Jon Newman provides strategic counsel to labor leaders and has extensive experience assisting unions with the negotiation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements.
Jon Newman joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2001. He serves as General Counsel of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and of North America’s Building Trades Unions. Jon is also outside labor counsel for the Major League Soccer Players Association. In those roles, Jon provides strategic advice to national and international labor leaders on a wide array of issues, both internal and external.
Jon has extensive experience assisting unions with the negotiation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements. He also advises unions on LMRDA governance issues, including the conduct of union elections, internal union charges, and officers’ fiduciary responsibilities. Jon is also counsel to several joint labor-management non-profit organizations, including LMCCs and 501(c)(3) organizations.
Jon has litigated cases in U.S. district courts, U.S. courts of appeals, state courts and before the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies. He has also handled numerous arbitration matters. In addition, Jon has testified on Capitol Hill before Congressional committees to advance legislative interests important to the labor movement.
Jon is a member of the faculty of the Building Trades Academy – a partnership between Michigan State University and North America’s Building Trades Unions that provides educational programs to union staff. He teaches classes to union officers and members in such areas as comprehensive organizing campaigns, construction labor law, contract negotiations, picketing and non-picketing communications, union fiduciary responsibilities, LMRDA reporting, and NLRB representation issues.
Jon graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College. Jon is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia, numerous U.S. courts of appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American and D.C. Bar Associations, and serves on the Board of Directors and Lawyers Advisory Panel of the AFL-CIO’s Union Lawyers Alliance.