Welcome to Healey & Hornack, P.C.

Healey & Hornack, P.C. is focused on ensuring the employment rights of employees and on protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of everyone.  The employment rights work is on behalf of employees and labor unions. The civil rights and civil liberties work is for a broad range of clients and is often done in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (“CCR”).

Healey & Hornack, P.C. has been selected as a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Law Firms in Pittsburgh for Union-side Labor Law, Individual Employment Law & Labor & Employment Litigation.

Our work for employees consists of three general types:

  • First, we represent injured and disabled workers in workers’ compensation cases and on Social Security disability claims. 
  • Second, we represent employees in a broad category of cases such as  unemployment compensation, employee pensions and health benefits, plant closings, and employment discrimination cases. 
  • Third, we advise and represent employees, including executive level employees, in the review of and negotiation of severance agreements, and in negotiating the labyrinth of professional licensure issues that often arise for nurses, pharmacists and doctors, among others.  

Our work for labor unions includes major federal and state court litigation, collective bargaining, arbitrations of discharges and contractual disputes, and work before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”).  The NLRB work includes organizing campaigns, and the major litigation includes issues such as unpaid wages and overtime, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), and injunction actions.

The civil rights and civil liberties litigation is focused on First Amendment cases, especially for people arrested in peaceful demonstrations, engaged in civil disobedience, and arrested on union picket lines. This work includes many successful challenges to unconstitutional permitting and canvassing ordinances.  Healey & Hornack, P.C. also has a robust government misconduct practice, and during election cycles our lawyers are often engaged in “Election Protection Work” – protecting the rights of all citizens to vote.

Criminal Defense - our firm is also experienced in criminal defense work whether in state or federal court, handling everything from a routine DUI to homicides and federal drug conspiracy cases.  Our firm also specializes in handling the criminal defense of those arrested while participating in demonstrations or civil disobedience and while exercising their First Amendment rights.

The lawyers in the firm are Mike Healey and Jay Hornack.  Jules Lobel is “of counsel” to the firm and is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. The firm offers you its deep commitment and experience in employment, civil rights litigation and criminal defense.  We are happy to discuss any legal questions you may have, and, if you wish, you may submit such questions through this website on the form below or by clicking the Contact Us tab above.


  • Jay Hornack was recently awarded a Faculty Support grant, for his Law of Disability Discrimination course at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, by the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy: https://www.thornburghforum.pitt.edu/

  • Mike Healey was named to the Board of Directors of Keystone Progress.

  • Since November 2010 Jay Hornack has written a weekly column called “Panic Street Lawyer” for Ipso Facto, the online legal blog for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  The column can be found here.

  • Mike Healey was named to the Board of Directors of Action United.

  • Mike Healey was named to the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

  • Jules Lobel was named President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appointed Mike Healey to the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Board of Directors  in May of 2010.

  • The PA labor History Society presented Mike Healey with its Mother Jones Award at its annual dinner on September 9, 2010, for his work on behalf of working people but particularly on behalf of the United Mine Workers.

  • In 2010, Jay Hornack was appointed to be on the initial Board of Directors for StartUptown, a nonprofit corporation created to function as an urban incubator for technology and social innovation in the Hill/Uptown area of Pittsburgh.

  • On September 23, 2010, Glen Downey co-hosted a panel discussion at the National Lawyer’s Guild Conference in New Orleans with attorney David Milton of Boston.  The topic of the discussion was “Strategies and Risk Assessment in Documenting Police Abuse: Video and Audio Taping Police Misconduct.”


  • Pitt OKs Settlement in Lawsuit Over Arrest: The University of Pittsburgh will pay $48,500 in damages because one of its police officers arrested Elijah David Matheny, 29, of the Hill District for recording the incident. Read More.

  • Rainelli Case Transferred: A false reports criminal case against a nephew of Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio has been transferred to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Read More.

  • Judge to Decide if DA has a Conflict: A Blair County judge must decide if it is a conflict of interest for Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio's office to prosecute criminal charges against one of his nephews. Read More.

  • Woman who threw bike during G-20 accepts probation: A Mount Washington woman accused of throwing her bicycle at a police officer during the G-20 Summit entered an Allegheny County court program this morning that will allow all the charges against her to be dismissed provided she successfully completes a nine-month period of probation. Read More.

  • Probation given to 1 in G-20 protest: A Mt. Washington woman who gained Internet notoriety because of video footage that appeared to show her throwing a bike at a police officer during the G-20 summit demonstrations will spend nine months on probation, an Allegheny County judge ordered Friday. Read More.

  • Global Village of the Damned: It's hard to remember now, but in the weeks leading up to last September's G-20 summit, officials warned that as many as 10,000 protesters might descend on Pittsburgh. Any number of them, breathless media accounts fretted, might come with feces to fling at police, or worse. Read More.

  • ACLU Sues City Of Pittsburgh Over G-20 Mass Arrests: The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of 25 people who were swept up in a mass arrest of demonstrators, observers, and passersby in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh hours after the G-20 Summit ended on September 25, 2009. Read More.

  • City sued over G-20 arrests: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal suit against the city of Pittsburgh, Police Chief Nate Harper and more than 15 other police officers for allegedly violating the First Amendment rights of 25 people arrested on the final day of last year's G-20 summit. Read More.

  • ACLU Sues Pittsburgh Over G-20 Police Conduct: The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit alleging police wrongly arrested and mistreated people during peaceful demonstrations at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh last year. Read More.

  • Chartiers Valley board OKs Whitfield settlement: A divided Chartiers Valley school board has approved a $205,000 settlement agreement with former assistant superintendent Tammy Whitfield, who is now superintendent of the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District in Indiana County.  Read More.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15222