Zachary D. Bombatch
Associate
(724) 749-3133
Office: Southpointe
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
J.D. Duquesne University School of Law
M.B.A. Duquesne University
B.S.B.A University of Pittsburgh
Licensure: PA
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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.  

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

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)

Key Experience

Counseled regional health system on zero tolerance drug testing policies under Pennsylvania medical marijuana/cannabis laws
Advised energy producer on the ramifications of positive drug tests as they relate to the Federal Department of Transportation and Pipeline Safety Administration guidelines
Advised faith based higher education institution on the newly enacted portion of the Pennsylvania criminal code dealing with hazing on campus

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