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Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.

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Cozen O’Connor represents a broad spectrum of private and public sector employers in labor relations and disputes. For our unionized clients, we handle unfair labor practice proceedings and grievance arbitrations; negotiate individual and multi-employer collective bargaining agreements; prepare for and respond to picket lines, strikes, lockouts, and other economic campaigns; and work with employers during union election campaigns. We also help employers avoid unionization through positive employee relations and regain nonunion status when employees indicate they no longer wish to be union-represented. We are experienced labor litigators, appearing frequently before federal, state, and appellate courts; federal agencies and departments (such as the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, IRS, OSHA, and ICE); state agencies and departments; and arbitration panels.

For our unionized clients, our labor practice is committed to fostering constructive management-labor relations over the long term. Our focus is on protecting our clients’ interests, with a recognition that a working relationship with union counterparts is often a desired goal.

Cozen O’Connor’s traditional labor attorneys demonstrate a real commitment to understanding and supporting their clients’ business goals. We think not only about the technical legal matters, but also about how labor issues connect in a practical sense to business operations and strategy. Our attorneys manage labor relations with a clear eye toward the bottom line.

 

SERVICE AREAS

  • Defend clients in unfair labor practice proceedings and handle grievance arbitrations
  • Negotiate individual and multi-employer collective bargaining agreements
  • Prepare for and respond to picketing, strikes, lockouts and other economic tactics
  • Work with employers to avoid unionization through positive employee relations or to regain nonunion status when employees no longer wish to be union-represented
  • Advise clients on the labor relations consequences of business events, including mergers, spin-offs, acquisitions, and bankruptcies
  • Represent employers in significant labor-related litigations, mediations, and arbitrations

Experience

Publications

NLRB Proposes New Joint Employer Standard, Requiring Mere “Indirect” Control [Alert]

September 12, 2022

The NLRB issued an NPRM that would broaden the standard for determining whether two employers are joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act.

NLRB Strikes Down Tesla’s Dress Code, Employees Can Wear Labor Insignia [Alert]

September 06, 2022

The National Labor Relations Board recently reaffirmed employees’ right to wear union insignia at work and found that Tesla, Inc. violated federal labor law.

3rd Circ. Ruling Shows Limits Of Regulating Employer Speech [Law360]

July 29, 2022

Daniel Johns authored an article on the recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in FDRLST Media LLC v. National Labor Relations Board.

California Supreme Court Expands Penalties For Meal and Rest Violations

May 24, 2022

The California Supreme Court recently resolved a long-standing wage and hour question regarding meal and rest period violations.

How Labor Law May Affect Your COVID Vaccine Mandate [Law360]

October 29, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article discussing labor law considerations surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the workplace.

Under Biden, Nonunion Employers Can't Ignore Labor Law [Law360]

August 04, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article on how the Biden administration impacts nonunion employers.

3 Decisions A Biden NLRB Will Likely Overturn [Law360]

April 26, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article about the Biden administration's intent to promote and seek passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - Chicago

October 05, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Critical Employment Law Issues for 2015

November 05, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

In The News

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

November 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.

Supreme Court Will Review Damage Claims Incidental to Strikes

October 07, 2022

Daniel Johns was quoted in SHRM discussing how the Supreme Court might rule on how the NLRA typically pre-empts employer claims against unions under state law.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

Contacts

Thomas S. Giotto

Chair, Labor & Employment Department

tgiotto@cozen.com

(412) 620-6550

People

Awards

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 Practice Areas Nationwide, 115 Practice Areas Regionally

November 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 30 practice areas nationwide and 115 practice areas regionally.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

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