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Marilyn Pearson

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Labor and Employment




Marilyn Pearson has an extensive practice in the area of labor law under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.

Marilyn advises and represents clients on a broad range of traditional labor matters, including in response to union organizing efforts, collective bargaining and all aspects of strategic planning, public relations and employee communications, strike preparedness and employee job actions. She also has extensive experience in advising clients on labor contract administration and representing clients in arbitration and mediation. Marilyn has served as the lead negotiator for collective bargaining, including negotiations for consensual modifications to labor agreements and retiree medical benefits pursuant to Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code. 

Marilyn has substantial transactional experience, advising clients on labor issues, performing due diligence, and drafting terms and agreements. She regularly conducts management training on negotiations, all aspects of contract administration and labor management relationships.


JD, University of Minnesota; BA, University of Minnesota

United States: Labor and employment

Labor-management relations

Within: Labor-management relations

DLA Piper LLP (US) recently added experienced litigator Mary Dollarhide to the San Diego office from Paul Hastings LLP. The team in Chicago represented United Airlines in the negotiations of joint contracts for its flight attendants ahead of the merger with Continental Airlines. Washington DC-based Harriet Lipkin handled Station Casino’s response to a Culinary Workers campaign seeking voluntary ‘card check’ recognition, and the firm also assisted American Baptist Homes of the West in an appeal of an NLRB decision. In March 2018, Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Ron Holland, Pankit Doshi , Marilyn Pearson, Ellen Bronchetti and David Durham made the same move.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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