Phillip J. Binotto
(724) 749-3120
Office: Southpointe
J.D. Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
B.A. The Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: PA
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Phil Binotto focuses his practice in the area of labor and employment law, general litigation, complex construction contract litigation, and general corporate law. Mr. Binotto has represented hospitals, contractors, manufacturers, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and corporate clients on all aspects of labor and employment law. He represents exclusively employers in labor and employment matters. Mr. Binotto’s labor and employment experience includes representing clients in both traditional and non-traditional labor and employment matters. He has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with nearly every major labor union in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. He has experience in handling complex labor disputes, including issues relating to grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, strikes, boycotts, handbilling, and picketing. He has also defended clients is both state and federal employment discrimination claims and law suits. Mr. Binotto frequently lectures and trains clients on proper employee relations practices, and the benefits of maintaing a pro-employee environment. Mr. Binotto also has experience in negotiating oil and gas leases in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, especially with regard to the Marcellus shale strata leases.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2003-2014 Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott, LLC

Speaking Engagements

Author, "Recent Trends and Legal Developments in Labor and Employment Law: What Practitioners Must Know and Employers Should Be Aware of to Avoid Liability," Strategies for Employment Litigation, 2014 Ed.

"News You Can Use: A Review of Recent Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Developments of Significance to Employers," Southpointe Human Resources Forum, May 2012

"NLRB Update," Southpointe Human Resources Forum, November 2011

"Who's Knocking at Your Door?" Southpointe Human Resources Forum, December 2010

"A Management Strategy for Negotiation Changes in Healthcare Benefits in Union Contracts," Pittsburgh Hospital News, September 2005

"Take Five," Smart Business Pittsburgh, March 2004

"The Private Sector: Win-win / Five Steps To Avoid Winning The Labor-Negotiations Battle But Losing The War," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 2004

Key Experience

Managed campaigns in opposition to union representation elections
Acted as a member of the bargaining team and/or chief negotiator for clients in collective bargaining negotiations with nearly every major labor union in the tri-state area
Represented employers in employee grievance arbitrations

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers®
Washington County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Listed by Verdict Search as a lead attorney in obtaining the 35th highest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania