits, Deferred Payroll Taxes, Student Loan Relief, and Halted Residential Evictions . . . Maybe," Ballard Spahr alert, August 13, 2020

Co-author, "EEOC Delays 2019 EEO-1 Data Collection Due to COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, May 11, 2020

Co-author, "UPDATED: The 1-2-3s of Counting Employees in Private Equity Firms Under Federal COVID-19 Legislation," Ballard Spahr alert, April 30, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2020

Co-author, "OSHA Issues COVID-19 Safety “Alert” for Construction Workers," Ballard Spahr alert, April 23, 2020

Co-author, "Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Mandates New COVID-19 Workplace Protocols," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients," Ballard Spahr alert, April 16, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey Amends Its WARN, Family Leave, and Disability Laws to Address COVID-19 Issues," Ballard Spahr alert, April 15, 2020

Co-author, "Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave Expanded to Cover Absences Related to COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, April 14, 2020

Co-author, "Payroll Protection Program May Provide Relief to Eligible Small Businesses – If You Can Navigate the Workforce Issues," Ballard Spahr alert, April 13, 2020

Co-author, "CDC issues guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employees, Ballard Spahr alert, April 13, 2020

Co-author, "New Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements on ‘Essential’ Businesses & Stops All ‘Non-Essential’ Construction In New Jersey," Ballard Spahr alert, April 9, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates," Ballard Spahr alert, April 6, 2020

Co-author, "Tackling the Duty to Bargain With a Union in Emergency Situations," Ballard Spahr alert, March 31, 2020

Co-author, "CARES Act Provides Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits," Ballard Spahr alert, March 27, 2020

Co-author, "DHS Institutes Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance for Employers Working Remotely," Ballard Spahr alert, March 23, 2020

Co-author, "NY Legislation Will Require Many Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 Quarantine," Ballard Spahr alert, March 20, 2020

Co-author, "How Employers Should Address the Workplace Impact of COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, March 6, 2020

Co-author, "Union Dues Deductions Not Required After Contract Expiration," Ballard Spahr alert, December 18, 2019

Co-author, "DOL Seeks to Improve Employers’ FMLA Forms" Ballard Spahr alert, August 28, 2019

Co-author, "Philadelphia's New Minimum Wage Is Now in Effect: Are You Compliant?" Ballard Spahr alert, July 8, 2019

Co-author, "Employers May Compel Arbitration Even Where Employee Failed to Sign Arbitration Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, April 29, 2019

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Illuminates Class Arbitration and FAA Appeal Issues," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2019

Co-author, "FMLA Can and Should Run Concurrently With Paid Leave," Ballard Spahr alert, April 1, 2019

Co-author, "Avoid Taking the Bait of W-2 Phishing Schemes," Ballard Spahr alert, March 6, 2019

Co-author, "Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia Fair Workweek and Minimum Wage Bills Into Law," Ballard Spahr alert, December 27, 2018

Co-author, "Philadelphia City Council Passes Fair Workweek Ordinance," Ballard Spahr alert, December 6, 2018

Co-author, "NY State Issues Guidance to Employers on Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements," Ballard Spahr alert, August 27, 2018

Co-author: "The Definition of a Whistleblower Under the Dodd-Frank Act is Shrinking," Ballard Spahr Alert, March 1, 2018 

Co-author, "Attorneys General Seek to Ban Mandatory Arbitration for Workplace Sexual Harassment," Ballard Spahr alert, February 27, 2018 

Co-author, "Consent Decree in BarBri Case Includes Compliance With WCAG Standards for Digital Content," Ballard Spahr alert, January 31, 2018 

Co-author, "What Employers Must Know About NLRB's New Policy Memo," Law360, December 22, 2017

Co-author, "New NLRB General Counsel Signals Major Shift Away From Obama-Era Board Policies," Ballard Spahr alert, December 5, 2017 

Co-author, "Complying with the Diversity & Inclusion Standards of Section 342 of Dodd-Frank Through Sponsorship Programs: Key Considerations for Development and Implementation," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, November 16, 2017

Co-author, "Office of Management and Budget Halts Employers' Obligation to Report Summary Pay Data on Annual EEO-1 Form," Ballard Spahr alert, September 1, 2017

Co-author, "Dancer's Statutory Claims Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Third Circuit Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, August 29, 2017  

Co-author, "Managing Divisive Politics in the Workplace," Society for Human Resources Management, February 27, 2017

Co-author, "NY Payroll Debit Card Regulation Declared Invalid," Ballard Spahr alert, February 24, 2017

Co-author, "Bank Whistleblower Litigation Highlights Limits of Employee Confidentiality Agreements to Curb Data Misappropriation," Ballard Spahr alert, February 23, 2017  

Co-author, "NY Payroll Debit Card Regulation Declared Invalid," Consumer Finance Law: Quarterly Report, February 27, 2017 

Co-author, "Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze," Ballard Spahr alert, February 21, 2017

Co-author, "SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch's Judicial Conservatism May Benefit Employers," Ballard Spahr alert, February 2, 2017

Co-author, "Expect Pro-Business, Pro-Employer Changes Under Trump Administration," Ballard Spahr alert, January 20, 2017

Co-author, "Getting with the Program: Tackling Section 342," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, November 1, 2016

Co-author, "FTC and DOJ Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals," Ballard Spahr alert, October 21, 2016

Co-author, "Pa. Superior Court Affirms Punitive Damage Award in Breach of Noncompetition Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, September 21, 2016  

Co-author, "Financial Regulators Issue FAQ Guide on Diversity Self-Assessments," Ballard Spahr alert, August 8, 2016 

Co-author, "Ninth Circuit Vastly Expands Scope of Criminal, Civil Liability for Computer Fraud," Ballard Spahr alert, July 15, 2016

Co-author, "PA’s Medical Marijuana Act: Challenges for Employers," Ballard Spahr alert, April 29, 2016

Co-author, "DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave," Ballard Spahr alert, February 29, 2016

Co-author, "Recent Developments under Dodd-Frank’s Diversity Standards," Ballard Spahr alert, November 11, 2015

Co-author, "President Obama Issues Labor Day Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, September 10, 2015

Co-author, "Now Might Be a Good Time to Review FLSA Overtime Exemptions," Title News, July 2015

Co-author, "Must Employers Accommodate Marijuana Users?" The Legal Intelligencer, June 30, 2015

Co-author, "Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies," Ballard Spahr alert, June 9, 2015

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Notice, Comment Not Required for Federal Agencies Interpreting Regulations," Ballard Spahr alert, March 16, 2015

Co-author, "Laying the Groundwork: Creating a Complaint Section 342 Program," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, February 4, 2015

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

Co-author, "Raising the Bar on Diversity and Inclusion: Dodd-Frank's Proposed Diversity Standards," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, August 2014

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

Co-Presenter, "Resuming Workplace Operations: The Long March Back from Pandemic Isolation," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 11, 2020

Moderator, "Let the Lawsuits Begin: Employers Already Are Being Sued Over COVID-19 Issues," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 24, 2020

Presenter, "GPBCH Employer’s Forum - Q&A with the Experts: A COVID-19 Update," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 16, 2020

Presenter, "U.S. Immigration Compliance During COVID-19," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 9, 2020

Presenter, "Paid Leave and Other Legal Considerations for the COVID-19 Pandemic," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 2, 2020

Presenter, "Furloughs, Layoffs, and Related Employment and Benefits Issues," Ballard Spahr webinar, March 26, 2020

Presenter, "COVID-19: The 10 Most Critical Questions Being Asked by Employers," Ballard Spahr webinar, March 19, 2020

Speaker, "The Employer's FMLA Toolkit: Managing Leave Abuse and Misuse in 2020," One HR Conference, Harrisburg, PA, March 4, 2020

"How #MeToo and Pay Equity News is Changing the Legal Landscape for Employers" and "Employee Leave: Navigating the Interplay Between the ADA and the FMLA," Minneapolis Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr event, October 10, 2018

Speaker, "Collaborative Partnerships: HR, the Business, and the Law," 2018 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 14, 2018 

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

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

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

Planner and annual presenter, Society for Human Resource Management, Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter (SEPA SHRM) and Ballard Spahr HR Legal Summit

Planner and host of the Public Employer HR Roundtable

Speaker, "Diversity and Inclusion: Taking Your Program to the Next Level," Ballard Spahr's Seventh Annual SLC Fall Employment Law Seminar, November 1, 2017

"Collaborative Partnerships: HR, the Business, and the Law," 2017 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 14, 2017 

"Diversity and Inclusion Programs in the Financial Services Industry," American Bankers Association, January 23, 2017

"Developing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy," Ballard Spahr CLE, Philadelphia, January 12, 2017

"The Year in Review: Key Developments and New Issues," 2016 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 9, 2016 

"Diversity Issues in Higher Education," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 19, 2016 

"Accommodating Test Takers: Hot Developments, Case Studies, and Practical Tips," The Association of Test Publishers, Innovations in Testing, March 22, 2016 

"Kick Off: Hot Topics in Higher Education Webinar Series," Ballard Spahr webinar, December 9, 2015

"Complying with the Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 15, 2015

"Attention Publicly Traded Companies: Dodd-Frank's Diversity & Inclusion Standards Want You! (More Than Just Financial Institutions)," Philadelphia Bar Institute, 21st Annual Employment Law Institute, April 28, 2015

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2015 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, September 11, 2015

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2014 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, September 12, 2014

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2013 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, 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 and webcast, December 2009 – January 2010

Community Activities

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

Board Memberships

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

Member, Homeless Advocacy Project Board, Philadelphia, PA

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


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