Tony has practiced labor and employment law, representing management exclusively, since becoming a lawyer in 1983. His practice includes handling all types of labor issues under both the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Railway Labor Act (RLA). He has handled organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, litigation and administrative proceedings under the statutory frame of both the NLRA and RLA.This includes handling multiple representation(including accretion petitions) and mediation processes with the National Mediation Board. Tony has handled 100s of arbitration matters before airline System Boards of Adjustment.
In 1995 and early 1996, Tony served as a management representative on the Airline Subcommittee of the Dunlop Commission. The sub-committee was tasked with making recommendations to the National Mediation Board (NMB) with regard to the necessity of making legislative changes in the RLA and of restructuring the NMB. The sub-committee’s report was included by the NMB in its final report to the Dunlop Commission.
Tony has vast experience handling employment litigation. This includes actions under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, local anti-discrimination laws, RICO, and state law actions such as fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, outrageous conduct and wrongful discharge. Tony has experience in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as many other states including New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee and Indiana.
Federal Court experience includes the litigation of cases in District Courts throughout the country and in the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Railway Labor Act related cases have included a broad range of issues including disputes related to status quo, preemption, discrimination, defense of System Board awards, challenge to System Board awards and Section Two Third claims related to selection of union representatives. Some of the more notable Railway Labor Act-related appellate decisions include:
Edwards v. United Parcel Service Co., 99 FED Appx 658 (6th Circuit, 2004)
Walsh v. United Parcel Service Co., 201 F.3d 718 (6th Circuit 2000);
Caparo v. United Parcel Service Co., 994 F. 2d 328 (3rd Circuit 1993);
IBT Local 2727 v. United Parcel Service Co., 447 F.3d 991(6th Circuit, 2006)
Dorsey v. UPS, 195 F. 3d 718 (6th Circuit, 1999)
Tony has served as counsel and company spokesperson in numerous labor contract negotiations under both the Railway Labor Act and NLRA. This experience has included acting as legal counsel in several national agreements covering more than 100,000 employees.
The Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017 & 2019; Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, 2006-2019
AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2008-2017
Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2008-2009, 2012-2016, 2020