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Three Pittsburgh Attorneys Join Steptoe & Johnson Employment Law Team



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Three Pittsburgh Attorneys Join Steptoe & Johnson Employment Law Team

Three veteran attorneys have joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as Members.  Phillip J. Binotto; Marcia L. DePaula; and Jana Phillis Grimm will practice labor and employment law from the firm’s office in Canonsburg, Pa. located at the Southpointe Business Park near Pittsburgh.  All join Steptoe & Johnson from the law firm of Eckert Seamans.

Phillip J. Binotto’s legal practice focuses on labor and employment law as well as general litigation, complex construction contract litigation, and corporate law.  He has experience representing entities such as hospitals, contractors, and manufacturers in an array of employment law matters.  Binotto’s labor and employment practice includes both traditional and non-traditional labor and employment work.  He has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements for his clients with nearly every major labor union in Western Pennsylvania. 

Jana P. Grimm concentrates her practice in employment and civil litigation.  She represents employers in collective bargaining agreements, as well as in discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.  She is also experienced in defending alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Acts. Grimm is an approved title and closing attorney for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. 

Marcia L. DePaula has a breadth of experience in commercial and business litigation in addition to her experience in labor and employment law.  DePaula is a former Senior Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection.  Throughout her career, she has represented businesses in state and federal litigation involving employment discrimination, retaliation, retaliatory discharge, harassment, and Family Medical Leave Act.  She also has extensive experience defending claims involving breach of contract, FTC statutes, Truth-in-Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

“We are excited to see how the talents of these attorneys will serve clients in industries like healthcare, construction, energy, and manufacturing," Steptoe & Johnson CEO Susan S. Brewer said.  “Their skills in negotiating on clients’ behalf, as well as their knowledge of employment regulations, should prove invaluable.”