David J. Pryzbylski

David J. Pryzbylski

Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Partner

Indianapolis, Indiana

Traditional labor relations counselor and employment law 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 assists clients in virtually every industry, including steel, healthcare, grocery, telecommunications, construction, automotive manufacturing, tech, retail, and more. David has helped companies secure favorable outcomes with labor issues around the country. He has extensive experience with numerous labor unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Sheet Metal Workers, Longshoremen, Boilermakers, CWA, UFCW, UAW, IBEW, BTCGM, SEIU and trade unions such as the Carpenters, Pipefitters, and Laborers. 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. Beyond his practice, David is a prolific and nationally recognized thought leader on labor relations issues. In addition to crafting dozens of articles each year on hot labor law topics, David’s commentary and insights routinely are featured in publications like Bloomberg, the New York Times, Law360, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and others. He also has been interviewed and featured on podcasts as well as national media programming like the Fox Business Network. The National Law Review has recognized David twice with its national Go-To Thought Leader Award in recognition of his extensive work on this front, including in its inaugural edition in 2018. Traditional Labor David has assisted companies across the nation in a wide range of complex labor relations matters. His representative experience includes: Litigation David also has defended companies around the country in various complex litigation matters. His representative experience on this front includes: “What Starbucks Union Efforts May Mean For Service Industry.” Law360, Article, Co-Author, Jan. 26, 2022 "Indiana: The Blacklisting Statute and what employers need to consider," OneTrust DataGuidance, Article, Co-Author, March 12, 2021 "Union Recognition Lessons From CNN’s Record NLRB Deal," Law360, Article, Co-Author, Feb. 21, 2021 Indiana Guide to Hiring and Firing (7th Edition), Book, Co-Author (2020) Indiana Guide to Labor Relations: How to Deal Effectively with Unions in the Workplace (4th Edition), Book (2020) "How Will the Booming Economy, Corporate Tax Cuts, and Healthcare Uncertainty Affect Labor Negotiations in 2018?," Indiana Manufacturers Association, Article, Feb. 2, 2018 TerraLex Connections - "Getting The Deal Done: The Art of The Ratification Bonus," TerraLex Connections, Article, October 2017 "A New Frontier: The Changing Landscape of Joint-Employers," Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Logistically Speaking e-newsletter, Article, July 2016 "Barnes & Thornburg LLP Logistics and Transportation Update - July 2016," Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Logistically Speaking e-newsletter, Article, July 2016

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