Bevan
William Bevan III
Counsel
Pittsburgh and New York Offices
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T 412.227.3120   •   bevan@deforestlawfirm.com
Bill represents employers in a full range of general labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning the National Labor Relations Act and its administration by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the construction industry he represents several multiemployer bargaining associations, as well as both general and specialty contractors.

During his career, Bill has litigated numerous unfair labor practice, representation, and arbitration cases, and also has advised employers in union organizing campaigns, bargaining unit determinations and election procedures, lockouts, strikes and employer responses thereto, secondary boycotts, recognitional picketing, handbilling, bannering and other forms of union economic self-help, injunction and damage actions, drug and alcohol testing, and collective bargaining. In addition, he has counselled employers with respect to plant closings, plant relocations, subcontracting, sales and acquisitions, neutrality and recognition agreements, and has substantial experience in negotiations with various labor organizations involving these issues, as well as the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in manufacturing, public utilities, construction, higher education, hotel and restaurant industry and the performing arts. He has also advised clients involving various issues arising under the Railway Labor Act. Bill also advises employers on a broad range of employment issues involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, employment agreements, and personnel policies.

In addition to his work in the labor and employment field, Bill also counsels employers concerning the hiring, antidiscrimination and verification provisions of U.S. immigration law, and issues relating to undocumented workers.

Prior to entering private practice, Bill was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board from 1971 to 1982. He began his career with the NLRB in the Kansas City Regional Office.

As a trial attorney at the NLRB, Bill investigated hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice and Representation cases, negotiated election agreements, conducted elections, conducted representation case hearings on both pre-election and post-election contexts, tried numerous ULP cases, obtained injunctions in secondary and recognitional picketing cases and sat as a hearing officer in jurisdictional dispute cases under Section 10 (k) of the Act. In 1974, he was detailed to work in the Division of Advice where the most complicated cases under the Act are submitted for consideration by the General Counsel to determine whether to issue a complaint, send back for more investigation or dismiss. In 1976, he was transferred to Pittsburgh where he supervised the work of up to 11 trial attorneys in all aspects of their work. In 1978, he became Deputy Regional Attorney and supervised the work of the office's three Trial Specialists, managed the Regional Office trial calendar, supervised all injunction litigation in federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, supervised as well as drafted all representation case decisions for the Regional Director, and oversaw the drafting of all Advice Memorandum to the Division of Advice discussed above.

In 1982, he entered private practice as a labor and employment attorney with Reed Smith, LLP where he remained until January 31, 2017.

Bill is an ongoing contributor to The Developing Labor Law, the definitive treatise on the law under the National Labor Relations Act. He has been a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University School of Industrial Management, Pennsylvania State University, and is a frequent presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute where he served for many years as a course planner for PBI's Labor Law Symposium. He has presented eight major symposium papers to the Associated General Contractors National Construction Labor Law Symposium held annually in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis and Berardinelli, Bill was a partner and senior counsel with Reed Smith, LLP.

Listing of Recent Publications

  1. 30 November 2016 "The NLRB and Higher Education: Recent Developments Under the NLRA Involving Private Colleges and Universities, Part I, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Labor Law Symposium; Co-Author Ginevra F. Ventre
  2. 8 May 2015 "Current Dimensions In Labor and Antitrust Law: An Update", Associated General Contractors of America, 31st Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  3. 5 December 2014 "The Unionization of College Athletes: Will the NLRB's Pending Decision in Northwestern University Create a Brave New World for College Athletics?", Pennsylvania Bar Institute Labor Law Symposium; Co-Author Mariah H. McGrogan
  4. 2 May 2014 "A Primer/Refresher On Lockouts Under The NLRA: The Legal Landscape Since American Ship Building", Associated General Contractors of America Labor and Employment Law Council, 30th Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  5. 10 January 2013 "NLRB Overturns 36-Year-Old Precedent Protecting Confidential Witness Statements From Disclosure to Union", Employment Law Watch; Co-Author: Valerie E. Brown
  6. 20 April 2012 "What is 'Featherbedding': Under the NLRA and Under Your Collective Bargaining Agreement", Associated General Contractors of America, 28th Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  7. 17 April 2012 "UPDATE to D.C. Circuit Litigation Over NLRB Posting Rule: D.C. Circuit Halts Implementation Pending Appeal", Employment Law Watch; Co-Author: Valerie E. Brown
  8. 5 March 2012 "NLRB Posting Requirement Upheld, But Enforcement Limited", Employment Law Watch; Co-Author: Joel S. Barras
  9. 10 January 2012 "NLRB Voids Class Action Waivers", Employment Law Watch
  10. 30 November 2011 "National Labor Relations Board Passes Rules to Assist Union Organizing Campaigns", Employment Law Watch
  11. 6 October 2011 "Deadline to Comply with NLRB Required Notice Posting Extended", Employment Law Watch
  12. 15 April 2011 "Understanding Prehire Agreements, Union-Security Clauses, and Hiring Hall Arrangements in the Construction Industry" Associated General Contractors of America, 27th Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  13. 16 April 2010 "It's My Work, Not Yours: Understanding Jurisdictional Disputes Under Section 8(b)(4)(D) and Section 10(k) of the NLRA", Associated General Contractors of America, 26th Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  14. 24 April 2009 "A Primer on Bargaining Units and Voter Eligibility in NLRB Elections in the Construction Industry"
  15. 20 April 2007 "Recognitional and Organizational Picketing Under the NLRA: Navigating the Maze that is Section 8(b)(7) of the Act", Associated General Contractors of America, 23rd Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium
  16. 28 April 2006 "Current Dimensions in Labor and Antitrust Law" Associated General Contractors of America 22nd Annual Construction Labor Law Symposium