James S. Urban

Jim Urban represents and counsels employers regarding complex labor, employment, and employee benefit matters. His experience includes representing employers covered by the Railway Labor Act, principally Class I and regional and short line railroads. Jim also has extensive National Labor Relations Act experience, having litigated disputes over neutrality language, an employer's right to use contractors, and workforce reductions, among other issues. He has secured injunctive relief in state courts to enjoin unlawful employee activity during labor strikes, and routinely represents employers in labor arbitrations.

Jim also has extensive experience with traditional employment issues. He recently has counseled energy companies involved in Marcellus Shale gas drilling regarding wage and hour compliance. He also has defended retail chains, manufacturers, hospitals, banks, and pharmaceutical companies against wage and hour class actions.

Jim previously testified before the EEOC in response to congressional concerns that employers were violating antidiscrimination laws by excluding unemployed applicants from hiring consideration. Jim is annually a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law (BNA), a leading reference treatise. He teaches Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and frequently speaks at CLE seminars.

Jim is active in the community. He coaches Little League baseball, and currently sits on the boards of the Metropolitan YMCA of Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County Foundation, and the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.

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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) Oil & Gas Shale Plays and 3) Railway Labor Act
Law School Duquesne University School of Law
Admitted Year 2002
Education University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1987)
Most recent firm Jones Day
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