David concentrates a large portion of his practice on assisting employers with traditional labor matters. His deep experience includes collective bargaining, work stoppages, arbitrations, union avoidance training and strategies, union representation elections, unfair labor practice charges, contract administration, and various other labor relations issues.
David has helped companies secure favorable outcomes with labor issues around the country. He has experience with numerous labor unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Laborers, Sheet Metal Workers, CWA, UFCW, UAW, IBEW, BTCGM, GMP and with trades such as carpenters, pipefitters and more. Notably, David’s interest in labor relations began in high school, having grown up next to several of the largest steel mills in the world and coming from a family that has members in human resources management and union leadership positions. These experiences have given him a foundational understanding as to how unions operate and what drives their decision-making process.
To maintain a well-rounded practice and offer a full range of labor and employment services to his clients, David also routinely defends employers in employment litigation matters – both in class/collective actions and individual cases – alleging wrongful discharge; discrimination; retaliation; harassment; wage-related claims; breach of contract; and claims regarding the classification of workers as independent contractors under various state and federal laws. In addition, David has defended clients in class actions and high stakes qui tam actions, which are often initiated by current or former disgruntled employees and brought under the False Claims Act by government agencies and the Department of Justice.
David also assists employers with proactive counseling, both in the employment and labor context. This portion of his practice involves reviewing and drafting employment policies; conducting training on issues spanning the labor and employment spectrum; and otherwise advising clients when daily, complex employee-relations issues arise.
Articles in the National Law Review database by David J. Pryzbylski
David Pryzbylski of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, is recognized as a 2021 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for his coverage of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and how employers can best interact with their union workforces or navigate collective bargaining initiatives. Mr. Pryzbylski's regular contributions guide readers through common labor law pitfalls and what NLRB changes may be on the horizon.
David J. Pryzbylski and his work on the Barnes & Thornburg Labor Relations Blog has been selected for a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leadership Award. Mr. Pryzbylski is a true expert on the NLRB, and his writing chronicles what our readers need to know about what’s going on with Labor law issues, and how it may impact employers and their businesses. His coverage is extensive, his knowledge impressive, and he faithfully chronicles developments in this ever-changing field of law. You can subscribe to Barnes & Thornburg Labor Relations blog here.