Attorneys

Mike is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” (Woodward/White, Inc.) for labor and employment law, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (Philadelphia Magazine), and has been named one of the best lawyers in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Magazine). He has also received Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) for legal competency and ethics.

He concentrates his work representing labor unions and in civil liberties litigation. The labor union work focuses on court litigation, before agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, and in collective bargaining. The civil liberties litigation is focused on first amendment and election protection issues. Mike also represents individuals in employment matters and in criminal law matters.

He is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and serves on its board of directors. Other memberships include the Allegheny County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee and the Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and/or represents a number of non-profit organizations, including the UE Research and Education Fund, and the Battle of Homestead Foundation.  He was a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission from August 2001 through December 2004. Previously he served for several years as a hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board.

He was the recipient of the Thomas Merton Center’s New Person Award for peace and social justice work (2007 and 2010), the 2005 ACLU Marjorie Matson Award recognizing civil liberties work, and in 2005 a proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council honoring him for his civil liberties work. In September of 2010, the Pennsylvania Labor History Society will be presenting him with the “Mother Jones” award recognizing his work on behalf of unions and working people.

Mike is a frequent speaker on labor and employment and civil liberties issues to Continuing Legal Education Programs for lawyers, to labor unions, and college programs. He is often interviewed by the media on labor union and civil liberties issues. He seeks to practice law from the premise that human rights and the dignity of work and workers shall be regarded as more important than property rights.

Education:

  • J.D., Antioch School of Law (1976)
  • B.A., Political Science, Hobart College (1970)

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Practice Areas:

  • Union-side Labor Law
  • Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Individual Employment Law

Jay Hornack is a partner in the firm of Healey & Hornack. Jay concentrates his private law practice in the area of employee rights and benefits. Specifically, he represents employees in claims involving workers’ compensation, Social Security disability benefits, unemployment compensation, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and whistleblower retaliation cases.

Jay graduated from Rutgers-Newark School of Law in 1981 where he won the J. Skelley Wright Prize for contributions to civil rights, civil liberties and human affairs. He graduated with honors from Miami University in 1978. Jay is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives. Jay is in his second year serving as Chair of the Law and Disability Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He was previously on the Board of Directors for the Disability Rights Pennsylvania, and currently serves on that organization’s Legal Committee.

In 1983, Jay was appointed Special Counsel by Pittsburgh City Council to defend its plant closing notification ordinance. Since 1986 he has served as the Solicitor for the Steel Valley Authority, a joint municipal authority funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Strategic Early Warning Network that is dedicated to the retention of existing industry and the development of new industry throughout Pennsylvania. Since 1994 he has served as a hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Since 2010, Jay has served on the Board of Directors of StartUptown, a nonprofit corporation created to function as an urban incubator for technology and social innovation in the Hill/Uptown area of Pittsburgh.

Since 1987, Jay has also taught evening courses at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. He is currently an adjunct professor of business, law and ethics at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Industrial Administration, as well as an adjunct professor of disability discrimination law at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

Education:

  • J.D. Rutgers-Newark School of Law
  • J. Skelley Wright Prize for contributions to civil rights & civil liberties
  • A.B., cum laude, Miami University: Economics, Philosophy, Political Science

Bar/Court Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States. Court of Appeals–3rd Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas:

  • Social Security Disability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Individual Employment Law
  • Unemployment Compensation

Megan M. Block is an associate attorney at the firm. Megan represents employees in civil rights and employment litigation; unions in organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and litigation; and demonstrators who have been arrested for protesting and civil disobedience.

Megan graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was selected for the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Megan served as the Lead Executive Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and was the Derrick A. Bell Student Research Fellow in Law. She also received the CALI Award for Highest Grade in the courses of Complex Litigation, Evidence, Race and the Law, Gender and the Law, and Lawyering: A History. In addition to her law degree, Megan holds a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Before practicing law, Megan served as the Western Pennsylvania Political Director for 32BJ SEIU and taught literacy to elementary school students as a Teach for America corps member in West Philadelphia.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for SETpoint, a non-profit dedicated to preventing physical and sexual assault through empowerment-focused self-defense training.  She is also a Community Advocate for the Women’s Law Project and the Political Compliance Chair for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club. Other memberships include the ACLU Legal Committee, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Education:

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas:

  • Individual Employment Law
  • Union-Side Labor Law
  • Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

Publications:

Stand Up, Fight Back: Why the Attack on Public Sector Unions Violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments, 75 U. PITT. L. REV. 189 (2013).

Attorney Jules Lobel serves as ‘of counsel’ to the firm. Attorney Lobel is a tenured professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he lecturers law students on Constitutional Law, International Law, Human Rights and Foreign Relations Law. He is a frequent lecturer in the United States and in Europe on issues involving Human Rights and International Law.

Attorney Lobel received a B.A. degree from New York University and a Law Degree from Rutgers University. His current litigation work focuses on Constitutional and International Law issues. He is presently the Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is based in New York City. Attorney Lobel is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Through the Center for Constitutional Rights, Jules Lobel has litigated important issues regarding the application of international law in the U.S. courts. In the late 1980’s he advised the Nicaraguan government on the development of its first democratic constitution. He has also advised the Burundi government on constitutional law issues.

Professor Lobel is editor of a text on civil rights litigation and of a collection of essays on the U.S. Constitution, “A Less Than Perfect Union” (Monthly Review Press, 1988). He is also the author, with David Cole, of “Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror.” He is the author of numerous articles on international law, foreign affairs, and the U.S. Constitution in publications including Yale Law Journal, Harvard International Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and many newspapers. He is a member of the American Society of International Law.

Education:

  • J.D., 1981, Rutgers University
  • B.A., 1978, New York University

Bar/Court Admissions:

  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals –2nd Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals–3rd Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court