Cozen O’Connor: Balonick, Brian

Brian D. Balonick



(412) 620-6513

(412) 275-2390

Brian advises his clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including traditional labor, employment discrimination, wage and hour, and trade secret/restrictive covenant litigation. He helps clients avoid litigation by developing preventive strategies to remain in compliance with labor, employment, and wage and hour laws. He provides on-site training programs to assist employers in creating an issue-free workplace.

When employers find themselves facing employment litigation, Brian has assisted them in any area involving workplace disputes. In particular, Brian has experience defending wage and hour and overtime collective actions and prosecuting restrictive covenant agreements and trade secret cases on behalf of employers. He has represented employers in courts and administrative agencies across the country. This includes experience practicing in front of the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies.

Brian also advises closely held companies regarding formation and shareholder disputes.

Brian is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment subjects. He speaks on labor law issues, including the 2013 ABA Mid-Winter Meeting for the Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRB in Carlsbad, Calif., and the 2018 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference in San Francisco this November. Brian has also been a guest lecturer on labor law at the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy and writes frequently on labor and employment topics.

Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. Brian earned his law degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law.



126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

What You Need to Know About Mandatory Arbitration

July 09, 2018

Brian Balonick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed with Yahoo! Finance the differences between court cases and arbitration cases.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Can Labor Contracts Help Sinclair TV Anchors Dodge Edicts?

April 04, 2018

Brian Balonick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed with Bloomberg Law about labor activists saying newscasters at Sinclair Broadcast Group should have job protections if they refuse to participate in airing stories or promotional segments they deem untrue or slanted.

The Outlook for Workers in 2018

January 25, 2018

Brian Balonick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with U.S. News about three trends that workers will face in 2018.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Adds 17 Lawyers from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 08, 2017

The new attorneys add depth in Pittsburgh across Commercial and Corporate practices and continues to expand its national Labor & Employment Department


An Ounce of Prevention: Reminders for Minimizing the Risk of Independent Contractor Misclassification

November 20, 2018

Brian Balonick, Tiffany Jenca, and Bryant Andrews, all of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association about the FLSA and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.

National Labor Relations Board Issues Three Key Decisions Employers Should Review for the New Year [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 20, 2017

Brian Balonick provides the key takeaways for employers from three key decisions by the NLRB.


  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1999

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2014-2019

  • Pennsylvania