PITTSBURGH – January 15, 2015 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to announce that James P. Thomas and Richard I. Thomas, an attorney father-son team from Pepper Hamilton, have joined Buchanan’s Labor and Employment practice in Pittsburgh as shareholder and of counsel, respectively.

James Thomas’ practice includes both labor and employment counseling and litigation. He has represented employers in both jury and non-jury litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and other administrative agencies. His work has included traditional labor relations and OSHA matters. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Richard Thomas, the former managing partner of Pepper Hamilton's Pittsburgh office, has more than 35 years of experience in labor negotiations, labor and interest arbitrations, labor contract administration counseling, and labor and employment litigation. He is a Federal Court certified mediator, has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and has focused his practice on the steel, metals, manufacturing and construction industries. He earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and his A.B. from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

“Jim and Dick have a strong traditional labor practice and a solid reputation with large companies in Pittsburgh,” said Thomas Giotto, chair of Buchanan’s Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration section. “Their clients and practices will greatly complement ours.”

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