Labor Board’s Former Top Lawyer Griffin Moves to Private Firm

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By Hassan A. Kanu

Former labor board general counsel Richard Griffin has landed a new gig at employee-side firm Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC in Washington, D.C., Griffin told Bloomberg Law in an exclusive interview today.

The roughly 30-attorney firm has a “great history representing employees and unions, and I consider myself lucky to be going to work with them,” Griffin said.

The former National Labor Relations Board general counsel will take on an Of Counsel position at the firm starting Jan. 1. Many private practices see great value in hiring a former federal official due to the behind-the-scenes experience and connections they can often bring along.

“In every position Dick has held throughout his distinguished career, he has been admired for his judgment, his deep knowledge of the law, his affinity for working people, and his great spirit,” the firm said in a statement to Bloomberg Law. “We look forward to bringing Dick on board, as he will add depth to all areas of the firm’s practice, including litigation and counseling on behalf of our union and benefit fund clients.”

Board Changing Direction After Griffin

Griffin’s four-year term at the NLRB expired at the end of October 2017.

He came to the board after working as general counsel to International Union of Operating Engineers. Griffin also served as a board member for about eighth months until his recess appointment by President Barack Obama was invalidated by the courts.

President Donald Trump’s nominee, Peter Robb (R), replaced Griffin Nov. 7. The new general counsel has laid out an ambitious agenda that’s quite divergent from his Democrat predecessor.

The board— since it switched to GOP control in October— has already steeredcoursesignificantly away from the direction undertaken during Griffin’s tenure, and is expected to reverse many of the worker-friendly rulings that came down under Obama. The business community often criticized those decisions.

Board chairman Phillip Miscimarra’s (R) tenure ended Dec. 16. That leaves the board with a 2-2 partisan split, at least until Trump appoints a new Republican member and designates a chairman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hassan A. Kanu in Washington at hkanu@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com; Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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