Phillip J. Binotto
(724) 749-3120
Office: Southpointe
J.D. Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
B.A. The Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: PA
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Phil Binotto focuses his practice in the area of labor and employment law, general litigation, complex construction contract litigation, municipal law, and general corporate law. Mr. Binotto has represented hospitals, contractors, manufacturers, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and corporate clients on all aspects of labor and employment law for over forty (40) years. He represents exclusively employers in labor and employment matters. Mr. Binotto’s labor and employment experience includes representing clients in both traditional and non-traditional labor and employment matters. He has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with nearly every major labor union in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. He has experience in handling complex labor disputes, including issues relating to grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, strikes, boycotts, hand billing, jurisdictional disputes, union representation elections, union decertifications, and picketing. He has handled labor disputes throughout the United States. He has also defended clients in both state and federal employment discrimination claims and law suits. Mr. Binotto frequently lectures and trains clients on proper employee relations practices, and the benefits of maintaining a pro-employee environment. Mr. Binotto also has experience in negotiating oil and gas leases in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, especially with regard to the Marcellus shale strata leases. Mr. Binotto has served as special labor counsel for a number of municipal clients in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including handling complex matters under the Pennsylvania Public Employee Labor Relations Act, No. 195; and has successfully handled numerous municipal interest arbitrations under said Act.

Work Experience

2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2003-2014 Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott, LLC

Speaking Engagements

“Employment Law: New Wage & Hour Issues,” Winter Bench Bar, Washington County Bar Association, March 1, 2019

"The Joint Employer Standard," West Virginia Society for Human Resource Management Conference, October 9, 2018, Bridgeport, WV

Author, “Trending Topics in Labor and Employment Law in the Current Administration,” Steptoe & Johnson Employment Essentials Presentation, October 26, 2017

The Department of Labor’s New Overtime Regulations, August 17, 2016, Meadville, PA

Author, "Recent Trends and Legal Developments in Labor and Employment Law: What Practitioners Must Know and Employers Should Be Aware of to Avoid Liability," Strategies for Employment Litigation, 2014 Ed.

"News You Can Use: A Review of Recent Judicial, Legislative, and Regulatory Developments of Significance to Employers," Southpointe Human Resources Forum, May 2012

"NLRB Update," Southpointe Human Resources Forum, November 2011

"Who's Knocking at Your Door?" Southpointe Human Resources Forum, December 2010

"A Management Strategy for Negotiation Changes in Healthcare Benefits in Union Contracts," Pittsburgh Hospital News, September 2005

"Take Five," Smart Business Pittsburgh, March 2004

"The Private Sector: Win-win / Five Steps To Avoid Winning The Labor-Negotiations Battle But Losing The War," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 2004

Key Experience

Managed campaigns in opposition to union representation elections.
Acted as a member of the bargaining team and/or chief negotiator for clients in collective bargaining negotiations with nearly every major labor union in the tri-state area and New York.
Represented employers throughout the United States in employee grievance arbitrations.

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers®
Washington County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Academy of Trial Lawyers of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Listed by Verdict Search as a lead attorney in obtaining the 35th highest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Admitted: Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Admitted: Supreme Court of the United States
Admitted: Second and Third Circuit Court of Appeals