John R. Merinar Jr.
(304) 933-8135
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Pennsylvania State University
Licensure: PA | WV
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“Jack” Merinar is the leader of the firm’s NLRA team.  He got his introduction to labor law in the early 1990’s seeking injunctions of picket line misconduct and handling arbitrations.  By the mid 1990’s he was advising employers through union campaigns and elections.  His experience with campaigns led Jack to develop a focus on advising employers how to avoid campaigns where possible.  Over the years, Jack has gone on to tackle virtually every issue that can arise under the NLRA.  He has negotiated difficult contracts and taken the lead in high profile campaigns.  He is often sought out by trade associations as a speaker on labor and employment issues.  Jack also has considerable courtroom experience as a trial attorney handling a variety of issues.

Work Experience

1992 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1984-1989 United States Marine Corps

Speaking Engagements

“The National Labor Relations Board & You,” West Virginia State SHRM Conference, November 2017

Moderator, "Campaigns Under the NLRB’s new “Quickie Election” Rules," American Conference Institute, Labor Management Relations Conference, October 2015

“Ambush”/”Quickie” Elections: NLRB’s Rule to Shorten the Election Period,” American Conference Institute in New York, October 28, 2015

“The Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policies,” Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, October 2015

“The Impact of Regulatory Changes on Federal Contractors,” 2014 WV Associated Builders and Contractors

"The Reserved Gate Doctrine," West Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Summit, January 2012

"Anatomy of a Ski Resort Organizing Effort," National Ski Areas Association Journal, Volume 19, Issue 1, Feb-March 2011

Key Experience

Counseled numerous clients through union organizing efforts
Negotiated or assisted clients in negotiating numerous collective bargaining agreements
Represented many employers in labor arbitrations

Memberships & Awards

Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Litigation - Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2016 Morgantown, WV, Litigation-Labor and Employment, Lawyer of the Year
American, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Bar Associations
Board of Directors, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys