Pam Coyne represents employers in a broad range of matters, including labor-relations disputes, such as unfair labor practice (ULP) proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and labor arbitrations. In addition, Pam represents employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings and counsels employers regarding employment practices.
Pam played a major role in winning summary judgment in state court on behalf of three high-level employees of a local corporation, whose former employee sued for personal injuries sustained while working. The court had previously granted the corporation’s motion to dismiss based on the exclusivity provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act, but left two claims against the managers intact because it was not clear at that point whether the plaintiff could establish a duty owed her by the managers separate and apart from the nondelegable duty of the corporation to provide a safe workplace. In granting summary judgment for the managers, the court not only preserved the exclusivity provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act, but stated that imposing liability on the managers for carrying out the corporation’s directives would deprive the corporation of the benefit of its bargain in providing workers’ compensation benefits.
Pam also successfully defended seven charges of discrimination filed with the same Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office against the same employer within a six-month period, without extensive investigation or public hearings.
Before joining DRM, Pam was associated with a boutique labor and employment law firm in Connecticut, where she represented for-profit and not-for-profit employers in labor and employment matters. From 1998 to 2001, Pam worked for a large financial services corporation as a law clerk and as in-house counsel.
Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law (BNA, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2008 Supp.)