Alan D. Berkowitz, Leader of Dechert’s labor and employment practice, is designated by Chambers USA as a top labor and employment attorney since 2003, represents employers in a wide range of employment litigation disputes including cases alleging discrimination, breach of contract, employment torts, non-compete violations and wage and hour violations. He has extensive experience in federal and state court in both class action and individual litigation.
Mr. Berkowitz is also experienced in handling representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and labor arbitration proceedings in a wide variety of industries.
Mr. Berkowitz has been ranked in Chambers USA’s Band 1 for his labor practice in Pennsylvania and praised for his “excellent knowledge of the law,” and “common-sense business approach to legal matters.” Clients and peers have noted that Mr. Berkowitz is "great for strategizing, focusing on the issue and coming up with solutions," also commenting that he is “intellectually impressive and exceptionally talented” with an “enormous wealth of substantive knowledge” and “wonderfully balanced judgment.” The publication also praised his ability to “get to the finish line in a way that is economic and pragmatic.” Mr. Berkowitz has also been recognized regularly for labor and employment management and litigation in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. Recently, he was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Labor "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia.
Mr. Berkowitz recently authored a treatise on Pennsylvania Employment Law published by West Publishing Co. He has also co-authored two books, titled The Landrum-Griffin Act: Twenty Years of Federal Protection of Union Members’ Rights and The NLRB and Secondary Boycotts.
Cornell University, B.S., School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1977
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1980, summa cum laude, Special Honors for graduating first in class, member of the Law Review
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
From 1982 to 1995, Mr. Berkowitz was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching employment law as well as a variety of advanced labor law courses. He has also taught employment courses at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University School of Law -- Camden.