Attorney Profile:

Patrick L. Egan



Patrick L. Egan is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Egan works in traditional labor law.

He has assisted employers in all industries in all phases of union organizing campaigns. Mr. Egan has represented employers in card-signing efforts and representation and decertification campaigns. He has conducted union awareness and positive employee relations training for hundreds of companies and employer groups. He has also assisted dozens of employers to preempt, prepare for and defend against union corporate campaigning.

Mr. Egan has appeared for employers in representation, objections and challenged ballot hearings at the National Labor Relations Board. He has also represented employers in unfair labor practice charge investigations and trials. Mr. Egan has also represented employers before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other state and federal agencies. Mr. Egan has served as chief spokesman at hundreds of collective bargaining negotiations, including negotiations seeking a first contract and those aimed at reaching a successor contract. He speaks frequently before various employer and human resources groups on a variety of labor relations topics.

Mr. Egan was a four-year starter and a senior captain of the varsity soccer team at Holy Cross.

After practicing management-side labor law at smaller firms in Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Egan joined Jackson Lewis in 1990. He was elected a partner effective January 1, 1995.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

In his local community, Mr. Egan participates in the following:

•Capital Improvement Committee member
•Elementary School Curriculum Committee member
•Nativity Preparatory School, Boston, pro bono legal counsel
•Town Meeting member
•16-year, three-season girls' soccer coach

Published Works

• Can Damage Suits Be Brought Against Strikers and Their Unions? Journal of Law and Education 16.2 (April 1987) [Author]

Honors and Recognitions

Chambers USA “Leading Individual in Labor and Employment Law (2010)
•Labor Relations Institute, Inc., Top 100 Labor Lawyers in the United States (2006 - present)

Blog Posts

Labor & Collective Bargaining
House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees
March 14, 2017

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R. 1293 (the “Official Time Reform Act of 2017”) was introduced by Rep.

By Patrick L. Egan

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
Labor Board Reviews Northwestern Student-Athlete Policies
October 18, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a recent Advice Memorandum (NLRB Case No. 13-CA-157467), has effectively ended the closely-watched enforcement action against Northwestern University on whether certain intercollegiate student-athletes are statutory employees for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.

By Patrick L. Egan

Labor & Collective Bargaining
Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of NLRB's Former Acting General Counsel's Decisions Following Nomination
June 21, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted the National Labor Relations Board's petition to decide if a former acting general counsel of the NLRB served in violation of federal law. NLRB v. SW General, Inc., Case 15-1251 (June 20, 2016).

By Patrick L. Egan


February 2, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

February 2, 2017

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act...

January 24, 2017

union kNOw - January 2017

January 24, 2017

Unions Not Making Headway, NLRB Stats ShowThe NLRB's “quickie election rule” (QER) is not having its desired or expected effect of energizing union organizing. According to NLRB statistics, fewer “RC” petitions (seeking union representation) were filed in FY 2016 than in FY 2015 - 2,029 vs. 2,198...

November 7, 2016

union kNOw - November 2016

November 7, 2016

UnionizeMeWith a few keystrokes, is connecting like-minded employees of the same retail employers in a given area who are interested in forming a union. For an employee, the entire process may take no more than five minutes. UnionizeMe is a labor union and through its professionally developed and easy-to-use...

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • Labor and Preventive Practices

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 367-0025  Phone
(617) 367-2155  Fax
University Attended:
College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1978
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1981
1981, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Birth Information:

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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