When you meet Phil Binotto for the first time, it is evident that he loves being a lawyer. Practicing law for more than 40 years, Phil is known by his clients as a tough, but fair advocate who often acts as an extension of his client’s management team.
Phil’s diverse practice is rooted in finding practical solutions that are responsive to both the legal and business needs of his clients. Focusing his practice in the area of labor and employment law, and the exclusive representation of employers, Phil is also experienced in general litigation, complex construction contract litigation, municipal law, and general corporate law.
Phil’s labor and employment experience includes representing clients in both traditional and non-traditional labor and employment matters that run the entire gamut of labor and employment issues. Phil 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, wage and hour class action suits, and picketing.
Phil has served as special labor counsel for a number of municipal clients in Pennsylvania, advising them on day to day employment issues. Phil’s municipal expertise includes handling complex matters under the Pennsylvania Public Employee Labor Relations Act, No. 195; and Act 111, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, interest arbitrations arising out of bargaining impasses, and the successful handling of grievances and grievance arbitrations.
Phil is also known nationally, having handled labor disputes throughout the United States and is a member of the Employment Law Alliance which is a global network of highly skilled and accomplished labor and employment attorneys and law firms through the world. Phil recognizes that when clients are faced with stressful employment situations, time is usually of the essence. Phil is available to his clients on a 24/7 basis and is able to quickly assess the situation, evaluate and confirm the facts, and advise clients on a recommended course of action without delay. Phil’s client base of hospitals, contractors, manufacturers, municipalities, and non-profit organizations appreciate his willingness to practice law in an efficient manner, always being conscious of the expense to the client and the impact on their business operations. Phil is a skilled litigator with an excellent track record inside the courtroom, however he is also honest with his clients when mediation or settlement is the most economical resolution option for business reasons.
Outside of the practice of law, Phil is an avid outdoorsman and is a skilled golfer, fly fisherman and shooting sports competitor.