Attorneys

The lawyers of Pyle Rome have a unified focus on intelligently protecting, defending and strengthening the rights of working people in a fast-paced and ever-changing business environment. We put our experience and dedication to work for all of our clients — providing advice and guidance to the largest and smallest labor organizations in the region and offering individual representation to employees facing unfair practices in the workplace. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how we can help address your legal concerns and improve your workplace.

David B. Rome

Partner

David Rome is a founding partner of the firm, and for more than 30 years, his practice has focused on the representation of labor unions. He is counsel for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU, Local 615 and SEIU, Local 888, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1459, and numerous other labor organizations representing public and private employees. He has successfully represented unions and individual employees before the courts in many cases, a sample of which is provided below.

Betsy Ehrenberg

Partner

Betsy Ehrenberg is a founding partner of the firm and has been practicing labor and employment law since 1989. She represents individuals and classes of individuals in trials and appeals of employment-related disputes, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, civil rights violations, non-competition agreements, and denials of disability accommodations or benefits. She also represents individuals in administrative disciplinary proceedings, including before state licensing agencies.

Terence E. Coles

Partner

Terence E. Coles concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law. His experience covers a range of issues, including collective bargaining, union representation, wage and hour issues, the First Amendment, and employment discrimination. He represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals, including the Massachusetts and National Labor Relations Boards and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, and arbitration tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association.

Katherine D. Shea

Partner

Katherine Shea has worked as a union-side labor lawyer for more than twenty years concentrating on labor and quality of care issues arising in the field of publicly-funded human services. She has served as counsel to SEIU Local 509 since 1991 and has been a partner in the Pyle Rome firm since 2004.

Alfred Gordon O'Connell

Partner

As a partner with the firm, Al Gordon O'Connell has a varied labor and employment practice, handling matters before the courts, arbitrators, and a number of federal and state administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Vermont Labor Relations Board, and the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission, and Commission Against Discrimination. He also advises labor unions in collective bargaining and matters of contract administration, employee representation, and internal union affairs.

Tod A. Cochran

Partner

Tod Cochran has been practicing labor and employment law since 1993. For the first five years of his career, Mr. Cochran represented the Teamsters, AFTRA, and various public-sector unions, including SEIU in the state and federal courts, and administrative agencies throughout California.

In 1999, Mr. Cochran returned to New England where he has continued his labor and employment practice. Mr. Cochran's primary union clients are SEIU Local 509, UFCW Local 791, and municipal associations throughout southeastern Massachusetts, but he also specializes in wage and hour class action lawsuits.

Leah M. Barrault

Partner

Leah Barrault represents public and private sector unions and union members in all aspects of labor with a major focus on police and fire unions. She represents union clients before arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, as well as the Massachusetts state and federal courts. Additionally, Ms. Barrault represents individual clients in the Massachusetts state and federal courts as well as the MCAD, Civil Service Commission, and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (Retirement).

Patrick N. Bryant

Partner

Patrick Bryant has practiced for more than a decade on behalf of unions and employees in Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont. He has extensive experience advocating on behalf of public safety unions, particular police associations, in all phases of employment and collective bargaining, including grievance and interest arbitration, collective bargaining, critical incident responses, disciplinary investigations, civil service appeals, and unfair labor practices.

Ian O. Russell

Partner

Ian Russell’s practice involves a variety of employment and labor issues. He represents union clients and individual employees in cases before private arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Massachusetts state and federal courts. He has also worked extensively on state and federal class actions involving failure to pay overtime wages, gratuities and misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

James Hykel

Partner

Jim's entire legal career has been devoted to representing unions and individual workers. His experience representing unions includes contract negotiations, appearing before federal and state agencies, courts, and arbitrators on issues ranging from individual discipline, denial of benefits, contract interpretation, and statutory violations.

G. Alexander Robertson

Associate

Before joining Pyle Rome, Alex worked for more than five years as a Field Attorney for Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board where he investigated unfair labor practice charges, represented the Region in unfair labor practice litigation, and drafted decisions in representation cases.  While employed at Region 5, Alex also served as the President of Local 5 of the National Labor Relatio