Attorney Profile : Kye D. Pawlenko, Esq.
fter graduating in the top 5 percent of his class at Tulane Law School, where he externed for Region 15 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Mr. Pawlenko cut his teeth representing employers in labor and employment matters at Latham & Watkins, one of the nation's most prestigious law firms. Desiring to acquire advanced and specialized training in labor and employment law, Mr. Pawlenko returned to law school and earned a Master of Laws degree in Labor & Employment Law from NYU Law School. Mr. Pawlenko then moved to Washington, D.C., where he sharpened his litigation skills representing the NLRB in federal court while working in the agency's Special Litigation Branch litigating some of the most challenging and politically sensitive cases facing the agency. Mr. Pawlenko then clerked for a United States District Judge and returned to private practice at Jones Day, another of the country's most well regarded law firms, where he focused his practice on representing employers in complex labor relations matters.
Mr. Pawlenko concentrates his practice on labor and employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on labor relations and wage and hour disputes. On the labor side, Mr. Pawlenko is steeped in the intricacies of the National Labor Relations Act. He has experience litigating unfair labor practices and union representation disputes before the NLRB and the courts, handling grievance arbitrations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, counseling on work stoppages (strikes, lockouts, and picketing) and other pressure tactics such as corporate campaigns, advising on neutrality, framework and card-check agreements, and litigating duty of fair representation cases. On the employment side, Mr. Pawlenko has experience litigating class action wage and hour lawsuits at both the trial and appellate court levels. Mr. Pawlenko has litigated class action wage and hour lawsuits under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code in addition to other state wage and hour statutes. Mr. Pawlenko regularly writes about cutting edge labor and employment law issues and his work has been selected for publication in both academic and trade journals.
If you have an employment or labor issue, Mr. Pawlenko has the skill, experience, and knowledge to HELP.
- LL.M., NYU School of Law
- J.D., Tulane U. School of Law
Magna Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
- Judicial Clerk,
Rosemary M. Collyer,
US District Court for D.C.
- Jones Day
- Latham & Watkins
Division of Enforcement Litig.
(Special Litigation Branch)
- Seymour Goldstein Memorial Prize for academic excellence in the area of labor relations, NYU.
- Federal Bar Association award for attaining the highest cumulative grade point average in the study of federal law, Tulane University.
Articles, Publications & Lectures:
- Co-Author, "Quorum Call: When Did NLRB Member Becker's Term End?," The Daily Labor Report (BNA) No. 35 (Feb. 22, 2012).
- Co-Author, "Facebook, Twitter And Social Media In The Workplace -- Is The NLRB Your 'Friend'?," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (July 1, 2011).
- Author, "The Non-Viability Of State Regulation Of Workplace Captive Audience Meetings: A Response To Professor Secunda," 32 Hamline Law Review 191 (2009).
- Author, "Reevaluating Inter-Union Competition: A Proposal To Resurrect Rival Unionism," 8 University Of Pennsylvania Journal Of Labor And Employment Law 651 (2006).