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OVERVIEW

David J. Pryzbylski
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6464

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

David J. Pryzbylski
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6464

F 317-231-7433

Traditional labor law counselor and employment adviser David Pryzbylski is diligently focused on achieving the right result for each client he serves. He is dedicated to providing legal solutions to the challenges his clients face by incorporating not only legal and business strategy into problem-solving, but also compassion in consideration of the human element of managing a workforce.

OVERVIEW

Traditional labor law counselor and employment adviser David Pryzbylski is diligently focused on achieving the right result for each client he serves. He is dedicated to providing legal solutions to the challenges his clients face by incorporating not only legal and business strategy into problem-solving, but also compassion in consideration of the human element of managing a workforce.

David concentrates a large portion of his practice on assisting employers with traditional labor matters. His deep experience includes collective bargaining, work stoppages, arbitrations, union avoidance training and strategies, union representation elections, unfair labor practice charges, contract administration, and various other labor relations issues.

David has helped companies secure favorable outcomes with labor issues around the country. He has experience with numerous labor unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Laborers, Sheet Metal Workers, CWA, UFCW, UAW, IBEW, BTCGM, GMP and with trades such as carpenters, pipefitters and more. Notably, David’s interest in labor relations began in high school, having grown up next to several of the largest steel mills in the world and coming from a family that has members in human resources management and union leadership positions. These experiences have given him a foundational understanding as to how unions operate and what drives their decision-making process.

To maintain a well-rounded practice and offer a full range of labor and employment services to his clients, David also routinely defends employers in employment litigation matters – both in class/collective actions and individual cases – alleging wrongful discharge; discrimination; retaliation; harassment; wage-related claims; breach of contract; and claims regarding the classification of workers as independent contractors under various state and federal laws. In addition, David has defended clients in class actions and high stakes qui tam actions, which are often initiated by current or former disgruntled employees and brought under the False Claims Act by government agencies and the Department of Justice.

David also assists employers with proactive counseling, both in the employment and labor context. This portion of his practice involves reviewing and drafting employment policies; conducting training on issues spanning the labor and employment spectrum; and otherwise advising clients when daily, complex employee-relations issues arise.

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019

Indiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2019

Law360 Rising Star, 2017

Chambers USA, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2015-2019

Leadership In Law: Up and Coming Lawyer, The Indiana Lawyer, 2015

Experience

Traditional Labor

  • Assisted a global manufacturing company successfully implement and manage a six-month lockout of more than 200 employees during collective bargaining negotiations in Pennsylvania that resulted in the union accepting company proposals that significantly addressed business needs, including the elimination of retiree health benefits.
  • Was counsel of record for a national grocery chain in an injunction action filed in Indiana federal court by a union seeking to force the company to rescind changes to its healthcare plan.
  • Successfully defended a national manufacturer in a NLRB action in Maryland where the union sought to prevent the closure of a site that was not performing up to company expectations.
  • Negotiated a plant shutdown agreement that included vacating a long-standing collective bargaining agreement at a steel mill on behalf of a private investment group based in Miami.
  • Assisted numerous companies around the U.S., ranging in size from dozens to thousands of employees, remain union-free in the face of union organizing efforts. His successes on the union avoidance front have occurred in New York, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan, West Virginia and Indiana.

Litigation

  • Served as lead defense counsel in a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act in New Hampshire seeking more than $3.5 million in damages.
  • Secured a favorable summary judgment ruling for Roche Diagnostics Corporation in the Eastern District of New York on an age discrimination claim and then successfully argued for thousands of dollars in costs being awarded to the company, including e-discovery costs.
  • Successfully secured dismissal of a race discrimination and retaliation complaint filed against Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indiana federal court based on a plaintiff’s failure to disclose the lawsuit in his contemporaneous bankruptcy proceedings. The case was dismissed before discovery, saving the company significant litigation costs.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a national warranty company in a wage-payment suit where an employee alleged he was entitled to over $100,000 more than what he was actually paid under the terms of a revised bonus plan. The court’s ruling precluded the formation of a class action by other employees affected by the revised bonus plan terms.
  • Successfully appealed a California Employment Development Department determination that a national manufacturer had misclassified nearly 100 workers as independent contractors, which resulted in a nearly $1 million tax assessment being vacated.
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