Key Experience

  • Focuses practice on complex labor and employment litigation.
  • Counsels clients on a variety of strategic labor and employment questions.


James Crowley’s national labor and employment practice handles a broad range of matters involving:

  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • The Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA)
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Whistleblower laws, including the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act and the Dodd-Frank Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Antidiscrimination and sexual harassment laws
  • Wage and hour laws.

Representative Work

  • Obtained reversals of several precedents at the National Labor Relations Board, including the rule that employees were presumptively entitled to use their employer’s email system to engage in concerted activity.
  • Successfully represented companies in all manner of labor disputes arising under the NLRA, the LMRA, other federal labor statutes and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Represented professional sports leagues, hotels, financial services providers and real estate developers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
  • Successfully defended an employer and employee benefits plan against ERISA claims.
  • Successfully defended a financial services firm against whistleblower claims under the SOX Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.