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James S. Urban

Adjunct Professor of Law

From Jones Day

Jim Urban represents and counsels employers regarding complex labor, employment, and employee benefit matters. He currently is defending a Rule 23 class action that challenges employer use of paycards as a means of tendering wages to employees. Jim also has extensive National Labor Relations Act experience, having litigated disputes over neutrality language, attendance bonus eligibility, the 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 defended an energy sector employer that was accused of failing to pay overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 in a week. He also has defended retail chains, manufacturers, hospitals, banks, and pharmaceutical manufacturers 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 NLRA 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 and the Community College of Allegheny County Foundation. He is outside pro bono legal counsel to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.

JD, Duquesne University School of Law
BA, University of Pittsburgh