Urban, James S.

500 Grant StreetSuite 4500Pittsburgh, PA 15219- 2514

Updated: 01/07/2014


Jim Urban represents and counsels employers regarding complex labor, employment, and employee benefit matters. His experience includes representing employers covered by the Railway Labor Act, principally Class I and regional and short line railroads. Jim also has extensive National Labor Relations Act experience, having litigated disputes over neutrality language, an employer's right to use contractors, and workforce reductions, among other issues. He has secured injunctive relief in...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Oil & Gas Shale Plays
  • Railway Labor Act

Representative Cases

  • CBS Corporation defeats class certification and settles age discrimination and ERISA action , (2009)
  • CBS Corporation defeats ERISA class action in 3rd Circuit
  • CBS defends against individual age discrimination lawsuits after dismissal of class action
  • CBS obtains favorable settlement in ERISA action
  • CBS obtains partial summary judgment dismissing age discrimination class and settles single-plaintiff claims
  • CBS settles breach of fiduciary duty claim before trial against former employee
  • CBS wins dismissal of former employee's ERISA and ADEA action
  • CitiFinancial win in dismissal of employee defamation and wrongful termination suit is affirmed on appeal
  • CTS Corp obtains favorable settlement in WARN and COBRA action arising out reduction in force at PA plant
  • Metal Traders prevails in discrimination lawsuit after eight days of trial , (2009)
  • National City Bank of Pennsylvania defeats class certification in bank branch employees' wage and hour FLSA action
  • National City Bank of Pennsylvania defends against wage and hour class action
  • National City Bank of Pennsylvania wins favorable verdict in contract breach lawsuit , (2009)
  • PotashCorp obtains dismissal of suit alleging retaliatory discharge in violation of Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • R.H. Donnelley wins summary judgment in gender and racial discrimination case
  • Telecommunications conglomerate defends against arbitration involving collective bargaining agreement
  • Telecommunications conglomerate files unfair labor practice charge against the union
  • U.S. Steel prevails in "donning & doffing" FLSA case filed by United Steelworkers local union , (2009)
  • U.S. Steel wins summary judgment in putative nationwide FLSA collective action of "donning & doffing" , (2009)
  • Verizon defends against labor arbitrations involving contract administration and enforcement with the IBEW and CWA
  • Verizon obtains temporary restraining order against illegal union work slowdown
  • Verizon wins summary judgment in ADA suit alleging disability discrimination
  • Verizon Wireless defends against putative nationwide FLSA collective action brought by retail store employees
  • Verizon's motion to dismiss age and gender discrimination claims is granted by district court and upheld by 3rd Circuit
  • Westinghouse Government Services obtains injunction to settle strike


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1998
  • University of Pittsburgh, 1987

Office Information


500 Grant StreetSuite 4500Pittsburgh, PA 15219- 2514


  • (412) 394-7959


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