John E. Stember

John E. Stember

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Summary

Attorney John Stember concentrates on employment and labor matters, including sexual harassment, employee pension and health benefits and ERISA. He regularly represents executives in negotiation and enforcement of employment contracts and severance packages, and in actions involving non-competes. He also represents a number of Unions, including the Arena Football Players Union (AFLPU) and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) at KDKA and WQED.

Over the last decade, John has litigated a number of ERISA and benefit class actions against some of Americaâs largest companies that tried to eliminate or reduce retiree healthcare. These cases involved thousands of union retirees, including former Steelworkers, Autoworkers, Chemical Workers, and United Electrical Workers, against such major manufacturers as American Standard, PPG, GM, Ford, Chrysler, General Tire Corp, Sunoco, and Crown Cork.

For the past five years, John has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where currently directs its Unemployment Insurance Practicum. He often lectures on workplace issues and co-authored a manual on Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation. He also co-authored âBattling for Benefits,â which appeared in Trial Magazine (December 2005). He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including Al Franken and Oprah Winfrey, and his cases have been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Bill Moyersâ NOW and Pittsburghâs major media outlets. He was named a âSuper Lawyerâ in 2008 and in âBest Lawyers in America 2013.â

Earlier in his career, John worked as a Legal Services lawyer, representing low income workers. During this time, he served as a local union president and as National Secretary of UAW Local 2320, the nationwide union of Legal Services Workers.

John filed the first same-sex sexual harassment case in the Western District of Pennsylvania and has received a number of favorable decisions from the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Court of International Trade. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, all Pennsylvania Courts, and numerous federal district and circuit courts.

John is the longtime Board Chairman of the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee, a non-profit group that assists dislocated workers in the region. He was a founding Board Member of the Steel Valley Authority, a regional authority dedicated to industrial retention.

John is currently an officer in the âLabor and Employment Sectionâ of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a Chapter Editor (âCollectively Bargained Benefitsâ) of BNAâs âEmployee Benefits Law.â He is a member of the Lawyersâ Coordinating Committee (LCC) and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

John graduated in 1976 with a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and in 1972 from Ohio University, cum laude, as a Cutler Fellow and Honors College member.

John is a native of Brooklyn and grew up in North Jersey. He is an avid golfer, reader and traveler. He is married with two children and three grandchildren. He was among the creators of Robot Baseball, for a time Americaâs premier play-by-mail fantasy baseball game.

Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D.
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Honors: Graduated in top quarter of class
Ohio University
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Honors: Cutler Fellow, Cutler College and Honors College
Professional Experience
Partner
Stember Cohn + Davidson-Welling, LLC
- Current
Founding partner of union-side labor/employment firm focusing on employee benefits, ERISA, sexual harassment, Title VII, employment contracts/non-competes, severance agreements, and unemployment compensation and Trade Restricted Act. Experienced in full range of labor and employment matters.
Partner
Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC
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Founding partner of law firm concentrating in employment/labor matters, including ERISA, Title VII, employee benefits, National Labor Relations Board cases, Unemployment Compensation cases, and Union-side collective bargaining negotiations.
Partner
Stember Feinstein
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Partner in law firm concentrating in employment/labor matters, including ERISA, Title VII, employee benefits, National Labor Relations Board cases, Unemployment Compensation cases, and Union-side collective bargaining negotiations.
Sole Proprietor
Law Offices of John Stember
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Sole proprietor concentrating in employment/labor matters, including ERISA, Title VII, employee benefits, National Labor Relations Board cases, Unemployment Compensation cases, and Union-side collective bargaining negotiations.
Attorney
Healey, Davidson & Hornak, PC
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Focusing on employment/labor, including ERISA, National Labor Relations Board and Unemployment Compensation issues.
Employment Law Coordinator
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
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Extensive litigation and agency practice; Title VII, Unemployment Compensation ("UC"); and Trade Readjustment Act ("TRA")
Staff Attorney
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
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Concentrating in employment and consumer cases.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Employee Benefits Law Third Edition, Fall 2013 Cumulative Supplement
Bloomberg BNA
Unemployment Compensation Manual
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Unemployment Compensation Manual
Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Professional Associations
National Labor Employers Association ("NELA")
Member
Current
Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
Allegheny County Bar Association
Member
Current
Pittsburgh Bar Institute
Member
Current
American Bar Association
Employment Law Committee, Co-Chair
Current
Collective Bargaining & Employee Benefits Subcommittee
ABA Labor and Employment Law Section
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Activities: Co-Chair Committee in ABA section that focuses on employee benefits and assist in yearly update on Chapter on Collectively Bargained Employee Benefits in BN’s,” Employee Benefits Law.”
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Unemployment Compensation Practicum
Adjunct Professor
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Activities: Co-Director of UC Clinic at University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Instruction and supervision of law students who represent claimants in UC hearings and appeals.
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee
Chair of Board
- Current
Activities: Board Chair of non-profit organization serving dislocated workers in greater Pittsburgh Area.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
3rd Circuit
4th Circuit
7th Circuit
Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Practice Area
  • Employment Law
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Website
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Contact & Map
Office
429 Forbes Avenue
1616 Allegheny Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
USA
Telephone: (412) 338-1445 Ext. 11