The attorneys in our renowned public sector labor and employment practice 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 many gubernatorial and mayoral administrations. Many are long-standing relationships that span decades and political affiliations, a reflection both on the quality of our work and our institutional knowledge of the client and its constituents.

The depth and experience of the practice make it particularly well-suited to support large public employers. Public sector clients call on us for advice on labor and employment issues, litigation matters such as unfair labor practice cases, and representation during labor negotiations, arbitrations, and union organizational campaigns. We represent clients during appearances before the National Labor Relations Board, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and other state agencies. In addition, our labor and employment litigators have experience in 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 cases, train supervisors and human resources professionals, and provide advice on a variety of human resources issues. We provide a comprehensive range of services in the area of public sector labor and employment.

contact

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