The attorneys in our renowned public sector labor and employment practice advise and represent virtually every type of large public employer—from states, counties, cities, and municipal agencies to authorities, universities, and hospitals. We count among our clients prominent gubernatorial and mayoral administrations, including many longstanding relationships spanning decades and political affiliations—a reflection on both the quality of our work and our institutional knowledge of our client and its business.

We provide a comprehensive range of public sector labor and employment legal services. 

Depth and experience position us particularly well to support large public employers. Public sector clients call on us for counsel on workplace labor and employment issues, to handle litigation matters such as unfair labor practice cases, and to represent them during labor negotiations, arbitrations, and union organizational campaigns. We represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and other federal and state agencies. Our labor and employment litigation experience spans state and federal courts throughout the country.

Our attorneys are skilled in the areas of labor law that are unique to governmental entities, such as:

  • Public sector collective bargaining under the specific state laws governing these processes
  • Representation of governmental entities before state labor relations boards and other administrative and regulatory agencies
  • State and federal constitutional claims and issues (including those arising under the First and Fourth Amendments)
  • Claims of governmental immunity under state law and state and federal constitutions
  • Employee benefits issues in collective bargaining and plan administration, including representation of joint employer-union trust funds
  • Issues involving public employees' due process and other constitutional rights
  • Public officials’ statutory and ethical obligations

On the employment side, we defend employment-based cases such as wage-and-hour and leave claims, train supervisors and human resources professionals, and advise on a variety of human resources issues.

contact

Brian D. Pedrow
Practice Leader
Tel 215.864.8108
pedrow@ballardspahr.com