For over 40 years, Mr. Perhacs has counseled both local government and business employers on labor and employment law issues. He has represented more than a dozen public school systems, including Erie’s Public Schools with over 1,300 employees. A former faculty member in Gannon University's MBA program, he currently teaches Employment Relations for Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business. He served four County Executives as Solicitor for Labor Relations for Erie County. 

Mr. Perhacs recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and is a former commercial pilot. He also coached youth hockey for 12 years. Mr. Perhacs is Board Vice President (and former Board President) of the Multi-Cultural Community Resources Center and is actively involved in programs aiding the Erie area’s Hispanic immigrant population. He is conversationally proficient in Spanish.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Helped the Oil City School District negotiate to outsource its entire custodial and food service operations. The decision, which came after 14 months of negotiations facilitated by Mr. Perhacs, will save the district an expected $425,000 annually
  • Recently served as counsel to the Mayor of the City of Erie assisting with the restructuring of fire and police department contracts
  • Regularly counsels administrators in school districts of all sizes in personnel matters
  • Appointed to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation panel of neutral labor arbitrators

Honors & Ratings

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Firm's Biennial Workplace Law Forum, November 2013 and 2015
  • Author of Labor Relations for School Leaders: A Practical Guide to Labor Contracts, Negotiations, Strikes and Grievances, a book that leads school board members and administrators through an array of labor relations situations. The book has been published by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and has been used as a text at the University of Pittsburgh, Westminster College, and Gannon University. For more information or to order the book, go to the PSBA Website.
  • In March, 2014, Mr. Perhacs' first novel, Cuernavaca, was released. A thriller set in southern Mexico, it is available at Amazon.com
  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium, April 2013
  • Frequent lecturer on labor and employment law to education and industry groups

Community Service

  • Multi-Cultural Community Resources Center, Board Vice-President
  • American Mensa, Admission Test Proctor

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder

Language Proficiency

  • Conversational Spanish

Practice Areas

Education

  • Duquesne University, J.D.; cum laude; Editor, Duquesne Law Review
  • St. Vincent College, B.A.; cum laude
  • Seton Hill University, 2017 Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction

Admissions & Certifications

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, Fact Finders and Arbitrators Panel

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