Brian Pedrow
Brian Pedrow

Brian D. Pedrow

Tel 215.864.8108
Fax 215.864.9766

Brian D. Pedrow leads Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group. He represents management in employment-related litigation, including discrimination and harassment, labor arbitrations and negotiations, and employment contract, wrongful discharge, and tort claims. Mr. Pedrow advises clients on compliance with employment and benefit laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Mr. Pedrow also represents organizations on accessibility issues, including compliance and defense of Title III claims under the ADA.

Mr. Pedrow's practice encompasses all facets of litigation involving employees and employee benefits. He has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued appellate cases in various U.S. appellate courts. He routinely litigates employment discrimination, harassment and tort claims, such as defamation, trade secret/noncompetition disputes, and wrongful discharge and breach of contract suits. Mr. Pedrow also has developed a significant practice representing benefit plans, fiduciaries, and plan sponsors in ERISA litigation arising from benefits eligibility disputes, breach of fiduciary litigation, and interference with benefits claims.

Mr. Pedrow has represented a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice in First Amendment litigation, as well as the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry in a constitutional challenge to state workers' compensation statute.

Representative Matters

Public Sector Labor Law

  • Has served as labor counsel to Gov. Edward G. Rendell and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, conducting labor negotiations and interest arbitrations for most of the commonwealth’s bargaining units
  • Served as labor counsel to the City of Philadelphia during the Rendell and Street Administrations
  • Has served as counsel to SEPTA in its labor negotiations with the Transport Workers Union, as well as in other labor and employment-related matters
  • Serves as counsel to the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities

Private Sector Labor Law

  • Represents a wide variety of Philadelphia-based employers in private-sector labor matters, such as labor negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings, and labor arbitrations; serves as labor counsel to Comcast-Spectacor and Global Spectrum
  • Served as labor counsel to Philadelphia 2000, the host committee for the Republican National Convention, and mediated a labor cooperation agreement for the trades unions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Employment and Employee Benefits Litigation

  • Represented Group Health Association of America in a lawsuit challenging state regulation of employee benefit plans

Advice and Training

  • Provides day-to-day advice to clients, ranging from drafting personnel policies to advising on a difficult employee termination to preparing employment agreements; frequently provides training at client sites, including FMLA/ADA training and harassment training

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Pedrow oversees the SOAR program at Ballard Spahr in connection with the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), representing homeless veterans seeking Social Security benefits.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Planning Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, labor and employment law, 2007-2016

The Best Lawyers in America, labor law, employment law, 2008-2017

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Recipient, 2016 Corporate-Firm Partnership Recognition Award, Homeless Advocacy Project  


Co-author, "Getting with the Program: Tackling Section 342," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, November 1, 2016

Co-author, "FTC and DOJ Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals," Ballard Spahr alert, October 21, 2016 

Co-author, "Pa. Superior Court Affirms Punitive Damage Award in Breach of Noncompetition Agreement," Ballard Spahr alert, September 21, 2016  

Co- author, "Now Might Be a Good Time to Review FLSA Overtime Exemptions," Title News, July 2015

Co-author, "Must Employers Accommodate Marijuana Users?" The Legal Intelligencer, June 30, 2015

Co-author, "Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies," Ballard Spahr alert, June 9, 2015

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Notice, Comment Not Required for Federal Agencies Interpreting Regulations," Ballard Spahr alert, March 16, 2015

Co-author, "Laying the Groundwork: Creating a Complaint Section 342 Program," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, February 4, 2015

Supreme Court and legislative/regulatory reporter, Employment and Labor Relations Law (ABA newsletter)

Co-author, "Raising the Bar on Diversity and Inclusion: Dodd-Frank's Proposed Diversity Standards," Mortgage Compliance Magazine, August 2014

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker on employment and benefit law issues at public seminars and client-sponsored programs

Faculty member, professional certification in human resources management courses sponsored by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Villanova University

Lecturer, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and Villanova University School of Law

Regular participant in annual Employment Law Institute sponsored by Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Planner and annual presenter, Ballard Spahr's Breakfast Briefing Series on labor and employment topics

"Diversity Issues in Higher Education," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 19, 2016 

"Accommodating Test Takers: Hot Developments, Case Studies, and Practical Tips," The Association of Test Publishers, Innovations in Testing, March 22, 2016 

"Kick Off: Hot Topics in Higher Education Webinar Series," Ballard Spahr webinar, December 9, 2015

"Complying with the Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 15, 2015

"Attention Publicly Traded Companies: Dodd-Frank's Diversity & Inclusion Standards Want You! (More Than Just Financial Institutions)," Philadelphia Bar Institute, 21st Annual Employment Law Institute, April 28, 2015

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2015 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, Langhorne, Pa., September 11, 2015

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2014 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, Langhorne, Pa., September 12, 2014

"HR Developments That Impact Business Operations," 2013 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, Trevose, Pa., September 20, 2013

"#disTracted! Driving: Legal Liability and Preventive Measures for Employers," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 14, 2013

Course Planner, "The Family and Medical Leave Act, One Year After the Regs," Pennsylvania Bar Institute Program, Philadelphia, December 1, 2009; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, December 14, 2009; Webcast, December 14, 2009; Pittsburgh, January 21, 2010

Community Activities

Volunteer, Surrey Services for Seniors, which provides a broad range of transportation and in-home services to senior citizens in Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania

Board Memberships

President-Elect and Vice President of Programming, Society for Human Resource Management, Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter (SEPA SHRM)

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1988, cum laude)
Managing Editor, Law & Policy in International Business; Recipient, honors as Law Fellow and Lawyers Cooperative Academic Achievement Award in Constitutional Law

Dickinson College (B.A. 1985, magna cum laude)


U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit