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.
- J.D., Antioch School of Law (1976)
- B.A., Political Science, Hobart College (1970)
- 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
- Union-side Labor Law
- Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Litigation
- Criminal Defense
- Individual Employment Law
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.
- J.D., 1981, Rutgers University
- B.A., 1978, New York University
- 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