Fox Rothschild Adds Ex-U.S. Steel GC in Pittsburgh

March 25, 2014 – In The News
The Legal Intelligencer

Mark L. Silow and James D. Garraux were featured in The Legal Intelligencer article, "Fox Rothschild Adds Ex-U.S. Steel GC in Pittsburgh." Full text can be found in the March 25, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

Fox Rothschild added the former general counsel of U.S. Steel Corp., James D. Garraux, as counsel in its Pittsburgh office, the firm announced.

Garraux, who will join the firm’s Pittsburgh office, retired from U.S. Steel at the end of 2013.

"With anything, there is a right time to stay and a right time to go and I worked at U.S. Steel for 34 years and just determined that it was time to do something else," Garraux said. "I was kind of open-minded as to what it is I wanted to do."

Garraux said he plans to leverage his experience at U.S. Steel as head of labor and employee relations in creating a diversified corporate practice with an emphasis on labor and employment law.

"I came up through U.S. Steel on the labor side of the house," he said. "It's what I spent most of my time doing. It's something I had a lot of experience with."

In his time at U.S. Steel, Garraux worked his way up from director of labor arbitration to general counsel and senior vice president of corporate affairs.

"The thing that is going to be most helpful to me in terms of serving clients is just the experience I have with dealing with a very diverse set of business problems, particularly ones that were brought about by the recession in 2008, 2009," he said.

"Jim possesses a truly practical and comprehensive understanding of complex corporate management issues and operations. His knowledge and experience will undoubtedly provide tremendous benefit to clients, particularly given his firsthand insight with the complex labor and employment matters that challenge today's employers," said Fox Rothschild firmwide managing partner Mark L. Silow.

Garraux said his decision to join Fox was due to his interest in continuing to help clients with business problems, particularly in the area of labor and employment.

"Fox is a good match for me. It's a national firm. They have a lot of support capabilities in terms of the breadth of their overall national practice and they are looking to build and diversify what they are able to do in the Pittsburgh office and that's the kind of thing that excites me," Garraux said.