Edward R. Lawrence, Jr.
Ed represents corporate, nonprofit and government clients in a broad range of matters concentrating his practice in the areas of:
- Labor and employment
- Real estate
- Commercial business transactions
- Estate planning
Ed has represented public school districts and other public sector clients for more than 40 years. He is a shareholder with the firm.
Labor and Employment Experience:
- Ed successfully litigated unfair labor practice charges before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board involving a wildcat strike by an uncertified labor organization which claimed to represent transportation employees. The organization and its leaders were ordered to cease and desist threats and intimidation. The Labor Board upheld the discharge of workers involved in the illegal strike.
- He successfully prosecuted the discharge of a veteran teacher who had been illegally absent on an extended ski vacation. The discharge was upheld throughout multiple litigations including an administrative agency appeal, grievance arbitration and an unfair labor practice charge case.
- When the Pennsylvania Auditor General challenged the legality of a retirement allowance provision contained in a collective bargaining agreement, Ed sought a court determination for the client school district. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court sustained the school district’s contention that the provision was a legal and proper subject of collective bargaining. The case established an important legal precedent for Pennsylvania public employers.
Local Taxation Experience: The court appointed Ed to the Core Defense Committee which serves as lead attorney for all Allegheny County municipalities and school districts in a class action lawsuit challenging certain county-wide tax assessment increases. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the trial court and intermediate appellate courts in favor of the municipalities and school districts.
Land Development and Zoning Experience: Ed spearheaded the effort by a prominent non-profit corporation to develop a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financed community living facility for mentally challenged adults. When the municipality denied necessary approvals and permits, these decisions were successfully appealed to court where the client’s entitlement to develop the project was completely sustained. The client’s litigation expenses were recouped from the municipalities’ insurer through a federal court fair housing act lawsuit.
Areas of Practice: Public School Law, Labor and Employment, Local Taxation, Real Estate
Articles and Presentations: Ed is a frequent lecturer on public school law topics.
Honors and Awards: Ed’s peers, through Martindale Hubble, have rated him AV® which is the highest ranking one can achieve.
Memberships and Activities: Ed is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and a director and past chairman of the Allegheny County Association of Municipal and School Solicitors. He was a long time board member and past president of United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh. He has served for many years on the board of trustees of Baldwin Community United Methodist Church.
Jurisdictions: Ed is admitted to all Pennsylvania courts and to United Stated District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Education and Background: Ed graduated from Lafayette College and received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an associate editor of the law review and a member of the Order of the Coif.