James W. Southworth

James W. Southworth: Attorney with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. AV stamp icon
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James W. (Jim) Southworth is a principal of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and labor law and employment immigration, as well as alternate dispute resolution and mediation.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Southworth was a human resource manager for a hospital in the state of Indiana. This background has given him an understanding of the issues companies face when dealing with employees and enables him to provide advice that not only passes legal muster but is also grounded in the realities of the workplace. Mr. Southworth has provided advice and counsel on virtually all employment-related concerns, from hiring procedures to termination and severance issues. He has worked with companies ranging in size from small to Fortune 500, in the medical/healthcare, construction, technology and manufacturing industries, helping them navigate the tricky waters of restrictive covenants, leave time, wage and hour issues, and various types of discrimination claims. Mr. Southworth has also assisted clients who seek visas for foreign national employees. He is an accomplished public speaker with 25 years of experience, having addressed audiences of all sizes and compositions on a variety of employment-related topics. Mr. Southworth also uses those skills to assist clients with in-house training for management staff.

Mr. Southworth has complied with and been accepted as a mediator for the Western District of Pennsylvania ADR program.

Professional Accomplishments

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


•Animal Friends Advisory Board (Pro Bono Counsel)
•North Side Sportsman’s Association

Presentations & Publications

Speaking Engagements

•“Navigating Medical Marijuana in the Workplace” (Presenter), JazzHR Workshop, 4/20/2017
•“Medical Marijuana and Its Effect on the Workplace in the Commonwealth of PA” (Presenter), Allegheny County Medical Society, 4/12/2017
•“Key Human Resource Obstacles for Small Business” (Presenter), Small Manufacturers Council (SMC) Seminar, 5/12/2016
•“Cyber Security, Data Breaches and the Rise of the Dark Web” (Co-Presenter), ACC Pennsylvania CLE, 4/5/2016
•“So, are Non-Competes Worth the Effort?,” Butler Human Resources Association, 3/8/2016
•“The Big Three Employee Issues,” Allegheny County Medical Society, 4/30/2015
•“Executive Action Regarding Overtime Pay,” Enscoe Long Seminar, 4/23/2015
•“Minimizing Workplace Violence,” Pittsburgh Human Resource Association, Oct. 2014
•“The Lifecycle of an Employee,” Small Manufacturers Council (SMC) Seminar, Fall 2014


•“PA Likely to Legalize Medical Marijuana Soon,” Working PArts Magazine, Feb./March 2016
•“What Happens to Non-Compete Agreements Post-Merger?,” HR.BLR.com, 4/23/2015
•“Non-Compete Agreements: How to Protect Your Company During an M&A, ” HR Magazine, 4/8/2015
•“Who Really Owns Your Companies Social Media Accounts?,” HR.BLR.com, 7/7/2014


11/29/2016 Articles

What will a President Trump mean to the employment world?

7/10/2015 Articles

Changes to Wage and Hour Laws that are Likely to Affect Your Business

Press Releases

7/19/2017 Press Releases

DMC Attorney James Southworth Receives Highest Rating from His Peers

4/19/2017 Press Releases

Southworth Addresses Legalized Marijuana and Workplace Issues in Live Workshop

4/3/2017 Press Releases

Southworth Speaks to Allegheny County Medical Society about Medical Marijuana

6/1/2015 Press Releases

DMC Welcomes Employment Attorney in Pittsburgh

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labor Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
412-392-5371  Phone
888-811-7144  Fax
University Attended:
Summit University, B.S., Pastoral Studies, 1982; Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM., 1991
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2005
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Bar Admission; West Virginia Bar Admission


•Allegheny County Bar Association (Board Member of Labor and Employment Law Section 2013-2015)
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Society for Human Resource Management

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Secured a favorable settlement with the Department of Labor (DOL) following a wage and hour investigation into a multi-state employer; Conducted in-house management training for a multi-state client which resulted in a measurable reduction in liability in subsequent employment based claims; Successfully secured a seven figure settlement through litigating a fee review on behalf of a healthcare client; Counsel for numerous clients through challenging terminations of employees following leave time; Successfully secured TN, H1B, and other employment based visas for numerous clients

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (17 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 12/06/17 in Labor and Employment

    Super bright guy. Great advocate for his clients. Highly ethical and reliable to do the right thing.

    Super bright guy. Great advocate for his clients. Highly ethical and reliable to do the right thing. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 06/16/17 in Employment Claims

    As a former colleague, I routinely used Jim for all of my corporate client's labor and employment matters. Jim was very professional, displayed subject matter expertise, and worked very well with difficult clients. He adds value to all client centr... Read more

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    As a former colleague, I routinely used Jim for all of my corporate client's labor and employment matters. Jim was very professional, displayed subject matter expertise, and worked very well with difficult clients. He adds value to all client centric teams. Read less

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