Robert L. McTiernan
Robert L. McTiernan has been practicing law for more than 30 years, primarily in the area of labor and employment law. Bob’s clients range from global manufacturing companies to colleges, counties, municipalities and school districts. He has extensive experience in Act 111 police and fire negotiations and arbitration.
Bob has handled over 200 labor arbitrations and negotiated collective bargaining agreements with every major union representing private and public employees, including AFSCME, PSEA, SEIU, the Teamsters and many others. He has successfully represented employers in jury and non-jury trials including cases involving claims of age discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and violation of constitutional rights.
Bob often appears before the National Labor Relations Board, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Bureau of Employment Security and other tribunals. He has argued appeals before every Pennsylvania appellate court including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, including the Court en Banc.
Bob also practices in the area of municipal and school law with special emphasis on public sector employment law. He is solicitor for West Jefferson Hills School District, the Municipality of Bethel Park, Scott Township, Swissvale Borough and Emsworth Borough. He has also served as solicitor for the Allegheny County Boroughs Association and the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association. For over 30 years, Bob was Assistant Solicitor and Labor Counsel for Allegheny County, which has nearly 6,000 employees, including approximately 4,500 unionized employees.
As a shareholder with the firm, an important part of Bob’s practice is helping employer’s avoid legal problems. He counsels clients on labor agreements, wage and hour problems and employee discipline and discharge.
Areas of Practice: Labor and Employment, Labor and Employment Litigation, Municipal and School
Articles and Presentations: Bob writes and lectures about public law topics, including speaking on behalf of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, the Local Government Academy, the Allegheny County League of Municipalities, the Pennsylvania Elementary and Secondary School Principals Association and most recently, the American Arbitration Association. He has written about employment law in Allegheny Business News and Dynamic Business magazines.
Honors and Awards: For more than 20 years, Bob has maintained an AV Preeminent® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards awarded by this national directory of lawyers. Bob’s peers have regularly selected him for The Best Lawyers in America® in both Labor & Employment Law and Municipal Law. The same publication designated him “Lawyer of the Year” in Municipal Law for 2016. He is also regularly named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in the Employment & Labor Law Category. Recently, Bob was selected by the National Academy of Arbitrators to serve on its Advocates Advisory Committee. As a candidate for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Bob was given a “well qualified” rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judiciary Committee and was endorsed by the Philadelphia Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Courier.
Memberships and Activities: Bob is a shareholder with the firm as well as Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law group. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations and their Labor and Employment Law and School & Municipal Law Sections.
Jurisdictions: Bob is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Districts Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Education and Background: Bob earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before joining the firm, he served for two years as law clerk in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Personal: Bob and his wife, Irene, live in Whitehall. Their son, Daniel, is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania.