With decades of in-house experience and as the former general counsel and chief labor negotiator for U.S. Steel Corporation, Jim possesses a practical and comprehensive understanding of complex corporate management issues and operations. With first-hand insight into the labor and employment matters challenging today’s employers, Jim provides strategic guidance to clients on a wide range of workplace and labor law issues.
While at U.S. Steel, Jim served as the chief labor negotiator during bargaining for the last three national master labor contracts, including the watershed 2003 agreement that enabled the company to purchase the assets of National Steel Corporation out of bankruptcy. As general counsel and senior vice president of corporate affairs, he led a team of 50 in-house attorneys and a myriad of outside counsel in the performance of a wide range of legal activities for the company, including litigation; international trade; labor, employment and employee benefits; corporate and commercial matters; acquisitions and divestitures; and environmental law. Jim also managed U.S. Steel’s governmental affairs and environmental affairs activities.
During Jim’s tenure as general counsel, U.S. Steel completed the acquisitions of Lone Star Technologies of Dallas, Texas and Stelco, Inc. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and the divestiture of its Serbian operations.
His legal team also prevailed in several significant labor and employment litigation matters, including Sandifer et. al. v. United States Steel Corporation, a Fair Labor Standards Act matter recently decided by the Supreme Court of the United States, and United Steelworkers Local 2660 v. United States Steel Corporation, a matter involving the WARN Act recently decided by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before Fox Rothschild
Jim spent 34 years at U.S. Steel Corporation – one of the world’s largest steel producers – working his way up from director of labor arbitration to general manager and vice president of labor and employee relations to general counsel and senior vice president of corporate affairs.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
An active member of the Pittsburgh community, Jim serves as chairman of the board for the American Red Cross, Southwestern PA chapter and is involved with a number of bar associations including the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. He is also an emeritus member of the Association of General Counsel.