Steven W. Suflas

Senior Counsel
New Jersey
Salt Lake City

Steven W. Suflas is a nationally recognized thought leader on labor and employment issues and the former Managing Partner of the Firm's Denver and New Jersey offices.

On a national basis, he represents management in all phases of labor and employment matters — from counseling and strategic guidance to collective bargaining, appearances before regulatory agencies, and litigation before courts and administrative agencies. He works closely with employers — both large and small, national, regional, and local — in responding to the daily challenges of the workplace.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Serving as chief spokesman for management in numerous union negotiations
  • 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; and labor injunctions
  • Appearing for employers before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings, hearings, and appeals

Noteworthy Decisions

  • Rose Group v. N.L.R.B, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 19822 (3d Cir. 2018), rev'ing 363 NLRB No. 75 (2015)
  • New Jersey Division of State Police v. STFA, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 153 (App. Div., Jan. 24,  2018)
  • New Jersey Division of State Police v. New Jersey State Trooper Captains Association, 441 N.J. Super. 55, 116 A. 3d 63 (App. Div. June 8, 2015)

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association, Trustee, 2011-2015

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

New Jersey Supreme Court, Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, 2004-2015

New Jersey Supreme Court, Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2007-2009

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

Recognition & Accomplishments

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

New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education's 2019 Distinguished Service Award

2019 Lexology Client Choice Award, for employment and benefits law in Colorado, in recognizing law firm partners worldwide who provide excellent client care and quality of service

Speaking Engagements

American Resort Development Association

"Twitter Alert: Trump and Timeshare," ARDA World 2018 Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV., May 8, 2018

National Labor Relations Board

"Critical NLRB Developments," Webinar, April 11, 2018

Board Memberships & Community Service

"Critical NLRB Developments," Webinar, April 11, 2018

Publications

Chapter Author, "Survey of Colorado Employment Libel Law," chapter in 50-State Survey: Employment Liable & Privacy Law, Media Law Resource Center

Co-author, "Marijuana in the Workplace," Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Section Newsletter, August 30, 2019

"Service and Support Animals: What Colorado Businesses Need to Know," ColoradoBiz Magazine, May 9, 2017

Credentials 

Education

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)

Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit