Mark T. Wassell


Mark counsels and defends employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He represents employers in a range of sectors including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and education. His practice includes hiring and termination issues, claims of discrimination and harassment, drug testing, employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements, grievance arbitration, and collective bargaining.

Mark frequently handles matters before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and similar state agencies. He also conducts in-house training programs for employers on a number of employment topics and speaks often to a variety of business and HR groups throughout western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Practice Areas

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D.
    Law Review, Staff Member and Managing Editor
  • Allegheny College, B.A.


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


  • Drafted and revised employee manuals and specific employment policies including FMLA policies, drug testing policies, and sexual harassment policies for a large financial institution with branches in four states
  • Successfully defended a private company before the National Labor Relations Board after charges were filed asserting it had terminated one employee and laid off another due to Union activity
  • Counseled an employer in the health care industry with numerous offices in Western Pennsylvania in negotiating and drafting individual employment contracts and non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Provided counsel to a company during a strike, and successfully resolved unfair labor practice charges and claims for unemployment benefits filed by strikers
  • Served as chief negotiator for four school districts involved in collective bargaining negotiations, assisting in developing bargaining strategies and providing advice so as to avoid unfair practice charges

Community and Professional Service

  • Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Hamot Health Foundation, Board of Corporators
  • Church of the Nativity, Parish Council
  • West Ridge Fire Department, Volunteer Solicitor
  • PIAA Swimming & Diving Official
  • Allegheny College Erie/Meadville Alumni Chapter, Co-Chairman
  • Boys & Girls Club, Past Board President
  • Erie County Aquatic Hall of Fame, Past Board Member
  • The Kahkwa Club, Past Board Member

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Former Board of Directors Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Superintendents' Summit: Co-Presenter with Bob Zaruta on Negotiations, April 2024
  • PASPA (Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators) Conference, February 2024: Workplace Discrimination and Handling Charges Filed with the EEOC
  • Firm's Workplace Law Forum, 2013, 2015, 2017-2019, 2021-2023
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Annual Law Seminar, multiple years
  • Firm’s Annual Municipal Law Symposium, multiple years
  • Midwestern IU 4 Superintendent Advisory Council Presentations, 2016, 2018-2020, and 2022
  • PASPA Conference, February 2022: To Bargain or Not to Bargain: Management Rights and Board Policy
  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2017, 2019 & 2020
  • Webinars on Employees Returning to Work Post COVID-19, various groups, May-June 2020
  • Firm Webinar: Labor & Employment Issues in Schools: Impact of COVID-19, April 2020
  • Firm Webinar: Impact of the Pandemic on Your Workplace Webinar, April 2020
  • Crawford County Commission Seminar on Medical Marijuana, October 2019
  • PASA-PSBA School Law Workshop, October 2018
  • Keystone Shortway PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Meeting, August 2018
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Positive Workplace Seminar, October 2016
  • Erie County Reentry Workforce Summit, September 2016
  • Employers: Get Ready For New Overtime Regulations
  • Firm's Litigation & Workers’ Compensation Seminars
  • Mercyhurst University, Adjunct Professor
  • Regularly conducts in house training programs on employment topics for manufacturers, healthcare providers and school districts
  • Frequent lecturer on personnel matters to various groups including the Human Resource Management Association of NWPA, Erie County Human Relations Commission, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Various PA CareerLink offices, Shenango Valley, Lawrence County, Warren County, and Grove City Area Chambers of Commerce, West Central Job Partnership, Western PA Human Resources Association, Warren County Intergovernmental Co-Op, Warren-Forest Higher Education Council, PA Association of School Business Officials, Community Foundation of Western PA & Eastern OH, Erie County Bar Association, Clarion County Human Resource Group, and others

Articles and Publications

Audio Presentations