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In order to protect your interests in labor and employment law, it is crucial to have attorneys on your side who have seen it all and possess the resources necessary to resolve the most complex issues.

Proudly Representing Unions For More Than 100 Years

O’Dwyer & Bernstien has represented our Brothers and Sisters in the Union movement for over 100 years.  We have fought side by side with them on picket lines, organizing drives, elections, grievances, before the National Labor Relations Board, National Mediation Board, Public Employment Relations Board and in the courtroom.  At O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, we are well-known in New York City and throughout the nation for our ability to effectively handle all phases of union-side labor and employment law.

We have decades of experience handling the following issues:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Grievances
  • Arbitrations
  • Union Election Law
  • Internal Union Governance
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Claims under LMRA Section 301 for breach of contract and duty of fair representation claims
  • Section 303 claims for unlawful secondary activity
  • Section 401 claims under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Our focus is on providing the full range of support our clients require. Beyond organizing, negotiation, litigation and arbitration, our services extend to record keeping, governmental compliance, union governance under the LMRDA, and internal personnel matters.

For strategic representation focused on solving the unique challenges you face, you can rely on our group of exceptional labor attorneys. 



“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”