Robert F. Prorok

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 4th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1977
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Rhetoric & Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1974

As a Director in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group, Bob represents employers in a full range of legal matters in court, before government agencies, before arbitrators, and during collective bargaining. Bob is a certified mediator, early neutral evaluator and arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and also a member of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution team.

He represents employers in labor and employment litigation matters, primarily before various federal and state courts, federal and state agencies, national and state labor relations boards and labor arbitrators. He also represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and counsels employers on a full range of employment issues including, but not limited to, force reductions, legal compliance, and policy implementation. Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Bob was a Partner at Reed Smith in its Pittsburgh office.

Among his reported judicial cases are Employer Trustees of Western Pennsylvania Teamsters v. Union Trustees of Western Pennsylvania Teamsters, 870 F.3d 235 (3rd Cir., Aug. 31, 2017); Wareham v. Dollar Bank, 937 F.Supp.2d 656 (W.D. Pa. 2013); Falls v. State Farm, 774 F.Supp.2d 705 (M.D. Pa. 2011); Dorsey v. Pittsburgh Pirates, 90 Fed. Appx. 636, 2004 WL 243508 (3rd Cir. 2004); and Solomon v. Society of Automotive Engineers, 2001 WL 866974 (W.D. Pa. 2001).

Bob’s reported labor arbitration cases include: First Energy Inc./First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC), 2004 WL 3021848 (Paolucci, 2004); ECC Specialty Chemicals Inc., 1999 WL 908644 (Allen 1999); Upper St. Clair Educ. Ass’n, 1996 WL 865245 (Duff 1996).

Reported administrative cases he has handled before the National Labor Relations Board include Union Switch & Signal Inc., 316 NLRB 1025 (1995); and Beth Energy Mines Inc., 308 NLRB 1242 (1992).

Bob is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Business Management’s publication, You and the Law and the Advisory Board for the Duquesne University Paralegal Institute.

His community service has included being a board member for the St. John Capistran Pastoral Council and he currently serves on the HR Committee for MHY Family Services. He is a former board member for the National Association of Legal Assistants.

He is a former adjunct professor in the Master of Arts in Personnel Administration/ Industrial Relations Program at St. Francis College of Loretto, Pa.  Bob also testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Committee on Labor Relations regarding strike replacement legislation.

Bob has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law and has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list.

He has written articles that have been published in the Employment Law Review, Facts & Findings, American City & County, the Pittsburgh Business Times, the Allegheny Business News and the Accommodating Disabilities Business Management Guide-CCH.

Bob has given presentations throughout Pennsylvania and in other states on numerous topics related to workplace law.  He is a frequent presenter of Continuing Legal Education Programs for both the National Business Institute (NBI) and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI).