Gregory J. Ossi

Gregory Ossi helps employers address human resource issues with practical solutions by focusing on all aspects of labor and employee benefits law.

Mr. Ossi has counseled employers in dealing with union organizing, unfair labor practice charges and labor issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy. Mr. Ossi has also counseled employers in handling employee benefits. He has arbitrated issues in both labor and employee benefit matters and has litigated labor and ERISA cases in federal courts in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia. Mr. Ossi has extensive experience in bargaining for and drafting retirement and health care plans pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Ossi has represented companies as special labor counsel in addressing collectively bargained obligations and retiree health benefits under Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Ossi also has significant experience and understanding of multiemployer plan issues, including withdrawal liability.

Mr. Ossi's depth of understanding on both labor and benefits law issues allows clients maximum flexibility to solve pension and health benefit issues. In confronting rising medical costs, Mr. Ossi has worked with medical providers and unions to create drug formularies that reduce prescription drug costs for employers while still providing a valuable benefit to employees. Mr. Ossi is also a certified public accountant.

Significant Matters
Mr. Ossi has obtained the reversal of a decision by a multiemployer pension plan to deny certain pension benefits for a client's retirees. He represented the nation's fourth largest coal producer in completely restructuring its health plans, including health and sickness, dental and prescription drug benefits for over 4,000 employees and retirees. Mr. Ossi has negotiated vendor contracts for a client with more than 50 vendors and more than 300 health and welfare plan designs. He has also assisted in designing an internal appeals process for disability, health, and pension claims covering a workforce of more than 90,000 employees.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Labor and Employment, 2) Hospitality - Labor and Employment Law, 3) Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 4) ERISA / Employee Benefits Class Action Defense, 5) Regulatory and 6) Healthcare
Law School The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law ( J.D., 1997)
Admitted Year 2000
Education Washington & Lee University (B.S., 1990)
Bar Member / Association Maryland State Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Venable LLP
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