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    Biography

    Zack Bombatch is a reassuring presence to his clients, always taking the time to explain difficult and complex legal issues in a comprehensive, yet easy to digest manner. Labor and employment law is the primary focus for Zack’s practice, and he helps clients in a variety of industries navigate the regulatory and statutory framework.  While Zack is comfortable in the courtroom, he enjoys helping clients avoid potentially costly and disruptive litigation.  Zack counsels clients on the potential domino effects that employment actions and policies can have on both business operations and employee morale, making him a trusted advisor.

    Zack is actively assisting employers with guidance on how to navigate the medical marijuana/cannabis laws in Pennsylvania and the impact on not only employment law, but also compliance with industry specific safety regulations.

    Zack is active in the higher education practice as well, counseling public and private colleges and universities on best practices related to Title IX and the portion of the Pennsylvania criminal code related to hazing.  

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    American Bar Association
    Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Washington County Bar Association
    Order of Barristers
    CALI Award for Future Excellence: Employment Discrimination, Energy Law

    Key Experience

    Defended employer in action brought by an applicant under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act
    Advised higher education institution on EFLMEA issues related to COVID-19 and employee leave
    Counseled regional health system on zero tolerance drug testing policies under Pennsylvania medical marijuana/cannabis laws

    Work Experience

    2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    "COVID & Employment Law Issues," Washington County Bar Association, May 2020

    “Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: What Employers Should Know,” The PIOGA Press, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, February 2020

    Presenter: “A Growing Issue: Medical Marijuana, CBD, Hemp and Other Substances in the Workplace,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Employment Essentials Seminar, October 2019

    Presenter: “Multigenerational Workforce Litigation Risks and Best Practices for Avoiding Them,” Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Resources Organization Symposium, September 2019

    Presenter: “Navigating Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act in the Energy Industry,” Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association Fall Conference, September 2019

    Panelist: “Sexual Misconduct in Higher Ed: Preparing to Navigate the New Title IX Regulations” at Meeting Today’s Challenges in Higher Education Summit, hosted by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, May 2019

    “A Pattern of Misconduct May Haunt an Employer in the Era of #MeToo,” Hometown Banker, Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, April 2019

    Presenter: “Marijuana in the Workplace: A Hazy Issue for Employers,” 2019 West Virginia Chamber HR Conference, April 2019

    “What Employers Need to Know about #MeToo,” Inside Washington County, March 2019

    Presenter: “Meeting Today’s Challenges in Higher Education Seminar,” hosted by Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio in affiliation with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, October 2018

    Panelist: Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Resources Organization Symposium on Workplace Harassment, September 2018

    “The Law Does Not Require Complete Civility in the Workplace Notwithstanding the “Me Too” Movement,” Transactions Magazine, Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, June 2018

    “Workplace Highs and Lows – Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania and the Husbandry of the ADA & FMLA,” Pittsburgh Human Resources Association, June 2018

    Presenter: “Campus Investigations and the “Me Too” Movement” at Meeting Today’s Challenges in Higher Education Summit, hosted by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, May 2018

    “HR Academy,” Pittsburgh Human Resources Association, March 2018

    “Conducting Effective Investigations,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Employment Essentials Seminar, October 2017

    “Misclassification of Independent Contractors: Addressing Costly Industry Trends and Past Practices,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC webinar, September 2017

    "Preventing and Addressing Campus Violence," Steptoe & Johnson PLLC webinar, September 2017

    “Campus Emergency Management Preparation: Best Practices to Address Campus Emergencies, Cyber Attacks, and Institutional Threats”, Panelist, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Second Annual Higher Ed Seminar, May 2017

    “Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania, Employers Should Prepare for Accelerated MMA Program Implementation,” Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, 2017 HR Forum, May 2017

    University of Pittsburgh Alumni-in-Residence, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 Academic Years

    “Highs and Lows in the Workplace: Drug Testing and Medical Marijuana - What Pennsylvania Employers Should Know,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Employment Essentials Seminar, October 2016

    “Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Update,” Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Employment Essentials Seminar, October 2015

    Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Leases in Bankruptcy: Rejection Should Occur Only Before Production, 16 Duq. Bus. L.J. 264 (2014)