Ernie Orsatti concentrates his practice in labor and employment law in western Pennsylvania and throughout the country. He has extensive experience representing local and international unions in state and federal litigation, and representation before administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, the West Virginia Supreme Court, and various federal appellate courts.
He also has extensive experience handling and/or litigating cases related to alleged breach of duty of fair representation, injunctions, Section 301 suits to enforce collective bargaining agreements, employment discrimination, hot cargo, RICO, antitrust, Section 303 damage claims, Section 301 damage claims, secondary boycotts, Davis-Bacon Act, petitions to enforce and to vacate arbitration awards, WARN Act, ERISA, unfair labor practice charges, representation cases, the Wage Payment and Collection Law, Prevailing Wage Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Landrum-Griffin Act, hiring hall matters, construction industry picketing, AFL-CIO Article XX work jurisdiction, and serving as fund counsel to pension and health and welfare funds.
Ernie has represented unions in more than 3,000 labor arbitration proceedings and provides counsel to unions on a daily basis. He also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, including national multi-employer/multi-union agreements. He has experience in the private and public sectors. Ernie also serves a neutral arbitrator.
A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Ernie earned his degree in Political Science from Marquette University and his J.D. from Duquesne University Law School. He served on active duty in the United States Army and as a part-time military lawyer in the United States Army Reserves Judge Advocate General’s Corp, ascending to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ernie is an active member of the employment law section of the American Bar Association, where he serves as a chapter editor for the treatise “The Developing Labor Law.” He has also been a contributing editor to the treatise “How Arbitration Works” by Elkouri & Elkouri. Ernie is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association, where he serves as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee. He also served on the legal committee of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ernie has lectured about labor law for continuing legal education programs, union officials and law school classes. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. He also has been named one of the best lawyers in Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Magazine and has been designated a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
Ernie has been named by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 plaintiff employment lawyers in the country for 2021 and again for 2022.
- U.S. District Court, Western Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court