Steve Swirsky has devoted his practice almost exclusively to advising and representing employers in complex labor relations matters and litigation. He represents clients in collective bargaining and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in transactions involving the sale and acquisition of unionized businesses and operations, and in organizing campaigns. He also aids employers in developing and implementing strategies to remain union-free.
Employers grappling with difficult labor-management relations workforce problems value Steve’s creative solutions. Steve is a strategic advisor who has dedicated his career to understanding his clients’ priorities. He thinks outside the box to help his clients maintain compliant policies and productive workforce relations within union and non-union environments. Drawing on years of experience in private practice and at the NLRB, Steve crafts and implements strategies and solutions that achieve successful, long-term outcomes. He works tirelessly to preserve important management and decision-making rights for his clients.
For his many long-term clients, Steve helps tailor solutions based on his knowledge of their unique needs and his ongoing relationships with management teams. He represents employers across a range of industries while working behind the scenes to support in-house counsel in preparing for an arbitration or when serving as lead negotiator for a collective bargaining agreement. When faced with union organizing activity, he helps clients anticipate challenges and defends their actions before the NLRB. General Counsel rely on his advice in mergers and acquisitions to see around corners and spot risks within existing workforce obligations, contract terms, and pension liabilities.
Beyond traditional labor matters, Steve’s litigation experience includes defending claims involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and other employment discrimination matters before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals, such as the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. He also prepares and revises employment and personnel policy manuals, and structures employment agreements.
Steve holds several leadership positions within Epstein Becker Green, including Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor Management Relations practice group and member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a nonprofit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.
Early in his career, Steve served as a field attorney with the NLRB at Region 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Steve is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s Management Memo blog, which he co-edits, and the Health Employment and Labor blog. He writes and speaks on a wide range of labor and employment law matters and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.