Michael S. Pepperman
Chair, Labor Relations & Employment Law Department
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Phone: 215-665-3032
Fax: 215-665-3165 michael.pepperman@obermayer.com

Michael S. Pepperman is an accomplished attorney known for his tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients. He focuses his practice exclusively on the representation of management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. Mr. Pepperman is the chair of his firm’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Department.

As a labor relations and employment lawyer, Mr. Pepperman provides advice and counsel to employers throughout the country in a wide range of businesses including manufacturers and fabricators, hospitality, retail, food services, transportation, death care and facilities management businesses among others as well as government entities and municipalities. He partners with clients to provide direction and step-by-step counsel in an effort to proactively address and manage employment and labor-related problems.

Mr. Pepperman is an experienced litigator concentrating his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, business disputes, construction disputes and a wide range of employment matters. He appears regularly before federal and state trial and administrative agencies in a wide range of matters, including all aspects of employment litigation, federal and state affirmative action compliance, fair housing cases, occupational safety and health issues and labor arbitrations. Further, Mr. Pepperman has extensive practical experience in all aspects of state and federal labor and employment law matters which allows him to counsel management on issues such as:

  • Defense of discrimination charges
  • Management training
  • Drafting and review of employment policies, procedures and agreements
  • Assisting with union elections
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • Handling unfair labor practices, grievances and arbitrations
  • Compliance with federal and state employment laws
  • Drafting and review of employment agreements
  • Non-compete and restrictive covenants
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Client counseling via telephone conferences, e-mail and on-site visits

An in-demand author and lecturer, Mr. Pepperman has written articles on a wide variety of labor relations and employment law topics, such as wrongful termination, violence in the workplace, wage-and-hour, workplace privacy, labor relations and discrimination in the workplace. Further, he is a frequent speaker to trade associations and professional groups.

Mr. Pepperman is called upon by various members of the media to provide commentary on news stories relating to employment and labor issues. He has appeared on local radio talk shows and has been quoted in several publications and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal.

Recognized by his peers for his work, Mr. Pepperman was named one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute and was selected as one of "Pennsylvania's Rising Stars ®" as listed in Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers."


  • Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States, by the Labor Relations Institute, Inc.

  • Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars


Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

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