Mr. Wassell 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. Mr. Wassell’s practice includes hiring and termination issues, claims of discrimination and harassment, drug testing, employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements, grievance arbitration, and collective bargaining. He 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 northwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. Prior to joining Knox Law, he practiced at a large firm in Cleveland, Ohio.

Recent Accomplishments

  • 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

Honors & Ratings

Speaking Engagements & Articles

  • PASA-PSBA School Law Workshop, October 2018
  • Midwestern IU 4 Superintendent Advisory Council Presentation, October 2018
  • Firm's Workplace Law Forum, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018
  • Keystone Shortway PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Meeting, August 2018
  • Firm’s Annual Municipal Law Symposium, multiple years
  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2017
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Annual Long-Term Care Seminar, multiple years
  • Midwestern Intermediate Unit 4 Superintendents’ Advisory Council Meeting, November 2016
  • 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, Lawrence County and Shenango Valley Chambers of Commerce, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, 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

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie County Aquatic Hall of Fame, Board Member
  • PIAA Swimming & Diving Official
  • Hamot Health Foundation, Board of Corporators
  • Church of the Nativity, Parish Council
  • Boys & Girls Club, Former Board President
  • The Kahkwa Club, Past Board Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors

Practice Areas

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D.; Law Review, Staff Member, 1982–1983, Managing Editor 1983–1984
  • Allegheny College, B.A.

Admissions & Certifications

  • 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

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

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