John J.Toner

Senior Counsel

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Jack has a proven track record in representing clients before federal agencies, particularly the National Labor Relations Board.

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Employers need trusted advice dealing with the whiplash caused by changing administrations and the impact on the regulatory agencies governing employment and labor law. With more than 40 years of experience in dealing with federal regulatory agencies and positions held at the highest levels in the same agencies under his belt, clients turn to Jack for successful handling of matters before the National Labor Relations Board—particularly with regard to representation cases.

Due to his extensive background with all federal labor regulatory agencies, Jack is uniquely able to shortcut administrative steps in dealings with such agencies for his clients, bringing actions to a timely resolution. At both the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Jack was the highest ranking career official and had responsibility for developing and implementing many of the policies and practices currently followed by these agencies. He represented federal agencies before Congress and major stakeholder groups, including the AFL-CIO, the American Bar Association, and employer associations. As an officer of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies, Jack worked with most of the state and local labor agencies, as well as the Canadian labor agencies in the development of their labor policies.

In addition to developing and implementing national labor policy, Jack has extensive experience at the operating level. As a field examiner, he investigated numerous unfair labor practice charges and conducted dozens of elections. Jack has successfully represented employers before the NLRB in both unfair labor practice and representation cases. As chief of Labor and Employee Relations at the NLRB, Jack was responsible for negotiating, implementing, and administering collective bargaining agreements involving bargaining units comprised solely of labor attorneys and other labor relations experts. As chief of Labor and Employment Relations with the Social Security Administration, Jack was responsible for negotiating, implementing, and administering labor and employment practices that covered approximately 600 administrative law judges and 400 legal analysts. At the Internal Revenue Service, he coordinated negotiations for bargaining units as large as 30,000 employees.

In addition to his experience at the bargaining table, Jack advised and counseled management in disciplinary and removal actions of high government officials, as well as rank and file employees.

Jack appreciates working with his colleagues at Seyfarth, who are always seeking the most creative and efficient way to represent clients.

  • JD, George Mason University School of Law

    George Mason Law Review

  • BA, Pennsylvania State University
    Liberal Arts, Labor and Employment Relations
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
  • New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court