Sally Griffith Cimini: Lawyer with Leech Tishman

Sally Griffith Cimini

Pittsburgh,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone412.261.1600 x 270

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
University Duquesne University, B.A. in Speech Communication & Theatre; Duquesne University (B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations); University of Pittsburgh, Certificate in Personnel & Industrial Relations
Law SchoolDuquesne University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1986, Pennsylvania; 1997, Ohio; 2003, West Virginia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Ohio; U.S. District Court, West Virginia; U.S. District Court, Indiana; U.S. District Court, New York
BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 24, 1957

Sally Griffith Cimini is highly regarded for her experience in the areas of employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Sally is a partner and chairs the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups.

Sally has over 25 years of experience devoted exclusively to counseling and litigating on behalf of private and public sector employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring through termination. She regularly advises clients on employment discrimination issues, workplace and sexual harassment, disability accommodation, Family & Medical Leave Act compliance, employee handbooks, human resource policies and practices, wage and hour issues, use of temporary/leased/contract employees and independent contractors, performance appraisals, workplace investigations, drug and alcohol testing, workplace privacy issues, disciplinary action and termination, reductions in force, employment at-will/wrongful discharge, alternative dispute resolution, union avoidance, employment agreements, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, waivers and releases, and unemployment compensation claims.

Sally routinely represents employers in employment discrimination litigation before the federal and state courts as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. She also represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including grievances, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. Sally has extensive experience with wage and hour practice before the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division.

Sally is also active in the field of alternative dispute resolution, particularly as an employment dispute mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator. She regularly serves as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Sally is a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and also provides services as a private mediator. A member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Sally is also a contract mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a panel mediator on the UPMC Intermediation Panel.

Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Sally was a shareholder and associate at various prominent law firms in Pittsburgh. During the course of her career, she has practiced employment and labor law in both private practice and as in-house employment counsel for a major electric utility in Pittsburgh. Her work has always focused on employment and labor matters, prior to, while attending and since graduating from law school. While attending law school, Sally worked as a personnel specialist at Union Switch and Signal and also spent time as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Sally has published numerous articles on employment law and is a regular speaker on employment, labor law and human resources issues and has served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Employment Law Institute and other PBI employment programs for many years.


Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.

Polito & Smock, PC

Buchanan Ingersoll, PC (now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

In-House Employment and Labor Counsel, Duquesne Light Company

Baskin, Flaherty, Elliott & Mannino, P.C.

Law Clerk, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Dispute Resolution Committee)

Pennsylvania Bar Association (Immediate Past Chair, ADR Committee; Member, Labor and Employment Section)

Allegheny County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section (Council Member); ADR Committee; Women in the Law Division Model Policy Committee)

Allegheny County Personnel Board (Member)

Association for Conflict Resolution

Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania (President)

Pennsylvania Council of Mediators

Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (Past Newsletter Editor and Membership Chairperson)

Society for Human Resource Management

Tri-State Society for Human Resources Management (Board Member and Past President)

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Attorney

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Female Lawyers, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine (2009-2011)

Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Lawyers, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine (2009-2011)

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Employment & Labor (2005, 2007-2012) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (2009-2011), Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine

The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law- Management (2010-2013), Litigation- Labor & Employment (2010-2012) and Mediation, Labor & Employment- Management (2010-2013)


List of speaking engagements/published articles available upon request.

Community Involvement

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (Legal Committee)

ADR Training

Advanced Mediation Training, Center for Dispute Resolution (2000, 2004)

Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School (1999)

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training, Pittsburgh Mediation Center (1998)

AAA Employment Arbitration I & II Training Programs

Certifications & Designations

Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Human Resources Certification Institute

Advanced Workplace Practitioner status, Association for Conflict Resolution

International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Mediator, Employment Panel)


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Department of Labor Proposes Major Changes to White Collar Exemption from Overtime
Sally Griffith Cimini,Ashley R. Hileman, July 3, 2015
On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its proposed rule to update the regulations defining and delimiting the exemptions for “white collar” employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The proposed rule, which increases the...

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Sally Griffith Cimini

525 William Penn Place, 30th Floor
PittsburghPA 15219


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