Human Resource Executive Magazine: HHE Member Edward Easterly Recognized as One of the Nation’s Up-and-Coming Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Edward Easterly, a member of Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2019 list of Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the United  States - Top 40 List of Up-and-Comers. 

 Edward represents clients on a wide range of matters related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  He assists clients, including universities, hospitals, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their labor and employment matters.  Edward advises clients, including human resources representatives and business owners, on a range of labor and employment matters including the enforceability of employment agreements, wage and hour matters, discrimination and harassment issues, OSHA issues, I-9 compliance, and covenants not to compete. He drafts and revises employee handbooks/manuals, as well as employment and separation agreements.  Edward also advises business on immigration related matters.  Edward further presents training programs to clients about many of these same issues, specifically including harassment and general supervisor training. 

Edward has handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification hearings, and grievance arbitrations.  He counsels employers in union avoidance and has helped his clients successfully defeat union representation elections.  Edward also assists public and private employers in negotiations during collective bargaining.  He has represented several clients in interest arbitrations during the collective bargaining process.  Additionally, Edward advises his clients in all aspects of strikes, lockouts, and mass picketing.

Human Resource Executive magazine’s “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” guide, which is produced in partnership with Lawdragon, recognizes employment lawyers who stand out for their ability to guide employers through constantly-evolving workplace laws. The list is intended to offer corporate counsel and human resource professionals an unsurpassed guide to the best lawyers to help them resolve difficult employment situations and keep them in compliance with increasingly complicated and changing workplace-related regulations.

Earlier this year, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon solicited nominations for the list of the nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys representing corporate America and researched potential candidates in Lawdragon’s extensive database.  After careful vetting, they arrived at their top 220 selections, including 60 specialists in immigration, employee benefits and ERISA, and labor law.  In addition, 20 attorneys have been named to our Hall of Fame and 40 up-and-comers (lawyers likely to make the top 100 and specialty lists in the near future) were recognized.  The criteria included a number of attributes, such as recent headline clients or cases; proven leadership, either as a thought leader or as the chair of a firm’s labor and employment group; affiliations and associations in peer-selected organizations; and other accomplishments, such as noteworthy publications and speaking circuits.

A recognized attorney typically has also generally chaired his or her firm’s employment department, been selected to lead his or her state or national employment-bar organization, and received glowing recommendations from corporate counsel who have benefited from their services and would hire them again.  Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly are particularly proud that Edward is the only lawyer based in the Lehigh Valley to be selected for this honor. 

If you have any questions with regard to your labor and employment matters, Edward can be reached at or 484-408-6004.

Beth Hlavac