Member, Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Group
|213 Market Street|
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Mark Fontana has more than 30 years of experience exclusively representing management and employers in all types of labor and employment matters and related litigation. Clients cover a full range of businesses, industries and educational institutions, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, emerging growth/high technology, warehousing and distribution services, transportation, health care, colleges and universities and nonprofit institutions.
- Employment discrimination litigation in state and federal courts, ERISA litigation, affirmative action/OFCCP matters, wrongful discharge claims, OSHA compliance, FLSA compliance, ADA compliance and Family and Medical Leave Act matters as well as unemployment and workers compensation cases;
- Represents clients in public and private sector collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings at the federal and state level, grievance processing and labor arbitrations; successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with nearly every major industrial and service-sector union on behalf of clients;
- Extensive experience in representing clients in administrative proceedings (e.g. EEOC, PHRC, OFCCP, OSHA, Wage and Hour) at the federal, state and local levels, including assisting clients with governmental investigations and compliance audits;
- Designs and conducts employment law and human resources related training programs for supervisors and managers;
- Regularly provides advice and counseling to clients on human resources, labor relations, and employment law issues and topics, as well as on employment contracts and executive compensation issues.
Labor and Employment
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1982, magna cum laude
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1979, magna cum laude
U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Adjunct faculty member at Widener University School of Law
Former member of the graduate school faculty of LaRoche College in Pittsburgh
Former instructor for the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program at Millersville University
Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- “2012 Labor and Employment Law Update,” presented for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Central PA Chapter program, October 2012.
- “Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act, Managing the Problem Employee,” presented at the Lorman Education Services program, August 2012.
- “Retaliation Claims After Burlington Northern and Crawford: Bad News for Public and Private Employers. Is There Any Hope?” ,” co-presented with Michael McAuliffe Miller at Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, April 2010.
- “Ricci v. DeStefano – Where Do We Go From Here?” presented at the Widener University School of Law Diversity Forum, March 2010.
- “The Family and Medical Leave Act One Year After the Regs: The Employee’s Duty to Cooperate,” presented at PBI program, December 2009.
- “Minimizing Your Legal Risks: Latest Developments and Hot Topics,” presented at the Association of Corporate Counsel, Central PA Chapter seminar, February 2008.