James R. Haggerty

Of Counsel
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 7th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., with honors, Pennsylvania State University, 1975

For more than 35 years, Jim has represented employers in the full range of workplace issues with an emphasis on collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, contract administration and employment law litigation. He is Of Counsel in the Employment Litigation, Labor & Employment and OSHA Litigation Groups.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby in 2008, Jim was a Partner and the former firm-wide Head of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Department at Reed Smith. He is experienced in handling labor contract negotiations for large and small employers in a variety of industries, including steel, coal, trucking, glass, sports franchises, health care establishments, school districts and service providers. Related to his work with labor contracts, he has represented employers in more than 250 labor arbitration cases.

Jim counsels employers regarding union avoidance; and compliance with employment laws applicable to both represented and non-represented employees, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, WARN, FLSA and sexual harassment.

He provides practical advice about discipline and discharge, hiring, promotion, reductions in force, voluntary retirement plans, personnel policies and handbooks, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements and all other workplace issues.

Jim represents employers in union organizing campaigns and National Labor Relations Act proceedings. He has also defended employers in state and federal court litigation and before government agencies, and represented employers in civil and criminal OSHA proceedings.

Recently, Jim negotiated an unprecedented teacher contract which included significant concessions to address budget shortfalls caused by state and federal revenue cuts. Jim has also represented major government entities in labor contract negotiations under Act 47.

Jim is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and has also served as a board member for the Holy Family Institute for more than 25 years. He also serves as president of the Ross Mountain Company.

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Labor Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Pittsburgh