Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Mark J. Kuhar

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  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Moot Court Board; Andrews Memorial Scholarship; College of Law Representation at National Appellate Advocacy Competitions; Syracuse University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1992–1993
  • Gannon University, B.S; magna cum laude; Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Since 1993, Mr. Kuhar has served the employment-related needs of private and public employers throughout the region. He routinely assists employers in establishing and maintaining employment policies and frequently trains supervisors and other employees. He prepares executive employment contracts and severance agreements. He also negotiates with unions on behalf of employers. His practice has an emphasis on the defense of EEO claims and the litigation of employment claims.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Manages employer responses to union organizing activities and campaigns at several manufacturers.
  • Successfully defended a school district in a federal trial over a request for religious accommodation resulting from the implementation of a new school security system.
  • Successfully defended a school district in a federal trial over a claim of race and ethnicity-based discrimination in hiring decisions.
  • Conducted successful contract negotiations, which included withdrawal from the union pension fund and several other critical issues at a manufacturing company. The company’s employees subsequently participated in an election which led to the decertification of the union.
  • Conducted an aggressive union avoidance campaign at a food retailer which resulted in the union’s withdrawal of its petition.
  • Worked closely with an employer through its employee's decertification of its long-time union.

Honors & Ratings

Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania/New York Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Human Resources Section of the PA/NJ Electric Cooperative
  • Firm's Workplace Law Forum, November 2013
  • Pennsylvania Open Records Act Seminar
  • Firm's Litigation & Workers’ Compensation Seminar
  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium
  • Frequent guest lecturer at Gannon University
  • Sexual harassment training
  • Union avoidance training

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Zoological Society, Volunteer Solicitor
  • United Way of Erie County, Volunteer Solicitor
  • Erie Catholic Preparatory School, Board Member
  • St. George Church, Finance Council and School Board Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder