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John S. Ferrer

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John Ferrer counsels employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. His practice focuses on traditional labor law, including all matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, and union organizing campaigns.

John’s experience spans many industries, including manufacturing, warehousing, retail food, package delivery, transportation, hospitality, media and entertainment, beverage and alcohol, and construction.

John has successfully managed numerous unfair labor practice and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in federal courts. He has successfully represented clients in labor arbitrations involving a variety of subjects, including just cause terminations, layoffs, bumping rights, job assignments, subcontracting, reduction in wages, and pay differentials. He also has assisted clients with all aspects of collective bargaining negotiations, including serving as chief spokesperson.

John counsels employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, including challenges to independent contractor status, single and joint employer issues, plant closings, relocations, outsourcing, double breasting, workplace investigations, and employee disciplinary issues. He provides training to all levels of leadership regarding positive employee relations, union organizing campaigns, the NLRB election process, managing in a union environment, corporate campaigns, and strike preparations. John also has significant experience counseling employers on the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions.  

In addition to his labor law practice, John has managed employment litigation matters in federal and state courts, and has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

John has practiced labor and employment law for more than two decades in various capacities, serving as an attorney with the NLRB and as both in-house and outside counsel. In his most recent position prior to re-joining Ogletree Deakins, John served as Senior Director & Associate General Counsel of Labor Relations for a large publicly traded wholesale grocery distributor. He also served as outside labor counsel for employers while at another international law firm for several years. He started his career as an attorney with the NLRB, first in Detroit, Michigan (Region 7), and then in Baltimore, Maryland (Region 5) and the Washington (DC) Resident Office. While with the NLRB, John served as lead counsel in numerous unfair labor practice trials and compliance proceedings, and handled complex representation proceedings.

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