John P. McLaughlin has been representing employers in the private and public sector since 1989. In addition to providing daily labor and employment advice to employers, John represents employers in negotiations, grievance and interest arbitration, charges of unfair labor practices and union elections before the National and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Boards. He also defends employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Mr. McLaughlin routinely serves as the employer-appointed arbitrator in interest arbitrations under Act 111 and Act 195 and the arbitration of discipline and discharge cases involving uniformed and non-uniformed employees. A specific focus of John's practice is conducting investigations of alleged workplace discrimination, harassment, wrong doing by employees on or off duty, misbehavior by elected or appointed officials and misconduct by police officers or other uniformed employees. John also regularly advises employers in pension and labor matters. He has represented public employers in litigation involving significant pension and labor matters and has drafted legislation and testified before the Pennsylvania legislature regarding those issues. On a day-to-day basis, Mr. McLaughlin counsels employers regarding labor matters under the Pennsylvania and federal law, Heart and Lung Act litigation and disability and pension issues involving police, fire and non-uniformed employee
John is a frequent speaker for a variety of municipal organization, including the Pennsylvania Municipal League ("PML"), Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors ("PSATS"), the Government Finance Officers Association ("GFOA"), the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioner ("PSATC"), and the Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Managers ("APMM") and a variety of other organizations. John P. McLaughlin has published articles in various publications, including the Pennsylvania Township News, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment, The Municipal Reporter, Borough News, Public Management, the Municipal Lawyer, the Ohio Cities and Villages Reporter, and the Municipal Law Newsletter. He also has been interviewed, quoted or consulted on various topics by National Public Radio, the Bond Buyer, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times-Tribune (Northeastern Pennsylvania), the Borough News, and the Township News.
After graduating from the Villanova University School of Law in 1987 (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif), John served as a law clerk for two federal judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr. and the Honorable Jay C. Waldman. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In his spare time, John enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, playing ice hockey and golfing.