Joseph Quinn



(412) 620-6514

(412) 275-2390

Joe listens, counsels, and litigates to help clients resolve the problems they face with labor and employment law. He has represented employers in a wide range of labor-management issues, including contract negotiation and administration before mediators, fact-finders, and arbitrators. He has also represented employers in litigation before administrative agencies as well as federal and state court.

Joe has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® list each year since 2011 and has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings.

Joe represents employers in a variety of jurisdictions across the country and a wide range of litigation matters, including those involving ERISA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, FMLA, and the ADA. He has experience in representing clients before the National and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Boards, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Joe's work has spanned a broad range of industries in both the public and private sectors. From energy to education, to health care. He also has experience in matters related to collective bargaining for public sector employers, including the use of interest arbitration for police, fire, prison guard and court-related bargaining units.

Joe's practice also includes employment counseling to advise clients on major acquisitions or reductions in force, decisions involving day-to-day activities and/or employee discipline, compensation-related issues and federal or state audits of pay practices, employment policies, handbooks, agreements and severance packages, leadership training on how to avoid harassment and other unlawful practices in the workplace as well as how to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and handle claims as they arise, issues related to the protection of trade secrets, intellectual property agreements and non-compete covenants.



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

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

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


Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act Going Into Effect Amidst Uncertainty [Alert]

March 04, 2020

Joseph Quinn details what employers need to know about Pittsburgh new Act, including who is impacted and what they need to do now.

Circuit Court Once Again Reins in NLRB Over Jurisdiction [Alert]

February 03, 2020

Joe Quinn discusses the court's decision in Duquesne University v. NLRB and its impact on future attempts at organizing by faculty and non-faculty employees at religious schools.

Harrisburg May Be on Cusp of Grand Compromise Regarding Employee Pay

December 03, 2019

Joe Quinn discusses the fate of the increase to the salary test for EAP exemptions and the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

Fair Credit Reporting Act Requires Amended Notice [Labor & Employment Alert]

October 03, 2018

Joseph Quinn discusses the new notice requirements for employers that went into effect this month.

Third Circuit Reversal on Sexual Harassment Claim References Revelations of “Me-Too” Era [Labor & Employment Alert]

July 11, 2018

Joe Quinn and Ben Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's ruling in Minarsky v. Susquehanna County et al., and how employers should respond with regular training related to their anti-harassment policies and specifically address the issues of non-retaliation and fear of coming forward.

Supreme Court Reaffirms Use of Arbitration Agreements [Labor & Employment Alert]

May 29, 2018

Joseph Quinn discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis affirming the enforceability of arbitration agreements that prohibit collective actions.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Washington Theological Union, M.A., 1979
  • St. Fidelis College, B.A., cum laude, 1974

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2011-2020

  • Pennsylvania