Louis B. Kushner, Esq.
Louis Kushner’s concentration of practice is in the representation of executives, minority shareholders, and professionals such as attorneys, CPA’s, physicians, teachers and college/university professors with respect to their employment matters and the representation of numerous public and private sector unions.
He also has an extensive mediation practice, having mediated over 500 cases. He is a Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is also a Mediator for the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Mediators, National Association of Securities Dealers Regulation, Inc. and the National Employment Mediation Services Panel. He was previously a Mediator on the panels of Justice ADR Services, JUSTUS Medical Malpractice Group, USA&M and JAMS/Endispute. He served as Senior Editor for a book on alternative dispute resolution in employment law published by BNA.
Louis has been involved in numerous landmark cases, both on the state and national levels. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is chairperson of PBI’s Employment and Labor Law Curriculum Advisory Committee. Engaged extensively in employment and labor law matters and commercial transactions, Louis is considered one of the leading Employment and Labor Relations attorneys in the United States and is a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Attorneys. He has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers In America, a publication which lists lawyers considered by their peers to be the most outstanding attorneys in their area of specialty, in every edition since its inception in 1987.
He was also chosen as Best Lawyers’ 2010 Pittsburgh Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year. Louis has been elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; rated (AV) in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (“A” Legal Ability Rating of Very High to Preeminent and “V” General Recommendation Rating of Very High), named to the 2003-2004 edition ofChambers USA Guide to the Legal Profession; has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2007 and has appeared as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Super Lawyers and as one of Pittsburgh’s top 50 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. He was also featured in the June 2009 Pittsburgh Magazine and the 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine for his ADR work.
He is a prolific author of numerous scholarly articles published in both general circulation newspapers and journals distributed to the legal community. The following are just a small sample of the more than 50 articles he has authored: Non-Union Employees Win Weingarten Rights, Lawyers Journal, October 6, 2000;Supreme Court Decisions, and Other Relevant Decisions in Our State and Region Regarding Developing Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2000-2627;Mediation of Employment Claims, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2000-2627; The Executive’s Contract: Terms and Creative Compensation Packages Such as Stock Grants and Deferred Compensation, PBI No. 2001-2695;The Year in Review: What’s Been Happening in Employment Law? Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2001-2864; Layoffs: Avoiding Reduction in Force Pitfalls; Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2002-3040; The Year in Review: What’s Been Happening in Employment Law?Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2002-3262; andExecutive Severance Packages: Reforming Them, Negotiating Them in a Bad Economy, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PBI No. 2003-3236.
Louis received his B.S. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Louis is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations and formerly chaired both the Pennsylvania Bar and Allegheny County Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Law Sections; co-chairperson of the American Bar Association Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, and he is a member of the ABA’s “Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act” and “Labor Arbitration and the Laws of Collective Bargaining Agreements” Committee.
U.S. District Court, Western Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Other Practice Venues:
The National Labor Relations Board; the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board; the U.S. Department of Labor; the Pennsylvania Department of Labor; the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Board; the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Alternative Dispute Resolution
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