Brian Balonick is regional managing partner of the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Since 2002, he has represented management in all areas of labor and employment law, with his practice focused primarily on traditional labor, employment advice/counseling and litigation of employment and restrictive covenant disputes.
Within his traditional labor practice, Brian has substantial experience representing management in collective bargaining, union organizing, labor arbitrations, strikes and picketing, labor contract administration, plant closings and labor issues associated with corporate transactions. He routinely defends clients against unfair labor practice charges in front of the National Labor Relations Board.
Brian counsels management on all day-to-day issues affecting the employer-employee relationship. Brian counsels on labor-management relations, administering collective bargaining agreements, hiring and firing decisions, trade secret and restrictive covenant issues surrounding the exiting and onboarding of employees, and any other issues involving employees. He works with clients to prevent litigation by developing labor, employment and wage/hour compliance programs and provides employers with on-site training programs on various workplace issues.
Brian has an extensive litigation practice, representing clients in courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, in cases touching all areas of labor and employment law. His litigation work ranges from defending clients in federal and state discrimination claims in front of administrative agencies and courts, to collective actions involving wage and hour issues. Specifically, Brian has extensive experience litigating cases involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets.
Brian is a frequent speaker and writer on labor and employment law matters throughout the country on such topics such as preventative measures for positive employee relations, preparing for union organizing with a remote workforce, best practices for hiring and firing, responding to workplace issues caused by COVID-19.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America (2014-2021)
- American Bar Association, Developing Labor Law Committee
- Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law
Member, Board of Directors of Allies for Health + Wellbeing, Chair of Governance Committee
- The Firm’s Expansion in Pennsylvania Continues with New Regional Managing Partner for Pittsburgh Office2.2.21
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- 2020 Allegheny County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law- Panelist, “Life of a Labor Agreement”
- 2019 University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Carl A. Warns, Jr. & Edwin R. Render Employment Law Institute, presenter, “Ethics of Collective Bargaining and Professional Responsibility
- 2018 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law: “Ethical Issues in Collective Bargaining”
- 2013 ABA Mid-Winter Meeting of Development of Law Under NLRA - Latino Express: Who Pays the Tax Man? Will the NLRB Order Employers to Reimburse for Excess Taxes as a Make-Whole Remedy?
- NLRB Changes Course Regarding Work Email and Confidentiality of Investigations
- An Ounce of Prevention: Reminders for Minimizing the Risk of Independent Contractor Misclassification
- National Labor Relations Board Issues Three Key Decisions Employers Should Review for the New Year
- Duquesne University School of LawJ.D., 2002, cum laude
- Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S., 1999
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania