Anthony B. Byergo

Office Managing Shareholder || Seattle

Mr. Byergo is the managing shareholder of the Seattle office and chair of the firm’s national collective bargaining practice subgroup.  He has more than 25 years of experience representing and advising management in labor and employment matters, and has been honored by publications such as Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.

Mr. Byergo handles a full range of traditional labor relations matters, including collective bargaining and strike preparation, representation campaigns, corporate campaigns,  and labor arbitration and unfair labor practice proceedings.  His practice is national in scope and he has handled representation and unfair labor practice matters arising in two-thirds of NLRB’s Regional Offices.  His experience includes representing management in over 200 labor arbitrations, covering issues ranging from strike and bargaining disputes, to subcontracting and mass layoffs, to discipline and discharge cases.  He has served as chief negotiator for management in scores of collective bargaining negotiations, and successfully advised management in union representation campaigns covering as many as 1800 employees in locations from Alaska to the Virgin Islands.

Mr. Byergo is also a senior trial lawyer and maintains an active employment litigation docket.  Recent successes include obtaining defense verdicts in jury trials alleging sex, race, disability and retaliation claims; appellate decisions affirming summary judgment in sex harassment, disability, ERISA and USERRA claims; and summary judgment in a variety of race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA.  He also has extensive experience successfully representing employers in executive termination, non-compete and unfair competition disputes.

Mr. Byergo began his legal career in Chicago, and then served in lead labor relations and legal roles for a national retailer and a national telecommunications company.  He previously practiced in our firm’s Kansas City office which he helped open in 2005, and continues to be available to serve a select group of clients in the region.

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Mr. Byergo has a long track record of success in representing leading employers at the bargaining table, and advising them behind the scenes in bargaining, labor strategy, and union avoidance matters.  Many of these engagements are confidential.  However, among leading employers that he has recently represented at the bargaining table are:

Additionally, during his career, Mr. Byergo has achieved the dismissal of well over 100 unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board.  Some representative and recent cases, include the following:

He has had similar success in labor arbitration matters involving discipline and discharge matters, contract interpretation disputes, and interest arbitration, including the following recent cases:

In addition to his traditional labor experience, Mr. Byergo has been lead counsel in numerous jury trials, including the following recent matters:

He has also handled numerous cases in front of federal and state courts of appeal, including the following recent matters:

And in many matters, he has been able to obtain summary judgment on behalf of our clients, including the following representative matters:

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section; Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the NLRB; Committee on the Development of the Law Under the NLRA)
  • Management Co-Chair (Region X – Missouri/Kansas) – ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Before the NLRB
  • Northwestern Law Alumni Club of Seattle, Board Member
  • Chapter Editor, “How to Take a Case Before the NLRB” (Chapter 22) (BNA (Supp.), 2011)
  • Chapter Editor, “The Developing Labor Law” (Chapter 8) (BNA (Supp.), 2014)

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Insights by Anthony B. Byergo