James Petroff is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association with thirty years of national practice experience in all aspects of collective bargaining and traditional labor law matters for a variety of private sector, public sector, federal sector, and Railway Labor Act unions. He has represented pilot unions, and other RLA unions, since 2001. Prior to joining Barkan Meizlish, LLP, he practiced union-side labor law for more than twenty four years, and was a Judicial Clerk with two judges on the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals in Franklin County, Ohio. He concentrates his practice on collective bargaining and litigation, including employee benefits cases and class actions in the federal and state courts. He has appeared on the Ohio Superlawyers website with a star credential.
He has frequently served as an author on labor issues including: New Topic Author, Chapter 19, “Constitutional Issues in Public-Sector Arbitration,” A. Ruben, Elkouri & Elkouri, How Arbitration Works (Bureau of National Affairs 6th ed. 2003); Contributing Author, Chapter 14, “Change in Bargaining Representative,” P. Hardin, The Developing Labor Law (Bureau of National Affairs 2002- present) (Main Volume and Cumulative Supplements); Senior Editor, Chapter 3, “Scope and Coverage of the Railway Labor Act,” The Railway Labor Act (Bureau of National Affairs 2016-present). He has also frequently served as a speaker for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee in the Midwest and at the national level, for the national Teamsters Lawyers Conference, for bar associations, for business employment law seminars, and for pilot union training programs.
He has been admitted to practice in Ohio, in all federal courts in Ohio, the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of Florida, the District of Nevada, the Western District of Kentucky, the Eastern District of Michigan, and U.S. Courts of Appeals in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits.
He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He received his law degree from The University of Dayton School of Law in 1989, Magna Cum Laude (with High Honors), and served as an editor on its Law Review.
He serves as an officer of a non-profit organization, is active in civic affairs, and has served as the President and Vice President of a professional union.
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