Joel S. Barras

Partner

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, 2003, J.D., cum laude
  • Boston University, 2003, M.S., Mass Communication, College of Communication
  • Vassar College, 2000, B.A., Political Science

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Joel represents a variety of regional and national employers in collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and employment-related litigation.  He is also labor counsel for a number of municipalities, representing them in their dealings with both union and non-union employees.  He has served as presenter for numerous Act 111 interest arbitrations and frequently represents employers in grievance arbitrations.  He regularly advises municipal clients regarding public sector labor laws, municipal codes and issues related to Act 47 distressed status.

In the private sector, Joel represents employers in the financial, construction, health care, waste management and public utility industry.  He provides legal guidance and counseling to employers with both union and non-union employees.

Joel has published numerous articles and lectured extensively on all facets of private and public sector labor and employment law on behalf of numerous organizations.

Employment History

  • 2005 - Reed Smith
  • 2003 - Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Assistant Counsel

Professional Affiliations

  • Conbributing Editor for The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act, Sixth Edition, with 2013 Supplement

Notable Quotes

  • "Update 3 - U.S. Top Court Lets Some Public Employees Avoid Union Dues," Reuters, 30 June 2014
  • "What Does the Supreme Court’s NLRB Ruling Mean for Hundreds of Labor Cases?", The Washington Post, 26 June 2014
  • "In Limiting Obama's Appointment Power, Supreme Court Voids Worker Rights," Fortune, 26 June 2014
  • "Obama Loses on NLRB Recess Appointments, But Employers Unlikely to Win," Forbes, 26 June 2014
  • "A Valuable Legal Lesson," Human Resources Executive Online, 5 February 2014
  • "“Taking It Straight to the SEC," Human Resources Executive Online, 4 November 2013
  • "American Psychiatric Association Expands List of Mental Disorders," Business Insurance, 31 July 2013
  • "NLRB Warns Employers on Social Media Overstepping," Fox Business, 29 July 2013
  • "NLRB Memo 'Unlikes' Social Media Policies," Corporate Counsel, 24 July 2013
  • "Supreme Court takes on NLRB case involving Obama board appointments," Business Insurance, 24 March 2013
  • "After the Canning v. NLRB Decision," Human Resources Executive Online, 4 February 2013
  • "NLRB Publishes First Social Media Decision," InsideCounsel, 18 September 2012